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Response from Emeritus Professor James Haire AC to Proposed UCA Marriage Changes

James Haire is Professor Emeritus of Charles Sturt University, Australia and Past Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. He was formerly the fourth President of the National Council of Churches in Australia and the ninth President of the Uniting Church in Australia. This response is included on the ACC website for the information of all members of the Uniting Church. An extract is below, and the full response can be downloaded as a PDF (4 pages):

The proposals presented by the Assembly Standing Committee (ASC), based on the work of the Doctrine Working Group (DWG), are, as the final words of the attached report says, ‘ready to be tested by the Assembly’ (5.7) in July 2018.   The Fifteenth Assembly in 2018 is to test them.   That is the Assembly’s task.

The following points question whether as a church the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) is in fact empowered or able to accept these proposals, in particular proposal (b), proposal (c)(ii) and proposal (d).1.   This response is of the view that, whatever the individual or corporate views of the members of this Assembly are, the UCA Assembly needs to state in humility that it is not empowered nor able to accept these proposals, particularly (b), (c)(ii) and (d).1.