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ACC Regional Meeting: March 2017
The ACC National Director, Peter Bentley spoke on The DNA of the UCA: Past, Present and Future at Wilsonton Uniting Church on Sunday March 19, 2017 to Queensland ACC members and other interested persons. There was also substantial discussion about issues circulating in the UCA and the wider church and the confessing movement and in particular the ACC. The paper will be included in the June 2017 ACCatalyst magazine.
ACC Regional Meeting: October 2016
Rev Dr Hedley Fihaki spoke on Two Churches or One, in a frank and open consideration of the future of the UCA at the regional meeting held at Mooloolaba UC on 16th October 2016. The paper is available in the December 2016 edition of ACCatalyst: download from the website: http://www.confessingcongregations.com/resources/item/accatalyst-december-2016/
ACC Regional Meeting: June 5th, 2016
The ACC National Director, Peter Bentley spoke on The Future of the UCA and the Confessing Movement at Paradise Point Uniting Church on Sunday June 5, 2016 to members of the ACC Queensland regional group. Thank you to ACC QLD Committee for all their organisation and the local members for their hospitality.
ACC Cluster and Regional Gathering: November 15th 2015.
Emeritus Prof. Pat Noller, a member of the ACC State Committee and of the Forest Lake Uniting Church, spoke at a regional dinner on Pastoral Care in a Diverse Church. This was the topic that Pat spoke on when presenting a paper at the ACC National Conference in September. Pat's paper is being progressively included in the ACCatalyst magazine and the full PowerPoint file available on the website.
Queensland ACC Regional Meeting: Graceville Uniting Church: 30 August 2015
Following the 14th Assembly, Qld ACC members gathered for a BBQ and opportunity to hear reflections from Peter Bentley, Rev Dr Hedley Fihaki and Rev Lulu Senitulu. Thank you to Rev Dr Rob Brennan and Graceville Uniting Church for hosting the meeting.
South East Queensland Tour April 2013
Peter Bentley, the ACC Executive Consultant shared with over 250 members during a weekend of visits on the topic: ‘The Confessing Movement Today: Good for the Church and Society’. Meetings were held at the Sunshine Coast Cluster; Bayside Uniting Church in Brisbane and Paradise Point Uniting Church on the Gold Coast.
2012 (May – June): Tour by Peter Bentley
ACC Executive Officer, Peter Bentley visited Nth Queensland ACC members and congregations, starting from Townsville, through to Mackay, leading seminars on Marriage and the UCA and providing an update on the ACC and its future following the 2012 Assembly.
Rod James Queensland speaking tour - November 2011
A report about the Marriage Presentations: What's good?
Why gay marriage is not good for Australia was the title of an address the Revd Rod James delivered three times during the last weekend in November 2011. People gathered to hear Rod's address at the Queensland Synod Office Chapel, Mooloolaba Uniting Church on the Sunshine Coast and Elanora Uniting Church on the Gold Coast. As well, Rod preached at the Banora Point UC in the 9.00am service on the 27th November.
The address was topical due to the debate in the Queensland parliament (and subsequent approval) of a bill proposing that same-sex couples should have access to civil unions. Rod's address articulated the forebodings many people hold about these legislative changes and especially if children eventually miss being nurtured by a father and a mother. This is why our guest speaker stressed the importance of a mother and father's for raising a child. A grim report of a lesbian couple from California illustrated his concern. They delayed, with hormone blockers, the onset of puberty so that their 11 year son could buy time should he wish to change his gender.
Our Moderator, Revd Kaye Ronalds, was in attendance at the Brisbane meeting and we welcomed her reminder of the 8th National Assembly affirming that ‘Marriage for Christians is the freely given consent and commitment in public and before God of a man and woman to live together for life...' Unfortunately, the application of the National Assembly's affirmation is under challenge. A UCA Minister in South Australia has co-founded a group " Christians for Gay Marriage" and its UCA members are keenly promoting same-sex marriage. Uniting Network has published and road tested a ‘Sacred Union Ceremony' which is an undisguised adaptation of the Uniting Church's marriage service and one of its boldest revisions is a declaration in the Name of the Trinity that homosexual unions are ‘sacred'. According to Rod James, this innovation is made intelligible by a National Assembly decision which cleared the way for presbyteries to offer ministry placements to practising homosexuals.
The evening in Brisbane was wrapped up by the Revd Ivan Kirk with a statement about what is good. He quoted the 1st article of the Creed and elaborated on its meaning with the biblical vision of what it is to be human according to the creation story in Genesis. God created the human as male and female and faithfulness to the credal confession requires the creature to live in fidelity as either a man or woman. The gravity of collapsing this distinction by way of homosexuality is underscored by Divine judgement but to live in fidelity to our nature as a man or woman declares what God has already decreed to be good.
Lu Senituli provides a word of encouragement from the First Meeting of the ACC Bayside Fellowship
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ,
The ACC Fellowship Bayside region has begun. It was held at the Bayside UCA congregation chapel, Wondall road on March 3rd at 7.00pm.
We began our fellowship with a welcome in the name of Christ followed by singing together the Doxology (573 AHB) 'Praise God from whom all blessings flow. This was followed with an affirmation of faith-the Nicene Creed and prayer.
Our bible passage for the opening of this fellowship group was:
2 Timothy 3:14 - 4:5
14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, 15and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
4In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: 2proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. 3For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, 4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. 5As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry.
Lu lead in devotion by paying particular attention to verses 16, 2 and 3.
After the devotion, we had a time of sharing followed by s brief presentation by Lu on the reason for the formation of the ACC.
The most significant time segment was spent in prayer for the fellowship groups and particularly for the Church of Christ to confess Jesus Christ as Lord and to stand firm in His Truth at whatever the cost.
The fellowship concluded in high spirit as we all had discerned the presence of Christ in our midst and as we also received great news that more new people will be attending the next gathering.
The next fellowship will be held on Tuesday 13th of April. The venue is yet to be decided because a member had offered his home to host the fellowship. However, I'm still keen at keeping it at the church but we will wait and see what develops.
A Developing Presence - 2009 and beyond
The Queensland state committee's goal is to promote the confessional cause with as much good will as it can muster and quietly and steadily set the record straight. ACC Queensland has distributed over 1000 extra copies of ACC catalyst to interested parties. Members have led encouraging deputations and Queensland ACC are continuing to develop some ACC groups in local regions such as the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Darling Downs and Gold coast/Northern Rivers NSW, as well as establishing a group in North Queensland. Links are being made with like minded confession movements in other churches and solid biblical and theological educational opportunities are being promoted through visiting speakers. Please pray for the UCA leadership in Queensland that it will promote the mission of Christ and reflect and lead the vast majority of the synod in the faith most share.