Unity is at the heart of
what we do
We’re committed to promoting unity among all Christians and we seek to live in fellowship with all who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
We don’t claim to be 'the one true Church'. We recognise that we’re part of the one true Church: the 'one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.'
Ecumenism (working with other faiths and denominations) is a vital aspect to our life and work as it promotes Christian unity among all Christian churches.
Throughout our Congregations we make a commitment to work together with other churches, and build relationships and partnerships with churches of various denominations across Asia and the Pacific.
The Uniting Church is a Christian denomination. We see ourselves as part of the heritage of the Christian Church passed down through the ages. We believe Christians in Australia are called to bear witness to a unity of faith and life in Jesus Christ, which transcends cultural and economic, national and racial boundaries.
We value our relationship with all Christian churches. It’s enriching and rewarding to make our own unique contribution to the life and witness of the universal Church of Jesus Christ.
The church seeks to transform unjust social structures. It is active on many social issues and is well known for its views on matters such as Aboriginal affairs, economic policy, environment, international human rights and various ethical matters.
- Three denominations came together in 1977 to form the Uniting Church in Australia. The Basis of Union is the Uniting Church’s foundational document. It states the central affirmations of the Christian faith and is a guide to what is central in the life of the Uniting Church. It also outlines the roles of the different councils of the Church including presbyteries, synods, and the Assembly. The Basis of Union is the key document on which the new church was built and sets out the way the Uniting Church operates on a day-to-day basis.
- The Statement to the Nation was the inaugural statement made at the time of union in June 1977.
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.
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 Relations with Other Faiths Committee and the National Assembly has the Relations with Other Faiths Working Group.
The Uniting Church has a particular focus on ecumenism (working with other Christian churches). This is partly why we are called the Uniting Church, not the United Church.
In many areas, particularly in rural or remote communities, the Uniting Church works in collaboration with other Christian denominations to provide spiritual services.