D3 – Chairperson Nominations


Nominee – Admission of Ministers Committee Chairperson

Rev Dr John A Evans
John has been the chairperson of the Committee since its reconstitution as the Admission of Ministers Committee in  2012. Prior to that he has served on the former Assembly Reception of Ministers Committee. He led the review of the reception of ministers process that resulted in the current structure being adopted at the 2012 Assembly.

John brings an extensive and wide experience of the Church. He has served in fours synods, with congregational and various other appointments, including being the General Secretary of the Western Australian Synod. He currently is in placement at the Church of All Nations, Carlton, Victoria.    


Nominee – Adult Fellowship National Committee Chairperson

Mrs Margaret Pedler
I was born at Glenelg in South Australia in 1948, one of the “baby boomers” generation. I moved to Prospect when I was a teenager and worshipped at Prospect North Methodist Church. After I left school I was employed at A.B.C. Radio as a Secretary to the head of Rural Department. I married my husband, Daryl, in 1970 and moved to Cummins on Eyre Peninsula in 1974. Our two children Nigel and Naomi were born whilst we lived in Cummins. We moved back to Adelaide in 1979 and attended the Blackwood Uniting Church.

We moved to Warrnambool in 1987. I joined the State Council as a Presbytery Representative in 2001. In 2003 we moved to Hazelwood North in Gippsland and worshipped at Traralgon Uniting Church. Whilst in Gippsland I served on the Church Council, a member of Presbytery and continued on the State UCAF Council as a representative. I was State President in 2007 and 2008 which was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

In 2012 we moved back to Warrnambool due to my husband’s employment. Since being back here I continued on State Council as Treasurer and as a member of the “NetWork” committee. I am involved with our local UCAF group, which is a very important part of my church life.  am also Secretary of the Hopkins Region Admin Group which is an administration group for all the churches in our Region. I have just recently become a member of Presbytery again.


Nominee – Historical Reference Committee  Chairperson – tba

Nominee – Frontier Services Chairperson

Mr Jim Mein
AM, FCA, FCPA, FAIM, FLGAA. Currently a Board member of Frontier Services Interim Board and Wesley Community Services Ltd (NSW and ACT Synod); National Coordinator of UCA responses to Charities Reforms; Member of the Affinity Intercultural Foundation Advisory Board and MLC School Burwood (and Treasurer); Past Moderator of the Synod of NSW &ACT and past Executive Director of that Synod’s Uniting Resources and Uniting Financial Services; past member of the Assembly Standing Committee 1994 to 2006 and an observer member in 2005-2007; and many other roles in aged care, schools, community services, congregations and the like.


Nominee – UnitingWorld

Relief and Development Chairperson

Rev John Ruhle
Work History
2009- present
Minister of the Word at The Gap UCA
Full time placement involved in all aspects of Team Ministry and in the life of a growing, vibrant urban congregation

2012 – present
Member of Pastoral Relations Committee of the Moreton Rivers Presbytery

2005 – 2008
Lay Education and Discipleship Facilitator
Employed as a member of the Ministry Team in the Mid Lachlan Mission Area based in Forbes, central NSW.  Focus on team ministry and training and equipping of lay people.

2009 – present
Minister of the Word at The Gap Uniting Church Full time placement involved in all aspects of Team Ministry and in the life of a growing, vibrant urban congregation.

2012 to present
Member of Pastoral Relations Committee of the Moreton Rivers Presbytery

2005 – 2008
Lay Education and Discipleship Facilitator Employed as a member of the Ministry Team in the Mid Lachlan Mission Area based in Forbes, central NSW. Focus on team ministry and training and equipping of lay people.

1997 – 2003
Rural Bank Positions
Started banking as a rural graduate with the NAB and finished as a Rural Bank Manager with Suncorp managing branch staff and a $50 million portfolio of clients.

UnitingWorld / NGO Experience:

2014 to present
Chair of the UnitingWorld Relief and Development National Committee

2012 to 2014
Chair of the International Programs Committee of UnitingWorld Relief and Development


2006 to present

Member of UnitingWorld Relief and Development National Committee  During this time I have also chaired the International Programs Committee and I am the current acting chair for the National Committee


2009 to present
Chair of the Timor Children’s Foundation
The foundation is a not for profit Qld based group who have been supporting work in East Timor for over 20 years.  We currently support a scholarships program and also a children’s home in East Timor.


Nominee – UnitingWorld

Church Connections Chairperson


Dr Andrew Roderick Glenn
Work History:

1975                Lecturer in Microbiology and Biochemistry at Murdoch University in Perth

1979                Senior Lecturer

1985                Associate Professor

1993                Personal Chair as Professor

1994                Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research).

1998    Vice President (Research) and Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Tasmania.

2007    Retired and made Emeritus Professor by the University of Tasmania


Governance / Consulting Experience:
Member of close to twenty company boards in the research and technology or educational services sectors.

Chaired company boards
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Consulting work advising universities or state governments around the country on research management


Uniting Church involvement:
Confirmed in the Methodist Church in Adelaide
Commissioned as a lay preacher in the Uniting Church in 1990
Member of the Uniting Church in Australia since the time of union
Chair of the Ministerial Education Board in Western Australia
Chairperson of the Presbytery of Tasmania
Member of the Assembly Standing Committee
Currently part of the Major Strategic Review of the synod of VicTas
Member of the National Reference Committee of Uniting Justice
Member of the Hobart North congregation in Tasmania.

UnitingWorld Experience:
Chaired the Church Connections National Committee for over two years


Nominee – Formation, Education and Discipleship Chairperson

Rev Dr Ian Price
Rev Dr Ian price was ordained in 1978, and has served in  three parishes. He was briefly the Executive Director of the Board of Education in NSW, before returning to Adelaide, taking up the post of Associate Director of MediaCom. In 2002, he was called to the position of Executive Officer of the Mission Resourcing Network in the UCA in SA. He held the position for nine years. He was then appointed to the role of Strategy and Planning Officer for the UCA in SA, simultaneously taking up the role of CEO of MediaCom where he is currently. Ian is the chairperson of the Formation, Education and Discipleship Working group of the Assembly and has served on the Assembly Standing Committee for the last three years.

Ian is passionate about resourcing the church. Involved in the founding of Seasons of the Spirit, he has also assisted in developing a number of resources for pastoral care; stewardship and mission funding; worship and Christian education. Above all else, he is concerned to help local congregations see members grow deeper in their discipleship, spirituality and personal mission, as congregations become vibrant and vital communities in Christ serving God’s mission.

Nominee – Legal Reference Committee Chairperson

Mr Warwick van Ede
Warwick has been a member of the ALRC for over 15 years, is a previous member of the NSWACT Property Trust, was formerly  the legal adviser to the NSWACT Committee for Discipline, and was the founding  Convenor of Appeal Panels for the NSWACT Synod. He is a lawyer of over 20 years experience, currently practising with Emil Ford Lawyers, Sydney.

Nominee – Defence Force Chaplaincy Convenor

Rev Dr Murray Earl
Murray Earl is an ordained minister of the Uniting Church.  He has served the church in rural and city ministries and has been an Air Force chaplain for over twenty years.  After some reserve service, he discharged from the ADF in 2013 and is currently the RACS member for the Uniting Church and Convenor of the UCA DFCC.  He lives in Port McDonnell South Australia, leads services in country churches, and maintains ongoing connections to the ADF and UCA Chaplains.  Murray is married to Jenny.

Nominee – Theology and Discipleship Convenors’ Forum Chairperson

Rev Carolyn Thornley
Rev Carolyn Thornley has been the chairperson of the Theology and Discipleship Unit over the past triennium and is willing to continue in the role.  She is Dean of Candidates at United Theological College and has been the acting principal.  Before ministry she was a teacher in New Zealand, Fiji and Australia.  She has served in congregations and as Presbytery Minister of Parramatta Nepean Presbytery.  She is an accredited supervisor of ministry practice.  She has served on the Australian Council of Churches Overseas Programs Committee, the NSW Ecumenical Council, Uniting International Mission Reference Group and the UCOA Board.  She chairs the Conveners’ meetings which bring together the conveners of a number of working groups in order to foster communication and co-operation.


Nominee – Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry Chairperson

Rev Kisoo Jang
Kisoo is and experienced and respected Minister of Korean background. He has been the Presbytery Minister for the Korean Presbytery, served in several Congregational settings, planted new communities, assisted in developing new forms of Cross-cultural education, served on every Council of the Church, and developed excellent networks among colleagues, both within and beyond the Church. His gentle demeanour and deep wisdom have earned him the respect of people across cultures. He first served on the National Reference Committee as a translator-interpreter and he is able to understand the subtleties of intercultural communication. Kisoo is currently the Minister-in-Placement at the Han-bit Korean Church in Box Hill, Melbourne. He has also served in Placements in NSW, supply in South Australia, and consulted in other Synods. He has a good grasp of the National context.


Nominee – Church Polity Chairperson

Rev Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay (BA, LLB (Hons) B Th)
has been the Executive Minister at Kippax Uniting Church since 1997.   He is also Chairperson of the Board of UnitingCare NSW.ACT.

Gordon is a former Chairperson of the Presbytery of Canberra Region.

