The Formation, Education and Discipleship Working Group met in Adelaide in early December. As a new area of work in the life of the Assembly, our conversations are energising and challenging.
Over two days we talked about a whole range of issues, including
- Offering a vision of intentional lifelong discipleship for the sake of the mission of God
- Collaboration between the Assembly, Synods and Presbyteries in formation, education and discipleship
- How we reflect being a multicultural church and work inter-culturally
- Plans for imminent and future national youth events – NYALC, About FACE, NCYC and more
- Possible national religious education curriculum framework for Uniting Church schools
- Possibilities for digital learning and community engagement
- New Assembly resources for baptism and confirmation
- Proposals for a national framework for lay education and a national discipleship learning network
- The church regeneration strategy of Port Phillip West Presbytery in Victoria
- The challenges of diminishing church finances for our work
We welcomed Swee-ann Koh and Fie Marino to the working group, which also includes Duncan MacLeod, Elaine Rae, Robin Yang, Rohan Pryor, Ian Price (Convenor), Glenda Blakefield (staff), Adam McIntosh, Neil Thorpe, Drew Hanna, Lindsay Cullen, Sue Ellis, Susan Burt, Rick Morrell, Deidre Palmer. Tom Kerr (staff)and myself (staff).
It was a time of fruitful, insightful and provocative discussions. A wonderful group of people.