Uniting Church Members receive Australia Day Honours

Uniting Church Members receive Australia Day Honours

Over 600 Australians have been awarded Australia Day Honours for their contributions to society, including 10 members of The Uniting Church of Australia, Synod of NSW and the ACT. The annual Australia Day awards recognise their outstanding life work.

An AM was awarded to The Rev. Gregor Henderson for significant service to the community, through executive and ministerial roles in The Uniting Church in Australia, and through interfaith initiatives. Gregor was the General Secretary of The Uniting Church in Australia National Assembly, 1989-2000, and President of the National Assembly for three years 2006-2009.

Anne Buttsworth PSM received an AM for significant service to women through history preservation roles, as well as to the advancement of archival research, and to the community of the ACT. Since 2005, Anne has been on the Management Committee, UnitingCare Canberra City.

Allan Gibson received an OAM for decades of community service. Allan is currently the chair of the Synod Risk Oversight Committee and a member of Synod Standing Committee (since 2009).

Rev. Dr John Hely received an OAM for service to The Uniting Church in Australia and to the community. READ MORE

Anthony Neil Brain received an OAM for service to the community of Coonabarabran. ,On an occasional basis, he is a lay preacher at the Coonabarabran Uniting Church.

Rosemarie Say received an OAM for service to community health — particularly, mental-health services — through chaplaincy and counselling organisations. Rosemarie is Coordinating Chaplain at the Uniting Church, Macquarie Hospital.

Ken Eldridge has shared his spiritual insight with Tweed and Murwillumbah as the lay preacher at Grafton Methodist and Uniting Church — for 60 years. READ MORE

Stephen Byrne received an OAM for service to the community of the Northern Beaches, including being a volunteer with Lifeline Australia and for the Parish Council, Balgowlah Uniting Church.

Ann McCombe received an OAM for service to the community, particularly through youth organisations. She is a member of Kippax Uniting Church.

Bruce Pyke received an OAM for service to the community through a range of organisations including being a parish councillor, at Tuggerah Lake South Uniting Church.

Announcing the awards on Australia Day, His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove said: “Today’s recipients now join the company of more than 40,000 women and men whose actions have enriched our community and whose values we hold dear – professionalism, compassion, dedication, generosity, tolerance, and energetic ambition.”


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