The outgoing President of the Uniting Church in Australia has said that he has seen areas of growth and vibrancy in many Uniting Church congregations.
In his retiring speech to the 12th Triennial Assembly, Reverend Gregor Henderson said that, at a time when churches around Australia were grappling with a declining, ageing membership, he had a great sense of pride to have led the Uniting Church through a period of renewal and growth.
The Uniting Church in Australia last night installed a new President to lead the church for the next three years.
Rev. Alistair Macrae was officially installed in a ceremony at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, at the opening night of the Uniting Church’s 12th Triennial Assembly.
In his opening sermon to an audience of some 300 people, Rev. Macrae acknowledged his installation came at a time when the church was being tested.
The 12th Triennial Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia begins today, 15 July 2009, at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.
The Triennial Assembly is a meeting of 265 voting members of the Uniting Church, elected from across Australia. This group forms the decision-making body of the Assembly and meets for just six days every three years.
People of many faiths met together on Sunday afternoon, 5th July 2009, to show their support for Indian and other overseas students. The gathering of 150+ people at Wesley Uniting Church, Box Hill (Melbourne), was a response to recent events where Indian students living in Melbourne have been threatened, attacked and racially vilified. The gathering provided an opportunity for leaders of the Hindi, Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities to offer prayers for peace. The gathering was also addressed by the Chief Commissioner of the Victoria Police, Simon Overland, and the Moderator of the Uniting Church's Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, the Rev Jason Kioa.
Details about (and an invitation to) the Installation of Rev. Alistair Macrae can now be found on the 12th Assembly website. On the same page you'll also find information about the Cato Lecture. Both events are open to the public and we welcome your attendance at one or both of them. Click here for more details.
Christian Education wishes to invite all Uniting Church members to attend some worthwhile conferences to be held shortly. Christians who are keen to learn new things and who wish to refresh the old with newly learned skills and perspectives, will greatly benefit from attending these events.
New Doc.bytes are now available from the Doctrine Working Group.
Doctrine have recently prepared four new discussion starters known ad 'Doc.Bytes' on the topics of baptism, ordination, peacemaking and evangelism. Doc.bytes on apologetics, doctrine and marriage are also still available.