President's Pastoral Message - Marriage

Beloved, I have over the past two years in various pastoral letters and communications urged us to recognise the encouragement of Paul in the letter to the Church in Rome: “We belong to one another.”

The current conversation in the Australian community over the understanding of marriage has degenerated and become hurtful, and at times hateful.

When we as Christians participate in such a way our faith and our Lord are diminished, and we bring shame upon ourselves and Christianity.

Some in our Church want to retain the current definition of marriage. Some are undecided and others support same gender marriage.

We are regardless of our views on marriage, sisters and brothers in Christ.

“They will know Jesus by our love.”

Christ’s love compels me to ask again that we spur one another on to love and good deeds.

Resources for respectful conversations on marriage are available on the Assembly website including the Space for Grace Facilitator’s Guide.


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