12th Assembly 2009

What's on today: Saturday 18th July


Key events at the Assembly today include the much-anticipated ballot for the President-elect; proposals being brought by UnitingWorld on trade justice, Zimbabwe, West Papua and federal government aid funding; and recognition of the 120th anniversary of Australian mission to Korea. 

Ballot for President-elect

The triennial Assembly today will elect its next President. 

The four candidates are Ms Rosemary Hudson Miller, the Rev. Dr Robert Bos, the Rev. Dr Andrew Dutney and the Rev. Jason Isileli Kioa.

Ms Hudson Miller is the Associate General Secretary of Mission Support at the Synod of Western Australia.

Dr Bos is serving as Director of the Pilgrim Learning Community at the Queensland Synod.

Dr Dutney is Principal of the Uniting College for Leadership & Theology in South Australia, and Principal of Parkin-Wesley College.

Mr Isileli Kioa is the President of the Victorian Council of Churches and a member of Premier John Brumby’s Advisory Committee on Multi-faith and Multiculturalism.

The result of the ballot is scheduled for announcement at 3.15 pm.

Assembly Cato Lecture: Daniel Smith-Christopher

Professor Daniel Smith-Christopher will tonight deliver his keenly anticipated lecture at the 12th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia.

The Assembly Cato Lecture, a tradition revived by President, the Rev. Alistair Macrae, presents an international theologian with the intention bringing a new perspective to the Uniting Church.

A theologian and author, Smith-Christopher will speak on “Overboard with Jonah; Over the Line with Ezra: Biblical Themes for the Church in Exile”.

Check the website tomorrow for more information on the lecture. 

120th anniversary of mission to Korea

This afternoon the Assembly will recognise the 120th anniversary of Australian mission to Korea.

The Rev. Park Soo Kil, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK), and his wife, Mrs Chung Yean Won, are attending the 12th Assembly.

Also in attendance is the Rev. Dr Cho Seong Gi, General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK), and his wife, Mrs Rho Young-Hee. Mr Seong Gi is a former minister of the Korean Church of Melbourne.

These longstanding partnerships will today be acknowledged and honoured.

UnitingWorld proposals

UnitingWorld, an agency of the national Assembly, today will present several proposals to the 12th Assembly.

Proposal 31, “Trade Justice: A Uniting Church View”, will provide a “biblical and theological basis for Christian reflection and action” on trade.

In other proposals, UnitingWorld will commend the Australian Federal Government for its commitment to increasing its aid budget, affirm its solidarity with a partner church, the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, and urge the Australian Federal Government to increase its engagement with the Indonesian Government in relation to West Papua.