Uniting Church ministers from across the country have been sharing their thoughts with me on what ‘Living the Gospel’ means.

Living the Gospel can be challenging, so it’s always encouraging when I can share some stories to stimulate your thinking and start the conversation.

Rev. David Riethmuller reflects on his experience as the on-call chaplain for NSW Police after the death of Curtis Cheng in Parramatta.

Drawing on his experience in multi- and cross cultural ministry, Rev. Dr Apwee Ting defines living the gospel as being a lifelong disciple to the community of Christ.

You can read these stories and other notable contributions in the November edition of Grevillea.

Christian Unity

I’ve been engaging with the Christian Unity Working Group in discussion on the newly agreed Anglican-UCA statement “Weaving a New Cloth”. Our meeting on 10 November considered how we can get people to know the statement and use it in their own context.

There is also a helpful international Anglican-World Methodist statement in “Into All The World: Being and Becoming Apostolic Churches”, which has been received by the ASC. Let me know if you’d like a copy.

World Methodist Conference

Next year’s World Methodist Council in Houston, Texas is the largest worldwide gathering of Wesleyan, Methodist, Uniting and United Churches under one roof.

Registrations are now open for the event on 31 August – 3 September 2016. If you’re a Uniting Church member planning to attend please let me know at chrisw@nat.uca.org.au

Doctrine & Worship

The culturally sensitive discussion around marriage continues with collaboration between the Doctrine Working Group and Assembly Standing Committee.

A new Doc.Byte for the Lord’s Prayer is available now, with future Doc.Bytes on Science and Faith, and Funerals being prepared.

The Worship Working Group plans to develop some new resources and the marriage service has been translated into Fijian.

Also, I recently blogged on the importance of family and the concept of ‘Becoming Your Best Self’ because no matter who we are, we are challenged to become ourselves – our unique selves.

Rev. Dr Chris Walker is the National Consultant to Christian Unity, Doctrine & Worship.


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