Just over one year ago, in February 2015, a number of representatives from Presbyteries came together to reflect and converse on the future of our Church. Consistently, participants were drawn to the ‘Parable of the Yeast’ as a helpful description of the church’s future focus.
Since then, this conversation has continued and together, Uniting Mission and Education and Uniting have wrestled with the best contribution they can make to the church’s future mission. How can we best resource the Church’s desire to be the ‘yeast, salt and light’? How can we equip the Church to carefully consider and explore their community engagement?
We need to once again become yeast equipped to permeate the dough around us, and ensure we haven’t lost our soul and our saltiness. We need to start a conversation that now cuts across our structures in a way we never have before, to ensure our shared purpose and impact on the world continues for this generation and those to come.
Four Strategies for Common Good
Doug Taylor is the Director for Strategic Engagement and a Lay Preacher in his local Uniting Church Congregation. In this second blog of a two part series, he shares his thinking about some strategies that will be critically important for the church in the future in bringing to life the Common Good.
In my last blog I outlined the clear resonance that the notion of Common Good has with the people of the Uniting Church, which is particularly evident in the church’s commitment to social concern and community services. I posed the question, how will the churches commitment to the Common Good be manifest into the future? In this blog I outline four strategies for putting our commitment into practice.
Uniting for the Common Good
Uniting for the Common Good’ today and in the future
Doug Taylor is the Director for Strategic Engagement and a Lay Preacher in his local Uniting Church Congregation. In this series of blogs he reflects on the call for the church to be people of the Common Good and what this means for the church’s future mission?
During the mid-1990’s I worked as an outreach worker in a small church based charity in the inner city of Sydney. At the same time I would spend every spare moment in the Mitchell Library in Sydney working on an Honours Thesis. This thesis researched the series of conventions in the 1890s’s, that lead up to the creation of the Australian Federation and the decision to name this new nation ‘The Commonwealth of Australia.’ I discovered the rich meaning of the Common Good which is at the heart of Australia’s new name.