Friday, 29 November 2013

Rev. Gregor Henderson Closure of Ministry

The Uniting Church in Australia farewells one of its greatest servants from ministry this weekend.

Closure of ministry services for Rev. Gregor Henderson will take place at Canberra’s Wesley Uniting Church, 22 National Circuit, Forrest at 9.00am and 10.30am on Sunday 1 December.

The services, that include a ceremonial cutting of ties with Canberra Region Presbytery, will bring to an end more than four decades in ministry.

Gregor Henderson was General Secretary of the Church’s National Assembly for 12 years from 1989 to 2000 and President from 2006 to 2009.

During that time he was instrumental in introducing a Ministerial Code of Ethics and strengthening the Uniting Church’s regulations against sexual misconduct. He also had a major role in the introduction of consensus decision making across all Councils of the Church.

In his period as General Secretary Gregor Henderson also made special arrangements to increase the participation of members of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress in the UCA’s triennial Assembly meetings.

Rev. Henderson was heavily involved in ecumenical work through the National Council of Churches in Australia since its establishment in 1994, as well as through the Christian Conference of Asia. He also served as a member of the World Council of Churches including a recently concluded term on the WCC Central Committee. Rev. Henderson will continue his work with the WCC in the role of “consensus facilitator” at WCC meetings for the next eight years.

Rev. Henderson will remain involved in the life of the Uniting Church in Australia. He is Co-convenor of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network and chairs the Board of Frontier Services – the UCA’s remote and regional ministry and community services arm.

The closure of ministry services follow a farewell lunch in Canberra last weekend that drew more than 300 Church members and friends from around the country.