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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Church partners have their say

Representatives from partner churches attending the 14th Assembly have addressed members on Day Six of the 14th Assembly.

The Presiding Clerk of the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu, Pastor Allen Nafuki thanked the Uniting Church and UnitingWorld for their continued support and partnership in the wake of Cyclone Pam.
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