Congress proposals update

A new appeal to rebuild the church at Mapoon has been authorised by the 14th Assembly.

After a bauxite deposit was discovered in the 1950s, in November 1963 the Queensland Government forcibly removed Mapoon’s residents from their homes and the church building was burned.

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Commissioner McClellan addresses 14th Assembly

The power of institutions must never again be allowed to silence a child nor must it be allowed to diminish the preparedness or capacity of adults to act to protect children.

That was one of the key messages delivered by the Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan Continue Reading

“Live Peace” Book Launch

A steadfast belief that light will always drive out the darkness was at the heart of Joy Balazo’s peace-building in the Asia-Pacific region, said Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan when launching a book about her life.

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Day 4 – Bible study

Each member of the 14th Assembly has been encouraged to expect to find Jesus when they seek him with all their heart.

Delivering the Bible study on Wednesday morning, Rev. Dr Emanuel Audisho said God’s promise that he would be found was made clear in Jeremiah 29:13-14.

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Marriage proposal requires more consideration

The 14th Assembly has received a report on marriage and will continue to discuss related proposals over the coming days.

Rev. Alistair Macrae introduced the Doctrine Working Group’s The theology of marriage and same-gender relationships within the Uniting Church report, noting that the report is based on the 1997 resolution on marriage and the Uniting Church and the marriage liturgy found in Uniting in Worship 2.

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Faithful Servant: Minute of Appreciation for Rev. Terence Corkin

Rev. Terence Corkin, the retiring Assembly General Secretary has been recognised for his steady hand and unwavering commitment to guiding the Uniting Church through a time of significant change.

Past President Rev. Alistair Macrae said Rev. Corkin – who will step down at the end of the year after 15 years in the post – had “gone the distance.” He not only dealt with contentious issues such as sexuality, leadership and the Frontier Services crisis, but remained mindful of the health and faithfulness of the Church. Continue Reading