He was a member of the 13th Assembly, Associated with the 10th Assembly and a Member of the 7th Assembly Worship Committee.

He has been a member of the Assembly Church Policy Reference Committee since 2006. He is a former member of the Assembly Development Committee and the UnitingWorld National Committee.

Gordon was a finalist in the 2014 Australian of the Year Awards ACT Local Hero category.

Gordon served on the General Committee of ACTCOSS from 2005-2010. He was a member of the ACT Community Inclusion Board from 2008-2009, and an ACT Community Inclusion Advocate in 2009-10. Gordon was invited to be part of the Canberra 2020 summit held in 2008, and in 2010-11 Gordon was one of the Community Champions of the “Canberra 2030 Time to Talk” process and a member of ACT Anti Poverty Week from 2006-2010. He co-convened the body in 2009. He was the author of Living on the Edge – an Overview of the community of West Belconnen and the services and service gaps of the area in October 2007.

In 2011-12 Gordon chaired the ACT Targeted Assistance Strategy Panel, commissioned by the ACT Government to bring recommendations on ways to redesign support for people on low incomes. He was a member of the ACT Better Practice Better Service Advisory Group to the ACT Government in 2012.

He has conducted consultancy work with community organisations for over a decade regarding their Governance structures and leadership. He has been instrumental in the governance and leadership reviews of the national body of the Uniting Church’s community services network – UnitingCare Australia. He has worked in a national advocacy project with the national office of UnitingCare Australia.

With training in the law, and a long history of community development engagement, Gordon brings a combination of analytical and strategic skills, extensive on-the- ground community involvement and experience, and insight into the everyday impacts of public policy. A student of social ethics and their effects on individuals, communities and systems, Gordon is a well-recognised advocate for social inclusion in the ACT.


Nominee – UnitingJustice Chairperson

Dr Deidre Palmer
Dr Deidre Palmer is currently serving as Moderator of the Uniting Church in South Australia. She will conclude this placement on October 30, 2016.

Deidre is a senior lecturer in Christian Education for the School of Theology of Flinders University and the Adelaide College of Divinity. She is currently an adjunct faculty member for Uniting College.

Deidre is also a social worker. Prior to becoming Moderator, she worked part-time for four and a half years as a counsellor with UnitingCommunities in their Childhood Sexual Abuse Counselling team. She is a member of Rosefield Uniting Church.

Deidre is very much shaped by and passionately committed to the Uniting Church’s understanding that our participation in God’s mission in the world calls us to act justly and work in solidarity with those who have been denied justice. Deidre believes that the hope which shapes us as a church is God’s vision, revealed in Jesus Christ, of a world of peace with justice, compassion, love and reconciliation.

Deidre is proud that the Uniting Church has embodied this hope in many ways, in our advocacy for asylum seekers and refugees; in addressing poverty locally, nationally and globally; in seeking to live in ways that are nonviolent and working for peace; in developing approaches to the environment and our earth that reflect God’s care for the creation. Deidre’s particular interests include justice for First Peoples, domestic violence and age and gender discrimination.

Deidre has been involved with various aspects of the life of the Assembly of the Uniting Church over the past 30 years, having previously served on a number of committees including the Uniting Education Reference Group, the Board of Coolamon College, the Commission for Mission, Church Polity Reference Committee and as Chair of the Ministerial Education Commission. Deidre currently serves as a member of the Assembly Standing Committee,

the Formation, Education and Discipleship Working Group and

the National Task Group responding to the Royal Commission.

Deidre would be delighted to support the work of the Assembly and its justice unit through serving as Chair of the UnitingJustice Australia Reference Committee.


Nominee – UnitingCare Chairperson

Mr Peter Bicknell
BA, M Soc Admin. JP


Chair UnitingCare Australia National Committee
Member 1995, Chair 2006-2015

Chair Portway Housing Association Inc
Member 1993, Chair 2007-15

Chair Adelaide Brighton Cement Community Liaison Group 2006 -15

Chair; Energy Industry Ombudsman (SA) Board

Member Uniting/Methodist Church since 1962

Recent Involvements
Chair UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide Inc Member 1993, Chair 2007-2014

Mental Health Commissioner, Australian Government Mental Health Commission

INTERESTS   Family, Social Inclusion, Housing, Primary Health, Mental Health, Child & Family policy & services, Consumer issues, Education in disadvantaged areas, sport and Christian community service.


Nominee – National Working Group on Doctrine

Rev Alistair Macrae
Rev Alistair Macrae has been the convenor of the Doctrine working group over the past triennium and is willing to continue in the role.  He is minister of Wesley Uniting Church in Melbourne.  He was President of the Uniting Church from 2009-2012. He served as the executive director of the Uniting church Centre for Theology and Ministry in Melbourne 2004 – 2009. He was Moderator of the Victoria and Tasmania Synod from 2000 – 2003. Previous to that he served in rural, regional and inner city congregational placements. He has degrees in Arts, Theology and Philosophy from Melbourne and Dublin. Alistair brings wide experience in the life of the church to the Doctrine working group as it seeks to resource the whole church.


Nominee – National Working Group on Worship

Rev Dr Graham Vawser
Graham was ordained into the Methodist ministry on 22 October, 1975, and has been a minister of the Word in the Uniting Church since inauguration.

His academic qualifications are as follows:

2012    Doctor of Philosophy (Flinders University of SA

2000    Master of Theology (Flinders University of SA). Thesis: ‘The Uniting Church commits its ministers to preach’ (BoU, Para 5): a review of the foundational and historical documents of the Uniting Church in Australia, identifying the place and importance of preaching in the life of that Church.

1995    Master of Theology (Qualifying) (Flinders University of SA).

Thesis: Backgrounds to New Testament Preaching: Judaic and Greco-Roman Sources of the Preaching of the Early Church as seen in the Letters of Paul;

Reading Topic: An understanding of preaching as it developed from the late Medieval period through the thought of Luther and Calvin and into the English Reformation.

1983    Awarded Diploma in Liturgical Studies (Melbourne College of Divinity).

Part II Major Essay in the area of Liturgy in Relation to Catechetics and Christian Education – Topic: What creative relationships do you see between Christian Public Worship and the teaching role of the Church?

1979    Awarded Bachelor of Divinity (Melbourne College of Divinity).

1972    Awarded Bachelor of Arts (Flinders University of SA).

Graham has served in 6 Uniting Church (and 1 Methodist) placements:

09/2008 – current   Minister in the Brighton Congregation

01/2000 – 08/2008  Minister of the Word in Payneham Rd and Argent Congregations

1993 –1999  Minister of the Word in West Hindmarsh Parish.

1984 –1992  Minister of the Word in Strathalbyn Parish.

1978 –1983  Minister of the Word in Southern Yorke Peninsula Parish

June – December 1977  Minister of the Word in Hawker Uniting Church Parish.

January 1975 – June 1977  Minister in Hawker Methodist Circuit

From November 2005 – 2007 Graham was Moderator of the Presbytery and Synod of SA. He was Chairperson of the Presbytery of Mt Lofty from December 2001 to December 2003, and had served as Worship Consultant of Adelaide North West Presbytery from 1993 to 1999, where he had oversight of presbytery worship events (ordinations, inductions, and commissionings).

From 1984 till 1991 Graham was a member of the Assembly Commission on Liturgy, and part of the team which prepared Uniting in Worship. he was convenor of the working group on the Marriage Service, and as a member of the Commission was active in the review of drafts of all the worship resources.

In the late 1980s and 1990s he taught and tutored both candidates for specified ministries and students in the lay ministries programmes, in the areas of worship and preaching.


Nominee – Relations with Other Faiths Working Group Convenor

Rev Michael Barnes
Michael has reflected upon his interfaith dialogue and cross cultural experience during the course of his ministry, the learning from his academic background and his continuing commitment to interfaith and peace building and believes he has the experience, passion and the skills to offer leadership to the Assembly in the capacity of the Convenor of the Relations with other Faiths Working Group (RoFWG).

Interfaith Dialogue Experience.
Michael has been a participant in the National Uniting Church Jewish Christian Dialogue for ten years till 2010 and was Convenor of the Dialogue for the last four years of that period. He has found the notion of Jesus as a faithful Jew very important in interpreting the scriptures for congregational ministry and the work of interfaith.

Experience with Interfaith Networks and Cross Cultural Relationships.
Michael has had ministry placements in various congregations in the NSW ACT Synod.   In those congregations Michael has experienced and ministered into a wide variety of cross cultural contexts, including those of the Tamil Sri Lankan community.  During his ministry Michael has been a part of local interfaith networks and has strong relationships with Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist communities. He has offered educational experiences with others about different faiths to congregations. He has supported the Australian Muslim community as the threat of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has grown internationally by supporting and initiating local interfaith peacemaking efforts after the Sydney Martin Place siege.

Michael strongly believes that living in a diverse and fractured community requires building bridges of interest, understanding, peace and tolerance.  This is an important part of God’s mission in a multicultural and multifaith society.  Michael has lived and worked in third world countries and has had the experience of living with those persons from another faith.   He has led an interfaith programme to India for 10 weeks in 2006.

Academic Background.
Michael has undergraduate degrees in Arts (Honours) and Theology and a Master in Theology. He is looking to pursue interfaith doctoral studies on pilgrimages to Gallipoli from the Turkish Muslim experience.


