A church for all God’s people
There’s a lot of thought going on at the moment as to how the Uniting Church can do things differently in order to adapt to demographic changes in the broader community. It’s a topic that sparked a lot of conversation during Open Space at the 31st Synod in Session last year.
It’s not a new conversation. This year we celebrate 30 years since the Uniting Church declared, We are a Multicultural Church. Multiculturalism has been a transformative force both in the church and for Australia as a whole, and its effects will continue to be felt long into the future. We take a look at how far we’ve come
and where we are going on page six.
Many denominations from all over the world have identified the necessity to adapt to change. Last month we reviewed American author Rachel Held Evans’ new book Searching for Sunday. This month we sit down with her to talk about a religious shift happening amongst Generation Y. Read her profile on page ten.
I’d also like to draw your attention to the special report on page 13 about the ongoing drought in central Queensland. Three years without rain has put enormous pressure on the community, and already-stretched Uniting Church congregations are under even further strain. We sent one of our reporters out with Moderator Rev David Baker on one of his visits to the affected communities.
Change is hard, but the Body of Christ is resilient. Together, with God’s help, we can continue in our mission to love God and love our neighbour.