Royal Commission

The Uniting Church believes that God has given us the gift of the Spirit to "constantly correct that which is erroneous" in our life (Basis of Union, Para 18). Therefore, we will not hide from the truth, however painful that may be, and we will seek, with compassion and humility, to address whatever issues and challenges may emerge for us. We will say "sorry" to anyone who was sexually abused when in our care and, in consultation with those so affected, actively seek for ways to make amends for what happened in the past and identify how we can best offer support into the future. In all of this we are guided by the Word of God, remembering the teaching of the Apostle Paul: "Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable... think about these things" (Philippians 4:8).

The prayers that follow may be used individually as part of the regular Sunday Prayers
of the People or collectively on particular occasions. 
When collated into one prayer, it is suggested that each petition be followed by: 
Lord, hear us Lord, hear our prayer.

The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly has appointed a National Engagement and  Response Task Group to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

This document provides a framework within which child safe policies within Uniting Church entities are to be developed.