The 14th Assembly has returned to proposal 16 on the theology of marriage.
Earlier in the week, the meeting received a report on “The theology of marriage and same-gender relationships within the Uniting Church”, and agreed to continue the conversation across the life of the Church
Amendments and additions to proposal 16 were presented to the Assembly as an updated proposal 71.
Rev. Dr Jenny Byrnes from the Facilitation Group told the meeting that the reordered and amended proposal took into account two elements that are necessary when discussing marriage.
“The first is that the Uniting Church needs to exercise its own agency in the public space rather than being driven by the timelines or movements of federal politics.
“The second affirms that the Uniting Church’s understanding of marriage can only be considered by the full Assembly meeting and not by the Assembly Standing Committee.”
It was acknowledged that there are a spectrum of views within the Uniting Church.
After a long period of discussion the Assembly resolved to continue to engage with the work of the Doctrine Working Group as outlined in its report to the 14th Assembly and to engage with members of the LGBTIQ community and the wider church in discussions about marriage and same-gender relationships.
The Assembly stopped discussion to pray, and discussion will continue tomorrow morning.