The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has thanked Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten for his commitment to a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse in Australian institutions.
“I warmly welcome Mr Shorten’s promise to establish a National Redress Scheme,” said Mr McMillan.
Uniting Church leaders appearing before the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse have pledged to survivors to make the Church the safest place it can be for children.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Five years after its announcement, Australia’s landmark Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse has handed its Final Report to Government.
On this occasion I want to acknowledge the extensive and invaluable body of work produced by the Royal Commission and its staff, and remind all Church members of our solemn commitment to child safety that is informed by the Commission’s work.
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.
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.
Uniting Church Values Statement in relation to the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse
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).
Royal Commission Prayers
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.