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The Emperor is Naked

Open Letters from Rev. Rod James during 2018

During January and February 2018, Rev. Rod James distributed an 'Open Letter 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, this letter was printed with Rod’s permission as a ‘letter to the editor’ in the March 2018 edition of ACCatalyst. A follow-up letter was issued by Rod James in May 2018 and this is also included in this section on the ACC website for the information of members.

(Peter Bentley, ACCatalyst editor)

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

The DNA of the UCA

Peter Bentley reflected on the Uniting Church at the Queensland ACC Regional meeting held in March 2017 in the context of the 40th Anniversary of the UCA.

Note: the specific Queensland comments have been mostly deleted, but they helped to provide a significant time of question and comment after the presentation. 


Dr Keith Suter revisits his significant work on the Future of the Uniting Church, arising from his PhD thesis for the 40th Anniversary of the Uniting Church (June 2017). Dr Suter's first article raising this important area for reflection was published in ACCatalyst December 2014.

Report on marriage discussion at the 14th Assembly

A Brief account of the theology of marriage proposals discussion at the 14th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia.

Note: A printable pdf version of the report is available click here 

ACC response to Uniting Church Marriage Paper

Christ, Marriage and the Uniting Church

Rod James reflects on the implications for the Uniting Church if the Church moves to change its theology of Marriage.