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Reflection: Notes from 20 years of the Uniting Church’s sexuality debate

I remember that moment and the Presbytery’s unanimous, unquestioning endorsement. Continue reading

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From the thesis: The Church and the Law

From the late nineteen sixties the predecessors of the Uniting Church called for the decriminalisation of male homosexuality, and in the eighties and nineties the leadership of the Uniting Church supported the addition of sexuality to the prohibited grounds of discrimination in equal opportunity legislation. Continue reading

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Sermon: The sons and daughters of the eunuch

But welcoming eunuchs doesn’t cause of much controversy in the church today. Welcoming other people of non-standard genders and sexualities – gay, lesbian and bisexual people; transgender and intersex people – does. Continue reading

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No, the church shouldn’t celebrate same-sex marriages – Part 2

In this part Rev. Dr Garry Deverell explains why he believes marriage is a heterosexual institution.

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No, the church shouldn’t celebrate same-sex marriages – Part 1

In this part Rev. Dr Garry Deverell explains why his opposition to same-sex marriages is not an opposition to same-sex relationships.

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Should the church celebrate same-sex marriages? Well, maybe. (Neither yes nor no.)

Should the church celebrate same-sex marriage? I answer ‘maybe’. What I mean by ‘maybe’ is that marriage should be a state responsibility; that the state should marry both same-sex and different-sex couples; and that the church should bless the relationships … Continue reading

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Yes, the church should celebrate same-sex relationships.

Rev. Peter Weeks argues that, yes, the church should celebrate same-sex relationships at a discussion at Williamstown Uniting Church – Electra St on the 11th of September 2013.

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The Conclusion to my PhD Thesis

Looking back at my thesis, which I wrote in 2003, I wonder if my conclusions were accurate. Ten years’ on, what do other people think? Conclusion The (homo)sexuality debate in the Uniting Church in Australia began before the Church was … Continue reading

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The Uniting Church discusses sexuality

Recently, in the course of a conversation on Facebook, someone suggested that the Uniting Church hadn’t done any biblical and theological reflection before accepting that presbyteries can ordain people in same-sex relationships. My experience as an historian is that the … Continue reading

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