SMH | Marriage equality would be a victory for ordinary Christians

The Sydney Morning Herald
Marriage equality would be a victory for ordinary Christians
June 30, 2015
Margaret Mayman

(Following their conscience: Emotions flow in Dublin as Ireland votes in favour of allowing same-sex marriage. Photo: Cathal McNaughton)

The recent decision to legalise marriage for same sex couples in Ireland has been cast as a victory against the Catholic Church. What secular commentators miss is that it was a decisive victory for ordinary Christians. | Read more…

Uniting Network NSW/ACT – Public Meeting – 6.00 PM on 24th June 2015 at Pilgrim House (next to Pitt St UC)

We are planning a public meeting for 24th June 2015 to be held in Pilgrim House (next to Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney city) at 6.00 PM. Please RSVP by 17th June. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

We would love to see as many interested people as possible. This is a chance for people in NSW/ACT to meet each other and the ‘office-bearers’ at state-level who are involved with Uniting Network, as well as anyone who wants to be part of Uniting Network. There may also be a need to re-affirm or elect some of the ‘office-bearing’ positions.
For people who are interested in joining or renewing membership of Uniting Network: details can be found on the national website at Note: this is for official national membership and supports the website activity, expenses for Mardi Gras, etc.

Hope to hear from you by the 17th June and see you on 24th June.

Keith G Gerrard
M: 0431 972 240

MEDIA RELEASE – LGBTI Uniting Church members call for marriage equality

MEDIA RELEASE (Uniting Network Australia – NSW/ACT)

LGBTI Uniting Church members call for marriage equality

11 June 2014

Over 60 LGBTI members, families and allies, in the Uniting Church met for their 11th national conference over the Queens Birthday Long Weekend in Sydney.

The conference issued a call to the wider Uniting Church to act for justice for LGBTI people in various specific areas, such as marriage equality.

“There were many things we celebrated about the Uniting Church”, said Convenor Warren Talbot. “Uniting Church members place a high value on being inclusive.”

Talbot said that the conference held a constructive dialogue with the national head of the Uniting Church, the Revd Prof. Andrew Dutney; and the NSW leader, the Revd Dr Brian Brown.

“There are many areas where the Uniting Church can do more to welcome and affirm LGBTI people, our partners and children”, Talbot said.

The conference’s specific proposals to the Church include:

–          Support for marriage equality.
–          Safe programs for LGBTI students in Uniting Church schools.
–          Non-discrimination for LGBTI staff and service users in community services and aged care.
–          Overseas aid programs to support LGBTI communities.

Contact:  Warren Talbot, Convenor, 0458 852 882

The full Conference statement is available here.

Daring 2014 (6th – 9th June) – join us! Registrations open…

“Daring to celebrate – reflections of faith, power and the not so normative.” (Conference)

At this conference we seek to engage in some public theology, education and narrative explorations of human sexuality that seeks to be holistic, just and loving in a way that is accessible to all.

VENUE: Pitt Street Uniting Church
264 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW, 2000

CONTACT DETAILS: Rev Ben Gilmour (

In 2014 we will have our conference in Sydney (6 – 9 June).
“Daring” is the National Conference of Uniting Network.

Registrations now open @ 


UNA Resources – did you know?

Here are some UNA resources – click here for the full list…

Sacred Union Ceremony (towards pastoral and liturgical recognition for gay and lesbian couples in the Uniting Church in Australia)

The Bible and Homosexuality: Understanding the Word of God

Gay and Lesbian Couples: prayers and blessings?

Ministry from within the Church

Open and Affirming Congregations

Pastoral Care with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people

The Church and Homosexuality Questions:You Decide


Mental Health & The Gay Community – a conversation

An Open Conversation with Rev Matt Glover, Baptist minister and professional counselor.

Sunday June 30

3.00 – 4.30 pm

Nunawading Uniting Church
355 Whitehorse Road

For over fifteen years, Matt Glover has offered a ministry of welcome to members of the GLBTI community, most recently in Lilydale.  Recent circumstances led Matt to initiate a counseling practice for those wrestling with issues of sexuality, gender and mental health.  This conversation introduced by Rev Dr Paul Tonson will focus on understanding the gay community, what has contributed to bad mental health and how we can address that.  It follows a popular Conversation last year with the parent of a gay young man.

Gold Coin for entry.  Café discussion opportunity to follow.