Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer has reminded Church members of our commitment to be a safe place for all, on the anniversary of the national apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
“The Uniting Church has expressed its deep regret for the harm that was perpetrated on children who were abused in the care of our Church,” said Dr Palmer.
“We recognise the terrible breach of trust and the damage done to individuals, communities and relationships. This is part of our story that we will continue to acknowledge so that we never forget, and never become complacent, about the care and safety of all vulnerable people in our Church and wider community.
Rev. John Cox has been appointed as the inaugural Director of the Uniting Church in Australia’s National Safe Church Unit.
For the last three years, Rev. Cox has served the the Executive Officer of the National Royal Commission Response and Engagement Task Group, the group that guided the Uniting Church’s national response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
President Dr Deidre Palmer has renewed the Uniting Church’s apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, following the historic National Apology at Parliament House in Canberra.
“For anyone who was abused in the care of the Uniting Church, in our churches, schools or agencies, I’d again like to apologise sincerely. I am truly sorry that we didn’t protect and care for you in accordance with our Christian values,” said Dr Palmer.”
At lunch in the kitchen on Monday this week, I had a conversation with Rev. Dr Ji Zhang (Manager, Church Partnerships, Asia for Uniting World). We wondered together what our Church would need to return to, hold on to, if we had no property.