B16 – Appendices to follow Documents 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21

APPENDIX A

UNITINGJUSTICE AUSTRALIA TERMS OF REFERENCE

UnitingJustice Australia is the justice policy and advocacy unit of the Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia, pursuing national matters of social and economic justice, human rights, peace and the environment. It sits within the mandate of Uniting Faith and Discipleship and works collaboratively with other units of the team.

It engages in advocacy and education and works collaboratively to communicate the Church’s vision for a reconciled world. It provides resources for the Church as it considers its position on issues of national and international importance and public policy.

UnitingJustice Australia exists as an expression of the Uniting Church’s commitment to working toward a just and peaceful world. This commitment arises from the Christian belief that liberation from oppression and injustice is central to the incarnation of God through Jesus Christ.

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • identify systems and structures in society which cause and perpetuate injustice, violence and oppression
  • identify critical issues of national and international significance
  • conduct analysis and develop considered responses on these issues
  • actively participate and advocate in public discussion
  • strengthen the Church’s prophetic voice and action in the world
  • provide advice to Assembly, Assembly Standing Committee, the President and the General Secretary on justice issues of national and international significance
  • educate, inform and resource the Church, so that members, groups, councils and agencies can effectively engage in actions for justice and peace
  • support the Uniting Church justice staff network across the synods, encouraging collaboration on issues of national significance
  • identify issues of (systemic/institutional) injustice within the Church and seek remedies

Priorities are set and identified through resolutions of the Assembly and the Assembly Standing Committee, the advice of the UnitingJustice Reference Committee, long-term strategic planning and analysis, urgent political and social issues and issues arising out of ecumenical co-operation.

On matters where there are no Assembly resolutions to guide the work, and no precedent in the work of the unit or the wider Church, UnitingJustice will seek the advice of the President, the General Secretary, the Associate General Secretary and the consensus of the UnitingJustice Australia Reference Committee before articulating a position in the public forum. Final approval for this will be given by the General Secretary.

WAYS OF WORKING

UnitingJustice Australia will

  • ground its work in the gospel
  • build upon the tradition of the Uniting Church in Australia
  • ground its work in the Church’s relationships of solidarity with those most affected by injustice
  • be concerned with the needs of the whole creation
  • conduct its work on the basis of rigorous, contemporary research and analysis
  • work in co-operation with synods and other Assembly agencies, ecumenically and in partnership with other civil society organisations
  • contribute positively to Australian civil society including by representing the Uniting Church Assembly as appropriate

REFERENCE COMMITTEE

The UnitingJustice Australia Reference Committee is appointed every three years by the Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) at its first meeting after the Triennial Assembly. Nominations are submitted to the ASC by the National Director after a public call for expressions of interest. A team which usually includes the Chair of Reference Committee, the National Director and the Uniting Faith and Discipleship Team Leader assess the expressions of interest and prepare a list of nominees for the consideration of the ASC.

The Chairperson of the Reference Committee is elected by the Triennial Assembly on submission of a nomination from UnitingJustice Australia.

The Reference Committee consists of a Chairperson, the National Director, a representative of the Synod justice staff, and five members and can co-opt up to two additional members. The Assembly Associate General Secretary is an ex officio member.

ROLE

Duties of Reference Committee members include:

  • providing support and advice to the National Director and staff on such matters as strategic planning, priority setting, and the development of policy positions;
  • receiving and considering matters referred by the National Director;
  • together with the National Director, assisting and advising the President and General Secretary on urgent political and social issues; and
  • communicating and promoting the work of UnitingJustice Australia in their local contexts and spheres of influence.

Approved by the Assembly Standing Committee, November 2012

APPENDIX B

ASSEMBLY MULTICULTURAL AND CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES

Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry is a unit of the Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia and sits within the Mandate of Uniting Faith and Discipleship. It works collaboratively with other units of the team. In 1985 the Uniting Church proclaimed itself a multicultural church, acknowledging the changed context of ministry in Australia and the presence of people from racial, cultural and linguistically diverse background in its membership.

Key challenges in such a proclamation include: nurturing this gift and vision and developing models of ministry and mission, outreach and evangelism that celebrate and express the theological, biblical and liturgical richness that arises from the Uniting Church in Australia’s racial, cultural and linguistic diversity within a multicultural and multifaith environment.

It is our mission to assist the Church in learning to live as people from diverse cultures in worship, witness and service and to foster models of cross-cultural ministry and mission, outreach and evangelism that reflect the hospitality of God. In so doing it is committed to continue developing respectful and reconciling relationships with Indigenous peoples and across the life of the church.

