Message of Solidarity from the Uniting Church in Australia

13 November 2019

Dear Justice Victorino,

As President of the Uniting Church in Australia, I write to express our solidarity with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.

When Churches work together as the body of Christ they empower and transform the communities around them, witnessing to God’s abundant grace and liberating hope to the world.

Like many church leaders, I was surprised to hear that the Philippines security service has included the NCCP on a list of “front organisations” of what it describes as “local communist
terrorist groups”.

Calling the work of the body of Christ terrorism is an affront to all Christians.

As part of the global communion of churches, I thank you for your powerful witness and service in the challenging circumstances in your country.

The NCCP has a long, continuing tradition of being a prophetic voice, living the way of Jesus, through your speaking out for justice for the people of the Philippines.

We are inspired by your ongoing commitment to human rights, alleviating poverty and addressing injustice, so that all people can flourish.

I have written to the President of the Philippines urging the Department of National Defense to review its designation of the NCCP, so that the Council can continue its important work in
communities across the Philippines.

May God give you the strength and courage to continue your witness to the Gospel of Christ, through speaking truth to power and working for justice in your country.

Your ministry is a blessing to us here in Australia and to churches across the world. May God’s peace and grace uphold you.

The Uniting Church in Australia stands in solidarity with you.

For ease of sharing, I have also recorded my message on video as well.

If there are more ways I can be of assistance, please let me know.

Yours in Christ,
Dr Deidre Palmer
Uniting Church in Australia Assembly