Rev. Dr. Manhong Lin
It is my great honor to stand before you this evening. Before the joint consultation “One Flock, One Shepherd” in 2013, run by the China Christian Council and National Committee of the TSPM and the Uniting Church in Australia, I could never imagine that I would come to Australia, a land where I had never been, twice within a year, let alone to deliver a Cato lecture, when I had no knowledge about who Cato was. I would like to thank the invitation extended by the Assembly, especially from President Stuart McMillan and the Rev. Terence Corkin.
14th Assembly Closing Worship, 18th July
Rev. Dennis Corowa: Lord Jesus Christ. You have put your life in our hands. Now we have put our lives in yours. Take us, shake us, remake us in the image of Christ. Enable us to live as a reconciling community, a people who love and follow Jesus.
Ni sa bula vinaka, no’ia’ea, malo’ileilei, talofa lava, mauri and g’day in all the other languages of the Pacific that make up one quarter of the world’s languages.
I pay my respects to the taukei ni vanua, the tangata whenua – the people of the land, to the first peoples, traditional people of this land.
His Honour has outlined again for us the devastating effects of child sexual abuse on survivors and often on their families – and it’s to our great shame as a society that this is the case.
Our first priority as a Church has to be the survivors – their wellbeing and opportunities for those people to be afforded justice and healing and perhaps in time reconciliation.
I speak to you today as the Royal Commission enters the second half of its five year term. As you are probably aware the Commission was originally tasked to finish at the end of this year. Continue Reading
Thank you for your kind and generous words.
As I have thought about standing at this place and time my mind has raced across all the things that I could and might want to say. You will be grateful to know that I am not going to say them all.
Shortly before the 13th Assembly I was having coffee with an old friend and colleague at Flinders University. She’s a space archaeologist. Yes, that’s a thing – and she’s a world leader in the field. I was trying to explain to her what I’d be doing for the next three years as President of the Assembly. When I got to the part where I told her I was the 13th President and that eight of my predecessors were still alive she finally got excited for me: “There’s only nine of you? In the world? That’s like being an astronaut!”
“Bala limurr roŋyirr ŋorraŋgitjlil”. This phrase from the languages of the North East Arnhemland Yolŋu clan/nations was first spoken to me more than 15 years ago by my brother-in-law who was my boss and my mentor, the Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM. An interpretation goes like this: