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.
Members of the Fifteenth Assembly Standing Committee met for the first time in Sydney from 23-25 August.
President Dr Deidre Palmer led opening worship with Rev. Fie Marino. The President preached on Ephesians 4: 1-16 Unity in the Body of Christ and communion was offered.
Widespread flooding across India’s southern state of Kerala has left up to 400 people dead and close to a million displaced.
Up to 100,000 buildings were destroyed and millions of hectares of crops were washed away in the worst floods to hit the region in more than a decade.
The Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia has joined civil society and faith organisations calling for children seeking asylum in Australia to be removed from detention.
The #KidsOffNauru campaign is seeking to bring all 117 children that remain on Nauru to Australia by 20 November, which is Universal Children’s Day.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has marked 70 years of Christian unity and action by returning to the place where the ecumenical council began in 1948.
Representatives from member churches from across the globe gathered in a 15th Century Church in Amsterdam for an ecumenical service celebrating the fellowship of God’s call for justice and peace.
As part of the commemoration, young people from different continents joined the WCC’s General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit in a Youth Pilgrimage aptly named “On the Move”, symbolic of their continued witness on the way to unity in one faith and one fellowship.