National director of UnitingWorld, Rob Floyd, said he was delighted to welcome Dr Goringe to UnitingWorld as she has significant experience in both the business and charitable sectors and within the Uniting Church in Australia.
“Sureka has served on the national committee of the relief and development unit of UnitingWorld for five years, the last two years as chairperson,” Mr Floyd said.
“She was also the executive director of the successful UnitingWomen conference in September, a conference that brought together more than 500 women from across Australia.
“We welcome Sureka to UnitingWorld and look forward to working with her.”
Born in Sri Lanka and having lived in Bangladesh, Botswana and the UK before moving to Australia, Dr Goringe has broad experience of UCA partner church contexts.
UnitingWorld’s Church Connections unit focuses on three main areas: Christian leadership – helping our overseas church partners equip and resource leaders for the future; ministry in the margins – resourcing our partners to support the most vulnerable in their communities; and education and contextual learning – partnering with churches to learn from one another, advocate together on global issues and develop culturally relevant theologies.
Dr Goringe described her appointment as an exciting opportunity and said she was looking forward to working with the UCA’s partner churches.
“Many of our overseas church partners are amongst the most dynamic and fastest growing Christian communities in the world; they are spiritually vibrant and yet often working within extraordinarily challenging circumstances. I look forward to working alongside our partners as they resource and equip their leaders for the future, serve the most vulnerable in their communities and advocate together on global issues affecting our future,” Dr Goringe said.