President Dr Deidre Palmer has written to members of the Uniting Church in Australia ahead of the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse on Monday 22 October.
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ in our Uniting Church,
The 22nd of October 2018 is an important day in the life of our nation and our Church.
More than 300 women from all over Australia gathered at Somerville House in Southbank, Brisbane for an inspiring UnitingWomen conference from 27-30 September.
The theme of the Conference, “Weaving Wisdom and Wonder” captures the spirit of what UnitingWomen is all about - creating space for women of all cultures and ages to weave stories, share wisdom and wonder together at what God is doing in their lives and in our world.
By Paul Dongwon Goh, Justice & CALD Multicultural and Cross-cultural Officer, SA Synod
“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!...For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.” (Psalm 133:1,3)
It was like a catchment of water from which 'Abundant Grace and Liberating Hope' were overflowing. My fellow Korean ministers who are serving either in Korean or English-speaking Uniting Church congregations, and candidates from across Australia, held a three-day gathering from 16-19 September 2018 at Mt Schoenstatt Retreat Centre in NSW. This was the first Korean National Conference gathering since the 15th Assembly.
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.