What we do
• Promote cross-cultural learning and sharing across the life of the Church
• Support the ministry of migrant congregations and ministry to new and emerging groups
• Work collaboratively with Synods and other Assembly Agencies to support [and resource] leaders who can minister across cultures and foster the development of multicultural congregations
• Assist the national networking and co-ordination of the work of Synods in exploring ways of discipleship formation and leadership training of second generation [nXtgen] members; and identifying emerging leadership with gifts for multicultural and cross-cultural ministry
• Assist the Church to fully utilise the gifts of members from culturally diverse backgrounds and develop policies and cultural sensitivities that respond to their needs

Priorities are set and identified through resolutions of the Assembly and the Assembly Standing Committee, the Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry Reference Committee, the Uniting Faith and Discipleship team, long-term strategic planning, issues arising out of ecumenical co-operation, and urgent political and social issues.

With Uniting Faith and Discipleship, Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry is committed to using the most appropriate strategies to nurture this gift and vision and to developing models of ministry and mission, outreach and evangelism that celebrate and express the theological, biblical and liturgical richness arising from the Uniting Church in Australia’s racial, cultural and linguistic diversity and expressions of faith.

In a multicultural and multifaith environment such a faithful corporate life makes a positive difference in the world.

Our ministry makes use of a range of strategies
• Facilitating the development of policies that will enhance the multicultural life of the Uniting Church in Australia, in consultation with the relevant culturally and linguistically diverse communities (For example, policies on the just and equitable use of Uniting Church in Australia property, ‘in language’ resource and foundational documents and other resources)
• Encouraging the networking of Uniting Church in Australia communities representative of the racial, cultural and linguistic diversity of the Uniting Church in Australia, particularly through National Conferences
• Translating key documents and providing other appropriate resources in community languages
• Ensuring consultation occurs with Uniting Church in Australia migrant communities when relationships with partner churches may impact on the life of their congregations
• Monitoring and educating on matters relating to the just and equal sharing and use of property and other resources for mission
• Nurturing the participation of migrant members and ministers in the whole life of the Uniting Church in Australia
• Advising and assisting on matters relating to the orientation of ministers coming from overseas, and the settlement and reception of ministers and congregations from culturally diverse backgrounds.
• Sharing creative models of cross cultural worship, mission and multicultural ministry with the Uniting Church in Australia
• Organising appropriate national network opportunities that nurture the Uniting Church in Australia’s emerging witness and mission, outreach and evangelism in cross-cultural and multifaith contexts, and provide opportunities to review multicultural policies and practice and the implications of ethnic diversity for the ordering of the Uniting Church in Australia’s life.

How we do it

Within the Mandate of Uniting Faith and Discipleship, the work of Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry will:
• be grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ
• build upon the inherited tradition of the Uniting Church in Australia
• use insights from theological, biblical and mission studies, worship and spirituality that are gifts to the Uniting Church in Australia from our racial, cultural and linguistic diversity to reflect on the shape of witness and mission, outreach and evangelism in cross-cultural and multifaith contexts
• respect and seek understanding and insight from Indigenous people in endeavouring to further develop faith language, images and metaphors appropriate to this land and its environment
• work to advance the witness to Christ in 21st century multicultural and multi-faith Australia
• reflect the racial, cultural and linguistically diverse life, faith experience and expressions of Christian life of those who share a common faith in Christ and that are consistent with the Basis of Union of the Uniting Church in Australia
• be undertaken in co-operation with synods and other Assembly agencies, ecumenically and in consultation with ‘home’ churches
• be conducted on the basis of the best research available

Our Reference Committee

A National Reference Committee supports the Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry staff team.

Membership of the Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry National Reference Committee

Membership of the National Reference Committee will normally consist of Uniting Church members appointed in according with the Mandate of Uniting Faith and Discipleship with the following additions for this specific work area:
• The staff member of Uniting Faith and Discipleship with responsibility for the work area within which the committee operates – National Director Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry;
• The Associate General Secretary;
• The Chairperson appointed by the Triennial Assembly;
• Additional persons appointed by the Assembly Standing Committee at the first meeting after the Triennial Assembly, with expertise in the work area and up to a total of sixteen persons.

Membership is for the Assembly triennium

Care shall be taken to ensure that the list of nominations includes:
• racial, cultural and linguistic diversity, gender balance and emerging 2ndgen/nXtgen leadership;
• one person from each of the Working Groups that are established from time to time (in 2009 there are four Working Groups);
• at least one person from five of the six Synods to assist with national networking;
• a nominee of the UAICC;
• the immediate past Chairperson.

