12th Assembly 2009

At the 12th Assembly

12th Assembly now on Twitter!

The 12th Assembly is now on Twitter! You can follow our regular tweets both before and during the Assembly. The President and some key members of the Assembly will be available to tweet at various points during the six-day meeting. Go to: www.twitter.com/12thAssembly.

 

National meeting opens amid cleansing smoke

The 12th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia was officially opened on July 15 with an acknowledgment of country in the form of a prayer by Pearl Wymarra. Ms Wymarra, Development and Outreach Officer for the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) in the Synod of New South Wales and the ACT, gained permission from local elders to give the acknowledgment.

Church can do more to quench nation's spiritual thirst, says new President

In his first address as President of the Uniting Church, the Rev. Alistair Macrae has drawn on biblical and human images of water, thirst and dry land to call on the church to reinvigorate its mission.

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New President calls for an end to 'Demonic preoccupation with survival'

The Rev. Alistair Macrae BA, BTh, MPhil (Ecum), was officially installed as the 12th President of the Uniting Church in Australia on July 15 at the moving opening ceremony of the 12th Triennial Assembly, which took place at the Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales.

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What's on today: Thursday 16th July

Key events at the Assembly today include celebrating the covenant, the retiring president's speech, and leading the way on indigenous spirituality.

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Conversations: 16th July 2009

We've been chatting with people around the Assembly, including members and visitors and we'll continue our coverage of these conversations throughout the Assembly meeting. Conversations today focus on the symptoms of spiritual drought in Australia and how we might quench our thirst for spiritual and religious connection. Our conversationalists come from NSW and Queensland.Today's conversations focus on the symptoms of spiritual drought in Australia, and how we might quench our thirst for spiritual and religious connection. The media team’s Jasmine Edwards talked with Assembly members and visitors.

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President launches ‘confronting book’

On the second day of the Uniting Church’s 12th Triennial Assembly, the President, the Rev. Alistair Macrae, launched a book he described as confronting but which offered a “perspective of hope”.

Following Christ in Invaded Space: Doing Theology on Aboriginal Land, written by the Rev. Dr Chris Budden, a member of the Assembly Standing Committee, raises issues at the heart of the Uniting Church's identity.

Young people give thumbs up to Youthful Members Orientation

A number of fresh, young faces are among the crowds milling around the various venues on the Kensington campus of the University of New South Wales, where the 12th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia is taking place.

Most of these young people, who hail from all over the country, participated in the Youthful Members Orientation, a workshop held prior to Assembly and run by the host synod — this time the Synod of New South Wales and the ACT.

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Henderson 'hugely encouraged'

By Meera Atkinson

The retiring president of the Uniting Church in Australia, the Rev. Gregor Henderson, addressed the 12th Assembly with a lively report on his presidency.

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What's on today: Friday 17th July

Key events at the Assembly today include task group on Jewish relations giving it's report, consideration of changes to the constitution and the launch of an interfaith website.

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