14th Triennial Assembly almost here

The 14th Triennial Meeting of the Assembly is creeping closer and closer and lots of work is being done to prepare for this important event. The theme of this year’s Assembly, as set by the  president-elect, Stuart McMillan, is ‘Hearts on Fire.’

The Assembly meeting will bring together over 300 members of the Uniting Church in Australia for a week of discerning the business and direction of the church for the next three years. This year it will be held in Perth, with the bulk of the meeting to be held at Winthrop Hall, University of Western Australia (UWA) with accommodation and meals to be held at the Uniting Church in  WA’s Trinity Residential College.

While not everyone can be a member, there are some events that everyone is invited to, including the official Opening Service and Installation of the new president of the Uniting Church in  Australia and the Cato Lecture, an Assembly tradition. A children’s choir will provide a fun and exciting way for kids in the Uniting Church to be involved in the Opening Service. More  information on this can be found here.

An exciting event will also be held on Friday 17 July, when the Assembly will join with the Presbytery of WA and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) to witness and  celebrate the ordination of Sam Dinah and Robert Jetta as ministers of the Word. Sam and Robert are both members of the UAICC in WA. As preparation is underway, there are a number of  ways that local members of the Uniting Church are invited to take part. Volunteers are sought for a range of roles, including as an art co-ordinator for a display involving our Uniting Church  schools and agencies. There will be a Volunteer Training Day on 27 June for any interested people to find out how they can help out with the smooth running of the event.

With Assembly being held in Perth this year, Travis Windsor, chair of the Assembly Local Organising Committee, said that it will provide a great opportunity for local people to get a taste of the  wider Uniting Church.

“Assembly is our national gathering,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity to see the best of the Uniting Church in action.”


To find out more about the 14th Triennial Meeting of the Assembly, visit http://assembly2015.uca.org.au.

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