The particular perspectives and insights of Synod Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry staff are highly valued. While they are not members of the National Reference Committee they are invited to attend the meetings and costs relating to their attendance are negotiated.

Role of the National Reference Committee – in addition to the Mandate of Uniting Faith and Discipleship
• Focus the activities of Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry on the vision of the Assembly as a whole;
• Assist in working to fulfil the Operational Guidelines by providing support and advice to the National Director and staff on such matters as strategic planning, priority setting and the development of policy positions;
• Receive and consider matters referred by the National Director;
• Assist the National Director and any other staff in the implementation of policies determined by the Assembly and/or the Assembly Standing Committee;
• Together with the National Director, assist and provide advice to the President and General Secretary, the Assembly and/or the Assembly Standing Committee on policy matters within their area of responsibility;
• With the National Director, make policy decisions where the Assembly or the Assembly Standing Committee has delegated authority for certain policy areas, either through the Operational Guidelines or by resolution;
• Ensure that appropriate pastoral support is offered to staff members;
• Participate in cross agency projects and teams established by the Assembly;
• Establish working groups for special tasks related specifically to the Operational Guidelines;
• Make recommendations to the Assembly Standing Committee to establish other working groups for special tasks related to but not part of the mandate.

APPENDIX C

ASSEMBLY THEOLOGY AND DISCIPLESHIP OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES

Theology and Discipleship provides theological leadership and fosters discipleship in the Uniting Church. The work of Theology and Discipleship goes beyond that of the working groups with which it relates. Relationships with other agencies are fostered, particularly with Christian Unity. Also included is Uniting World in view of its ecumenical relationships with partner churches. Theology and Discipleship seeks to work with other councils of the Church in its intent to theologically articulate and reflect upon the Christian faith. Theology and Discipleship sits within the mandate of Uniting Faith and Discipleship and works collaboratively with other units of the team.

Working Groups

Theology and Discipleship supports the National Working Groups on Doctrine and Worship in particular and also has a connection with the Mission and Evangelism Network as it has become. There is a convenor of this network who is present at the Theology and Discipleship convener’s meeting .The Doctrine and Worship working groups relate directly to the Assembly as the Basis of Union says the Assembly has “determining responsibility for matters of doctrine, worship, government and discipline” (B0U par 15 e). The Chairperson of Theology and Discipleship and the Convenors for the working groups on Doctrine and Worship are appointed by the Assembly at its triennial meeting. Members from across the Uniting Church are appointed by the Assembly Standing Committee. The working groups and the network meet two to three times per year. A Theology and Discipleship convenors’ meeting is normally held twice a year.

What we do

Theology and Discipleship will:
• provide theological leadership by assisting the Church to reflect on, articulate and apply the Christian faith, to engage the culture, and to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and the reign of God;
• support the working groups on Doctrine and Worship in their tasks of advising and contributing resources to the life of the Assembly;
• provide national leadership to the church in the areas of ecclesiology, missiology and evangelism;
• integrate and focus the above tasks and the role of the National Consultant, theology and discipleship, around the Assembly’s stated goals.

The work

Theology and Discipleship’s responsibilities include:
• focusing its activities on assisting the vision of the Assembly as a whole;
• advising the Assembly and/or Standing Committee on policy matters within its areas of responsibility;
• implementing policies determined by the Assembly and/or Standing Committee;
• offering theological leadership to the whole church, in accord with the Reformed-Evangelical traditions of the Uniting Church as expressed in the Basis of Union;
• assisting the President, General Secretary and Assembly agencies and other relevant bodies in the areas of theology and ecclesiology;
• sharing in representing the overall life and mission of the church to all sectors of the church.

How we do it

The work of Theology and Discipleship will:
• be grounded in the gospel;
• build upon the tradition of the Uniting Church in Australia;
• reflect theologically, biblically and missiologically on issues facing the Uniting Church and mission in the Australian context;
• be carried out drawing on expertise across the Uniting Church and beyond;
• have appreciation for the post Christendom, multicultural, multi-faith and secular nature of contemporary Australia;
• be cognisant of what is being written and practised in other places;
• include engaging in theological reading, reflection and writing.