Nominee – Christian Uniting Working Group Chairperson

Rev Dr Morag Logan
Rev Dr Morag Logan is nominated as chairperson of the Christian Unity working group.  Maureen Postma has been the chairperson and will step down from this role while continuing on the working group to the end of 2015.  Morag has been involved in the Christian Unity working group for a number of years and has served as Deputy Chairperson.  Currently she is Presbytery Minister, Pastoral Care in the Presbytery of Yarra Yarra.  She is an associate faculty member of the theological college as she has a Ph. D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies (Old Testament).  She has served in the Church of Scotland.  She has been chaplain of the University of Melbourne.  She is a member of the Victorian Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission.  She is currently a member of the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission.  She brings experience, expertise and a commitment to ecumenism to the role.


Nominee – Education for Ministry Working Group Chairperson

Rev Dr Andrew Dutney
Andrew was the President of the 13th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia. He is Professor in Theology at Flinders University. Andrew has been a leader in theological education for more than two decades. He was the Principal of Parkin-Wesley College 2001-2008 and foundation Principal of Uniting College for Leadership & Theology 2009-2012. Among his many publications in education is the book “A Genuinely Educated Ministry”: Three Studies on Theological Education in the Uniting Church in Australia (Sydney, The Assembly of the UCA: 2007 and 2011). He is the current chairperson of the Education for Ministry Working Group. Andrew is a member of Pilgrim Uniting Church in Adelaide.


E – Members of Assembly

Roll of Assembly


Ex-officio members [Reg. 3.6.2(a)]

Rev Alistair Macrae, past-President

Rev Dr Andrew Dutney, President

Mr Stuart McMillan, President-elect

Rev Terence Corkin, Assembly General Secretary

Mr Dennis Corowa, National Chairperson, UAICC

Rev Dr Chris Budden, Interim National Coordinator, UAICC

Appointed by the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress [Reg 3.6.2(c)]

Ministers: Rev Garry Dronfield, Rev Dorothy Harris-Gordon, Rev Sealin Garlett, Rev Ken Sumner

Lay: Mr Robert Jetta, Ms Marda Pitt, Ms Candice Champion, Mr Hayden Charles, Ms Joya, Ms Denise Champion, Mr Nelson Varcoe, Ms Cheryl Lawson, Ms Kirsty Burgu, Ms Rose Gurlarrangi, Ms Louise Thomas, Ms Di Torrens

Appointed by Assembly bodies, by decision of Assembly Standing Committee [Reg. 3.6.2(e)]

Church Polity Rev Jenny Tymms

Christian Unity Working Group Mrs Maureen Postma

Education for Ministry Rev Bev Fabb

Christian Unity, Doctrine

and Discipleship Rev Dr Chris Walker

UnitingWorld Mr Rob Floyd

Working Group on Worship Rev Dr Chris Walker

Working Group on Doctrine Rev Alistair Macrae

Secretariat Rev Glenda Blakefield

Appointed by Assembly Standing Committee [Reg. 3.6.2(f)]

Youthful members Jordan Crass, Sam Fangatu, Jemma Whittaker, Petilosa Faleta;

Migrant-ethnic congregations Rev Dev Anandarajan, Rev Ki Soo Jang, Rev Do Young Kim, Rev Amelia Koh-Butler, Mr Moses Leth, Mrs Nga Ly, Mrs Akesa Racava and Ms Charissa Suli.


Rev Myung Hwa Park (Moderator)

Rev Dr Andrew Williams (General Secretary)

Ministers: Rev Christine Bayliss Kelly, Rev Lindsay Cullen, Rev Dr Chris Goringe, Rev Haloti Kailahi, Rev Aimee Kent, Rev Duncan Macleod, Rev Kath Merrifield, Rev Dr John Squires, Rev Suzanne Stanton, Rev Gordon Ramsay.

Lay: Ms Rebekah-Lee Allcroft, Mr Brandon French, Mr Zac Hatfield Dodds, Mr Semisi Kailahi, Ms Emma Parr, Ms Catherine Pepper, Ms Malia Puna, Ms Hannah Reeve, Mrs Radhika Sukumar-White, Mr Adrian Sukumar-White, Dr Katalina Tahaafe-Williams, Ms Amanda Thomson, Mrs Jacki Watts.


Canberra Region Rev Julie Furner Mr Geoff Wellington

Far North Coast Rev John Thornton Mrs Sue Duncan

Georges River Rev Grant Bilbey Mrs Christine Gordon

Illawarra Rev Peter Chapman Mrs Sharon Hoogland

Korean Rev Ju Min Hyung Mr Jung Eun Noh

Ku-ring-gai Rev Ann Hogan Mr Allan West

Macquarie Darling Rev Gareth Thomas-Burchell Mr Kevin Barrington

Mid North Coast Rev Elizabeth Raine Ms Penny Archer

New England-North West Rev Tony Winter Mr Rob Wood

Parramatta-Nepean Rev Ellie Elia Mr Filikesa Kamotu

Riverina Rev Dr Gerald Duncan Mrs Dorothy Creek

Sydney Rev Nicole Fleming Mr David Hay

Sydney North Rev Graham Perry Ms Fiona Blair

The Hunter Rev Rex Graham Mr Grahame Pricter


Rev Thresi Mauboy Wohangara (Moderator)

Mr Peter Jones (General Secretary)

Ministers: Rev Felicity Amery, Rev Colin Gordon

Lay: Ms Matjarra Garrawurra, Mr Gary Lewis


Pilgrim Presbytery Rev Dr Lee Levett-Olson Ms Jemma Whittaker

of Northern Australia

Nthn Regional Council Rev Djawanydjawany Gondarra Mrs Gurimangu Bukulatjpi

of Congress


Rev David Baker (Moderator)

Mr Gary Doyle (General Secretary)

Ministers: Rev Peter Armstrong, Rev John Cox, Rev Hedley Fihaki, Rev Linda Hanson, Rev David MacGregor, Rev Hohaia Matthews, Rev Viliami Mila, Rev Kaye Ronalds, Rev Lu Senituli.

Lay: Mrs Jennifer Brecknell, Mr David Busch, Ms Colleen Geyer, Mrs Elaine Rae, Mr Glenn Schweitzer.


Bremer Brisbane Rev Brian Hoole Mr Greg Braithwaite

Calvary Rev Dennis Corowa Ms Roxanne Yunkaporta

Central Queensland Rev Brian Gilbert Ms Donna Muston

Mary Burnett Rev David Thomas Mr Philip Smith

Moreton Rivers Rev Bruce Johnson Mr David Greig

North Queensland Rev Christy Allen Ms Lyn Anderson

South Moreton Rev Alan Robinson Mrs Gaye Pitman

The Downs Rev Faye Talatonu Mr John Agnew


Dr Deidre Palmer (Moderator)

Rev Nigel Rogers (General Secretary)

Ministers: Rev Sandy Boyce, Rev Rob Brown, Rev Diane Bury, Rev Dr Benji Callen, Rev Carol Chambers, Rev Simon Dent, Rev Naomi Duke, Rev Suzanne Ellis, Rev Philip Gardner, Rev Sean Gilbert, Rev Jana Norman, Rev Sue Page, Rev Dr Ian Price, Rev Robert Stoner, Rev Dean Whittaker, Rev Susan Wickham.

Lay: Ms Pam Barthalomaeus, Mr Scott Davis, Ms Rachel Dempster, Miss Rosalie Dow, Mr Bruce Ind, Mr Craig Mitchell, Ms Jenni Morel, Ms Nicole Mugford, Mr Graeme Painter, Ms Robyn Painter, Ms Sharonne Price, Mr Kai Strobel, Ms Marian Wicks, Mr Bronte Wilson, Miss Kerry Wilson, Mr Malcolm Wilson.


Mr Dan Wootton (Moderator)

Rev Dr Mark Lawrence (General Secretary)

Ministers: Rev Gavin Blakemore, Rev Dr Jenny Byrnes, Rev Stan Clarke, Rev Michelle Cook, Rev David Fotheringham, Rev Avril Hannah-Jones, Rev Sharon Hollis, Rev Jason Kioa, Rev Swee Ann-Koh, Rev Denise Liersch, Rev Lauren Mosso, Rev Allan Thompson, Rev Dr Apwee Ting, Rev Sani Vaeluaga, Rev Sue Withers.

Lay: Mr Aaron Blakemore, .Ms Sue Clarkson, Mr Adrian Greenwood, Mr Geoffrey Grinton, Ms Hanna Drew, Ms Anna Harrison, Ms Cheryl Lawrie, Ms Carlynne Nunn, . Mr Joshua Ocampo, Ms Rachel Prewer, Mr Rohan Pryor, Mr Cameron Shields, Ms Kelly Skilton, Ms Heidi Stabb, Ms Isabel Thomas Dobson, Ms Lorraine Threlfall, Ms Wendie Wilkie.


