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Peter Bentley is presently the National Director for the Assembly of Confessing Congregations (ACC) and has been involved with ACC since its foundation in 2006. His responsibilities are broad, and involve administration, visitation and pastoral support and contact with ACC members and congregations, writing and research and coordination of the work of the National Council and editing the ACC Magazine ACCatalyst.



Peter has had extensive UCA involvement, serving in roles at the Assembly, NSW Synod and Presbytery of Sydney. He is actively involved in a local congregation and is an accredited lay preacher. He maintains research interests in media and communication, film (including religion and film), marriage and cultural change in Australia.



Peter Bentley

24th May 2017

The next few years are really the crux for the future of the UCA, and whether it will focus on the real DNA of the Uniting Church that came into being with The Basis of Union, or that of an esoteric church that is increasingly oriented towards providing good works as a social service agency.

Peter Bentley

Published in ACCatalyst December 2015 .

Have you ever been asked - Do you love the Uniting Church? I hope you have been able to respond “That is the wrong question”. I do not believe that the Uniting Church does not now, and has never required the type of ‘love’ that this question usually implies, love that demands unquestioning adherence, and cannot address what is wrong. The call for any Uniting Church member is to love God and our neighbour. I perceive when people ask this question they unwittingly begin to generate an image of the Uniting Church that is separate
from the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. It could also arise from the seemingly increasingly arrogant view that is sometimes heard in the Uniting Church, that it is the best church ever and should be leading the rest of the backward churches into the Church of the Future.

Peter Bentley

Published 23 September 2010


The current debate about sexuality in the UCA would not have arisen to the extent it has

without a prominent liberal theological presence in the key councils of the Assembly. Why

has the UCA developed an overt liberal theological orientation and public presence, when its

membership has been largely theologically conservative?

Peter Bentley

Published 23 September 2010


The Uniting Church needs to address how it can continue to allow different two fundamentally different ecclesiologies to develop, particularly when one has the tick by the official leadership. I question whether post-modernism is possible in a church of our history, development and the age of our members.

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