Overcoming Religious Prejudice

A new report detailing the experiences of abuse, prejudice and discrimination against Muslim women in Victoria sheds a light on the lived reality of Islamophobia in our society. The report has been compiled by April Kailahi, the Interfaith Community Development Officer for the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. In its attempt to unpack […]

QLD Synod: Hate is not an Option

The QLD Synod Interfaith Relations Committee (SIRC) share their recent presentation at the QLD Synod and a resource for speaking at local congregations. The Committee’s current project is share their work with local communities. They have developed a number of resources to do so and have shared them here with the Seeking Common Ground Circle.  […]

NCCA Triennial Forum

By Rob Floyd and Rev. Dr Ji Zhang The Uniting Church was a participant in the National Council of Churches in Australia 10th Forum in Canberra. It was a wonderful ecumenical gathering with 65 Church leaders invited from 19 member Churches. The NCCA Forum is an opportunity for Member Churches to deepen their relationship with […]

Iftar Dinners during Ramadan

The Uniting Church was involved in the hosting of a number of Iftar Dinners with our Muslim friends during the month of Ramadan. Sharing the Iftar together is a powerful symbol of unity and friendship. In the simple act of sharing a meal, the Iftar dinners help build connections in the community that replace fear […]

To be in Communion: Heart and Mind, Body and Soul

Seeking Common Ground Advocate Amelia Koh-Butler reflects on how we go about Ecumenical and Interfaith relationships Parking close-by, I walked toward the gate to be greeted by various senior school students, dotting the path, pointing me in the right direction. A reception table, adorned with carefully printed tags and stunning flowers, was near the door, […]

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

2-9 June 2019 Daily themes for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity prepared by the NCCA. See the full resource, including reflections, questions and prayers here: https://www.ncca.org.au/images/stories/Departments/Faith_and_Unity/Week_of_Prayer_2019/WoPCU_2019_Reflections_for_the_8_Days.pdf

The Chapel of Sage Lü

The Dao Become Flesh

The first and second introductions of Christianity to China (C7-9, 12-14) Newly discovered evidence shows that Christianity was in China about 1400 years ago. Rev. Dr Ji Zhang, Assembly Theologian-in-Residence has used contextual theology and translated some major inscriptions to recover the intercultural dialogue which took place during the Tang and Yuan Dynasties. Here is […]

One Body in Prayer

In the town of Goolwa in South Australia, growing relationships between local churches has given birth to a new ecumenical group who gather for prayer and fellowship. Rosemary Austin reports on its first gathering.   World Day of Prayer, 1st March came from Slovenia. For our town of Goolwa, South Australia this was a wonderful […]

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Sunday 2nd to Sunday 9th June 2019 Theme: Justice and only justice you shall pursue (Deuteronomy 16:18-20) By Doug Hewitt Each year the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is jointly promoted by the Vatican Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. Resources for […]

UCA's Rev. Heather Griffin presenting at the Parliament of World Religions in Toronto Canada, November 2018

Women, Faith and Peace-Building

From invisibility to inspiration: the power of story Rev. Heather Griffin, a Seeking Common Ground Panel Member, shares her presentation from the 2018 Parliament of World Religions on Women, Faith and Peacebuilding. Thank you to the Parliament for giving me the opportunity to speak. Thank you too for your attendance here. I am passionate about making our […]