Being in relationship with others is instrumental to how the Uniting Church seeks to witness to Christ in the world. The Seeking Common Ground Circle invites people to learn about and participate in the ways the Uniting Church is in relationship with other Churches, other faiths, and those of no institutional faith, as together we seek to find common ground for the good of all.
Circle members will be informed about and invited to contribute to the Church’s witness through ecumenical relationships. This includes the ways that we seek to witness to the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, with churches across Australia and overseas Partner Churches.
The Circle will invite members to explore the importance of interfaith relationships as a means to witness to God in a world of many faiths. Circle members will engage with theological reflection discerning God’s openness to the world, be invited into mutually respectful interfaith dialogue and promote opportunities for friendship with other faiths.
Additionally, the circle will explore how the Church witnesses to the reconciliation and renewal of the whole creation as it engages with the search for spirituality and meaning in wider society, including with people who do not identify with any institutional faith.
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Ecumenical Reps Connect
Uniting Church people engaged in ecumenical work gathered via video teleconference for a time of sharing and looking at how we can work together across the Church.
Building Brigdes Between Faiths
Building Bridges Between FaithsA coalition of young adults from different religions has launched a new charter of principles and commitments for how we live together as people of different faiths. Ps Joyce Tangi has been the Uniting Church representative on the executive committee of Youth PoWR (Parliament of the World’s Religions) which includes young people
People on the Move
People on the Move: Solidarity and AdvocacyUCA President Dr Deidre Palmer joined a global ecumenical conversation on the impact of COVID-19 on people on the move as part of a series of webinars facilitated by the World Council of Churches.Dr Palmer spoke about the challenges faced by refugees, migrant workers and international students in Australia
Pandemic of Compassion
Praying for a pandemic of compassionA Jewish social worker, a Christian ethicist and a Muslim doctor shared their stories of responding to COVID-19 pandemic as part of the 2020 Abraham Conference. The Uniting Church Synod of NSW/ACT is a partner in the annual event which features speakers from the three Abrahamic traditions on a key
Global Methodism today
By Rev. Dr Amelia Koh Butler and Janelle Gibson The UCA as part of Global Methodism Methodism is a movement of Protestant Christianity made up of a number of denominations. The movement traces its roots back to founder John Wesley, an Anglican preacher. Charles Wesley, John’s brother, and George Whitefield were also significant leaders in
Voices for Power
By Shane Slade, Seeking Common Ground Circle member, Engadine Uniting Church Sydney Alliance is a coalition of citizens, community organisations, faith groups, unions and not-for-profits working together for a common good vision of Sydney. The Alliance works on many issues reactively and proactively, building campaigns on Affordable Housing, Voices for Power (Affordable and Renewable Energy)
Emily with the WCC Gender Advisory Working Group in Switzerland, January 2019.Uniting Church member Emily Evans is taking part in the World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee meeting from 20-24 July 2020.The meeting is taking place online and Emily sends this video report from her home in Darwin.Emily shares how despite not being able