Discover the meaning behind the Assembly theme

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

posters-photos-111109The theme for the 13th Assembly is Life Overflowing.

Suggested by the President-elect the theme commends itself for a number of reasons:

The expression “life overflowing” is drawn from John 10:10: …egō ēlthon hina zōēn echōsin kai perisson echōēsin; variously translated,

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (NRSV), “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (NIV),

“My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” (NLT).

God’s breath or Spirit gives life to human beings and every living thing (Genesis 2:7, Psalm 104:29-30).

The Law is given as a call to “choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

Christ is proclaimed as “the bread of life” (John 6:33-35) and “the word of life” (1 John 1:1-2)

Following him together is true life (Romans 6:4, 8:6; Colossians 3:3-4).

The vision of the consummation of God’s mission is of “the river of life” and a whole avenue of “the tree of life”, for the sake of which Adam and Eve had been expelled from the garden (Revelation 22:1-2; Genesis 3:22-24).


Engage with the theme

Do you have a keen eye and a passion for photography?

As part of the Assembly meeting in 2012, we invite you to explore the theme – Life Overflowing – through photographic images.

You are invited to submit digital photographs that you, your friends or your congregation have taken, for use before, during and after the Assembly meeting.

How do you interpret the theme, Life Overflowing?
How do you see this theme being played out in the world around you?

Images will be chosen from the entries we receive from across the Uniting Church in Australia. They will be collated and used during the Assembly meeting and also put up as an online photo gallery on the Assembly 2012 website.

Please email your images to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Images should be unedited and in their original size. If they are too large to email, you may use a site called that allows free upload of large files (up to 2 gig). Multiple entries should be zipped before sending.

Please include details of the photographer and permission to use the images for the 13th Assembly.

Friday 1 July 2012