12th Assembly 2009

Solidarity with Zimbabwe

In the presence of Bishop Simbarashe Sithole of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, the 12th Assembly unanimously voted to affirm the Uniting Church’s solidarity with, and prayer for, its partner churches in Zimbabwe.

Bishop Sithole said hope was a primary driving force for Uniting Church partner churches, the Methodist Church of Zimbabwe and the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa.

“What choice do we have but to hope,” he said.

UnitingWorld director the Rev. Dr Kerry Enright said the time to publicly acknowledge the Uniting Church’s support of Zimbabwean churches was nigh.

“Now is the time for the Uniting Church in Australia to express solidarity with our partner churches in Zimbabwe,” said Dr Enright.

He also asked Bishop Sithole to take with him the prayers of solidarity from members of the Uniting Church to the people of Zimbabwe.

Dr Enright said UnitingWorld was attempting to respond to Zimbabwe’s deteriorating political, economic and social situation.

He said the churches had been intimidated by the Mugabe regime but had found opportunity recently to speak out in condemnation of human rights abuses and about the need for major change.

“Our church and government needs to keep Zimbabwe before us for prayer and action. We will continue to express our strong support,” he said.