by Rev Dr Chris Walker, UCA National Consultant Christian Unity, Doctrine & Worship
The National Council of Churches in Australia held its 9th triennial National Forum on 24-27 June at Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney.
A new Constitution was endorsed. UCA ex-President Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney brought a proposal about Palestine which was passed. It was agreed to have a fact-finding delegation to West Papua to investigate allegations of human rights violations. Rev. Elenie Poulos of UnitingJustice also made a presentation on social justice.
An ecumenical worship service was held on Sunday 26 June. Anglican Bishop Philip Huggins was installed as the incoming President. As part of the service, a covenant between the Congregational Federation and the Uniting Church in relation to Holy Communion, endorsed by both churches last year, was affirmed. Leaders of the two churches formally signed Australian Churches Covenanting Together and member churches of the NCCA reaffirmed their commitment to continue the ecumenical journey.