As we approach the anniversary of the extinguishing of the disastrous bushfires on Kangaroo Island and after many delays, we are pleased to announce that Rev Mark Dickens will work with the Kangaroo Island community on behalf of the Uniting Church in a half time capacity.
On this day, on behalf of all Australians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will deliver a National Apology to victims and survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse at Parliament House in Canberra.
Survivors and others personally affected will gather in Parliament House’s Great Hall to listen to the Apology. I encourage you all to listen to the Apology, which will be broadcast live.
In the lead-up to the National Apology, I have worked with the Moderators of all Uniting Church Synods to produce a prayer for this solemn occasion.
Please share it, use it in your worship, and above all, keep survivors and their families in your prayers.
As I said in my recent statement during National Child Protection Week, the work remains ahead of us as a Church and as a nation to create a consistent and robust culture of safety in all we do with children. That culture needs to be consistent with who God calls us to be as Church – a trustworthy, respectful, loving community, in which all people are safe and can flourish.
Our own apologies and pledges to make amends can only be honoured if members of our Church work faithfully and diligently in the years ahead to ensure the work of child safety is continually grounded in our life and witness to Christ.
Grace and peace,
Dr Deidre Palmer
Uniting Church in Australia
Download Deidre's prayer here.
In next week's edition of eNews, Moderator Sue Ellis will provide a Community Prayer of Lament. Uniting Church congregations may like to display the community prayer on notice boards and in appropriate public spaces as an aid for wider community lament, and as a sign of solidarity with survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse and the Prime Minister’s apology.