12th Assembly 2009

At the 12th Assembly

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. 


Uniting Church goes digital

On July 16 the Assembly received the report from the Task Group on the Code of Ethics and Ministry Practice. The revised Code of Ethics includes changes that address the emerging issue of pastoral relationships formed or maintained on the internet or other electronic media.


Songs that Unite competition

The Uniting Church in Australia has announced a national inaugural songwriting competition called Songs that Unite.


Church has potential for change

Uniting Church members may be surprised to know they are part of an organisation that values innovation and is open to change.

Members cool on voting cards

New voting cards arrived at the Assembly on Thursday evening in time for Friday’s business.


Terence Corkin reappointed

The national Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia reappointed the Rev. Terence Corkin as General Secretary during its morning session on July 17.


Conversations: 17th July 2009

We continued our conversations today with Assembly members and visitors, talking about youth, what's holding the Uniting Church back, and what sets us apart as a church. Conversationalists talked with the media team's Amy Goodhew.

NCYC 2011: better than ever

The National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC) is the Assembly’s largest event, held biennially with a different host synod each time.

Michael Jeffrey, from the organising team for NCYC 2011, addressed the 12th Assembly asking members to consider sending young people they know to the next convention.


Building bridges of faith

Uniting Church Ex-President, the Rev. Gregor Henderson, has called on Uniting Church members to take up the challenge of building interfaith relationships. Speaking at the launch of a new Relations with Other Faiths website and DVD, Mr Henderson said, “The 21st Century has to be a century of increasing interfaith understanding, interfaith respect and interfaith peacemaking together.”


What's on today: Sunday 19th July

Key events at the Assembly today include worship by Assembly members at various churches around Sydney; discussion of the Preamble to the Constitution; and a report by the Beneficiary Fund.