The 15th Assembly: Background Overview
Peter Bentley provides an overview and information about the focus and operation of the 15th Assembly, with a comment on the membership (three pages PDF)
Response and Addendum 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. Professor Haire's response to the Assembly Standing Committee (and Doctrine Working Group) Report on Same-Gender Relationships is included on the ACC website for the information of all members of the Uniting Church, and also now includes an Addendum in response to the Doctrine Working Group's response to Professor Haire. The full document can be downloaded as a PDF (five pages).
Comment on the Science in the UCA Marriage and Same Gender Relationships Report
ASC/Doctrine Working Group Report on Marriage and Same-Gender Relationships: What does Science really say?
N.E.Whitehead is a semi-retired research scientist who worked with The New Zealand Government, Japanese Universities, and the United Nations. He has more than 150 published papers, and about two dozen of these relevant to same-sex concerns may be found at mygenes. These emerged from about 25 years of research on the subject. A book examining the possible innateness of same-sex attraction may also be downloaded from there cost-free. Dr Whitehead provides a two page reference document here.
Resources for the Marriage Debate in the UCA
ACC Resources for the Marriage Debate within the Uniting Church are found on the link to our Congregational Web page
Rev Ted Curnow asks: There are many styles of evangelism and many ways of engaging people. If our traditional churches have thrown out mass evangelism for more socio-political or natural, relational programmes then we need to ask, ‘Where is the evidence of fruit and growth?’ If the aging institutional church believes that being contemporary simply means advocating social change then we need to relearn that rather than being an end in itself, it is essential to understand that culture can be a bridge that leads to people having an opportunity to choose Christ. Social transformation still begins with personal transformation rooted and found in Jesus Christ. Full article
Over a period of time the familiar slogan, ‘unity in diversity’ has blurred the existence of two very distinct and different gospels in the church today. In touching on the themes of theology and culture this short summary concludes with practical hints for members and Congregations concerned about the future.
This summary document (4 pages PDF) from Rev E.A. Curnow provides a reflection in the post 5 January 2019 context.
Rev Ted Curnow's has also compiled an extensive series of reflections on this momentous period in the life of the church: UCA Where are you?
Tracing the personal journey and reflections of Rev Ted Curnow they bring together a wide range of statements and insights related to the position of the church and Christian marriage. Cultural context, lead up stages, Assembly 2018, the aftermath and sorting out substance and myth.
Note: The reflections and views expressed in this series do not represent the official position of the Assembly of Confessing Congregations.
Walking the line of being faithful to Christ, but being aliened with a church you strongly disagree with can be a hard place. Here some helpful key thoughts are gathered especially for those who feel isolated in their own congregations.
by Rev E.A. Curnow (Download PDF version 3 pages)