Assembly Working Group Relations with Other Faiths

The Relations with Other Faiths Working Group does its work within the mandate of Uniting Faith and Discipleship. 

What we do 

  • Provide information, policy and resources on appropriate positive relationships with other faiths to the Assembly.
  • Raise awareness within the church of the presence of other faiths in the community, and of their particular needs and place in Australian society.
  • Develop resources that may be appropriate for congregations and other bodies to use in multi-faith discussions and occasions of worship.
  • Maintain contact with people of other living world faiths.
  • Provide advice and assistance to all councils of the church as requested.
  • Collaborate where possible with other agencies and groups interested in multi-faith relationships.
  •  Reflect on the theological basis on which inter-faith dialogue should occur and develop statements and resources for use by the church when working with people of other faiths.

How we work

  • Focus the activities of the agency on the vision of the Assembly as a whole;
  • Advice to the Assembly and/or the Standing Committee, President and the General Secretary on policy matters within their area of responsibility;
  • Make policy decisions where the Assembly or the Standing Committee has delegated authority for certain policy areas, either through the operational guidelines or by Assembly or standing committee resolution;
  • Participate in cross-agency projects and teams established from time to time by the Assembly or the Standing Committee
  • Establish task groups for special tasks related specifically to the operational guidelines
  • Make recommendations to the Standing Committee to establish other working groups for special tasks related to but not part of the mandate.
  • Regularly receive reports from the Uniting Church Assembly's Christian-Jewish Dialogue Group

Membership of the Working Group

  • Chairperson appointed by the Assembly
  • Up to seven additional persons appointed by the Assembly Standing Committee
  • Synod representation as appropriate
  • Power to co-opt up to three additional persons to ensure appropriate competencies, representation and development of new leadership.

Contact

PO Box A2266
Sydney South
NSW 1235

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Phone: 02 8267 4482
Fax:     02 8267 4222

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