Ready Steady Assembly

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Melbourne’s Box Hill Town Hill is a hive of activity as Uniting Church members from around the country arrive for the Church’s 15th triennial Assembly meeting.

Incoming President Dr Deidre Palmer greeted youthful members, answering some probing questions about the Uniting Church’s public voice and what excited her about the job ahead of her.

“I’m excited about following Jesus and also excited about your commitment to follow Christ in your everyday life - Jesus who embodies the gospel in transformational ways today,” said Deidre.

“One of the questions the Joint Commission on Church Union asked when we were moving towards union was, are we facing the world or just facing each other?”

“When you have a look at what we’re discussing at this Assembly we are facing the world.

"I’m excited about the key issues that we’ll be discussing at the Assembly and I know that you’ve got incredible passion for these areas too.”

As Deidre headed for a retreat with her chaplains, young members were put through their paces on the floor of the Box Hill Town Hall by Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer, outgoing President Stuart McMillan and Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress President Rev. Garry Dronfield.

Cameron Shields from the VicTas Synod and Nicole Mugford from South Australia ably filled the President and General Secretary’s chairs.

Later in the day, Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress members also gathered to discuss their business to the Assembly.

The meeting begins with a Smoking Ceremony at Box Hill Town Hall at 1.30pm tomorrow (Sunday 8 July).