The Uniting Church in Australia
The Uniting Church is the third largest church in Australia (the Roman Catholic and the Anglican churches are larger). Latest statistics indicate the Uniting Church has around 2,500 congregations, 50 presbyteries and 7 synods. Uniting Church members number 300,000 while around 1.3 million people claim an association.
The Uniting Church through its congregations and other groups is a community where we discover what it means to be human in our world, a place where people seek to live out the Christian faith in ways that make a difference in life. It stands with the people of this land in their search for spiritual life, justice, identity and dignity.
The kinds of values that hold us together are a commitment to the Scriptures as the word of God and a passion for justice and social responsibility for all people in our community. We aim to be an inclusive community that holds together different views, cultures and expressions of faith through the unity given in Jesus Christ. As one of the largest non -government providers of community services in all parts of Australia, we are committed to reflecting the love and grace of God in caring for people, in advocating for those with special needs and for the equitable and appropriate provision of social services.
History of the
In uniting, the members of those bodies testified "to that unity which is both Christ's gift and will for the Church" (Basis of Union, para. 1).
Ecumenism remains a vital aspect in all of the Church's life and work - in local congregations, national commitments to work together with other churches, and relationships and partnerships with churches of various denominations in Asia and the Pacific.
What we believe
The Uniting Church confidently believes that through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God brings us into right relationship with God, whereby in faith we can:
in a close, loving, personal, dynamic relationship with the living God;
What we do
However only some of the Uniting Church's discipling is viewed in public. Much of its role is to stand alongside the individual, inside and outside the church. Its congregations nurture spiritual, social and educational growth. Lay people are encouraged in leadership roles, including preaching of the Word, and leading of congregational worship.
Church's mission co-workers immerse themselves in local culture, seek
to hear the voice of the local people, and respond by offering support,
encouragement and empowerment. This is particularly so in the area of
human rights, where the dignity of all people must be respected,
however different their way of life may be from the mission co-worker.
This model has mutual benefits - mission co-workers learn about
themselves as well as others through their experiences. Inevitably,
they discover new and life-changing aspects of God which they are able
to share on their return to Australia. The Uniting Church constantly
seeks to affirm its biblical and theological understanding that
"Christians in Australia are called to bear witness to a unity of faith
and life in Christ which transcends cultural and economic, national and
racial boundaries" (Basis of Union, para. 2).