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As a people journeying together we affirm our calling under God:
- to preach Christ the crucified and risen one and confess him as Lord;
- to bear witness to the unity of faith and life in Christ, rising above cultural, economic, national and racial boundaries;
- to engage in fearless prophetic ministry in relation to social evils which deny God’s active will for justice and peace;
- to act with God alongside the oppressed, the hurt and the poor;
- to accept responsibility for the wise use and conservation of the finite resources of this earth for the benefit of all;
- to recognise, treasure and use the gifts of the Spirit given to all God’s people for ministering; and
- to 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).
The Uniting Church is called to carry forward the work Jesus Christ began in all aspects of people’s lives. Our mission is to be a living presence of God in the community and to follow the example of Christ so God’s transforming love may be experienced by all.
As a church, we are a fellowship of reconciliation; a body within which the diverse gifts of our members are used to build the whole and to be an instrument through which Christ may work and bear witness to himself.
Jesus said to those who followed him, “As the Father has sent me, so do I send you.” These pages focus on how that calling is carried out at in evangelism, development of congregations, internationally through the work of the world mission agencies and in rural and urban situations.
The Uniting Church enters into unity with the Church throughout the ages by its use of the confessions known as the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. The Uniting Church receives these as authoritative statements of the Catholic Faith, framed in the language of their day and used by Christians in many days, to declare and to guard the right understanding of that faith.
The Uniting Church commits its ministers and instructors to careful study of these creeds and to the discipline of interpreting their teaching in a later age. It commends to ministers and congregations their use for instruction in the faith, and their use in worship as acts of allegiance to the Holy Trinity. (Basis of Union, Part 9)
We’re an ecumenical church. While that’s not the easiest word to say, the concept is quite simple.
- ec·u·men·i·calrelates to the whole Christian Church. It suggests there is one Church for all humankind. But more than that, it’s about promoting Christian unity among the world’s Christian churches.
- Unity is at the heart of what we do — it’s what brought us together. 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'. But we recognise we’re part of the one true Church: the 'one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.'
- 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.
- Ecumenism is a vital aspect to our life and work. 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.
- We’re active participants in national discussions with five other churches and involved in regional and world ecumenical bodies. Along with 12 other Australian churches, we’re a member of the National Council of Churches in Australia. Each synod is a member of the state ecumenical council or council of churches.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
- I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
- And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
- Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
- Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
- The third day he rose again from the dead:
- He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
- From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
- I believe in the Holy Ghost:
- I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:
- The forgiveness of sins:
- The resurrection of the body:
- And the life everlasting. Amen.