The Uniting Church in Australia is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia. In Queensland, the Uniting Church has around 250 congregations and a number of schools, colleges and community services (such as UnitingCare Queensland and Wesley Mission Brisbane).
The Uniting Church in Queensland is engaged in a revitalisation journey called Together on the way, enriching community. In response to God’s Call at this time, the Uniting Church in Queensland is committed to: Uniting in Christ; acting with love, living with hope, witnessing in faith, and working for justice. For each phase of this journey Synod-wide Priority Directions will be identified.
Aboriginal and Islander members
The Uniting Church takes its covenanting relationship with our Indigenous members very seriously. In 1985 the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC or Congress) was established by resolution of the Uniting Church Assembly. The Congress is part of the Uniting Church in Australia, but determines its own goals and objectives and decides its policies and priorities.
A reflection of the power of this covenant, the 12th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia (2009) adopted to change the Preamble the Constitution of the Uniting Church to recognising Aboriginal and Islander people as the First Peoples of Australia. This ground-breaking change took Uniting Church members on a journey of reflection, discovery, questioning, and dialogue.
In Queensland, the Calvary Presbytery represents the Congress-affiliated Uniting congregations.
Visit the Congress website for more information.
Across Australia the Uniting Church has a growing number of members from non-English speaking backgrounds and other cultures. In Queensland, the Synod Multi-Cross Cultural Committee is the representative body. On an Assembly level there is also a focus on Multicultural and Cross Cultural Ministry and a number of resources are available online.
The Uniting Church values relationships with people of other faiths and cultures also and affirms the place of interfaith dialogue in creating and sustaining a culture of peace and harmony. To this end we have an Interfaith Relationships Committee and the National Assembly has the Relations with Other Faiths Working Group.