Motion Recognising the Significance of 2015 as the Centenary of ANZAC

December 10th, 2015

The following motion was approved at the recent Churches of Christ in Australia meeting in Adelaide:

This meeting of CCCA, recognising the significance of 2015 as the centenary of the ANZAC campaign on the Gallipoli Peninsula and on the Western Front, acknowledging the catastrophic loss of life of combatants from all nations and the unbearable suffering and grief of their families:

1    Records an appreciation of the determination, courage and stoicism displayed by Australian and New Zealand military personnel and their allies in circumstances of hardship, violence, danger and constraint;

2       recognises the essential ministry of military chaplains in these engagements and in every Australian theatre of war since;

3       declares that the Sunday prior to Remembrance Day (11 November) be designated ‘Defence Sunday’ and asks each local congregation to remember the Defence community on that day;

4        encourages each local congregation to invite an ADF Chaplain to visit them on ‘Defence Sunday’ to hear about ministry within Defence, both at home and abroad; and

5    is aware that the senior protestant chaplain in the Navy, Army and Air Force are all ministers within our movement (Navy – Barrie Yesberg, Army – Russell Mutzelburg [currently acting Peter Willis], Air Force – Mark Willis); and

6    commits to praying for peaceful solutions to the conflicts of the world and for the establishment of God’s reign of justice, peace and love on the earth.