Eight to ten years…

The Leadership Development Council met for the last time yesterday. A milestone. The decision to form the LDC was made by the SA Presbytery and Synod in November 2007, after a year of… Continue reading

Living Stones: The Uniting Church and Palestine

I’ve been in Melbourne today to join Rev Dr Olav Tveit, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, in launching the website Living Stones: The Uniting Church and Palestine.  If you follow… Continue reading

Spiritual/Theological Risk Management 

The Presbytery and Synod of SA has been working in the risk management policy.  They’ve already developed a good theological basis for risk management but they came to the view that they needed… Continue reading

Will there be angels in this wilderness?

This is my article in the current Australian Leadership. It has come to mind again as I think about Fathers’ Day. “It’s mad. It’s crazy. I just don’t get it.” This week I’ve had… Continue reading

The mission of the land

Much of the extended Dutney family and friends gathered recently to celebrate a significant birthday. Good times. But there was another milestone being celebrated too. The party was held at the family home… Continue reading

Unfinished business between the Congregational and Uniting churches

It was a joy to represent the UCA President, Stuart McMillan, in signing the covenant with the Congregational Federation of Australia (represented by Dr Joe Goodall): “To invite and welcome members of each… Continue reading

Australian Churches Remembering Palestinian Churches

This afternoon the 2016 Forum of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) resolved: That the Forum: 1. Receive the request from the Uniting Church to respond to its resolutions of July 2015… Continue reading

How I came to my life’s work

Today my three latest books were launched at the meeting of the Presbytery and Synod of South Australia: People, Places and Planes, Manifesto for Renewal and  The Basis of Union: A Commentary by J Davis McCaughey.… Continue reading

The Discarded, the Expendable, and the Risen Crucified One: An Easter Reflection

I thought I’d share this little essay that I contributed to the Easter issue of Australian Leadership: “The Church preaches Christ the risen crucified One and confesses him as Lord to the glory… Continue reading

An anniversary

I just realised that it was forty years ago this month that I started studying theology.  My first class was at Queensland University in the BA course. I started with the subject, The… Continue reading