CALLED BY GOD

The Uniting Church in Australia is a uniquely Australian church

We worship in many languages other than English including First Nations languages, embracing many different worship styles.

In Australia’s 2016 Census, more than 870,000 people identified themselves as having an affiliation with the Uniting Church.

We encourage our members to live out a joyful Christian faith - to follow Jesus, to read the Bible, to learn more about and grow with God, to care for each other and to serve their local community.

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 Our Beginnings

In 1977, three Australian Christian denominations joined to form the Uniting Church in Australia. After many years of prayerful discernment, the Congregational Union in Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia and the Presbyterian Church of Australia came together in the hope that they would “bear witness to that unity which is both Christ’s gift and will for the Church”.

 

 

 

 

Our founding document The Basis of Union sets out a way of living and being as a church open to constant reform under Christ and seeking a wider unity in the power of the Spirit. Uniting Church members are encouraged to participate in God’s mission in the world because:

“God in Christ has given to all people in the Church the Holy Spirit as a pledge and foretaste of the coming reconciliation and renewal which is the end in view for the whole creation.” 

(Basis of Union, paragraph 3)

How Our Church Works Together

The Uniting Church in Australia is a series of interrelated non-hierarchical councils. 

We take seriously our belief that every member has a part in the ministry of Christ - each of us contributes our gifts to participating in God's mission.

That is why we use a model of consensus-decision making when our councils meet. The focus is on listening to the Spirit before we speak and discerning the will of God for the Church together. 

UNITING ABORIGINAL AND ISLANDER CHRISTIAN CONGRESS 

In 1985, the Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia unanimously welcomed and agreed to officially support the formation of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC).

OUR PEOPLE

OUR MINISTRIES

Uniting Disaster Recovery

The Uniting Church engages with disaster-affected people through the Assembly, its Synods, Presbyteries, Congregations and agencies through direct financial relief, disaster recovery chaplaincy, peer support, targeted recovery programs and ministries.

National Safe Church Unit

The National Safe Church Unit works to ensure the Uniting Church is a safe place for all. Created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, it is a whole of Church commitment to ensuring safe spaces in our congregations, agencies, hospitals and schools.

Other Ministries

Learn about the other ministries and national committees of the Uniting Church.