Gippsland Rev Anne Honey Mrs Wendy McDonald Mr Lindsay Oates

Loddon-Mallee Rev Cynthia Page Mr Max Cooke Ms Judy Berridge

North East Victoria Rev Rosalie Rayment-Hewitt Rev Andrew Delbridge Mrs Helen Collins

Port Phillip East Rev Dr Paul Chalson Rev Wendy Snook Ms Kaylea Fern

Port Phillip West Rev Ann Key Rev Robert Renton Mr David Wall

Tasmania Rev Carol Bennett Mrs Helen Geard Mr David Reeve

Western Victoria Rev Denise Naish Mrs Joy Robinson Rev Paul Blacker

Yarra Yarra Rev Dr Morag Logan Mrs Beth Horsfield Ms Bethany Broadstock


Rev Steve Francis (Moderator)
Mrs Rosemary Hudson-Miller (General Secretary)
Ministers: Rev Emanuel Audisho, Rev Craig Collas, Rev Lesley de Grussa-Macaulay, Rev Mark Illingworth, Rev Alan Jeffrey, Rev Cathie Lambert, Rev Isobelle Shortreed, Rev Denise Savage, Rev Ian Tozer.
Lay: Ms Merrenaite Aiaf, Ms Alison Atkinson-Phillips, Mr Cameron Harries, Ms Kalo Fotu, Ms Vivien Lee, Ms Margaret Martin, Mr Rick Morrell, Mr Richard Telfer, Ms Yuko Toai-Moore.


1. Guests from overseas churches

Rev Kan Baoping, China Christian Council

Bishop Pradeep Kumar Samantaroy, Church of North India

Rev Dr D R Sadananda, Church of South India

Rev Alberth Yoku, Evangelical Christian Church of Papua

Rev I Nengah Suama, Protestant Christian Church in Bali

Rev Samakul, Evangelical Church in Minahasa

Mr Wellem Nunuhitu, Evangelical Christian Church in Timor

Rev Dr John Ruhulessin, Protestant Church in Malaku

Rev Moises Da Silva, Protestant Church in Timor Leste

Rev Dr Albert Jebanesan, Methodist Church in Sri Lanka

Rev Sudu Tada, Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

Bishop Reuel Marigza, United Church of Christ in the Philippines

Rev Dr Iutisone Salevao, Congregational Christian Church of Samoa

Mr Uvenama Rova, United Church in Papua New Guinea

Rev Aifolia Poumale, Congregational Christian Church of Niue

Pastor Allan Nafuki, Presbyterian Church Vanuatu

Rev Kibaunimatang Robuti Rimon, Kiribati Uniting Church

Rev Amos Ndhlumbi, Methodist Church in Zimbabwe

Rev Peter Gai Lual, Presbyterian Church of South Sudan

Rev Bae Tae Jin, Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea

Rev Byung Ho Kim, Korean Christian Churches in Japan

Very Rev Andrew Norton, Presbyterian Church Aotearoa New Zealand

Rev Tovia Aumua, Methodist Church of New Zealand

2. Guests from Australian churches and church bodies

Major Grattan Savage, Salvation Army

Sr Elizabeth Delaney, National Council of Churches in Australia

Rev Greg Pfeiffer, Lutheran Church

Deacon Theodore Issa, Syrian Orthodox Church

Bishop Allan Ewing, Anglican Church

Mr Paul Martin, Society of Friends

3. Additional guests from Australian churches attending the Opening Service

Very Revd Fr. Molirad Soaktar, Serbian Orthodox Church

Most Rev Timothy Costelloe, Catholic Church

The Venerable Lionel Snell, Anglican Church of Australia

4. Associated with Assembly:

(a) persons who will assist in resourcing the Assembly:

for the whole of the Assembly:

Mr Jim Mein for Frontier Services

Mrs Lin Hatfield Dodds for UnitingCare Australia

Rev Elenie Poulos for UnitingJustice Australia

Mr Rob Floyd for UnitingWorld

(b) for specific business of the Assembly:

Mr Jim Mein for the Beneficiary Fund

Rev Murray Earl for Defence Force Chaplaincy

Mr Grahame Ryan for Frontier Services

Rev Dr Matthew Wilson for Relations with Other Faiths

Mr Robert Watson for UC Adult Fellowship

Rev Dr Chris Mostert for the Anglican – Uniting Church proposal

Mr Krikor Youmshajekian for the proposal on the Armenian Genocide

5. Co-opted members:

F – Ministerial Matters




Lettie Ellen Abraham


Received by ordination

Craig Betty


Received by ordination

Francis Bartholomeusz

Casey Lau

Lyn Leane

Albert Patrizi

Karen Paull


Received by ordination

James Godfrey



Received by ordination

Grant Atkins

John Barker

Paul Cosier

Ellie Elia

Salesi Faupula

Do Young Kim

Hye Ja Kim

Sung Kwang (Ace) Kim

Keun-Il Ko

Steve Lee

Rebecca Lindsay

Bridget Ocean

Helen Paine

Christine Palmer

Jo-Anne Smalbil

Suzanne Stanton

David Stuart

Charissa Suli

Fololeni Tafokitau

Seung Jae Yeon

Received by admission or readmission

Tony Blake

John Cox

Dirk van Doorene

Gaby Kobrossi

Martin Levine

Krikor Youmshajekian

Recognition has been withdrawn

Matthew McBurney

(i) Resignation

Leone Hill

Sophia Ng


John Amery

Anthony Baker

Alastair Bathgate

Edward Alexander (Ted) Brash

Robert James Brown

Frank Butler

Russell Dancey

Gordon Dicker

Donald Drury

Maxwell Fox

Frank Glen

Cyril Goodwin

Thomas Gordon

Neville Guthrey

Elizabeth Howard

Graham Hughes

Lester James

Eric Knight

Moira Laidlaw

Semisi (James) Latu

Peter Looby

Malcolm Macleod

John McCarthy

Daniel Mistry

Gordon Moyes

Sandy Murray

Roy Nash

Robert Arthur Oakley

Shirley Parkin

Merle Pearce

Leslie Pearson

Peter Pereira

Harvey Perkins

Lloyd Phillips

Doreen Prowse

Burnel Reeve

Kelvin Russell

Jack Sharp

Rob Silver

Hendrick Smit

Marilyn Stacy

Ian Tanner

Laurie Thompson

John Thompson

Russell Thompson

Dieter Tieman

Rae Trenerry

Lloyd Vidler

Tuikilakila Waqairatu


Received by ordination

Tapera Teubiti

Timothy Wanamayku Wunuŋmurra


Peter Nyaningu

Larry Garawirrtja


Received by ordination

Anna Ashby

Matthew Baunach

Somporn (Lek) Branjerdporn

Jennifer Coombes

John Dansie

Melissa Lipsett

Annelisifa Ngaluafe

Luke Smallwood

Catherine Solomon

Received by admission or readmission

Stephen Henderson

Darren King

Sunil Kadaparambil


Ellis Bramley

Charles Cunningham

Allan (Ken) Cutmore

Louise Edwards

Oliver (Joe) Gunders

Donald Kassel

Moira Laidlaw

David Lowry

Donald Mackay

Ian Mavor

Ken Neill

Thomas Scarlett

Corin Nyree Svenson

Keith Thompson

Paul Trigge

John Tully

Ron Wallace

Godfrey Williams

Recognition has been withdrawn

(i) Resignation

Michael Brumpton

Johan Loots

Joseph Jang

Bob Mitchell

(ii) Withdrawal of Recognition

Victor Wolfgramm


Received by ordination

Adam Low

Robyn Caldicott

Andrew Everson

Sherrin Jackman

Esteban Lievano

Christine Manning

Cheryl Wilson

Received by admission or readmission

Mark Butler

Phil Webber


Tony Baker

Robert Grant Dunning

Wali Fejo

Ray Harold Gifford

Oswald (Os) George Edwards

Ivan Robert Goss

Janette Maude Greig

Milton Lewis Hopkins

Bryan Lawrence Michie

Mervyn Vivian Norman

Keith Douglas Seaman

Geoffrey Donald Scott

David William Frederick Smith

George Andrew Wright


Received by ordination

Temukisa Amituana’i-Vaeluaga

Claire Dawe

Lindell Gibson

Jenny Hayes

Tupe Ioelu

Ross Pearce

Juliette Tautala’aso

Bruce Watson

Received by admission or readmission

Nigel Hanscamp

Jung-Ha (Andrew) Hwang

Glen O’Brien

Uilisone (Kili) Mafaufau

Brian Spencer

Alf Thistlethwaite

Peter Welsh

Kevin Yelverton

Recognition has been withdrawn

(i) Resignation

Paul Kruse

Steven Lewis

Nicole Lourensz

Robert McUtchen

(ii) Committee for Discipline

Barrie Porch


Kenneth Allen

Robert Anderson

Bonnie Bradley

Graham Briscoe

Robert J Brown

Alan Collins

Graham Colquhoun

Archibald Crow

William Gillard

Kenneth Gilson

Walter Goff

Richard Golding

George W Grant OAM

Norman Gray

Malcolm Hay

Alexander Hodgson

Ronald Hollick

John Hudson

John (Jock) Lavender

Evan Lewis

Norman Lowe

Jack Lutge

Douglas Miller

Peter Moonie

T Maxwell O’Connor

Alexander (Alec) Peerman

Barry Prior

Robin Pryor

Alan Reid

Jean Shadforth

Ruth Smith

Ian Steer

Ian Tennant

Keith Tinkler

Athol Wall

Robert Weatherlake

H Roy Westaway

Albert Wicks

Sylvia Widdicombe

Alfred Wilhelms

Ian Williams

Malcolm Williams

Pamela Wyley


Received by ordination

Rev Ruth Vertigan

Rev Corina van Oostende

Rev Luke Williams

Rev Andrew Broadbent


Desmond Fielding

Max Smith

John (Jack) Wilson

Jack Hutchinson

John McCarthy

William Bartlett

Val Bock

Norman Hogg

Mervyn Jay

Recognition has been withdrawn

(i) Resignation

Ron Larkin

Vivien Larkin




Jo Clark



Lesley McMullin

Valmai Schmidtke





George Chambers



Heather Coral Willmott




Kinyin McKenzie

Information supplied by Synods May 2015

G – Member Information


2.00pm Sunday, 12 July to 12.00pm Saturday, 18 July 2015


The 14th Assembly will be held in Winthrop Hall within the University of Western Australia, Perth. Plenary sessions will be held in Winthrop Hall and community working groups at various locations at the University and Trinity College.


