Cooperative Ventures Symbol
The current logo features five arrows representing the five Partner Churches moving forward. It was adapted by Lynn O’Shea (Freshfields Design) from a design by Phillipa Jacobs (Pinnacle & Co).
Some Milestones along the way
The Presbyterians put a uniting proposal to the Congregational Union and the Methodist Churches.
Congregational Union, Methodist and Presbyterian churches set up Church Union Committees
First Union Parish at Raglan. Partners: Congregational Union, Methodist and Presbyterian.
Model Constitution for Union Parishes approved.
Vote on Church Union between Methodist and Presbyterian churches.
Joint Standing Committee on Church Union set up by the Congregational Union, Methodist and Presbyterian churches.
- Anglican Church sets up Commission
- Associated Churches of Christ become members of the Joint Standing
Committee on Church Union.
Congregational Union, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches each declared their willingness to
accept members of the other two denominations
Vote on principle of Church Union.
Draft Basis for Union.
Standard Agreement for Joint Use of Buildings
Joint Commission on Church Union held first meeting.
Joint National Committee on Church Extension held first meeting
Act of Commitment entered into by the five Partners.
Associated Churches of Christ agreed to join the arrangement for reciprocal membership
Many Congregational Churches integrated with the Presbyterian Church.
The Plan For Union 1971 published
Guidelines for Forming a Cooperating Parish published
Referendum on The Plan for Union
First Consultation on Union and Cooperating Parishes.
General Synod regrets that the Anglican Church can’t enter into union.
Negotiating Churches Unity Council formed combining JCCU and JNCCE
Venturing Forward Conference held at Karori
Conference of Cooperative Ventures at Upper Hutt.
Forum of Cooperative Ventures proposed
1st Biennial Forum meeting Growing Together at Kapiti.
Forum of Cooperative Ventures established to replace NCUC.
First Standing Committee of the Forum elected.
2nd Biennial Forum meeting Living and Working in Unity and Diversity at Tawa.
3rd Biennial Forum meeting Together we Can at Linwood
4th Biennial Forum meeting Light on the Way Hamilton.
Forum of Cooperative Ventures establish Website http://www.ucanz.org.nz/
5th Biennial Forum meeting Community Centred Christ Focused Karori
Forum of Co-operative Ventures changed its name to “Uniting Congregations of Aotearoa New Zealand” and the Chairperson was elected for the first time.
6th Biennial Forum in Dunedin : Braided Rivers
7th Biennial Forum in Upper Hutt : Riding the Wave
8th Biennial Forum in Whanganui : Weaving Threads
9th Biennial Forum in Motueka : Beyond the Walls
10th Biennial Forum : Transforming the Partnership Gene
11th Biennial Forum in Hutt City: Big Ideas for Smaller Churches
12th Biennial Forum in Onehunga : One More at the Table
New financial assessment system and three-yearly rotation of Convening Partner accepted.
13th Biennial Forum in Alexandra : Making a Difference
Revision of guidelines for constituting Standing Committee – returning to the principle of equal numbers of Partner and elected representatives; Chairperson(s) to be selected by Standing Committee from 2021.