And, the icing on the cake, since the launch at the 15th Assembly, 475 people have signed up to join one or more Circles.
“The number of people joining circles, which grows every day, far exceeds the number of people who have ever been engaged previously in our work,” said Associate General Secretary Rob Floyd.
The Advocates came together with the members of the Assembly Resourcing Unit to connect and share what has been happening in each of the Circles, and to look at the ways the Circles are inviting people to contribute to the life of the Uniting Church.
The day included input from Rev. Alimoni Taumoepeau who spoke about his experience of attending multiracial and church-planting conferences in the USA.
Rev. Taumoepeau shared some of the experiences of churches striving to create spaces where all cultures are welcomed and have a voice.
Assembly Theologian-in-Residence Rev. Dr Ji Zhang also shared insights gained from a trip to Europe and Asia meeting with our global church partners on visits to the World Council of Churches and with a gathering of the Christian Conference of Asia.
Each Advocate shared some of the conversations and activities taking place in their circles and together with the Assembly staff looked at the areas of collaboration that might be possible across the circles.
The seven Circles of Interest are: Walking Together as First and Second Peoples, Being a Multicultural Church, Working for Justice, Transforming Worship, Growing in Faith, Discipling the Next Generations and Seeking Common Ground.