As Christians and members of the Uniting Church, worship is a fundamental activity that draws us together. When we gather in worship, we respond to God’s invitation to be loved and we encounter God’s own gracious self-revelation through word and sacrament. In communal worship all bring their gifts, varied and different. Being drawn into communion with God and others can be a transforming experience.
The Transforming Worship Circle invites people to engage with the ways the Assembly resources the wider Church and thinks creatively about our worship.
Circle members will be invited to learn about, share information on and explore worship resources for liturgy, including in different languages, as well as for music, preaching, dance, drama, inter-generational and intercultural worship. This might also include thinking on preparing spaces for worship and the multiplicity of factors which enable healthy, vital worship within the breadth of the Church.
The Advocate for the Transforming Worship Circle is Rev. Alex Sangster.
Rev. Alex shares with us what makes worship transforming.
Creating a Welcoming Sensory Space
By Rev. Beatriz Skippen, Bulimba Uniting Church, QLD Our Bulimba Uniting Church building is 152 years old. We have a hall, a kitchen downstairs and a vestry with a kitchenette. There is no office space. Last year we rearranged the vestry, putting in some couches and some toys. I realised the importance of having sensory
Called to be a Church for All
New Liturgy Regarding People with Disabilities The Transforming Worship Circle has created a new liturgy that acknowledges both the experiences of exclusion and embrace for people with disabilities. Titled, Called to be a Church for All, the liturgy is the result of the 15th Assembly’s commitment to justice and inclusion regarding people with disabilities. A task
Statement of Access and Welcome
The 15th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia adopted the following Statement of Access and Welcome as a starting point for further conversation and action regarding justice and equality for people with disability. In accordance with the Uniting Church Basis of Union, the Church is a fellowship of reconciliation, “a body within which the
Welcoming the Alien
By Rev. Lindsay Cullen, Assembly National Consultant and Sci-Fi aficionado Sci-Fi Church Sydney is a “Fresh Expression” designed to create a community space for people who love Sci-Fi and want to discuss the themes and ideas they find in Sci-Fi books, TV shows and movies, and the ways they intersect with spirituality and the Christian
Breaking the Silence
By Rev. Sandy Boyce, Deacon, Pilgrim Uniting Church, SA Break the Silence Sunday (BTSS) is an initiative that began in the United States, with a specific focus on sexual assault and rape. The SA Presbytery and Synod agreed in February 2019 to adopt the global day for BTSS, the fourth Sunday in April. BTSS aims