Synod hears proposal for new school – Insights Magazine
A proposal to start a new United Church school and related congregation west of Sydney was presented at the synod meeting.
NSW and ACT Synod General Secretary Reverend Jane Fry introduced the proposal.
“Many members of Parramatta-Nepean Rectory see the same reality… the population explosion in West Sydney,” said Reverend Fry.
“This proposal is absolutely aligned with the future directions of the Synod.
“It is without a doubt an ambitious proposition,” said Reverend Fry.
Named Vikki Waters, David Sexton, Glen Powell and Albert Olley as “four musketeers who played a role in shaping this proposal”.
“You will hear the hope and the excitement,” said Reverend Fry.
In an accompanying video, moderator Simon Hansford introduced the proposal. He said he was informed by, “[A] very strong conviction that the United Church has a strong and unique perspective of faith to share.
“Together the congregation and the school will grow as the community grows. “
The moderator said more than 70 full-time scholarships would help uphold the United Church’s ethics of social justice.
The school would be a K-12 coeducational school alongside a new church congregation. The plan would also include a community hub for the use of the area.
“Being able to connect with this missionary opportunity is just wonderful,” said Reverend Christine Bayliss-Kelly. Reverend Bayliss-Kelly has worked in Penrith since early 2021.
“Here is a chance to be a church differently. “
The proposal involves schools taking loans from Uniting Financial Services (UFS).
A formal due diligence process took into account the timing, construction, program design, key actions and loan structures for investment at different stages.
Questions regarding the proposal included what the exact geography of the proposal strategy would include. The team behind the proposal confirmed that the Greater West Sydney region was the target, an area that has expanded from the original plan target to South West Sydney.
The proposal will go to the discernment groups for further consideration and questions.
The moderator encouraged people to get involved in the project and discuss it if they felt it was necessary.
The motion will seek consensus at the next meeting on Saturday, June 5. Knowledge will have full coverage.