Synod Standing Committee - August 2020 update

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Below is the brief summary of the Synod Standing Committee meeting held on Friday 14 August 2020, to inform the wider Uniting Church in SA community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from that meeting.


General Secretary’s Report

The General Secretary welcomed everyone to the first face-to-face Synod Standing Committee meeting since the February 2020 meeting.

General Secretary Rev Felicity Amery spoke to her report, including the Staff Climate Survey Report and the on-going discussions that are taking place with staff to action the feedback received from the survey. Further to the Climate Survey, the General Secretary reported on the consultation process in relation to identifying and developing the missional priorities and directions of the Synod for the next 3-5 year period which will guide the formation of the next iteration of the Synod of SA Strategic Plan. This included reporting on a recent trip that the Moderator and the General Secretary have undertaken to the Eyre Peninsula to engage further with regional input to the consultation process.

The General Secretary reported on discussions held at the recent meeting of the General Secretaries and the Assembly Standing Committee meeting, including the impact of the National Redress Scheme - the General Secretary invited members to pray for survivors and their families and for the Synod people working in this area.

Associate General Secretary’s Report

Rev Sue Page reported on the closure of the Inman Valley and Littlehampton congregations and further advised on the amendments to the Synod By-law 12.1, agreed to at this meeting, that will form the Synod membership for the 2020 Synod meeting (to be held 11-13 February 2021).

Executive Officer, UnitingCare Report

Rev Tim Hodgson provided a comprehensive resource that documents the governance relationships with organisations associated with the Uniting Church and agencies. The Standing Committee extended thanks to the UnitingCare Team for the document. Amendments to the Seymour College Constitution and appointment to the Board of Seymour College Inc. were provided for information; appointments to the Board of Eldercare Inc., Board of Governors of St Andrew’s Hospital Inc., Amendment to the Chair/member of the Board of Helping Hand Care Inc. and the Board of Uniting Communities Inc. were adopted.

Executive Officer, Resources Report

The Executive Officer, Resources presented the Mission and Service Fund Financial Statements, the WHS Incident Report for the quarter ended 30 June 2020 and the revised 2021 Mission and Service Fund budget preparation timetable were noted.

UAICC Report

The Congress report included an update in regard to National Congress and Local Ministry Centre matters including a decision to pay for minor works on the Port Augusta Manse from the Congress Capital Fund.

Mission and Leadership Development (M&LD) Report

The Executive Officer, M&LD reported on College and Mission Resourcing matters including the endorsement of the extension of Rev Dr Christy Capper’s placement at the Uniting College to 30 June 2026 and to commend and thank Dr Capper for her ministry.

Placements and Safe Church Report

The Executive Officer, Placements and Safe Church reported on the work of the Team including the Placements Committee, Ministry of Pastor shared responsibilities with the Presbyteries, Safe Church National Collaboration and complaints processes.


The minutes from the meeting will be posted here when available later this week.

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