That the Assembly resolve to:
delete Alternative Regulation 3.1.7, in Part 8 of the Alternative Regulations for Korean Churches, with immediate effect.
8. ASSEMBLY ACTIONS
Alternative Regulations 3.1.7 – 3.1.8
ASSEMBLY RECOGNITION OF THE COUNCIL OF KOREAN CHURCHES
3.1.7 (a) The Assembly recognises the Council of Korean Churches as a national body which links all Korean Congregations and Korean ministers throughout the Uniting Church.The role of the Council is that of:
- advice to all Korean Congregations and ministers;
- promotion of the life and mission of the
- the administration of financial support from the stronger to the weaker Congregations; and
- stimulation of mission, outreach, education and service in Korean Congregations.
(b) The powers and responsibilities of the Council of Korean Churches do not diminish the powers and responsibilities of Congregations, Church Councils, Presbyteries, Synods and the Assembly. In particular, the Council does not have a role in determining applications for candidature for ministry nor in the processes of placements of ministers.
(c) The Council shall report to the Assembly from time to time through the national agency for multicultural ministry.
In February 2012 the Council of Korean Churches became the Korean National Conference under the Guidelines for Uniting National Conferences. Under these Guidelines the Korean National Conference will now include all Korean-speaking UCA congregations and faith communities; all Korean-speaking ministers ministering in those congregations/faith communities, all Korean-speaking ministers ministering in English-speaking congregations, all Korean UCA members of non-Korean speaking congregations, and all non-Korean ministers ministering in Korean-speaking congregations/faith communities.
Uniting National Conferences are a recognised way by which the UCA supports the various CALD communities across its life and ministries. They provide opportunities for cultural and language support, networking across the breadth of the UCA, ways in which ministers in English-speaking congregations/faith communities with members from the particular CALD community can better understand the life, culture and ways of expressing life and faith of a different culture, and assist CALD communities and leaders in their journey in and into the UCA. They also provide an important ‘voice’ into the broader life of the UCA through the national Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry office.
Establishing the Korean National Conference is an important step in the ongoing inclusion of Korean-speaking ministries right across the
It is important for the members of Assembly to understand that a National Conference is not a recognised Council of the UCA and is therefore quite different from the Korean Presbytery recently established in the synod of NSW/ACT.