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Dated: 2007

AUSTARC (Agreed Statements)

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Agreed statements have been agreed by the dialogue members and submitted to the sponsoring churches for study. These texts express the careful considerations of the members of the dialogue but are not official statements of either of the churches.

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Copyright in minutes, statements and other core papers is owned by the respective Commission. Requests for extensive quotation or use should be directed to the co-Chairs. Copyright in papers by named authors remains with the author.

AUSTARC ~ 2007


The church matters because it is the living memory of Jesus. The church is the community that tells the story of Jesus today. In spite of all its tragic failures, its human limitations, and the terrible sins committed in its name, the church embodies the story of Jesus.
The church proclaims and witnesses to Christ and to the great biblical narrative that moves from creation to final salvation. The church holds, proclaims, and passes on Jesus’ preaching of the reign of God, his command to love the enemy, his healing ministry, his priority for the poor and the sinner, his challenge to the wealthy and to the religious establishment, his formation of a community of disciples, and his life-giving death and resurrection.

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