The Uniting Church Western Australia is an Australian church for the 21st century. We’re part of the Uniting Church, one of the first churches to be created in Australia and the third-largest Christian denomination in Australia. In Western Australia, the Presbytery and Synod of Western Australia serve an area of two million square kilometres. We have over 100 congregations, seven schools as well as caring agencies such as Good Sammy Enterprises, Juniper and Uniting WA.
The Uniting Church came into being on 22 June 1977, after three denominations—the Congregational Union in Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia and the Presbyterian Church of Australia—joined together. Ecumenism remains a vital aspect in all of the Church’s life and work – in local congregations, national commitments to work together with other churches, and relationships and partnerships with churches of various denominations in Asia and the Pacific. Visit the ‘Our History’ page to learn more about the Uniting Church.
The administration of the Uniting Church Western Australia is through the Uniting Church Centre in Perth. Our staff are responsible for overall support and resourcing of the church — especially in community services, mission planning, theological educational services, media and administration. Our elected head is the Moderator and our General Secretary is appointed as the Secretary and executive officer of the Synod.
I would like to share with you all a prayer, drawing inspiration from Psalm 46:1
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountain shake in the heart of the sea”.
Creator God, we come to you in a time of uncertainty, seeking your mercy, healing and hope.
Our homes in Western Australia are experiencing the devastation of fire emergencies and lockdown in response to the pandemic, that has wreaked suffering and death on hundreds of thousands throughout your world.
Sometimes it is difficult to remain calm and still when those around us are faced with a real threat.
We pray for those who have lost their homes or properties. We are deeply conscious of the loss of stock and wildlife, as well as our beautiful native vegetation.
Especially at this time, O God, do we pray for firefighters, all emergency service personnel, police, volunteers, medical staff, government officials and all those on the frontline of pandemic prevention. Grant all strength, wisdom and clear decision-making.
We pray also for the vulnerable in our community, especially the elderly and those in aged care, separated from loved ones.
We pray for our young people, particularly those experiencing the interruption to the start of their new school life adventure.
You, O God, are a very certain help in a time of trouble.
Be with us – and all your people everywhere, in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
West Australian faith-based and community groups and organisations, including the Uniting Church WA, recently signed a joint RenewWA statement, calling on the State Government for reliable jobs, renewable energy, and a safe future for all.
Moderator of the Uniting Church Western Australia, Rev Steve Francis spoke at the #RenewWA Joint Call for Climate Action at Cottesloe beach.
“It’s time for our Government to move quicker and more certainly to reduce emissions, to reduce our carbon footprint, to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel, and to develop a much more aggressive plan towards a total use of sustainable energy.”