History, Beliefs and Governance
The Uniting Church in Australia was formed on June 22, 1977, as a union of three churches: the Congregational Union of Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia and the Presbyterian Church of Australia.
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.
A visionary and inspiring statement on which the denominations came together is entitled as The Basis of Union. It is grounded in Jesus Christ "the risen crucified One". It outlines the roles of the different councils of the Church including the Presbyteries, the Synods, and the Assembly. It states the central affirmations of the Christian faith and is a guide to what is central in the life of the Uniting Church.
Our beliefs are drawn from the Bible and from the Apostles' and Nicene creeds. The Church also heeds the Reformation Witness in the Scots Confession of Faith (1647), the Savoy Declaration (1658), and the preaching of John Wesley in his Forty Four Sermons (1793). It affirms the place of ongoing theological, literary, historical and scientific study. The Basis of Union brings together aspects of these writings and traditions and sets out the church's way of living and being.
We believe that through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God brings us into right relationship with God, whereby in faith we can:
- live in a close, loving, personal, dynamic relationship with the living God;
- participate in the worshipping, caring and serving community of Christians;
- receive God's gifts so that life can be what God means it to be - loving, purposeful, joyful, eternal; and
- tell others of this good news and live it out in acts of compassion, service and justice in the community.
The Basis of Union provides an overview of our mission and is also known as the “Church’s Call” and is the statement upon which the Uniting Church in Australia was established.
The Synod By-Laws are currently under review.
The Uniting Church in Australia Constitution & Regulations are based on the Basis of Union and outline the governance structure and principles of the Uniting Church.