The Society’s task is to promote the study of the Uniting Church’s history. Members of the Society also continue to work as volunteers in the Synod Archives. The society organizes occasional public lectures on themes in church history. It also gives a prize for the best project based on oral history by a student at UTC.
Principal officers of the Society
Patron: The Moderator of the Synod of New South Wales and the ACT (The Rev. Myung Hwa Park)
President: The Rev. Robert Evans, OAM, MA
Membership: Any person with an interest in church history is eligible and is invited to become a member. The annual fee is currently $38 ($32 for pensioners and students). Members will receive the journal (Church Heritage) and Newsletter of the Society. Corporate membership (e.g. churches) fee is currently $38.
(Policy on fees for use of the Archives and Research Centre is yet to be determined. Members of the UCHS may be entitled to concessional use of the Archives. Depending on the review of these charges, the membership fee may drop.)
The society publishes the journal Church Heritage twice annually, in March and September. Church Heritage exists to publish articles and review books with particular reference to Congregational, Methodist Presbyterian and Uniting traditions in Australia and the South Pacific.
The Editor is Professor Malcolm Prentis, MA, PhD, Dip Tertiary Ed, FRHistS firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are planning an anniversary celebration and/or want to publish a history of your congregation but do not have the resources to do so, consider publishing your short history in CHURCH HERITAGE. Sufficient extra copies of the issue featuring your history could be printed for your needs, at very low cost. Approach the editor and ask how it works.
On Exploring the History of a Congregation by Susan Emilsen
Writing a Parish History: some notes for beginners by Malcolm D. Prentis
Leaders of congregationalism: 1904-1977 by Geoff Barnes
Methodist leaders: 1902-1977 by Eric Clancy
Moderators of the Presbyterian Church: 1901-1977 by Malcolm D. Prentis