31. DEVELOPING A UCA POSITION ON SAME GENDER MARRIAGE (Presbytery of Port Phillip West)

Friday, 15 June 2012

This proposal is a re-issuing of Proposal # 30 due to the omission of “and” at the end of 1 (a) in Proposal # 30. The rationale remains the same.

That the Assembly resolve to

request the Doctrine Working Group, in consultation with the Worship Working Group and Uniting Justice, to

1. prepare a discussion paper on

(a)        the Uniting Church theology of marriage; and

(b)        whether this theology enables the celebration and blessing of lifelong, faithful, same-sex relationships as ‘marriages’, or

(c)        whether the Uniting Church should seek to develop another way of celebrating and blessing life-long, faithful, same-sex relationships.

2. bring this paper, with appropriate recommendations, to a 2014 meeting of the Assembly Standing Committee.