Cato Lecture – To be a Marginal People of God: A Chinese Christian Understanding


Rev. Dr. Manhong Lin

It is my great honor to stand before you this evening. Before the joint consultation “One Flock, One Shepherd” in 2013, run by the China Christian Council and National Committee of the TSPM and the Uniting Church in Australia, I could never imagine that I would come to Australia, a land where I had never been, twice within a year, let alone to deliver a Cato lecture, when I had no knowledge about who Cato was. I would like to thank the invitation extended by the Assembly, especially from President Stuart McMillan and the Rev. Terence Corkin.

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President’s final blessing

14th Assembly Closing Worship, 18th July

Rev. Dennis Corowa: Lord Jesus Christ. You have put your life in our hands. Now we have put our lives in yours. Take us, shake us, remake us in the image of Christ. Enable us to live as a reconciling community, a people who love and follow Jesus.

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Church partners have their say – Rev. James Bhagwan

Ni sa bula vinaka, no’ia’ea, malo’ileilei, talofa lava, mauri and g’day in all the other languages of the Pacific that make up one quarter of the world’s languages.

I pay my respects to the taukei ni vanua, the tangata whenua – the people of the land, to the first peoples, traditional people of this land.
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Hearts on fire as Assembly closes

The 14th Assembly has come to a close with a Holy Communion service led by President Stuart McMillan and Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress Chairperson Rev. Dennis Corowa.

Assembly members joined together to sing Hearts on Fire, the theme for the week.
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Culturally-appropriate marriage discussion to continue

The Assembly has committed to continue to engage in a culturally-appropriate conversation about marriage and same-gender relationships.

In addition to this conversation, the Assembly resolved to issue a pastoral letter to the Church affirming the Uniting Church as an inclusive church embracing those members who identify as LGBTIQ.

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Solidarity with Palestinian people

The Uniting Church will raise awareness of the plight of Palestinian Christians and the Palestinian people in response to a direct request to Uniting Church members who visited Jerusalem last September.

After the 14th Assembly accepted the Palestine Proposal on its final day of meeting, ex-President Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney said he would personally convey the news to the Palestinian friends he had made during the National Ministers’ Conference.

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Congress ordination

The 14th Assembly bore witness tonight as two Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) chaplains Samuel Dinah and Robert Jetta were ordained by WA Moderator Rev. Steve Francis and Nyungar Elder Rev. Sealin Garlett.

Nigel Tapp was there.
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Standing united against community closures

The 14th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia has stood as one to oppose the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities.

The symbolic action was the result of a heartfelt plea by a contingent of youthful members who pleaded with the Assembly to respond to the potential closures.

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Proposal on Palestine

Ex-President Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney has introduced a proposal to establish an awareness-raising campaign throughout the Church on the plight of the Palestinian Christians and the Palestinian people.

The campaign will include promotion of the boycott of goods from illegal settlements in the West Bank.

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