Where do you see signs of hope in and through the church?
What words of encouragement would you offer to us as we return to our home contexts and continue to engage in God’s mission in the world?
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen …
I bring you greetings from the Uniting Church in Australia, and also from our President, Mr Stuart McMillan.
Greetings. Grace and peace to you in the name of the Trinity of love. I greet you today on behalf of your sisters and brothers in the Uniting Church in Australia.
It was a delight to spend time with God's people in the Illawarra on 26 March 2017. I preached at Keiraview Uniting Church, a small community church nestled in North Wollongong on the NSW South Coast.
My sermon contrasted rejection and condemnation with acceptance and being chosen by and as precious to God.
I acknowledge the traditional owners, and pay my respects to elders past and present.
I also acknowledge Rakel Dink and her family, Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Mr Greg Soghomonian of the ANCA and many other distinguished guests.
It is a great honour to join you today on behalf of the Uniting Church in Australia to honour the memory of Hrant Dink.
(Delivered by Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer on 9 July 2017.)
Chris’ ministry at the Assembly began on 1 November 2008 with a service of induction at the Assembly Standing Committee on 14 November 2008.
At his induction the President Rev. Gregor Henderson presided and Rev. Allan Thompson preached on Matthew 25:14-30 The Parable of the Talents.
First, let me say that while I did anticipate retiring at the end of this month having concluded with the Assembly, I have been asked to teach full-time next semester at Murdoch University for the WA Synod. So I will not be retiring just yet!
Having said that, I do want to say a few words about my time with the Assembly.