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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 (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.

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).

The Gospel in the Uniting Church

Rev Robert Griffith explores and critques the nature of the gospel that is presented in the contemporary Uniting Church in this short reflection (PDF 3 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

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. 

UPDATE ON THE “FUTURES” OF THE UNITING CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA

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.