The Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod is committed to doing all that we can to provide fair, consistent and compassionate redress for people who were sexually abused as children in our care. This has been the unwavering commitment of the church as a response to the Royal Commission and our position will not be changing.
We are dismayed at misleading reporting in this morning’s Courier Mail which suggests that The Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod cannot meet its obligations to survivors of historical sexual abuse. This is categorically not the case. We have the resources to meet our commitments to the redress scheme.
The ‘QLD Synod Office’s Redress and Civil Litigation Principles of Payment document’ was a consultative document inviting parts of the church to comment on how we might provision for future claims made for historical sexual abuse within the church, in line with Royal Commission recommendations.
The Uniting Church is a consultative, inter-conciliar church and the document was sent to Queensland presbyteries who were encouraged to consult with their individual congregations as well as to QLD Synod entities, namely, UnitingCareQLD and Wesley Mission QLD.
In this morning’s article, there is a suggestion of sale of assets. No decisions about any of the options have been made, nor are they likely to be made in the foreseeable future.
More details on the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod’s Interim Redress Scheme is available online.
If you require urgent support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Queensland Police Service on 000.
Rev David Baker
Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod