Ice – Beyond the Headlines

By Tim Lam Crystal methamphetamine, more commonly known as ‘ice’, has featured prominently in news headlines in recent times.

Exclusive interview with Gillian Triggs

By Penny Mulvey THE ATTACKS In her role as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), Professor Gillian Triggs has become a prominent public figure, the topic of heated dinner party conversations.

Assembly overview

By NIGEL TAPP Some within the Uniting Church would deride the triennial Assembly gathering as a bit of talkfest. Yes, there is a lot of talking throughout the six days as the members deal with a range of issues.

Asylum seeker support

The 14th Assembly of the Uniting Church has demanded that the Australian Government adopt policies which genuinely seek to support rather than demonise asylum seekers and refugees.

Marriage proposal requires more consideration

Rev Alastair Macrae introduced the Doctrine Working Group’s The theology of marriage and same-gender relationships within the Uniting Church report to the Assembly, noting that the report is based on the 1997 resolution

Special Circumstances

Any synod seeking to evoke Special Circumstances in the future will be bound by a clear and prescribed process of consultation following a decision of the Assembly.

No consensus on eldership proposal

The Uniting Church in Australia has been unable to achieve consensus on a proposal to amend regulations regarding eldership and church councils.

Justice Peter McClellan speaks at Assembly

Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan, speaks to the 14th Triennial Assembly of the Uniting Church.

Foreign aid

Rob Floyd, national director of UnitingWorld The Uniting Church in Australia has encouraged Church members to advocate strongly for increases in government overseas aid funding.