The process following the 14th Assembly

(2015-2017)

As requested by the 14th Assembly, President Stuart McMillan issued a pastoral letter to the Church affirming that the Uniting Church in Australia seeks to be an inclusive Church that embraces LGBTIQ people as full members of our Church community and is committed to active and culturally appropriate discussion about marriage.

At the November 2015 Assembly Standing Committee the President was asked to initiate the exploration of how the UCA can engage in the further discussions about marriage and same-gender relationships in culturally appropriate ways as requested in the Assembly Minutes by using the Space for Grace process. This was done and two sessions were held in 2017. The comments from the sessions were provided to the Doctrine Working Group.

The Doctrine Working Group had members attend some conferences around the Uniting Church where they had conversations about marriage. This all informed the report they have been carefully developing for the ASC. A report will go to the November 2017 ASC who will bring a report and proposals to the 15th Assembly in July 2018.