3.1 Opening Service

The opening service and installation of the President will take place in the Dickinson Centre, Scotch College, 76 Shenton Road, Swanbourne. Members of Assembly will be transported to and from their accommodation venue, Trinity Residential College, by coach. Seating will be allocated for members of the Assembly, overseas visitors and invited guests. The service for the Installation of the President is also a public event.

After the installation a light supper will be provided in the Memorial Hall, adjacent to the Dickinson Centre, as a gift from the congregations of the Western Australian Synod. Guides will be on hand to direct members and visitors.

3.2 Registration of Members

Members will register via the web as previously advised. There will be a registration process at Trinity College which is where accommodation and meals will be provided. Please note that there will be a lot of people arriving in a very tight timeframe. The Local Organising Committee will be doing their best to get people into rooms as early as quickly as possible Please do not wait until the last minute to register. Members will receive additional papers and information at this time.

3.3 Timetable

A broad timetable, indicating the proposed order of business, is included with this mailing. The Business Committee will issue a daily timetable during the Assembly.

3.4 Proposals / notices of revision

3.4.1 Proposals related to new business must be submitted to the General Secretary by 12 April for changes to the Constitution and Regulations and for other business by 12 June.

3.4.2 Notices of revision to proposals distributed with the working papers, and which could reasonably have been foreseen from a reading of the working papers, should be in the hands of the Convener of the Business Committee, Mr Geoffrey Grinton, or the General Secretary by 5.00pm (EST) on Friday 3 July 2015. This is necessary so that they may be prepared for distribution to members and placed in the Timetable by the Business Committee.

3.4.3 The only Proposals or notices of revision, which will be accepted after these times, will be those that arise specifically out of the debate and could not have been foreseen.

3.4.4 Section 5.9 of “A Manual for Meetings in the Uniting Church” specifies that proposals must be presented 24 hours before they are considered. This rule must be kept in mind alongside the above closure times and members must check the timetable carefully, particularly for those reports and recommendations to be considered early in the week.

3.5 Nominations and Elections

3.5.1 All positions – Standing Committee, Chairpersons of Agency Reference Committees, President – elect. Nominations for President – elect close with the Assembly Secretariat (PO Box A2266 Sydney South NSW, 1235; email: terencec@nat.uca.org.au) on April 16 2015. All other nominations must be placed in the Nomination Box at the meeting venue by 6.00pm on Tuesday 14 July 2015.

3.5.2 Ballots will be held for Chairpersons of Agency Reference Committees (if required), President – elect and Standing Committee.

3.5.3 Re the ballot for the President – elect

The 1st ballot for President – elect is to reduce the list of candidates to two candidates. It will be held at 3.15pm on Wednesday 15 July 2015 (Session 15) The second ballot, if required, will be held at 2.00 pm on Thursday 16 July 2015 (Session 19).

3.5.4 The ballot papers for Standing Committee and Chairpersons (if required) will be distributed at 12.00pm Thursday 16 July (Session 18) and the ballot will close at 12.30pm Friday 17 July (Session 23).

3.5.5 Results of Ballots will be declared as soon as possible after the close of the ballot.

3.6 Other Functions

There are some other activities associated with the meeting of the Assembly. Some of these events, due to space considerations are by invitation. Advice will be provided about related events during the course of the meeting.


4.1 Location points / processes

Diagrams of locations points at the University and Trinity College will be available when you register at Assembly.

(1) Morning and Afternoon tea

Morning and afternoon tea will be served each day except the first afternoon (Sunday) and last afternoon (Saturday).

(2) Business Committee Table (right, front of stage)

The Convenor of the Business Committee will be found here. Messages for display on the projection screen are to be given to the official table (at the front stage in the Plenary Hall) for approval prior to projection.

(3) Holy Communion

A daily service of Holy Communion will be conducted at 8.00am at Trinity College (venue to be advised). You are encouraged to make use of these optional services from Tuesday to Friday.

(4) Notice Boards

Notice boards display any special notices approved by the Convenor of the Business Committee. If you have any information you would like placed on the notice boards provide it to Mr Geoffrey Grinton or a person at the official table for review and decision. Results of all ballots for positions for which an election was necessary will be displayed on these boards.

Unauthorised material will be removed from the notice boards.

(5) Reception and information desk

A reception desk is located in the foyer outside the Plenary Hall. The staff member on duty will assist members and visitors with general enquiries, and retain any items of lost property.

(6) Toilet facilities

Toilet facilities are available throughout the venues and have disabled access.

4.2 Meals

Breakfast will be provided in the dining hall of Trinity College. Evening meals will be provided each night at the same venue except for Wednesday night which is a free evening. If you require an evening meal that evening then please advise the 14th Assembly Administrator Ms Clare Ligtermoet at assembly.administrator@wa.uca.org.au

Lunches will be the responsibility of members. There are many food outlets in the area surrounding the meeting venue at reasonable prices and offering quick service – so you can be back in time for the next session!

4.3 Name Tags

Your official name tag is printed and will be issued to you at the time of your registration at Trinity College. You are asked to wear your name tag at all times in the plastic holder that will be provided. If you do not have your name tag you may not be admitted into the meeting. Also the stewards are instructed to give voting papers only to those wearing official name tags. Meals will only be provided to people wearing appropriate name tags.

4.4 Visitors

Day and Session visitors are welcome. All visitors must register. A small fee to cover costs for morning and afternoon tea, and any papers that may be provided, will apply ($20 / day, $10 concession and half day)

4.5 Child Care – 0 to 6 Years

Child care for small children will only be provided for those members who have made prior arrangements, through the web based registration process with the 14th Assembly Office. Casual child care for visitors cannot be provided.

4.6 Latecomers

The doors providing entry to the hall will be closed, and no entry permitted, during morning Bible studies and worship sessions.

4.7 Security

It is the responsibility of all members to secure their personal possessions. Lock your room at all times. It is recommended that people walk together after dark especially returning to their accommodation.

4.8 Chaplains

4.8.1 Chaplains to the Assembly

The Assembly has chaplains who are available to members who may wish to access pastoral care or conversation during the course of the meeting. Contact details will be provided at the Assembly.

4.8.2 Chaplains to the President

The President has personal chaplains who assist him is a variety of ways. If you wish to make contact with the President about some aspect of the meeting or a matter of concern please do so through one of his chaplains.

4.8.3 Complaints procedures

There will be a contact person for any complaint under the procedures for complaints
as outlined in the papers. Contact details will be provided at the Assembly.

4.9 Distribution of current day’s agenda, proposals and papers.

A detailed daily timetable will be distributed each day, along with any proposals and official papers. These documents will be available from the official table near the entrance to Winthrop Hall. Note: Only documents approved by the General Secretary or the Business Committee can be distributed within any part of the Plenary Hall.

4.10 Mobile Phones

Members are requested to ensure that their mobile telephones are switched off or set to silent during business sessions.

4.11 Access for persons with reduced mobility or other needs

The facilities are accessible to persons with reduced mobility. Arrangements will be in place to transport people with restricted mobility from Trinity College to Winthrop Hall (a ten minute walk) and return.


5.1 Members are asked to remember that the Assembly has determining responsibility in matters of worship, doctrine, government and discipline (Basis of Union, paragraph 15). Hence, we are concerned with matters of major importance for the mission of God in the world, and are dealing with principle and policy rather than committee detail.

5.2 Manual for Meetings

The Regulations require the Assembly to use the Manual for Meetings for its business procedures. Members should familiarise themselves with the Manual for Meetings. The shape of the meeting seeks to follow the rhythm of the Manual for Meetings.

5.3 Major Issues

Selected major issues will be presented to the Assembly in plenary session and then sent to community working groups for discussion, as outlined in the Manual for Meetings.

5.4 Addressing the Assembly

The correct form of address when addressing the President is simply “President” (not Mr President). All speakers should provide their name and appointing body eg “I am “name”, Presbytery of …, Synod of …. If a person is ex officio or appointed by an Assembly Agency the speaker should indicate their appointing body. Persons wishing to speak should not wave blue cards towards the front table. The appropriate method for indicating that you wish to speak is to line up at a microphone and await the call of the President. All speakers must await the call of the President before speaking. All speakers must use the microphones. No matter how strong you think your voice is people will not hear you.

