Friday, 13 April 2018

Vale Jill Ruzbacky

On behalf of the Assembly we extend our love and prayers to Rob, Jill’s family and her colleagues in the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.

We pay tribute to a warm and wonderful member of our Church who shared her gifts and passion for justice so generously with so many.

Jill made an enormous contribution to our social justice efforts nationally and was a respected leader in the national Justice Staff network.

Her dedication to the About Face program together with her close journey alongside members of the national Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress were the way she lived out her strong commitment to the Covenant.

Let us honour Jill’s love of life, her care for others and commitment to justice by following her example in our own lives.

Stuart McMillan
Uniting Church in Australia Assembly

The Synod of Victoria and Tasmania is deeply saddened by the recent death of beloved staff member Jill Ruzbacky.

Jill worked in the areas of social justice and covenanting for many years.

She inspired, encouraged and equipped many, many members of the Uniting Church to pursue social justice.

Jill is particularly remembered for her work as Covenanting Convenor for the Synod, seeking reconciliation for First Peoples, advocacy for the Philippines and for her leadership of AboutFace programs.

She was tireless in campaigning for refugee rights.

As a natural builder of community and coalitions of support she made an enormous contribution to the wider church, ecumenically, nationally and internationally.

Jill was full of joy and life, with a ready smile, and an infectious sense of humour. She treated everyone she met with warmth and respect. She will be missed by the staff of the Synod office and all across the church who knew her and her work.

We remember in prayer her husband Robert, her family and friends who mourn her most deeply and offer them our sympathy.

The best tribute we can offer Jill is to live our lives with the same joy and deep commitment to creating a kinder, more compassionate world.

Rev. Sharon Hollis
Synod of Victoria and Tasmania