Working For Justice
Central to the identity of the Uniting Church is a commitment to pursue a just and peaceful world. As Christians we believe that all people are precious and that we are called to follow the example of Jesus to love one another. The Working for Justice Circle provides a space to live out this calling to be a prophetic voice for justice in our church, our communities and our world.
Circle members will be informed about, engage with and contribute to how the Uniting Church pursues social and economic justice, human rights, peace and care for the environment. There will be a particular focus on climate change and refugees and asylum seekers as two key areas of concern for the Uniting Church.
The Circle will support the work of the Assembly to encourage wider theological reflection and action on issues of social justice. Collaboration, sharing and joint action will be a major feature for this Circle, both across the Church and with others who are also committed to working for justice.
MEET CIRCLE ADVOCATE REV ALEX SANGSTER
MEET THE PANEL MEMBERS
The panel members for the Working for Justice Circle are Rev Bea Skippen, Abi Benham-Bannon, Doug Hewitt, John Jegasothy, Richard Arnold, Emma-Louize Bovoro, Mary-Anne Hawson and Advocate Rev Loni Vaitohi
Nuclear-powered submarines not a path to peaceA statement from the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly on the AUKUS agreementThe Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) Assembly expresses its grave concerns with recently announced details of the $368 billion AUKUS security agreement and the plan by Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines.“Reliance on weapons for peace and security
Welcome changes for refugees
Permanent pathways for refugeesThe Uniting Church Assembly welcomes plans to end temporary visas for refugeesThe Uniting Church in Australia Assembly welcomes news that the Australian Government will end temporary protection visas, providing a permanent pathway for more than 19,000 refugees in Australia.“This decision will mean that thousands of people can start living a life of
New Circle Advocates
New Circle AdvocatesAssembly welcomes two new Advocates for the Circles of InterestTwo of the Assembly Circles of Interest have new Advocates stepping into this leadership role.Rev Jon Humphries has taken up the role of Advocate for the Transforming Worship Circle, while Rev Alex Sangster, the previous Advocate for Transforming Worship, is stepping in as Advocate
A Year of Circles
As the year draws to a close, we thought it was worth taking at look at just some of the ways the Assembly Circles of Interest have contributed to, supported or inspired the work of the Assembly across 2022. In these highlights, we see a picture of the national identity of the Uniting Church reflected
PCC calls for action on West Papua
Photo: Traditional designs painted on bark, made by Papuan women supported by GKI-TP and UnitingWorld. Marcus CampbellPacific Conference of Churches calls for action on West Papua The Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) has called for a boycott of all Indonesian products and programmes by the Indonesian Government until Indonesia facilitates a visit by the United
Ending gender-based violence
Ending violence within a generation will take commitment from all of usUniting Church President Rev Sharon Hollis and Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer have welcomed the Government’s plan to end violence against women and children within a generation.The 10-year National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children was released by the Federal, State and