Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Together for Justice

Written by Rob Floyd

Earlier this week I had the privilege to host a gathering of people engaged in social justice and advocacy across the life of the Uniting Church.

Twenty-five people representing Synods, Synod-based and national agencies came together at St Stephen’s Macquarie Street in central Sydney.

For a day we shared our work and explored ways that we can collaborate across our Church in the future.

We are truly a church that is oriented towards justice, grounded in our relationships of solidarity with those most affected by injustice and concern for the whole creation.

This was evidenced by the breadth of work being covered by all who attended, including:

  • Our ongoing commitment to stand alongside refugees and people seeking asylum.
  • Advocating for climate justice alongside our most vulnerable church partners.
  • Addressing concerns in our society such as growing inequality, domestic violence and the provision of adequate social services.
  • And of course our Church’s Covenant relationship with the First Peoples of this country, to support them and to continue working for reconciliation.

We acknowledged the passion that many Uniting Church members have for justice, expressed through generous giving and committed local action in communities across the country.

We also acknowledged that we can do more and be better at learning from, supporting and resourcing our own people to be advocates and actors for justice.

The Basis of Union of the Uniting Church refers to the reconciliation and renewal which is the end in view for the whole creation. It also states that we as Church are called to serve that end.

Amid such energy and enthusiasm for justice, and genuine goodwill to work together across our Church, it was a heartening reminder of the depth of that service.

 Rob Floyd is the Associate General Secretary of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly.

171128 UCA justice staff group shot St Stephens steps