5.5 Inclusive Language

Members of Assembly are requested to use inclusive language.

5.6 Social Media, texting, etc

The Assembly understands the significance of social media in today’s environment. However members are requested to remember that we gather as women and men whom Christ the head of the church has called together as the Assembly to discern the will of Christ for his Uniting Church. This requires of us that we listen carefully to one another and not to become distracted or overly informed by the opinions of people who are not so called and resourced through prayer, worship and the community that is built over the course of the Assembly meeting.

Members of the Assembly are also reminded that the respect and commitment to being a safe place that is expected of members in their face to face encounters with one another are also expected in comments made through social media.

5.7 Quorum

A quorum consists of at least half the number of members of the Assembly within which number at least half the number of Synods shall be represented (Regulation 3.8.5 (g)).

5.8 Bar of the House

Plenary sessions will be held in table groups. Members and persons associated with the Assembly are invited to sit at these tables. The location for visitors will be well marked and stewards can point people in the right direction.

5.9 General

The Assembly meeting is meant to be a safe place where Christian community is fostered and encouraged. However if at any time you feel stressed or subject to inappropriate behaviour please contact one of the Assembly chaplains or the persons nominated to handle complaints. While the Community Working Groups will have a primary focus on items of business one of their key functions is to help people have a group of people that they can know a bit better within the larger gathering, and hopefully provide you with a stronger sense of community than a gathering of 270+ people can always offer.


6.1 Guidelines

6.1.1 In order that the Assembly may most effectively use its time and resources, it is important that these guidelines are closely followed.

6.1.2 If any member is unsure about how to proceed in bringing business before the meeting then you are encouraged to speak with an experienced member of the Assembly, or alternatively you may approach the Convenor of the Business Committee or the General Secretary. However it is most important that persons who wish to submit matters for consideration should ensure that contact is made as early as possible.

6.2 Terminology

6.2.1 Clause 5.10 of the Manual for Meetings requires that any recommendation shall be submitted in writing, over the signature of at least two members, to the Business Committee.

6.2.2 The term Recommendation is used to refer to a formal proposal brought to the Assembly for consideration and decision.

6.2.3 If the recommendation is to be considered using the procedures for Making Decisions by Consensus (Chapter 6 of the Manual), it has the status of a proposal for discussion, as described in Clause 6.1.

6.2.4 If, however, the recommendation is to be considered using the procedures for Making Decisions by Formal Majority (Chapter 7 of the Manual), the recommendation provides the words for the formal motion, as described in Clause 7.1.

6.2.5 A Notice of Revision may be submitted to stand against any Recommendation. Any members of the Assembly may submit a Notice of Revision. Just as a Recommendation forms the basis of a proposal or motion, as appropriate, so a Notice of Revision can become the basis for either an alternative proposal (consensus procedures) or an amendment (formal majority procedures).

6.2.6 Once the Assembly has made a decision, regardless of the process used to arrive at that decision, the recommendation, in either its original or revised form becomes a Resolution of the Assembly. The minutes will record on that “The Assembly resolved…”

6.3 The Nature of a Recommendation

6.3.1 One of the roles of the Assembly is to establish policy, and to initiate action. Hence recommendations brought to the Assembly should be designed with some specific intention for an outcome that results in change.

6.3.2 The Assembly is, of course, able to change policy, or to set new directions but it is not usually appropriate for it to affirm, re-affirm, or note the actions of a previous Assembly. It is a basic assumption that once established, policies or decisions continue unless changed.

6.3.3 Further, it is not necessary or appropriate for the Assembly to consider recommendations which request or authorise a body to do work for which it already has responsibility, and which it is willing to undertake.

6.4 The Form of a Recommendation

6.4.1 All recommendations must commence with the words: That the Assembly

6.4.2 The next phrase will normally set out the action to be taken as a result of carrying the recommendation. In the minutes of the Assembly, this initial wording will be changed to read: The Assembly resolved:

6.4.3 A brief subject line is required, to allow a short-form reference to the recommendation. This will be printed in both the working papers and the minutes on the line above the text of the recommendation, as a form of sub-heading.

6.4.4 Usually, the text of the recommendation will commence by making reference to the body to whom it is directed.

6.4.5 Typical phrases which might commence the body of a recommendation are:

That… be requested…
That …be advised that…
To adopt as its policy the statement…
That… be appointed…
To record its appreciation for…
To approve…

6.4.6 A recommendation may be divided into sub-clauses where this makes the sense clearer, or where it will help the discussion of the matter. For example, it can be helpful to separate the establishment of a principle or policy from clauses related to implementation or reporting.

6.4.7 A clear rationale that is clearly linked to the recommendation should follow the recommendation. The purpose of the rationale is to assist members of the Assembly to understand what it is that it is hoped to achieve and why this approach is helpful. A good rationale assists members of the Assembly to commence their reflection on the issue and to think about the questions or points that they may want to raise before the discussion commences. It is not appropriate for a rationale to be incorporated into a recommendation.

6.4.8 It is normal practice of the Assembly to move, discuss and decide upon the whole of a recommendation at once. In some circumstances the President may agree to a request that separate decisions be taken on each clause.

6.5 The Scope of a Recommendation

6.5.1 A recommendation should be short, precise and explicit. It should specify as many of the following points as are appropriate:

i. What is to be done – the task or action to be carried out;
ii. Who is to do it – the responsible person or body;
iii. Subsequent action or reporting – such as a report back to the Assembly or to some other body;
iv. The time frame – when the action is to be taken or completed;
v. Any required personnel – if a committee is required, who is to set up the committee, and the way in which appointments are to be made.

6.6 Requirements for a Recommendation

6.6.1 A recommendation must be complete in itself, without reference to other material or documents. Hence, for example, it is not appropriate to move that someone be asked to “carry out the review described in the report”. It must be possible to read the text of a minute, or send that text to someone not present during the discussion, and to expect them to understand what was resolved and what is now to be done.

6.6.2 There will be cases (for example, the adoption of a budget) where it is appropriate to refer to other material when it is clearly understood that such material will be included in the minutes.

6.6.3 It is helpful to ask someone who is not closely associated with the matter concerned in the recommendation to read a draft to check that is understood in the way intended. If your draft recommendation does not pass this test please keep working on it!

6.6.4 It may be appropriate in some cases to include a brief explanatory phrase or clause at the start of a recommendation in order to establish a context. These words must be brief and relevant, so that the body of the recommendation might take a form such as:

In the light of the decision of … that… be … requested…
That, noting the effects of…etc.

6.6.5 A recommendation from one of Assembly’s reporting bodies must be signed by an authorised officer of the body, and must advise the names of one or two people who will present the recommendation to the Assembly meeting. A contact name must also be provided for those seeking further information; this may be one of the above people, or someone else, as appropriate. It must be clearly indicated that the recommendation is presented in the name of the reporting body. A mobile phone contact is required.

6.6.6 A recommendation that comes from members of the Assembly must be signed by two members of the Assembly. It is expected that the first named person (the proposer) will present the recommendation to the meeting, and that the second-named person (the support) will be available to provide additional information if required. Contact information must be provided to enable any contact that may be necessary by the Business Committee. A mobile phone contact is required.

6.7 Notice of Revision

6.7.1 When it is felt that the form of a recommendation could be improved, or that a change is required to a recommendation already submitted, a Notice of Revision may be submitted.

6.7.2 A notice of revision should vary the terms of the recommendation in some manner, but cannot vary it in such a way that its effect would be reversed or negated. The requirements are exactly the same as those for a recommendation; that is, two members of Assembly must be identified and present the revision to the meeting.

6.7.3 The form of notice of revision is: That Proposal No. # be amended by…
The following text should provide explicit details of words to be deleted and \ or words to be added.

6.7.4 A notice of revision generally should not provide the full text of an alternative from of words. This can lead to confusion, as it can be difficult in such a case to determine exactly what changes are being proposed by the revision. However, there are cases where the nature of the change is sufficiently complex that it will be more helpful to members to reprint the full recommendation with the new words highlighted. The Business Committee will decide which is more appropriate.


7.1 Questions on the reports of Assembly agencies will be raised through the processes that will be provided for interaction with Agencies about their area of work. There will be a process that will allow appropriate questions to be brought from the interaction process to a plenary session where representatives of the Agencies will respond.


8.1 Members of Standing Committee

Nomination forms for members of Standing Committee are provided in these papers. Nominations are to be placed in the Nomination Box at the meeting venue and must be signed by both the nominator and the nominee. See section 3.5.1 for closing times.

Please note the important information provided with the nomination forms on expectations of members of the Standing Committee as you consider accepting nomination for appointment.

8.2 Nomination Forms

Nomination forms are to include a brief nomination profile, to be completed by the nominator. NOTE: The failure to supply a profile will disadvantage the nominee. Only relevant information should be provided. Marital status and number of children is not relevant information for any of the appointments which the Assembly will be making. Note: all nominees must indicate their willingness to accept nomination before their name is submitted.


The following procedures will apply for elections for Chairpersons of Agency Reference Committees, the President- elect and members of Standing Committee.

