12th Assembly 2009

Opinion & Interviews

On the theology of exile

Arto Avakian is the Secretary of the Presbytery of Canberra Region and a member of the 12th national Assembly. Born in Egypt, Mr Avakian was stateless for most of his life and was twice a refugee. He spoke with Meera Atkinson from the Assembly media team about his views on the theology of exile in light of the Cato Lecture, delivered on Saturday evening.

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More of the same?

As he presented the report of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress to the Uniting Church’s 12th Assembly on the evening of July 16, the Rev. Ken Sumner said that, while the Uniting Church is a wonderful church, it could be a great church.

I agree. But recent events suggest we’re not yet ready to step up.

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Living as a guest

The Rev. Dr Chris Budden is a name that keeps popping up at the 12th Assembly.

Not only has he launched a new book, Following Jesus in Invaded Space, he is also the front man for what is shaping up to be the biggest discussion of the meeting: the proposed new preamble to the Constitution of the Uniting Church.

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‘How good it is to be accepted!’

Rodney Minniecon reflects on his first experience of the national church working with Indigenous issues.

Women of Congress speak

Youth, family and spiritual life are the biggest areas of concern for Indigenous women, according to several members of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC).

Visiting lecturer calls for church to recognise its minority status

Perhaps it’s inevitable that Daniel Smith-Christopher would develop an interest in the theology of exile: after all, he is named after one of the Old Testament prophets living in Babylon. However, in contrast to his namesake, who interpreted the dreams and visions of the king, Daniel challenges Christians to move away from the role of being “chaplains to power”.

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