12th Assembly 2009

South Australian chosen as Uniting Church President-elect

The Uniting Church in Australia has today voted for a new President to lead the church in three years’ time.

Reverend Dr Andrew Dutney was chosen as President-elect by the 12th Triennial Assembly of the Uniting Church.

Rev. Dr Dutney is the Principal of the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology (Adelaide) and an Associate Professor at Flinders University.

He has been one of the leading interpreters of the history and theology of the Uniting Church, and is widely published in the areas of theology and ethics.

From 1996 to 2006 Rev. Dr Dutney was the chairperson of the South Australian Council on Reproductive Technology.

Added to that, he was the foundation Director of the Centre for Theology, Science and Culture, a joint activity of Flinders University and the Adelaide College of Divinity.

Announcing the decision to the Assembly the President, Rev. Alistair Macrae, said that the President-elect would “bring abundant gifts to the role”.

Looking to the future, Rev. Dr Dutney said, “Reconciliation is what we’re all about. So we must be a church that transcends whatever fractures and divides our world”.

“It means being a church with a passion for and practical commitment to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

“It means being passionate about sharing the message of God’s love for the world, confident that the Gospel still has the power to heal and transform broken lives and societies.

“It means being a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, cross-cultural network of congregations and agencies with genuine relationships with people on the edges of Australian society and with Christian communities in Asia, the Pacific and Africa.

“It means working harder at enabling the participation and leadership of women in the church.”

The three other nominees included Ms Rosemary Hudson Miller (WA), Rev. Jason Kioa (Vic/Tas), and Rev. Dr Rob Bos (QLD).

Rev. Dr Andrew Dutney is available for comment.

Media Contact: Penelope Monger: 0417 416 674.