9.1 General

9.1.1 If the number of persons nominated for election does not exceed the number of persons to be elected:

(a) Voting shall be by show of hands;

(b) A single vote shall be taken in respect of all nominees unless the Assembly resolves that a separate vote shall be taken in respect of each nominee;

(c) Nominees who receive an absolute majority of votes shall be declared elected.

9.1.2 If the number of persons nominated exceeds the number of persons to be elected voting shall be by written ballot.

9.2 Ballot for President – elect

a) if more than two nominations are received for President – elect, a first-round preferential ballot be used to identify the two candidates with the highest number of preferences;

(b) if a candidate in the preferential ballot receives more than 50% of the first preferences of those participating in the ballot, that candidate will be declared elected;

(c) if there are only two nominations, or following a prior preferential ballot, in which no candidate received more than 50% of first preferences, the names of the two candidates who, after the distribution of preferences, received the most votes shall be submitted and members shall indicate their preference for one candidate; and

(d) to be declared elected, a candidate must receive the support of more than 50% of those participating in the ballot.

9.3 Standing Committee Election – procedures

In electing the members of Standing Committee the Returning Officer will take into account
Regulation, and Assembly Minute 00.05. In the exercise of their responsibilities the members of the Assembly are to give attention to the role of the Standing Committee as described in regulation, and the skills, gifts and graces of the persons making
themselves available for election.

ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE (See Para 47, Constitution) Membership

(a) The Assembly Standing Committee shall consist of
(i) the President, President-elect, ex-President and General Secretary of the Assembly;
(ii) the Chairperson and the National Administrator of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress; (There is a proposal from the UAICC to amend this part of the regulation prior to the appointment of the Standing Committee for this triennium to reflect that there is no longer a position of National Administrator.)
(iii) 18 members of the Assembly elected by the Assembly; and
(iv) no more than four persons co-opted by the Standing Committee.

(b) The elected membership shall include at least one person from each Synod.

(c) The number of lay members of the Standing Committee shall be not fewer than the number of members who are Ministers.

(d) In the election of members, paragraphs (b) and (c) shall be applied in that sequence in determining the persons elected.

(e) The elected membership shall include no more than six persons from any Synod.

(f) The Standing Committee may act notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership. Any vacancy may be filled by the Standing Committee appointing a member of the same status, whether Minister or lay person, as the person who caused the vacancy. If the person whose place has become vacant was the only elected member of the Standing Committee from a Synod, the new member shall be from the same Synod.

(g) Only members of the Assembly are eligible for membership of the Standing Committee.


(l) The Standing Committee shall:
(i) transact such business as may be referred to it by the Assembly and such other business as may be required or be desirable to be done on behalf of the Assembly between meetings of the Assembly, except such as may be precluded by the Assembly;
(ii) in order to assist the Assembly in its discernment, at least ten months prior to an Assembly meeting, advise the Church on the challenges and issues which may be faced by the President and the Assembly in the seven subsequent years;
(iii) offer guidance to the President on priorities to be pursued, and the way in which the responsibilities named in Regulation may be exercised, taking into account the particular gifts and graces of the President;
(iv) report its decisions to Synods, Presbyteries and the next meeting of the Assembly.

Assembly minutes 00.05 and 09.03.05 between them provide for the following considerations to be taken into account when the ballot for membership of the Standing Committee is being counted.

The Assembly resolved to determine that the elected membership of the Standing Committee shall include:
• at least two persons 25 years of age or under;
• no fewer that eight women and no fewer that eight men;
• at least two persons recognised by Multicultural and Cross Cultural Ministry as being among the culturally and linguistically diverse communities of the church, at least one of whom shall be a lay person;

In casting their vote members of the Assembly are not required to give attention to these criteria. You should vote on the basis of your view as to who are the most suitable people to serve on the Assembly Standing Committee. The Returning Officer will take these requirements into account if it proves to be necessary in the counting and declaration of the ballot.


10.1 Working papers will have been distributed to all members of Assembly prior to the meeting. A limited number of additional copies are available from the Assembly Secretariat for purchase at cost plus postage – contact (02) 8267 4202 or jennyb@nat.uca.org.au Reports and proposals are also available on the web at http://assembly2015.uca.org.au/

10.2 General

10.2.1 Pages are numbered within the following major sections

A Information
B Reports
C Proposals
D Elections and Nominations
E Members of the Assembly
F Ministerial Matters
G Member Information
H Miscellaneous
I Manual for Meetings
J Daily Notices

Within each major section each body has a separate sub-section and its pages are then numbered consecutively – for example report “Retiring President” is B2 and the pages of its report are numbered B2 – 1, B2 – 2 …..

10.2.2 For supplementary reports, the pages continue the sequential numbering of the original report

10.3 The Convenor of the Business Committee, Geoffrey Grinton, will be responsible for authorising material to be circulated during Assembly and any material should be handed to him or to Ms Jenny Bertalan in the first instance. Approved material must be delivered at least one session before it is to be circulated.

10.4 Any member who has any query should seek an early opportunity for discussion with the Convenor of the Business Committee.


Very limited car parking will be available. Any costs are to borne by the member of the Assembly. Members need to make arrangement for parking with the 14th Assembly Administrator, Ms Clare Ligtermoet before arrival in Perth. Clare can be contacted at assembly.administrator@wa.uca.org.au


Claim forms for reimbursement of travel expenses have been distributed with the registration information. The process for reimbursement is described in that letter. Information can also be received from Clare Ligtermoet at assembly.administrator@wa.uca.org.au Direct debit payment for air travel expenses will be available as soon as possible after receipt of the claim form. Please sign the Reimbursement Claim Form. Claims for road travel will not be processed before the Assembly meeting but claims do have to be submitted to Clare Ligtermoet by Wednesday 15 July – no late claims will be processed.

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H1 – Pastoral Procedures for Responding to Allegations of Sexual Misconduct at Special Events[1] Run by The Uniting Church in Australia


1.1 Context

The Uniting Church in Australia has in place comprehensive policies, procedures and guidelines for dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct within the life and mission of the Church. These documents include:

• Regulations on Church Discipline for dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct made against a Minister of the Word, Deacon, Deaconess, Community Minister, Lay Pastor, Youth Worker, Synod Secretary, Moderator, Assembly General Secretary, President, or Presbytery Minister. (Regulations 5.6.1 – 5.6.18)

• Policies for dealing with complaints of sexual misconduct made against a Lay Staff Person or Voluntary Worker employed by the Uniting Church in Australia.

• A policy for dealing with a complaint of sexual misconduct made against a member, adherent, volunteer of the Uniting Church in Australia and for providing for a safe faith community.

These procedures are required to be followed whenever an allegation of sexual misconduct takes place. There is a recognition that some special events take place outside the circumstances described in these policies. As such it is important that when a special event takes place that the organisers are clear about the manner in which an allegation may be dealt with.

1.2 Covenanting Community

Central to the response of dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct is our understanding that the Christian community is a covenant community, that is, it is a community that develops its life around worship, prayer, witness, study, pastoral care, deep friendships and mutual accountability. (1.1 Code of Ethics 2010). A covenant community is one that acknowledges that a Christian community should be a place that is safe: to learn about Jesus Christ; to ask questions; to be free from abuse. A covenant community is also about protecting and upholding the ethos of the event itself – that it is a safe place for participants to explore, create, learn and/or make decisions. This document encourages each “special event” to develop with its participants a covenant community, where participants covenant, as best as they are able, to create a safe place for all those participating in the event.

1.3 What we believe about Safe Places

(Policies for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct, 1997)

“The Uniting Church in Australia believes that all people are made in the image of God, and as such we accept every individual regardless of race, age, creed or gender. As a Christian community we believe that God reaches out to us in love and acceptance, and that our relationships with each other shall express love and commitment and not be abused. As a community of faith we are committed to providing a place in society where human beings can explore what it means to be made in the image of God. As an expression of this commitment, the Uniting Church in Australia recognises its responsibility to provide worshipping and pastoral communities that are free from abuse. We seek to provide a safe environment for all people to explore and express their faith in Jesus Christ.”

1.4 Creating a Covenant Community

Event organisers are strongly encouraged to include as part of their opening act of worship a liturgy that signifies the commitment of this temporary community to being a safe covenant community. This may occur in the context of small groupings, or in plenary. A statement should be made about the expectation that all events should be safe places that are free from abuse and harassment; and where participants are free to explore their part in creation. Event organisers may also include clear statements about the ethos of the event when preparing opening statements about safety for participants and leaders.


2.1 Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Misconduct includes:
(a) sexual harassment: any unwelcome sexual advance, or unwelcome request for sexual favours to a person, or engagement in other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature in relation to that person, in circumstances in which a reasonable person, having regard for all the circumstances, would have anticipated the person complaining would be offended, humiliated or intimidated;

(b) sexual assault: any unwelcome sexual behaviour that may occur along a continuum from verbal insult to sexual intercourse, that makes a person feel threatened or afraid.

(c) sexual conduct prohibited by criminal law; or

(d) sexualization of a pastoral relationship or relationship of responsibility: any interaction, sexual or otherwise, in which a person engages in sexualised behaviour with or towards a person with whom he or she is in a relationship of responsibility.

