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ACC Resources - Responding to the 2018 Report on Marriage

The Assembly of Confessing Congregations is providing a range of material to help congregations and UCA members provide a response to the Assembly Standing Committee Report on Marriage and Same-Gender Relationships (2018).

Copies of ACC letters and comments will be included below for reference. For ACC background resources and material please also see the ACC Declaration on Marriage and the Family and Marriage articles on the Uniting Views website.

ACC Council Members - Material Responding to the ASC Report on Marriage and Same-Gender Relationships

Response from Rev Dr Max Champion (ACC Theology and Ecumenical Relationships Chair and National Council Response)

Response from Peter Bentley (ACC National Director)

Response from Rev Walter Abetz (Council Member: updated June 2018 reflecting on the matter of 'the dynamic of the gospel')

Other responses to the ASC Report on Marriage and Same-Gender Relationships and information about the UCA and the Assembly

Rev Emeritus Professor James Haire AC 

Rev Dr Rob Brennan (Qld)

Dr David Pohlmann (Qld)

Dr Katherine Abetz (Tasmania) - eight pages (PDF) and a two page document Flattened Texts and Elephants (comment on the DWG reply to Professor James Haire) 

Background on the Assembly meeting (Two pages PDF) by Peter Bentley

Sexuality and the Liberal Development of the UCA Part I and Part II (an overview and outline by Peter Bentley on the Uniting Views website)

Presentation to QLD ACC Meeting by Rev Dr Hedley Fihaki 10 June 2018 (VIDEO link)

ACC Letters and Statements

ACC Prayer Letter 2 (1 June 2018) Three pages PDF

ACC Pastoral Letter 2 (23 May 2018) Two pages PDF

ACC Prayer Letter 1 and Sacred Season Outline (16 May 2018) Three pages PDF

Encouraging one another in the Confessing Movement - a note about the ACC (4 May 2018) One page PDF

Initial Comment by the ACC National Director (1 May 2018)

Information Note to ACC members following the release of the Report (30 April 2018) One page PDF

ACC Pastoral Letter No. 1 (pre-report letter 6 April 2018) Two pages PDF 

Copies of Letters from ACC Member congregations to the Uniting Church Assembly

A selection of letters is provided below to help ACC members provide their own response and also consider the material of other like-minded congregations.


Deniliquin Uniting Church (NSW)

Koinonia Fellowship Peak Hill (NSW)

St Andrews Richmond (NSW)

Branches Community Church (SA)

Golden Grove Uniting Church (SA)

Lighthouse Port Pirie Uniting (SA)