Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Cor. 12:27b
The Uniting Church for me? We are communities in which seek 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. This is the kind of engaging church to which I belong too.
The Uniting Church rejoices in diversity of races, cultures and languages as God’s gracious gift to the human family. As a wholistic approach we are all many people under one Christ. I have grown passionately to love and listen to the stories around me from an interfaith & cross cultural lens. The Uniting Church allows the opportunity to build bridges and to love our neighbours. We all have different stories, from different communities. The opportunity to share and grow as a coloured women in the Uniting Church has been a blessing as I know, I stand on shoulders of great saints before me who where able to tackle hardships for me to be welcomed and included.
The Uniting Church constantly seeks to affirm its biblical and theological understanding that “Christians in Australia are called to bear witness to a unity of faith and life in Christ which transcends cultural and economic, national and racial boundaries” (Basis of Union, para. 2).
To be able to stand side by side in solidarity with climate change and social justice issues as we are all called to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ on earth gives me the best sense of community and builds relationships in Gods Fellowship. During the time of the volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga, the UC came together with prayers messages and love for not only the Tongan community but each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, young and old.
Act 2 give us the chance to express what the Church means to us and how we can move forward. This Church has given me the opportunity to grow and fall in love with God. As always there a time for challenges, lament, hurt but most of all I know I am part of a community that believe in the One Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This has been a blessed journey thus far. As I am honoured to work with leaders and young people of the NSW/ACT Synod, (especially children) I know their stories and voices are heard. To hear stories of hope from Young adults who feel called to lead in spaces they may feel anxious but they know the Lord is with them or to the Kids at Kids Camp Out that just want to join in with prayers and songs, assures us that we all belong to a Living God. Amen
Joyce Tangi is the Field Officer (South) and Children’s/Family ministry lead as a part of the PULSE team.