Moderator: Rev Sharon Hollis
The Moderator is the Synod’s spiritual leader and Sharon has held the position since June 2016, when she became the sixth woman in Victoria and fourth in Tasmania to be appointed.
Sharon became a minister at 26 and says she can’t imagine any other way to live her life. “Being called is a mystery you can’t manufacture. When you have an encounter with God, it is utterly transforming,” she says.
Sharon is deeply committed to social justice, in particular refugee rights, reconciliation with Australia’s First Peoples and the elimination of domestic violence.
She believes leadership in a Christian context has never been more important. “I have enormous respect for those who have the courage to challenge religion in the 21st Century,” she says.
“Transparency and honesty are essential in the life of any church and I see the growth of trust as key to my role. I want everyone to experience a compelling call to live for justice, mercy, beauty and peace. That is what God’s love should reflect.”
Sharon is available to speak on a number of social justice and theological issues. To request an interview, contact email@example.com.
General Secretary: Rev Dr Mark Lawrence
Mark has been the Synod’s General Secretary since 2012. Ordained in 1988, Mark is a strong advocate of the Basis of Union, believing it is as significant today as when the Uniting Church in Australia was formed in 1977.
As General Secretary, Mark jokingly describes himself as “just a church bureaucrat and a meeting junkie”.
He is keen to encourage members to continually seek to renew the Church’s mission as a demonstration of Christ’s reconciliation.
“I urge the Church to keep looking for fresh words and deeds for its ongoing worship, witness and service, in order to remain faithful to Christ’s invitation to share in his ministry and mission,” he says.
Mark’s ministry interests include transcendent peace, leadership, organisational development, and mediation.