This week I'm in Perth at the triennial national assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia. About 300 people from across Australia, along with overseas guests, visitors, and assorted staff and volunteers, are gathered at the University of Western Australia to build community, worship, pray, discern, dialogue and decide about what God is calling us and others to be and to do.
Yesterday we opened the Assembly with by hearing a "welcome to country" by Rev Sealin Garlett, prayer by President Andrew Dutney, and an indigenous smoking ceremony.
In the evening we joined in a worship celebration as Stuart McMillan was installed as the new Uniting Church President for a three-year term. Here are some excerpts from the service.