National Assembly Working Group Relations with Other Faiths
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 does its work within the mandate of Uniting Faith and Discipleship.
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.