In the first year after being accepted into the Australian National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced child sexual abuse in institutional settings, 22 applications have been made to the scheme for redress by the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA).
Liz Crawford, the inaugural director of the LCA’s Professional Standards Unit (PSU), died last Thursday night, 16 July, after a long battle with cancer. A lawyer, Mrs Crawford served in that role and then as manager of the renamed Professional Standards Department (PSD) from 2011 until her retirement in July 2016. Prior to taking up… Read more
With National Child Protection Week held in Australia early this month, Professional Standards Department Manager Tim Ross said it was timely that the LCA/NZ’s General Church Council had recently reviewed the church’s Child Protection Policy.
After successful pilots in the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, the LCA’s Professional Standards Department launched its new training program last month. The format of the program includes a workshop model of blended face-to-face and online delivery. A key feature of this program has been the creation of a short video… Read more
More than 25 Aboriginal pastors, evangelists and church workers from Central Australia have attended the 2016 Docker River ‘Big Course’ to learn about the LCA’s Standards of Ethical Behaviour policy, with some travelling more than 600 kilometres to take part. Held over three days in October, the course was part of the Finke River Mission’s… Read more
In 2015 General Church Council approved the LCA Standards of Ethical Behaviour for use across the Lutheran Church of Australia and Lutheran Church of New Zealand. The concise pamphlet outlines behaviours expected of ‘God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved’. Inspired by Colossians 3:12–14, the Standards cover personal and pastoral life, communication, and financial/administrative matters…. Read more