Multicultural Ministry brings together ethnically specific congregations from across the state. WA currently has Tongan, Indonesian, Korean, Afrikaans, Karen and Assyrian Arabic congregations. The network also includes informal groups which meet within a number of different congregations and offers the opportunity for people who worship in languages other than English to share and explore what it means for them to be part of the Uniting Church.
In 2010 the Uniting Church in Western Australia appointed its first Multicultural Ministry Coordinator, Rev Dr Emanuel Audisho. Emanuel was born in Iraq into a family with a long tradition in the Nestorian Orthodox Church. He speaks five languages and has a PhD in Arabic literature.
He left Iraq in 1997 and while living as a refugee in Jordan, Emanuel was ordained as a Minister of the Methodist Church and founded the first Iraqi Methodist Church. He came with his family to Australia in 2003, and in 2004 he founded the Assyrian Arabic Holiness Church. In 2009, he was received as a Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia.
Emanuel believes the Christian message is one of hope in building the skills and attitudes important for our future.
Rev Dr Emanuel Audisho, multicultural ministry coordinator, can be contacted at the Uniting Church Centre on 9260 9800 or 0459 145 977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on multicultural ministry, including a list of Uniting Church congregations in Western Australia who worship in languages, visit the Multicultural Congregations page.