NSW Synod site.
STATEMENT ON UNITY AND DIVERSITY
(Uniting Church Assembly 2000 - Adelaide)
That the church's
faith is in the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that the
church's work and unity are built upon the person and work of the Lord Jesus
that in the Uniting Church we have already agreed on and affirmed important
matters regarding marriage, marriage preparation, marriage counselling,
divorce, re-marriage, sexuality and sexual ethics.
The authority of the scriptures as defined in the Basis of Union,
acknowledging that within the church there is a range of views on questions
of biblical interpretation on various matters of Christian faith and
We are bound together by Christ, and because we love the Uniting Church as
part of the one holy catholic and apostolic church we will continue to work
together in our diversity as servants of the living God.
that issues regarding committed same sex relationships and ordination were
unresolved by the Eighth Assembly in 1997 and the Ninth Assembly in 2000,
and remain unresolved;
that the diversity of viewpoints and the lack of resolution of these issues
have resulted in tension within the life of the church.
that some people have felt hurt or offended because of the church's
acceptance of diversity;
that some people feel excluded from exercising their gifts of faith and
ministry in their local congregations.
all forms of vilification and harassment within the life of the church.
that God will continue to bless and use the diverse gifts of all church
members as we seek to work together to make known God's love and salvation.