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11th Assembly theme looks out

Rev Gregor Henderson
President-elect, Rev Gregor Henderson has set the theme for the 11th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia which will be held in Brisbane in July 2006.

“God’s Word, God’s World, is more than a letterhead and a logo – it’s a statement that will guide and shape the work of the Uniting Church over the coming three years,” said Mr Henderson.

Mr Henderson believes that themes are important for the life of the Assembly meeting, but also need to be a statement of where the church is heading.

“It’s a critical time in the life of the Uniting Church. At a time when fewer people are associating with the churches, it’s even more vital that we take time to reflect on who we are as a church and how we bear witness to the Gospel in our context.

“How do we connect with the 80 per cent of Australians who don’t have regular contact with the Church and how do we remain true to our mission in that environment?

“As we journey to the 11th Assembly I invite members of the Church to reflect on the theme. What does the theme mean to you and your congregation locally, what local stories do you have that you would like to share with the rest of the Church and what personal, or group reflections you would like to share?”

The Assembly is keen to collect reflections from across the church which can become a source of encouragement and learning for congregations in their local mission.

Photo : Rev Gregor Henderson