An evening with Dr Manuel Cardoso

Drug reform is about how you treat people
On 5th June, to a packed crowd Dr Manuel Cardoso shared his insights on why the decriminalisation of drugs was fundamentally not only the right thing to do, but also in a society’s best interest.

Dr Cardoso has been a policy leader on drugs and addiction since 1998 and was one of the key people behind decriminalising drug use in Portugal. He is now the Deputy-Director of the Portuguese General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies.

Over 700 people attended, with a further 3,000 turning out to watch the live online Facebook broadcast.

Host for the evening Will Tregoning from Unharm, said the Australian drug reform movement was a “call to restructure our society on the basis of love”.

After acknowledging the traditional owners of the land, Rev. Ken Day welcomed everyone to St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Sydney, inviting everyone to “feel at home and relax”.

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Update on Tathra-Bega Fires

19th March 2018

Dear Members,

An update on the Tathra fire.

  • There is no indication at this time of the extent of the damage
  • There is no indication of loss of life
  • Reverend David Russell is a trained and accredited/authorised Disaster Response Chaplain and is working with emergency personnel
  • Please do not attempt to contact Tathra members as they need the charge on their mobile phones for any emergency calls
  • Immediate relief is being provided and co-ordinated by Family and Community Services

Rest assured the Canberra Region Presbytery is in close contact with Rev Russell and every effort is being made to provide support to the Tathra community.

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. 

Rev Kevin Dilks
Canberra Region Presbytery
The Uniting Church in Australia
– Presbytery Minister (Presbytery Well-being)

Pastoral letter from UCA President

PASTORAL STATEMENT   Download letter here

Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

10 November 2017

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus.

The week ahead will be challenging for our community and our church, as the results of the Government’s voluntary postal survey on same gender marriage will be released.

We are in challenging times facing a range of disturbing issues all of which go to our common humanity – our inherent worth to God and to each other.

This affects how we speak and act and, as disciples of Jesus, we are called to reflect upon what the gospel asks of us.

This week we have been meeting together in Sydney and sharing our heart for the Church, the whole people of God.

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Give Hope Sunday: Finding a better way for refugees

On Sunday 27 November 2016 – the first Sunday of Advent, the Uniting Church called for us to find a better way for refugees. Congregations were encouraged to write to our political leaders to let them know that “We can do better”. Queanbeyan Uniting Church did just this – they wrote to local member Mike Kelly, with the below collage of photos of congregation members expressing their hope for a better way. WE CAN DO BETTER










It is not too late for other congregations or individuals to get involved. Together, our voices can register a clarion call to find a better and more compassionate way for refugees and people seeking asylum.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact the Head of Social Justice Forum, Jon O’Brien, on 9407 3225 or