2.2 Relationship of Responsibility (Pastoral Relationship)

A relationship of one person with another individual in any circumstance where the person is in a designated position of leadership or responsibility with associated or perceived power in relation to that person. Where one person has actual or perceived power over the other person because or their role, responsibility, designation, or authority. eg. Leader, chaplain, organiser etc.

2.3 Voluntary Worker or Volunteer

A person who is not an employee or member of the Uniting Church who is assisting in the leadership or facilitation of an event. [Note that an allegation against a volunteer will normally be dealt with in accordance with the document “Policy for dealing with a complaint of sexual misconduct made against a member, adherent, volunteer of the Uniting Church in Australia”. See http://assembly.uca.org.au/policies/item/1579-updated-sexual-abuse-and-sexual-misconduct-policy]

2.4 Pastoral Coordinator

The Pastoral Coordinator is the person identified at a special event of the Uniting Church or its agencies to provide support and advice to participants and leaders of such an event who bring allegations of sexual misconduct that occur either during or prior to the event.


3.1 The management or coordinating group of a special event shall appoint a person as Pastoral Coordinator for the duration of the event who will monitor the use of these procedures, and the response to any allegation of sexual misconduct. This person may be required to act as, or appoint, a conciliator if required.

3.2 Persons should be identified within the leadership team of any event who have completed the UCA training for dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct, or who have other experience in handling allegations of sexual misconduct or abuse.

3.3 All Chaplains and Leaders at an event will be advised of these procedures and provided with copies or policies prior to the commencement of the event.

3.4 All participants or delegates at an event will be notified at the commencement of the event of the procedures that are in place for dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct, and of the name of the person who has been appointed as the Pastoral Coordinator.


4.1 When a participant at an event (the complainant) reports an incident of sexual misconduct to a leader, the complainant will be referred to one of those leaders identified with expertise at the event (see 3.2), or the Pastoral Coordinator.

4.2 The complainant should be provided with possible options to assist in creating a safe environment for the complainant for the remainder of the event (eg. being reallocated in another group, access to support people, change in accommodation, etc.).

4.3 If the complainant consents a record of the complaint should be kept by the organisers of the event.

4.4 Allegations of sexual misconduct involving a child under the age of consent (*see endnote), should be reported to the Child Care and Protection Authority in that State or Territory.

4.5 If the Pastoral Coordinator considers the alleged incident may be a breach of criminal law, the complainant will be encouraged to report the matter to the local police. The Pastoral Coordinator will be available to assist with initial contact if necessary. Support and care shall be offered to the complainant throughout this process.

4.6 The complainant should be given opportunity to make a formal complaint where:

(a) the complaint is against a Minister of the Uniting Church: the complainant should be assisted to have the matter referred to the Synod Secretary or Chairperson of the Synod Sexual Misconduct Committee ( in the relevant Synod); or

(b) the complaint is against a Staff Person or Voluntary Worker of the Uniting Church: the complainant should be assisted to have the matter referred to the Employing Body, the Synod Secretary or Chairperson of the Synod Sexual Misconduct Complaints Committee; or

(c) the complaint is against a member or adherent of the Uniting Church: the complainant should be assisted to have the matter referred to the Presbytery from which the person against whom the allegation is made comes.

4.7 If the complainant does not want to deal with the complaint outside of the event context, and at the complainant’s request, the Pastoral Coordinator may arrange for conciliation or conversation between the complainant and the person against whom the allegation has been made. Naming of the allegation, and conciliation would be the major focus of such a conversation. Discernment needs to be exercised about dealing with a complaint in this way.

4.8 Where a complaint is made against a person not covered in the above categories (eg. a Minister from another denomination participating in the event), the Pastoral Coordinator in consultation with the Complainant and the Secretary of the Synod in which the event takes place will identify an appropriate method for dealing with the allegation.

4.9 The Pastoral Coordinator will assist the complainant to identify support networks that might be accessed on their return home.

4.10 The Pastoral Coordinator, along with other leaders, will ensure that other pastoral issues relating to the allegation (eg. impact on other participants) are addressed.


5.1 When a complainant reports an incident of sexual misconduct which occurred prior to the event, the complainant will be referred to one of those leaders identified with expertise in these issues at the event, or the Pastoral Coordinator.

5.2 The complainant should be provided with information on appropriate counselling services within their state of territory. The complainant should also be encouraged to report the incident to the appropriate authorities.

5.3 I In the event that the complaint involves an allegation against one of the persons listed in Section 4.6, the complainant may be assisted to make a complaint through the procedures listed in this section. The Pastoral Coordinator will assist the complainant to identify support networks to be in place on their return home.


6.1 Each State and Territory in Australia has varying legislation relating to the mandatory notification of child abuse in that jurisdiction. Event organisers should ensure that leaders at any event are aware of reporting requirements within the jurisdiction of that event.

6.2 The Pastoral Coordinator will take the necessary steps to report an allegation to the appropriate authorities in the state or territory where the abuse occurred.

6.3 Allegations of sexual misconduct involving a child under the age of consent (*see endnote), should be reported to the Child Care and Protection Authority in that State or Territory.


The Pastoral Coordinator will liaise with other persons at the event with skills in this area, the management / organising committee, and any overseeing body.

The Pastoral Coordinator will:

• ensure that this policy is available to all relevant persons at the event;
• ensure that all participants and leaders are aware of the policies for dealing with allegation of sexual misconduct;
• ensure, with the management committee, that a covenant of safety occurs at the commencement of the event;
• ensure that all specialist leaders in the area of sexual misconduct are aware of their role;
• ensure, where possible, that training for leaders is available prior to the event on these issues;
• ensure that pastoral care is available to other persons affected by the allegation or alleged misconduct;
• act as the “contact person” (as defined in Regulations and Policies) for allegations made under Section 4.6;
• provide a written evaluation at the conclusion of the event on issues of safety.

The Pastoral Coordinator is responsible for:

• arranging conciliation if necessary during the event;
• in the event of a criminal act contacting the police;
• in the event of mandatory reporting, contacting the Child Protection Authorities;
• liaising with Synod Secretary, Chairperson of the Synod Sexual Misconduct Complaints Committee, or Presbytery Chairperson as appropriate;
• assisting leaders to deal with allegations that occur within the event;
• making any statements deemed necessary to participants or groups of participants during the event in relation to an allegation;
• providing support and information as required, but not including providing legal advice.

*Ages of Consent

The following are the ages of consent for each Australian State and Territory as at 1 June 1998.

Jurisdiction Age of Consent
New South Wales 16 years
Victoria 16 years
Queensland 16 years and 18 years dependent on the nature of the offence
South Australia 17 years and 18 years for a person in position of ‘care and authority’
Tasmania 17 years
Western Australia  16 years
Northern Territory 16 years
Australian Capital Territory 16 years

Approved by the Assembly Standing Committee, November 1999 (edited to accommodate changes to Regulation numbers, etc)


[1] Special Events of the Uniting Church in Australia include any event organised by the Uniting Church which is not covered by other policies of the Uniting Church in this area. Special Events generally occur in the context of a temporary community. Such events include, but are not limited to, NCYC, meetings of the Assembly or Synods, Emmaus Walks, Camping Programs, National Conferences, etc. It does not include events organised within the normal life of a Congregation at which most, participants are members or adherents of the Uniting Church.

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H2 – Policy on the Prevention of Vilification and Harassment within the Uniting Church in Australia

During the meeting of the 9th Assembly in Adelaide (2000) the Assembly resolved “to request all councils of the church to take steps to ensure that any instances of vilification and harassment is dealt with effectively and consistently”, and requested “the Standing Committee to issue guidelines to assist councils to fulfil this request” (Assembly minute 00.25.04). In March 2003 the Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) issued the policies that follow (ASC minute 03.11.02). I encourage you to make yourself familiar with them so that we may all participate in the meeting of the Assembly in a way that shows respect and care for one another.

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H5 – The Cato Visitor and Trust

The Cato Lecturer for the 14th Assembly is Dr LIN Manhong

Dr LIN Manhong is the Associate General Secretary of the China Christian Council and the acting Dean of Nanjing Union Theological Seminary.

Dr Lin received her doctorate in 2007 from Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley USA) in the area of interdisciplinary studies of Christian ethics, Confucianism, Marxism and History of Chinese Christian Thought. Her early studies included a MA from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (2002), the Graduate School of Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland (1997), and postgraduate studies in China.

While Dr Lin is the dean for academic affairs, she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and manages various roles within the life of the Church. She worked for the Department of Overseas Relations of the National Office, and currently she is a Central Committee member of the World Council of Churches. She has several major publications including her book Ethical Reorientation for Christianity in China: The Individual, Community and Society (2010), and various articles in international and national journals in the field of intercultural dialogue.

In the last 5 years, Dr Lin played an important role to build the partnership between the UCA and the CCC. Together with the General Secretary Rev Kan Baoping, her seminary hosted the first joint theological conference with the UCA on church unity. Last year, Dr Lin was a speaker at the Basis of Union Conference in Sydney on the topic of church-based social service in China.

The generous support of the Cato Trust in providing the funding so that Dr Lin Manhong is able to be with us is gratefully acknowledged. The Cato Trust has a long history of assisting the Methodist General Conference and now the Uniting Church Assembly to have access to gifted scholars and leaders from across the world. Below is a brief history of Frederick Cato and the Trust he established.

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