Theology and Ecumenical Relationships
The Doctrine and Theology Commission and Ecumenical Commission are now combined as one Commission: Theology and Ecumenical Relationships.
Theology Terms of Reference
- To develop doctrinal and theological resources as required by the Assembly of Confessing congregations (ACC) or its executive, (position papers on the Trinity, Scripture, Christology, etc.).
- To provide doctrinal and theological advice to ACC members, including responses to doctrinal decisions of the UCA and matters arising from the UCA National Assembly’s Working Group on Doctrine.
- To provide specific doctrinal and theological resources and advice to other commissions and boards of the ACC, as required.
- To provide responses to doctrinal and theological matters referred to the commission by other ACC commissions and boards.
- To assist the ACC to doctrinally specify the faith of the church.
Ecumenical Relationships - Terms of Reference
1.To assist the Assembly of Confessing Congregations (ACC) to witness to the catholicity of the faith we hold by encouraging ecumenical relationships and the co-sponsoring of activities with other reform and confessional movements.
2.To liaise with similar reform organisations in denominations in Australia and assist and encourage the ACC State Network leaders to develop a working relationship with ecumenical contacts in their district.
3.To liaise with similar reform organisations in denominations outside Australia, especially, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.A. and keep the ACC executive abreast with reform and confessional developments in Australia and overseas.
4.To work with the Cross-Cultural Commission in the dissemination of supportive statements from, Congress and ethnic congregations within the Uniting Church.
5.To encourage and assist local ACC State Networks to organise ecumenically based seminars and teaching programmes in Australia, with a particular focus on an individual Synod area during each year.
6.To correspond with the Australian Council of Churches, heads of churches in Australia and partner churches outlining the work of the ACC (and to do this in consultation with the ACC Executive).
7.To keep a watching-brief on any change in the ecumenical relationships the Uniting Church has with other churches.
8.To liaise with non-denominational evangelical organisations and groups for the purpose of sharing resources, activities and programmes.
9.To assist the ACC executive in the compilation of ecumenical statements and advise the ACC executive on the presentation and promotion of these statements
10.To articulate the story of reform movements in churches in Australia and overseas and encourage Uniting Church members to commit themselves to the confessional cause.