Ecumenical engagement in the UCA
The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) in its founding document The Basis of Union, declares its commitment to ecumenism (paragraph 2). The UCA believes 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. In response to these ecumenical commitments, since Union, the UCA Assembly of the UCA:
- Established and maintained membership of a range of national, regional and international ecumenical bodies. Synods and other groups also participate in state-based Councils of Churches and local ecumenical groups and activities.
- Developed and continues dialogues with Christian denominations within Australia, in keeping with our commitment to “seeking union with other Churches”.
- Maintained relationships with churches with whom we share a parent communion and have a history of engagement.
- Through UnitingWorld, developed 36 Partner Churches with whom the UCA relates.
UCA ECUMENICAL DIALOGUES
Webinar: Sharing and Reflections from the World Council of Churches AssemblyThe 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches was held from 31 August to 8 September this year, gathering more than 3000 people from across the global church in Karlsruhe, Germany. The theme for the Assembly was, ‘Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation […]
53rd UCA-Jewish Dialoguewritten by Rob Floyd The Executive Council of Australian Jewry – Uniting Church in Australia Dialogue met for the 53rd time, and for the first time in 2022, via video-conference last Thursday. The Dialogue is an intentional space held by the two faith communities. The purpose of the Dialogue is to build and […]
Holiness and Social Justice A book commissioned by The Salvation Army and Uniting Church in Australia The Uniting Church in Australia and The Salvation Army have a strong theological commitment to holiness and social justice as a shared understanding of Christian faith and life.The dialogue between the two churches has resulted in this book: ‘Holiness & […]
Lutheran DialogueLutheran Church of Australia – Uniting Church in Australia DialogueThe Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) at its first meeting of the new triennium in August re-appointed the UCA members of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) – UCA Dialogue.MembershipAppointed for the three years of the triennium, the members are:Rev Dr Anna L. Grant-Henderson (UCA co-convener)Rev […]
MEMBERSHIP OF ECUMENICAL BODIES
Being the national council of the church, the Assembly holds membership of those bodies which are national in nature within Australia and also those which are international in nature.
Currently the UCA nationally maintains membership of:
- National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA)
- Christian Conference of Asia (CCA)
- Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC)
- Methodist Consultative Council of the Pacific (MCCP)
- World Council of Churches (WCC)
- World Methodist Council (WMC)
- World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC)
- Global Christian Forum (GCF)
The Uniting Church Adult Fellowship (UCAF) also participates in some international gatherings including World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women World Assembly.