More than four decades in ministry came to an end in December last year when Rev Gregor Henderson (pictured) was farewelled at Canberra’s Wesley Uniting Church. Mr Henderson was general secretary of the Church’s National Assembly for 12 years from 1989 to 2000 and president from 2006 to 2009.
During that time he was instrumental in introducing a Ministerial Code of Ethics and strengthening the Uniting Church’s regulations against sexual misconduct. He also had a major role in the introduction of consensus decision making across all councils of the church.
In his period as general secretary, Mr Henderson increased the participation of members of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress in the UCA’s triennial Assembly meetings.
He was heavily involved in ecumenical work through the National Council of Churches in Australia, as well as through the Christian Conference of Asia. He also served as a member of the World Council of Churches, including a recently concluded term on the WCC central committee.
Mr Henderson will continue his work with the WCC in the role of consensus facilitator at meetings for the next eight years.
Mr Henderson will remain involved in the life of the Uniting Church. He is co-convenor of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network and chairs the board of Frontier Services – the UCA’s remote and regional ministry and community services arm.