“Transforming Worship” was the title of a Conference held in July 2017 and organised by the Worship Working Group of the National Assembly (videos and other resources from the conference can be downloaded here), but it is also a good description of how the group sees its work.
“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.