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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Meet Lofa Anga'aelangi
Growing up in the Methodist church in Tonga has shaped my family, identity as a young woman and my interpretations of the bible. May is a season in the Methodist church calendar where the Sunday school would lead worship and act out a certain story in the bible. At the age of four to five,
Your hopes for the Growing in Faith Circle
We are asking all Circle members what they think the Growing in Faith Circle can achieve this year.Some key questions: What are the important issues for our circle?What resources would be good for our church at this time?How do we enable missiological thinking and discipleship across the church? Here are some of the things people
God for Us
Reflections on the Doctrine of the Trinity and Voluntary Assisted Dying By Dr Margaret Campbell, Panel Member Growing in Faith Making conversation during a regular appointment a few years ago, my doctor asked me about my doctoral thesis which was in its early stages. I explained that I was studying an American theologian called Catherine
The true light born among us
Assembly National Consultant Rev. Lindsay Cullen shares a Christmas message for the Growing in Faith Circle. “Give the LORD no rest until he completes his work, until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.The LORD has sworn to Jerusalem by his own strength: “I will never again hand you over to your enemies.Never again
From a monocultural to a multicultural church
Assembly National Consultant Rev. Dr Apwee Ting reflects on the journey from a mono to multicultural Church in Part 2 of his on growing faith in a multicultural context. Living, embracing and celebrating with those who are different from you is a sign of a healthy, mature and growing faith. When a community with one
Growing in Faith Book Club
Some Circle Members are reading Keeping Christianity Weird by Mike Frost. Circle Advocate Rev. Ann Perrin reflects on this quote: “Richard Beck says, the eccentric Kingdom doesn’t claim territory over against the world. The eccentric Kingdom doesn’t erect walls to create a gated community…The eccentric Kingdom is the embedded, pilgrim, landless, possessionless, homeless, sojourning, itinerant
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