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The Crossroad Summary

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 (3 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.

Holding Fast and Standing Firm

Rev. Robert Griffith (Minister of the Word in NSW) provides his personal reflection on what has happened and is happening within the Uniting Church, and an encouragement in these challenging times. Robert outlines how in seeking 'solace in the Scriptures and to hear from God for this next season of ministry, the Spirit led me to a number of Paul’s letters and to the book of Hebrews. Two phrases kept leaping off the page as my spirit was fortified and harnessed for the road ahead. They formed a constant refrain through those letters: ‘hold fast’ and ‘stand firm.’ Neither of these things can be done in private or in silence. Both of these exhortations require us to take up our position and make it clear to all where we stand and why we must hold fast and stand firm until the Lord tells us otherwise. So, brothers and sisters, here I stand:'

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).

Compromise, cataracts and our loss of vision in the Uniting Church

Rev Robert Griffith explores the Uniting Church's loss of vision in the post-15th Assembly context. (PDF 2 pages)

Extract

Cataracts often develop slowly over many years ...
At our second Assembly in 1979, one of our founding fathers, Davis McCaughey, delivered a stinging rebuke to the Church which he helped birth only two years before. Even at that early stage, our spiritual cataracts had begun to grow and blur our vision as we wandered away from The Basis of Union and the Scriptures in pursuit of some unique ‘ethos’ which distinguished us from other parts of the Body of Christ. At the time of McCaughey’s death in 2005, President Dean Drayton publicly declared that Davis McCaughey had, "... provided much of the vision, wisdom and intellectual strength behind Church union." What our President neglected to point out was how quickly that vision and wisdom was discarded.

A Reflection on ‘The Gospel in the Uniting Church’

A challenging reflection from Rev Robert Griffith (NSW) - PDF (three pages)

Open Letters from Rev. Rod James during 2018

During January, February and May 2018, Rev. Rod James distributed 'Open Letters to Leaders the Uniting Church concerning Marriage'. Rod would be well-known to ACC members as a former ACC Council Secretary and long-serving UCA minister in South Australia and in a wider itinerant ministry. Noting the matters highlighted were being discussed widely, the initial Open Letter was printed with Rod’s permission as a ‘letter to the editor’ in the March 2018 edition of ACCatalyst. Rod's Open Letters are included in this section on the ACC website for the information of members.

(Peter Bentley, ACCatalyst editor)

The Emperor is Naked

Rev David Kowalick provides a theological analysis of Western culture. Download as a PDF (four pages)

Spiritual views about Marriage: An examination of Gnosticism

The Uniting Church - forty years in retrospect

Rev Warren Clarnette provides a historical reflection following the 40th anniversary of the UCA held in June 2017.

Bentley Report on UCA 40th Anniversary Conference

A report on the 40th Anniversary History Conference held in June 2017