The Uniting Church was the first church to be created in and of Australia
So, it’s fair to say we’re proudly Australian. Our Congregations reflect the multicultural face of our country – they’re inviting and embrace people from all corners of the globe.
We’re the third largest Christian denomination in Australia. You’ll find us in Australia’s largest cities and most remote towns. We’re also the largest non-government provider of community services in Australia through our community services arm, Uniting (formerly known as UnitingCare NSW/ACT).
Working together for the common good
Unlike some other churches, we don’t operate under a hierarchy.
Instead, we’re organised by groups of women and men, lay and ordained. We operate through a series of inter-related councils — local churches, regional Presbyteries, state synods, and the national Assembly. Each council has its distinct tasks, and each council recognises the limits of its responsibilities in relation to other councils.
We all work together and make decisions by consensus in each area of the Church’s life for the benefit of all.
The Uniting Church in Australia is comprised of six Synods across Australia:
- Northern Territory
- Victoria and Tasmania
- South Australia
- Western Australia and
- New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory
Our Congregations and members are diverse in age, location and culture.
We are connected by a single story, worshipping every week in more than 40 languages.
We are a fellowship of reconciliation, living God’s love and acting for the common good to build a just and compassionate community.
The Uniting Church is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia.
As a people journeying together we affirm our calling under God to:
- preach Christ the crucified and risen one and confess him as Lord
- bear witness to the unity of faith and life in Christ, rising above cultural, economic, national and racial boundaries
- engage in fearless prophetic ministry in relation to social evils which deny God’s active will for justice and peace
- act with God alongside the oppressed, the hurt and the poor
- accept responsibility for the wise use and conservation of the finite resources of this earth for the benefit of all
- recognise, treasure and use the gifts of the Spirit given to all God’s people for ministering
- live a creative, adventurous life of faith, characterised by openness, flexibility, hope and joy (based on a statement from the inaugural worship service of the Uniting Church in Australia, June 1977).
In the spirit of uniting, we:
- are committed to dialogue and cooperation with other churches, and actively participate in state and national ecumenical bodies and international bodies such as the World Council of Churches
- are willing to explore the implications of being in a community with people of many faiths and what this means for the way we express and share our faith
- accept women and men as equals in ministry, including ordained ministries, and encourage women in leadership
- embrace diversity and are open to discuss controversial issues and what it means to be inclusive of all people and to respect differences
- involve all people in oversight and governance, seeking to make decisions together rather than being hierarchical.