Celebrating three ordinations

Congress has recently celebrated the ordination of Denise Champion in SA, and will next week celebrate the ordination of Sam Dinah and Robert Jetta in WA.

Denise Champion

On Saturday 20 June the SA Congress and SA Presbytery celebrated the ordination of Denise Champion as a Deacon in the Uniting Church. Denise, who is an Adnyamathanha woman from the Flinders Rangers, is the first female Aboriginal Minister in South Australia.

Denise will lead the UAICC congregation in Port Augusta, and continue as chairperson of the Regional Committee.

Denise has already made, and will continue to make a great contribution to the attempt by First Peoples to affirm that God has always been in this country and known by Aboriginal people. She has the wonderful capacity to weave traditional stories and the gospel tradition to enrich people’s understanding of God and the Christian life, as she has shown in her book Yarta Wandatha.

Sam Dinah and Robert Jetta

After years of study and faithful service in various parts of the Church, Sam Dinah and Robert Jetta will be ordained on Friday evening 17 July in Perth at the time of the Uniting Church Assembly. They will be ordained by the WA Presbytery with the support and encouragement of the WA Congress. It has been many years since an Aboriginal person was ordained by the Uniting Church in WA, and this will be a time of great celebration. The Assembly will not meet that evening and members are encouraged to share in the celebration.

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