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.
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Innovation Growing Disciples
Growing Disciples for all generationsWritten by Rev Charissa Suli, Assembly National ConsultantOver the last six months, with the impact of COVID-19 on the way we gather together, I have noticed a decline in youth and young adults attending worship in their local congregations. This has inspired me to think about new ways to reach out
physicality of grace
The physicality of graceWritten by Rev Dr Rod Pattenden It often comes as a surprise to realise that the Christian faith not only welcomes but even loves bodies. The central focus of our theology and belief involves birth, life and death and we share the elements of a meal around a table as our central
Disability and the Bible
Terror, challenge, and reimagined community in biblical treatments of disability By Rev. Dr Kylie Crabbe It probably won’t surprise any of us that there are passages in the gospels that can be deeply painful for people who identify as living with a disability. In one of my favourite phrases, biblical scholar Sharon Betcher describes, “the
DDA is in our DNA
By Rev. Dr (Deacon) Andy CalderThe gospel inspires our Uniting Church DNA and faith into responses of justice and care with vulnerable people experiencing stigma and exclusion (in contrast to the Do Nothing Approach).Our faith communities and community service agencies aim to be places of welcome and sanctuary and we celebrate many instances of that
Doc.Bytes 2019 DocBytes are short discussion starters exploring Uniting Church understandings and beliefs. The two-page papers are especially aimed at groups though they can also be used for personal reflection. They provide some input, questions, and also point to further reading options. Docbytes 2019 The Assembly Standing Committee has approved the following set of resources
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