Doctrine Resources and Publications

I’m sure we have all been reflecting a lot about the proposal for a plebiscite and more broadly civil society’s discussion about marriage equality.

The discussion paper on marriage requested by the 13th Assembly has been provided by the Doctrine Working Group for distribution and consideration.

The Doctrine Working Group produces a range of discission papers on various topics of significance to the Uniting Church. They also profile papers written by other writers that address issues of significance.

Note:- DocBytes are short discussion starters developed by the former Assembly Working Group on Doctrine over the past decade. They sometimes arise from issues and discussions of a particular time, and they reflect the Doctrinal commitments of the Uniting Church at the time when they were written. They should therefore be read in that light. 


The previous DocByte on Marriage does not accurately reflect the position of the Uniting Church following the important decisions of the 15th Assembly, and so this DocByte has been withdrawn.


A process is currently underway to evaluate all of these resources and to determine where some of them may need to be “refreshed” in the light of time which has passed since their initial creation.

From time to time issues emerge that the Doctrine Working Group is required to respond to. This can be through the Assembly Standing Committee or through other channels.

The Uniting Church's beliefs are drawn from the Bible and our Catholic, Reformed and Evangelical tradition. The primary statement is the Basis of Union (1971,1992) which continues to guide the life of the Uniting Church.

How to Read the Bible is a publication of 12 Simple Guidelines that give insight and assistance in understanding what the Bible is and how best to read it. How to Read the Bible is available in four languages.

The Christian faith is concerned with how we live our lives as well as what we believe. 

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