Assembly Theologian-in-residence Rev. Dr Ji Zhang has completed an updated Chinese translation of the Basis of Union.
Rev. Dr Zhang began the task while on a Uniting Church visit to China last year.
In July, the Fifteenth Assembly resolved to honour the diversity of Christian belief among our members by holding two equal and distinct statements of belief on marriage. This decision will now allow Ministers and celebrants authorised by the Uniting Church the freedom to conduct, or to refuse to conduct, same-gender marriages. Church Councils also have the right to determine whether marriage services take place on their premises.
At lunch in the kitchen on Monday this week, I had a conversation with Rev. Dr Ji Zhang (Manager, Church Partnerships, Asia for Uniting World). We wondered together what our Church would need to return to, hold on to, if we had no property.