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Faith

Pre-evangelism in a secular age

Held from 27-29 August, The Hope We Have is a conference on evangelism, conversion and the mission of God, and will feature input from Rev Dr Karina Kreminski. In this article, Karina explores the idea of pre-evangelism and its importance in modern Christian life.

Culture

Five things to click this week

New and interesting articles, videos, photographs and other content are posted online every day. These five recent items address topics such as the Kingdom of God, Frontier Services Patrol Ministry, white supremacy, conversations on marriage, and children's prayers for the Uniting Church.

Faith

Reflection of the week

In this week's reflection, Linda Sutton sees Matthew 15:10-28 as a challenge to look past differences and love one another.

News

Seeking ways forward on treaty

The first National President’s Minister Conference for 2017 was held in Darwin from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 2 July. Congress had a strong presence at the event, tackling complex issues related to treaty, sovereignty, reconciliation, and the theology of land.

News

Conversations from the heart

Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan encourages the Church to ensure discussions about marriage are anchored in grace and respect. This statement was originally published in September 2016, and is being shared again in light of recent national discussions.

Culture

Not losing FACE

Although this year’s About FACE program has been postponed to 2018, it remains an important Uniting Church activity and provides a unique opportunity to deepen understanding and build relationships.

Leadership

What we can learn from Nancy Beach

New Times speaks to Nancy Beach about the importance of empowering women in leadership within the church. A US author and artist, Nancy will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2017 Uniting Leaders conference.

Faith

Reflection of the week

Prayers of peace and unity for the Korean Peninsula are shared in this week's reflection. Uniting Church members are encouraged to join Christians across the world in sharing prayers for Korea on Sunday 13 August, and in the lead-up to this date.

Faith

Hearing children's voices

Children are a vital part of the life of the Uniting Church in Australia. We asked children attending KCO 2017 (25-26 March) at Victor Harbor to share their hopes and prayers for the Uniting Church.

Culture

Community spirit brings new life

The Hamley Bridge Uniting Church community pulled together to plant trees at The Hideout, a property owned by the local Brown family whose land was affected by the 2015 Pinery Bushfire.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection focuses on compassion - both the feeling and the call to act on it, following Jesus' example.

News

On religion and domestic violence

On 18 July, the ABC released an article titled “‘Submit to your husbands’: Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God”. Christian denominations, church leaders and news organisations have offered a variety of responses.

Culture

Fighting discrimination is in our DNA

Recently, a religious organisation has called for a religious exemption to the Disability Discrimination Act, arguing that people with mental illnesses could disturb the “sacred activities” in church services. Rev Andy Calder comments.

Faith

Reflection of the week

In the reflection this week, Uniting Church members are invited to share a prayer for National Missing Persons Week (30 July - 5 August) contributed by Senior Constable Robyn Ferraro from Missing Persons Investigation Section (148) of the SA Police.