To acknowledge the 40th anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia (June 22nd) I've produced audio files of the six sections of the final chapter of Disturbing Much, Disturbing Many: Theology Provoked by the Basis of Union (Melbourne: Uniting Academic Press, 2016). This book engages with the theology of the Basis of Union (the UCA's foundational document) and brings it into conversation with a range of contemporary issues of theological interest.
The final chapter is entitled "No longer an addendum": ecclesiological fragments provoked by the Basis". 'No longer an addendum' is part of a quote from the first report of the Joint Commission on Church Union in its discussion of the ecclesiologies of the New Testament. I use it as a springboard to comment upon what I think are some important features of the ecclesiology in the Basis itself. After an introduction there five further sections which are headed as per the list below. As June proceeds, each of these headings will be linked to its respective audio file.
References to quotations used in the readings will be on this blog page.
- Joint Commission on Church Union, 'The Faith of the Church' in Robert Bos and Geoff Thompson (eds), Theology for Pilgrims: Selected Theological Documents of the Uniting Church. (Sydney: Uniting Church Assembly, 2008), 35.
- Jürgen Moltmann, The Church in the Power of the Spirit: Ecclesiology in Messianic Dimensions 2nd ed. (London: SCM, 1992), 64.
#2 Church: a community which preaches
- Peter Rollins, How (Not) to Speak of God (Brewster: Paraclete Press, 2006), 32.
#3 Church: a community which listens
- Jürgen Moltmann, The Church in the Power of the Spirit: Ecclesiology in Messianic Dimensions 2nd ed. (London: SCM, 1992), 225.
Sarah Coakley, Powers and Submissions: Spirituality, Philosophy and Gender (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002), xiv.
- Alain de Botton, The News: A User’s Manual (London: Penguin, 2014), 11.
#4 Church: a gifted community
Andrew Dutney, “A Worldly Calling: The Uniting Church Begins a Second Decade,” St. Mark’s Review No. 135 (1988): 15-21 (p.15)
#5 Church: organised pilgrims
- John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion IV.x.27 (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1960), 2: 1205.
- J. Davis McCaughey, Commentary on the Basis of Union (Melbourne: Uniting Church Press, 1980), 87f.
- D’Arcy Wood, Building On A Solid Basis: A Guide to the Basis of Union (Melbourne: Uniting Church Press, 1986), 52f.
- Richard Sennett, The Culture of the New Capitalism (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006), 2-3
#6 Church: a constantly corrected community
- Andrew Dutney, “Retiring President’s Report”, Andrew Dutney: The President’s Blog, accessed July 22, 2015, https://andrewfdutney.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/retiring-presidents-report/.
Disturbing Much, Disturbing Many: Theology Provoked by the Basis of Union is available for purchase via CTM Resourcing and Morning Star Publishing.