A word from the National Directors
May 8, 2022
Day 3 of the 16th Assembly heard about the national work of the church from senior leaders of the Assembly and its agencies - UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little, UnitingWorld National Director Dr Sureka Goringe, Frontier Services National Director Jannine Jackson, National Director for Strategic Finance and Administration Leo Iosifidis and Assembly Associate General Secretary Rob Floyd.
Below are some photo highlights from a lunchtime meet and greet with the leaders.
They also had the opportunity to share what they love about their work. Here's some of what they said:
Dr Sureka Goringe, UnitingWorld National Director
Jannine Jackson, Frontier Services National Director
“I really love what our Bush Chaplains and volunteers do on the ground. They literally change lives every day. They have conversations and sit with people on the worst days of their lives. Mental health in the bush is different to mental health in the city.”
“The work of our Bush Chaplains is becoming more and more powerful and more and more relevant. It is life changing.”
Claerwen Little, UnitingCare Australia National Director
“I get to represent Uniting church and its agencies at the centre of power in this country and talk about what the Uniting Church believes about how people should be treated. It is a privilege.
“My other favourite thing is that I get to spend time with our services delivered around the country and bring that experience to those decision makers to change the polices that affect the people that we really care about.”
Leo Iosifidis, Assembly National Director Strategic Finance and Administration
“The thing I love most is the values, ethics and culture, that is what stands out to me. Finance is enabler to allow the church do its work around its mission and its commitment to First Peoples.
Rob Floyd, Assembly Associate General Secretary
“The thing I love is that I have a sensational team of people. My team and I have privilege of the best view of the Church because of the relationships we have with Synods, youth and young adult ministry people, those working in justice and task groups. We also have the privilege of working with National Conferences and Congress. I get to work closely with Advocates and our seven Circles of Interest. If you are not already a member of one or more Circles, they are a wonderful way to see and hear and share in the life of our church nationally.”