APPENDIX D

FORMATION, EDUCATION AND DISCIPLESHIP TERMS OF REFERENCE

Formation, Education and Discipleship is the Christian Education and Faith Formation Unit of the Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia. The Formation, Education and Discipleship Working Group (FEDWG) is a working group of the Assembly. The working group and the unit sit within the Mandate of Uniting Faith and Discipleship and work collaboratively with other units, working groups and reference committees in the team.

It seeks to provide a cohesive vision of Christian education and faith formation to the Assembly and the national church to form and educate a people who live within and for the Mission of God. It engages in identifying and encouraging national collaboration and resourcing that assists congregations to be life- long learning communities of discipleship.

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Provide advice to the National Director in promoting Christian education in the church as a distinctive ministry yet also integral to worship, teaching, doctrine, formation, community life and mission.
• Provide advice to the National Director to Identify and encourage the development of resources including leadership development that will encourage congregations to be life-long learning communities.
• Provide advice to the National Director for a Christian Education approach within Uniting Faith and Discipleship and across assembly agencies and working Groups.
• Provide Christian education and faith formation perspectives in the areas of lay specified ministry and lay ministries to the Education for Ministry Working Group.
• Provision for researching the theory and practice of Christian Education in Australia and overseas and communicating the findings appropriately.
• Provide a national reference point for religious education in schools, Uniting Church schools policy, state school chaplaincy and tertiary chaplaincy.
• Responsibility to recommend to the Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) policies, requirements and guidelines for national youth events e.g. the National Christian Youth Convention [NCYC; About FACE (Faith and Cultural Exchange)] and publish these decisions as Requirements and Guidelines.
• Consider proposals submitted to operate a national event. After due consideration and a due diligence process, appoint the host operator of a national event. Monitor preparations and delivery in accordance with the Requirements and Guidelines established.
• Provide advice to the National Director for the coordination, development and the review of National Children’s and Family Workers In-service Education, and the National Young Adult Leaders Conference.
• Provide advice to the National Director in recommending to the Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) policies, guidelines and conditions of service for the Order of St Stephen (OOSS) and to maintain the national register of members.
• Provide a forum to think theologically and strategically about the ways in which the Assembly with links to overseas partners and international ecumenical groups can cooperate with synods in the faith formation of Young Adults
• Provide a forum in which Synods and the Assembly can create initiatives that will provide significant faith formation and discipleship opportunities for young persons aged 15 years and over.

FORMATION, EDUCATION AND DISCIPLESHIP WORKING GROUP

The Formation, Education and Discipleship Working Group is appointed every three years by the Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) at its first meeting after the triennial Assembly. Nominations are submitted to the Assembly Standing Committee after a consultative process with other councils of the UCA and expressions of interest are submitted. A team which is usually the Chairperson of the Working Group, the National Director and the Team leader assess the expressions of interest and prepare of list of nominees for the consideration of the Assembly Standing Committee.

The Chairperson of the Formation, Education and Discipleship Working Group is elected by the Triennial Assembly on submission of a nomination from the Formation, Education and Discipleship unit after consultation with the Associate General Secretary and others as appropriate.

The Working Group consists of a Chairperson, the National Director and up to twelve members and can co -opt up to two additional members.

The National Faith Development Consultant (Youth and Young Adults) participates in meetings of the Working Group.

The Associate General Secretary is an ex-officio member.

ROLE

Duties of the Working Group
• Carry out the responsibilities in the Terms of Reference.
• Provide support and advice to the National Director and staff on such matters as strategic planning, priority setting and the development of policy.
• Together with the National Director advise the President and General Secretary on educational issues of national significance.

Duties of the Members
• Attend Working Group Meetings and teleconferences as required.
• Be a member of FEDWG task groups as necessary.

Approved by the Assembly Standing Committee, July 2013.

APPENDIX E

ASSEMBLY WORKING GROUP RELATIONS WITH OTHER FAITHS OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES

Relations with Other Faiths will promote knowledge and understanding of other living world faiths and their communities in a multicultural and multifaith Australia. It will seek to develop wherever possible a commitment to promote respect and tolerance for the integrity for the beliefs of other faiths, cultures and traditions. This desire not only arises from our common humanity but also a desire to live in peace and goodwill as neighbours in our communities and the world. The working group sits within the mandate of Uniting Faith and Discipleship. It works collaboratively with other units of the team.

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
• Associate General Secretary (ex- officio)
• 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.

APPENDIX F

UNITING FAITH AND DISCIPLESHIP MANDATE

An Assembly Team Uniting Faith and Discipleship

Nature of Team Permanent

Responsible To Assembly

Reporting Arrangements To the Assembly and the Assembly Standing Committee To the Associate General Secretary, the Team Leader.

