The Sydney Morning Herald
Marriage equality would be a victory for ordinary Christians
June 30, 2015
(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…
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 http://www.unitingnetworkaustralia.org.au/?page_id=5 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.
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.
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.