The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) was formed on 22 June 1977, when the Congregational Union in Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia, and the Presbyterian Church of Australia joined together. The UCA understands its call as being to serve God’s passion for a better world as set out in the UCA’s way of living and being in the Basis of Union.
The UCA is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia, as well as the first church to be created in and of Australia. Within Western Australia, the Presbytery and Synod of Western Australia serve an area of two million square kilometres. The Synod of WA covers most of the state of Western Australia and is the legal and administrative body of the church.
Each week in Western Australia, more than 155 congregations and faith communities worship with families, singles, children, youth and the elderly; in small or large gatherings; in rural or urban settings; culturally specific or diverse. Worship styles vary from the traditional to the contemporary, with small groups sharing faith in homes, schools or centres of care. The UCA is committed to flourishing as a multicultural and cross cultural church, and to enhance opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse communities for inclusion and fuller participation in the life of the church.
As part of a congregation’s commitment to their local community, community service activities include emergency relief, financial counselling, op-shops, community and family support, playgroups, child care centres, disability support, food centres, support for the aged, support for young parents, community education, low cost computers, computer education, support for people with mental health issues, support for people affected by poverty or homelessness, refugee support, support for people affected by drugs or excessive alcohol and much more.
Even though our communities can be vastly different, each is a community of pilgrim people seeking 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.
Who we are
The Uniting Church in Australia is committed to compassion, justice and reconciliation between people.
In the spirit of uniting we:
- celebrate the love of God given to all people
- proclaim and live out hope, love and peace,
- seek forgiveness, reconciliation and freedom for all people
- accept men and women as equals in leadership
- embrace diversity and are open to discuss controversial issues and what it means to be inclusive of all people and to respect differences
- are committed to dialogue and co-operation with other churches and to participation in national and world ecumenical bodies such as the World Council of Churches
- are willing to explore the implications of being in a community of people of many faiths
- bring an open and informed faith to engage with wide scholarly enquiry in relation to emerging issues in contemporary society