Growing as disciples of Christ, equipped to participate in God’s mission, is central to our journey of faith. As described in our founding document, The Basis of Union, (Paragraph 11), the Uniting Church holds a high regard for faithful and scholarly interpreters of Scripture, who reflect deeply upon and act in obedience to God’s living Word. We are also thankful for the learning which comes through literary, historical and scientific understanding and continue to be open to learning from contemporary thought and societies.
Encouraging and guiding such learning and how it shapes our understanding of the faith is an important aspect of the Assembly’s work.
Growing in Faith encompasses not only our academic understandings of theology, but also how we as followers of Christ grow in our understanding and application of the faith.
The Growing in Faith Circle provides a space for people to be informed about and offer input into this important area, and to share your own faith journey with others.
Circle Members will be invited to engage with and contribute to resources and activities, such as discussion papers or study resources on topics of the moment, online forums engaging with questions of faith and doctrine, and national conferences or events.
The Advocate for the Growing in Faith Circle is Rev. Ann Perrin.
We asked Ann to share a little about herself.
Fonua. Connection. Reciprocity.
By Rev. Tau’alofa Anga’aelangi, Growing in Faith Panel Member My name is Tau’alofa Anga’aelangi, I come from the island of Holonga Vava’u, Holopeka, Koulo, Ha’apai and Vai-Ko-Puna, Pea, Tongatapu. In Tonga, when a person is introducing themselves to others through formal or everyday interaction there’s often an expectation to include the name of their fonua.
Staying Connected with God and each other
By Rev. Ann Perrin, Growing in Faith Circle Advocate Undertaking and maintaining faith practices at home requires commitment and energy. Finding the time means making this a priority in our lives together – myself and partner and adult son who is living with us at present. It has also become a time of sharing what
TOP 5: Faith Resources for Households
By Chris Barnett, Intergenerational Ministry, Children and Families, Synod of VIC/TAS Chat MatDeveloped in Australia, these Chat Matters placemats are designed around the Here2Stay faith forming pillars,*Not only can households use this resource to stimulate faith enhancing mealtime conversations among themselves, used with appropriate discernment they can also be used over a meal with guests.