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​Who We Are​​

The Uniting Church​ is an Australian Christian movement. It shares with Australian people in the search for meaning, purpose and community in life.

It is committed to justice and reconciliation between people. Through worship, sharing the story of Jesus, and service in the community, we witness to the belief that life is most fully found in God.

We have journeyed in faith through organic church union since 1977 from Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational backgrounds to be a part of a truly Australian church: moved by the Spirit and inspired by the Gospel of Jesus.

The Uniting Church has a strongly felt and argued sense of social justice. It has taken stances on issues such as native title for Indigenous people, the environment, apartheid and the status of refugees. These stances have been expressed in practical involvement and in political comment and advocacy.

We acknowledge that we live and work on Aboriginal land. In 2010 the Uniting Church became the first church in Australia to constitutionally acknowledge Aboriginal and Islander people as the First Peoples of Australia.

The Uniting Church is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia, behind the Roman Catholic and the Anglican churches, with about 250,000 members spread throughout about 2,500 congregations. In Victoria and Tasmania the church has approximately 600 congregations and about 60,000 members.

Even though our congregations can be vastly different, each is a community in which people seek to follow Jesus, learn about God, share their faith, care for each other, serve the local community and seek to live faithfully and with real joy.

The Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania seeks to be a living Christian faith community, faithful to God, seeking ways of love, peace and justice for all people.

In the spirit of Uniting we​

  • are committed to dialogue and cooperation with other churches and to participation 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;
  • embr​ace 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. We rely on consensus decision making.