The Uniting Church in Australia

How well do you know the history of the Uniting Church in Australia?

The Uniting church was formed on the 22nd June 1977 after many years of discussion and negotiation.

The Uniting Church in Australia arose from a union of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches.

The inaugural service of the Uniting Church in Australia was held at Sydney Town Hall on the 26th June 1977 and broadcast live on ABC television

The inauguration of the new church was originally scheduled for 2nd June 1976, but a legal challenge by two NSW Presbyterians delayed the union by a year.

The Uniting Church logo, now a highly recognised symbol, took about a year to develop by a committee of 12 people which first began meeting in 1975.

The Uniting Church is one of the largest non-government providers of community services in Australia.

Frontier Services conducts 75-plus programs including health care, counselling, family support, aged care, migrant settlement services, patrol ministry, accommodation for students and a broad range of community services in Australia’s rural and remote areas.

Our network of justice agencies around the country works to communicate our vision for justice, reconciliation and peace to governments and within the public forum, and seeks to encourage Church members to live as active citizens, involved in the decision-making of our communities and country.

The Uniting Church’s beliefs are drawn from the Bible and from the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds. The Church also takes heed of the Reformation Witness in the Scots Confession of Faith (1647), the Savoy Declaration (1658), and of the preaching of John Wesley in his Forty Four Sermons (1793). The Church’s Basis of Union (1971) brings together aspects of these writings and traditions and sets out the church’s way of living and being.