Mission Statement
Uniting Faith and Discipleship will strive to witness to the wholeness of the gospel and the Christian life by affirming and modelling the inter-relationship of scripture, mission, justice, education and theology. It will work in a way that helps the church to celebrate and express the theological, biblical and liturgical richness that arises from the Uniting church’s racial, cultural and linguistic diversity within contemporary multifaith Australia.

It will foster discipleship in the Uniting Church for people of all ages.

It will share the Church’s vision of hope and transformation in the public forum.

Mandate

Uniting Faith and Discipleship will:
(a) Provide innovative national leadership and vision in the areas of:

  • theology
  • Christian education
  • discipleship and faith formation
  • worship
  • evangelism
  • mission
  • inter-faith relationships
  • multicultural and cross-cultural life
  • social justice, peace and environment
  • covenanting and reconciliation

(b) Educate, inform, resource, guide and respond to congregations, presbyteries, synods and schools, in the areas listed in (a) above, as they seek to live out life as a gospel community in contemporary Australia.
(c) Develop Church proposals (for the consideration and decision-making of the Assembly and the Assembly Standing Committee), positions and programs in the areas listed in (a) above.
(d) Provide advice and support to the President and General Secretary in the areas listed in (a) above.
(e) Advocate and participate in public debate in the areas listed in (a) above where it is appropriate that the Church, in the light of the Gospel, should declare its view.
(f) Articulate the Assembly’s vision and policies, as appropriate, to Uniting Church in Australia membership, other churches, ecumenical bodies, government and/or the community.

Contribution to the Life of the Assembly Uniting Faith and Discipleship enables and resources the Assembly to:
• reflect, comment and act faithfully across a number of critical areas of its life;
• have its understanding in a number of primary and culturally diverse perspectives of scripture, mission, justice, education and theology.
• plan and set priorities, including taking up new work and responding to emerging needs and opportunities, whilst noting the Assembly’s key directions.

Operational style Uniting Faith and Discipleship:
• engages with and contributes to the whole work of the Assembly;
• considers its work through five broad lenses – scripture, mission, justice, education and theology;
• exercises leadership and ministry as a collegial team and in accordance with particular specialisations;
• is flexible as it responds to the changing circumstances within which its ministry is exercised and the decisions of the Assembly;
• is supported by specialist reference committees and working groups as determined by the Assembly Standing Committee;
• establishes and provides oversight for task groups and networks to assist with the fulfilment of the mandate
• develops intentional sharing between reference committees and groups to enhance its understanding of priorities and collaboration in the Assembly’s work

Relation with Assembly agencies Uniting Faith and Discipleship will maintain regular contact and seek to collaborate where possible with Assembly agencies and working groups.

Organisational Structure

Uniting Faith and Discipleship is a collegial team with expertise and responsibility for particular work areas, working collaboratively under the leadership of the Associate General Secretary.

Reference Committees and Working Groups

Specialist reference committees and working groups to support the work of Uniting Faith and Discipleship, will be determined and appointed by the Assembly Standing Committee.
• Role and Responsibilities The roles and responsibilities of reference committees and working groups in identified work areas are to:
• provide expert advice to staff members of Uniting Faith and Discipleship.
• provide support to staff members of Uniting Faith and Discipleship in the implementation of key priorities
• Chairperson

Membership

• The Chairperson of the reference committee or working group is appointed by the Assembly
• Tenure is for the Assembly triennium

Membership will normally consist of Uniting Church members, and comprise:
• the staff member of Uniting Faith and Discipleship with responsibility for the work area within which the committee or working group operates
• the Associate General Secretary
• the Chairperson
• normally up to seven additional persons appointed by the Assembly Standing Committee, with expertise in the work area within which the committee operates

Tenure of membership is for the Assembly triennium.
• Frequency of Meetings Reference committees or working groups may determine the frequency and style with which they meet, in keeping with work priorities and within the budget parameters established annually by the Assembly Standing Committee.
Task Groups and Networks Uniting Faith and Discipleship may establish or endorse such task groups and networks as required.
• Role The role of task groups and networks is to
• work on specific tasks as identified by Uniting Faith and Discipleship staff members or reference or advisory committees;
• operate for as long as is required, with regular reviews of their tasks
• Membership The membership of task groups and networks will normally consist of Uniting Church in Australia members with relevant expertise.

Approved by the Assembly Standing Committee March 2009

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