Congratulations to the incoming members of the 14th Assembly Standing Committee whose election was announced this afternoon.
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.
The role of Synod General Secretary has been altered to bring it into line with the General Secretary of the Assembly.
The 14th Assembly has opted not to undertake a major strategic review into the governance needs of the Uniting Church.
A proposal from the Presbytery of Illawarra sought to establish a process for a wide-ranging analysis of the “fundamental governance needs of the Uniting Church in the 21st century.”
The 14th Assembly has returned to proposal 16 on the theology of marriage.
The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) has encouraged Church members to advocate strongly for increases in Government aid funding.
The 14th UCA Assembly meeting in Perth has also agreed to encourage Church members to increase their own support for development aid through personal and church giving, and through advocacy and encouragement of their friends and community.
In the last Bible study of the 14th Assembly Dr Rosemary Dewerse asked the gathered members of Assembly to spend some time in silent contemplation of the Bible passage (Luke 24:13-35) that has been the theme of this week’s worship.
Partner church guests took a tour of local indigenous sites, visited local disability enterprises, and enjoyed some local multicultural hospitality on Day Five of the 14th UCA Assembly meeting.
UnitingWorld’s Cath Taylor reports.
The Chinese Christian church has only 25 million members says Associate General Secretary of the China Christian Council, Rev. Dr Lin Manhong.
That relative size in a population of about 1.4 billion is more of a blessing than a hindrance, Rev. Dr Lin explained in delivering the Cato Lecture at the 14th Assembly.
The 14th Assembly has passed a series of proposals to address historic and current injustices against Australia’s First Peoples.
The proposals were brought by the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC).