“We have many international churches visiting China. The Chinese Church has many partners around the world, and the Uniting Church in Australia is our strategic partner. We are strategic partners because we are uniting churches.” These were the words of welcome from Rev Kan Baoping, General Secretary of China Christian Council (CCC), to our UCA delegation.
On Sunday 28 January, the city of Nanjing was shut down by the biggest snowstorm in 35 years. The provincial council issued a rare notice to local congregations to cancel some services. Yet Mochou Lu Church was packed by a congregation of over 1000 people. Our UCA delegation joined worship in the main hall while others gathered in overflow rooms watching the service live on TV monitors.
This Opening Statement was delivered by Executive Officer of the Uniting Church in Australia’s Royal Commission Task Group Rev. John Cox to the Joint Select Committee hearing on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The National Director of UnitingCare Australia Claerwen Little has affirmed the Uniting Church and its agencies’ opposition to all forms of discrimination before a hearing of the Federal Government’s Expert Panel reviewing Religious Freedom.
Uniting Church members are being called on to do their part to make our Church, agencies and schools the safest they can be for children and all people in our care.
The Royal Commission on Child Sexual Abuse handed down its 17-volume report on 15 December 2017, bringing the landmark inquiry to a close after almost five years.
First and Second Peoples in the Uniting Church have marked the 10th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, by calling for urgent action on sovereignty, treaty and Indigenous education.
In 2002, a Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the World Council of Churches (WCC) proposed a change of meeting procedures to consensus decision-making. This was borne out of a growing unease that minority voices were not being heard meaningfully in WCC meetings.