Being the body of Christ in North Queensland

One thing that really stood out on my visit to the Presbytery of North Queensland was the “easy ecumenism” of the region. My comments have been pubished in the current issue of Journey.… Continue reading

Is church union relevant any more?

It’s no secret that I’m an enthusiast for the Uniting Church’s Basis of Union. But at least one sentence has always worried me: “The Uniting Church declares its desire to enter more deeply… Continue reading

Who’s the head of the church?

Friends from the Church of Scotland’s Assembly office told me a story over breakfast recently. It seems that some junior staffer from the City of Edinburgh Council phoned the Assembly office to find… Continue reading

The Houston report vs. welcoming the stranger

The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) is deeply disappointed at the recommendations of the Houston Panel on Asylum Seekers. And we are dismayed by the enthusiasm with which the Parliament has passed legislation which… Continue reading

The First Peoples are ‘us’: Why the Uniting Church opposes Stronger Futures

It wasn’t on the schedule, but the thirteenth triennial Assembly of the Uniting Church found itself on the steps of the South Australian Parliament in July. I overheard one minister say, “The last… Continue reading

Meet the new President

The Reverend Professor Andrew Dutney is installed as President on the first day of the 13th Assembly. Andrew is the Principal of Adelaide’s Uniting College for Leadership & Theology and Professor of Theology at… Continue reading