A Drug Policy Conversation with Johann Hari.
Author of the best selling book Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days Of The War On Drugs
The 2018 Canberra Drug Policy Series brings
international speakers, cutting-edge ideas
and stimulating conversations to our city.
Uniting has come together with our partners, the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA) and ANU-College of Arts and Social Sciences in Canberra to create this ongoing lecture/discussion series.
Film highlights from Uniting’s recent event with Dr Manuel Cardoso – the man who helped decriminalise drug use in Portugal – are now available to watch.
On a wet and wintery Tuesday night in Sydney, more than 700 people came to St Stephen’s Uniting Church. Amongst them were media, politicians and VIPs. A further 5,000 people tuned in to watch online.
The event marked the ‘soft launch’ of Uniting’s campaign to modernise drug laws across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
Jul 14, 2018 Assembly 2018, News
At Assembly – Rev. Prof Andrew Dutney, Professor of Theology, Flinders University and Past President, Uniting Church in Australia
Reflection: Uniting Church Allows Same-Sex Marriage
The headline, [Uniting Church allows Same-Sex Marriage] conceals what actually happened in Melbourne this week. Without setting out to do so, the Uniting Church recovered its stated vocation of making visible unity in diversity.
Of course, the 15th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia did indeed make decisions that will allow ministers to conduct same-sex marriages. But it also reinforced the rights of ministers and congregations who remain committed to the traditional understanding of marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman.
No minister will have to conduct same-sex marriages if it conflicts with their beliefs. No congregation will have to make its property available for same-sex weddings if they don’t believe gay marriage is valid for Christians. In fact it is very unlikely that many ministers and congregations will see any difference in the teaching and practices that they are used to.
John Williams and Vanessa Crimmins as Co-Chairs of Canberra Region Presbytery write:
Good morning Presbytery Colleagues
A pastoral message from the Moderator regarding the 15th Assembly’s marriage decision announcement can be read below or, along with a copy of the Assembly’s media release, can be downloaded here.
Moderator’s PASTORAL MESSAGE – 15th Assembly
180713 Uniting Church MEDIA RELEASE – Freedom to decide on marriage
As you all process or continue to reflect, meditate and pray on the decisions we have made as the Uniting Church with regard to Same Sex Marriage, know you are very much in our prayers for wisdom, grace and love. I am confident that with much prayer, listening and love, blessings not imagined will come.
John and Vanessa
Co-Chairs, Canberra Region Presbytery
The Moderator’s message: Continue reading
To keep up with what is happening at the 15th Assembly of the Uniting Church, please go to the Assembly news link https://uniting.church/news/ or read the NSW and ACT Synod Weekly Insights https://www.insights.uca.org.au/