12th Assembly 2009

International Stories

Bishop calls for forgiveness of a nation

The 12th Assembly was lucky to have the presence of many guests from Uniting Church overseas partner churches.

Bishop Simbarashe Sithole of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe said there are many struggles and joys working for the church in his country.

Uniting Church partners thank Assembly

Three representatives of Uniting Church overseas partners stood before Assembly on July 20 to express gratitude for the friendship shown by the Uniting Church in Australia.


Churches call to stop world war

If the churches don’t support the reunification of North and South Korea the result could be world war. That was the message from the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) the Rev. Park Soo Kil and General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church or Korea (PCK) the Rev. Dr Cho Seong Gi both special guests of the 12th Assembly.

A proud partner

Bishop Kumar Samantaroy from the Church of North India finds the partnership between his church and the Uniting Church in Australia as a source of great pride.

120 years of Australian/Korean friendship celebrated

The 12th Assembly on July 18 heard from two Uniting Church partners from Korea who thanked the Uniting Church for their ongoing friendship and support.


Peace and the birth of prosperity in Tari

Moses Komengi is a Young Ambassador for Peace coordinator in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.


Time for action, not more talk

“It is no use going overseas to attend meetings on climate change. I’m sure the voice of Tuvalu has been heard all over the world. We don’t need to campaign further. What we need now is for something to be done.”


The ‘new face’ of partnership with Indonesia

The Uniting Church in Australia is forging a “new face” of partnership with the Indonesian Church said the Rev. Kuntadi Sumadikarya, Moderator of the Christian Church in Indonesia, (Gereja Kristen Indonesia or GKI).

Great challenges in India

Following a surge in Christian belief in India, religious fundamentalists are now bearing down on Christians.

That is according to the Most Rev. Dr J. W. Gladstone, Moderator of the Church of South India, Bishop of the Diocese of South Kerala.


Uniting Church support 'critical' says East Timor Moderator

The Rev. Moises da Silva is Moderator of the Protestant Church in East Timor (Igreja Protestante iha Timor Larosae or IPTL). As one of Australia’s nearest neighbours, Mr da Silva said the opportunity to participate in the 12th Assembly of the Uniting Church “meant a great deal".