Who Are We?
At Caloundra Uniting we believe that Jesus makes a difference in our lives. That we are called to seek Jesus first, and to live a life that reflects God’s love.
We are a congregation of the Uniting Church in Australia within the Queensland Synod. As a Church we live and work within Caloundra and the surrounding suburbs. We seek to share the Gospel by promoting peace, justice, and support for individuals and the community. We also participate in international ministry, sharing faith and life with partner communities in both India and Tonga.
As a Church, we value creating space for people to come together as community. We offer a place for prayer, to search for deeper spirituality and faith, and for people to connect and share in life. At Caloundra Uniting all are welcome to meet, seek, and share.
What We Believe
The Uniting Church’s beliefs are drawn from the Bible and our Catholic, Reformed and Evangelical tradition. The primary statement is the Basis of Union which states the central affirmations of the Christian faith, is a guide to what is central in the life of our Church, and continues to guide the life of Caloundra Uniting. We confidently believe that through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God brings us into right relationship with God, whereby in faith we can:
- live in a close, loving, personal, dynamic relationship with the living God;
- participate in the worshipping, caring and serving community of Christians;
- receive God’s gifts so that life can be what God means it to be – loving, purposeful, joyful, eternal; and
- tell others of this good news and live it out in acts of compassion, service and justice in the community.
Other core values from the Basis of Union are;
Built upon the one Lord Jesus Christ
The Uniting Church acknowledges that the faith and unity of the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church are built upon the one Lord Jesus Christ. The Church preaches Christ the risen crucified One and confesses him as Lord to the glory of God the Father. In Jesus Christ “God was reconciling the world to himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19 RSV). In love for the world, God gave the Son to take away the world’s sin.
The Biblical Witness
The Uniting Church acknowledges that the Church has received the books of the Old and New Testaments as unique prophetic and apostolic testimony, in which it hears the Word of God and by which its faith and obedience are nourished and regulated. When the Church preaches Jesus Christ, its message is controlled by the Biblical witnesses. The Word of God on whom salvation depends is to be heard and known from Scripture appropriated in the worshipping and witnessing life of the Church. The Uniting Church lays upon its members the serious duty of reading the Scriptures, commits its ministers to preach from these and to administer the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as effective signs of the Gospel set forth in the Scriptures.
The Uniting Church enters into unity with the Church throughout the ages by its use of the confessions known as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. The Uniting Church receives these as authoritative statements of the Catholic Faith, framed in the language of their day and used by Christians in many days, to declare and to guard the right understanding of that faith. The Uniting Church commits its ministers and instructors to careful study of these creeds and to the discipline of interpreting their teaching in a later age. It commends to ministers and congregations their use for instruction in the faith, and their use in worship as acts of allegiance to the Holy Trinity.
The logo of the Uniting Church in Australia shows the cross of Jesus Christ, in its light and love, standing over a darkened world — redeeming it through grace and truth. By that cross people are bound to Christ and each other. The Holy Spirit, symbolised by the dove with the wings of flame, empowers and guides us to be witnesses to Jesus Christ. The wide U at the bottom points to the fact that we are uniting; as a semicircle it also reminds us that the renewing of both church and world are as yet incomplete.
The logo symbolises something of the vision we have glimpsed and the hopes we hold for the future. In particular it reminds us:
• that the gospel message is central in all that we seek to do;
• of the need for constant reform and renewal;
• of our commitment to worship, witness and service.