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The UCA: Considering afresh our life together

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5 Reflections on the Basis of Union

The Act2 project in the Uniting Church has published Considering Afresh Our Life Together, reflecting on the UCA. Here’s a quick snapshot.

As part of the Act2 project in the Uniting Church, a new series of studies has been launched with 5 reflections on the Uniting Church’s key foundational document, the Basis of Union. Developed for use in a range of settings across the UCA, the studies are designed to foster reflection on the themes and directions of Act2 in light of the foundations shaping Uniting Church theology and identity. As we look to the future, it is important to know what makes us who we are.

The studies were commissioned by the Act2 Task Group and written by Rev Dr Geoff Thompson, a Uniting Church theologian and a member of the Assembly Standing Committee. Rev Dr Thompson has written extensively on the Basis of Union and Uniting Church theology.

Uniting Church President Rev Sharon Hollis introduced the studies as a way of beginning to respond to recommendations of the Act2 paper, that the UCA ‘reconnect with its core identity’ and rearticulate common theological and other frameworks. “The Basis of Union is a key guiding document allowing us to reconnect with our core theological identity as we continue to chart our life together. It is our prayer that these studies will deepen your love of God, encourage you in your service in the world and strengthen your commitment to God’s church.”

Each study includes reflections on a particular section of the Basis of Union, related biblical passages, and questions for discussion. At the end of the studies there are some specific Act2 questions you can use to provide feedback on the Act2 project. The studies can be downloaded from the Uniting Church Assembly website.

It is hoped these studies may be used across the breadth of the Uniting Church as we reflect on Act2 from different perspectives. You might use them in small groups, Church Councils, Presbyteries, and school and agency settings. It is recommended that you have both the Basis of Union and a Bible available as you participate. The Basis of Union is available on the Uniting Church website in English, with a link to translations into other languages.

The Assembly Resourcing Unit will also lead a series of online sessions exploring the studies over five Thursdays. It’s a great opportunity to be part of a national conversation. The studies have already commenced, but you might consider joining the last three on 18th and 25 November, and 2 December. You can choose to attend either morning sessions (9:30-11am AEDT) to be run by Rev Charissa Suli and Rev Lindsay Cullen, or evening sessions (7-8.30 pm AEDT) to be run by Rev Dr Apwee Ting and Rob Floyd. You will need to register online for Thursday morning or Thursday evening.

Thursday morning registration
https://uca-nat.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpcOGurjssGdcJeMAT2NCwTBtrbY8lstQ5

Thursday evening registration
https://uca-nat.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwud-CqrDMuE9ycIZQolFqBuM9GBrruGFnv

Link to download the Studies
https://uniting.church/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Our-Life-Together-Reflections-on-the-BoU.pdf

Basis of Union
https://uniting.church/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/basisofunion1992_exported.pdf