History

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).

It replaces one designed by Keith Guyan of Onehunga which featured arrows pointing inwards, emphasising the centrality and unity of the Cross of Christ.
In the 50th anniversary of the Act of Commitment (1967) we are using a multi-coloured version of this for the Biennial Forum.

Some Milestones along the way

1902-4
The Presbyterians put a uniting proposal to the Congregational Union and the Methodist Churches.

1940
Congregational Union, Methodist and Presbyterian churches set up Church Union Committees


1943
First Union Parish at Raglan. Partners: Congregational Union, Methodist and Presbyterian.


1949
Model Constitution for Union Parishes approved.


1948-49
Vote on Church Union between Methodist and Presbyterian churches.


1950
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.

1951
Congregational Union, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches each declared their willingness to
accept members of the other two denominations


1956
Vote on principle of Church Union.


1960
Draft Basis for Union.


1964
Standard Agreement for Joint Use of Buildings


1965
Joint Commission on Church Union held first meeting.


1966
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


1970
Many Congregational Churches integrated with the Presbyterian Church.


1971
The Plan For Union 1971 published


1972
Guidelines for Forming a Cooperating Parish published
Referendum on The Plan for Union


1975

First Consultation on Union and Cooperating Parishes.


1976
General Synod regrets that the Anglican Church can’t enter into union.


1984
Negotiating Churches Unity Council formed combining JCCU and JNCCE


1989
Venturing Forward Conference held at Karori


1992
Conference of Cooperative Ventures at Upper Hutt.
Forum of Cooperative Ventures proposed


1995
1st Biennial Forum meeting Growing Together at Kapiti.
Forum of Cooperative Ventures established to replace NCUC.
First Standing Committee of the Forum elected.


1997
2nd Biennial Forum meeting Living and Working in Unity and Diversity at Tawa.


1999
3rd Biennial Forum meeting Together we Can at Linwood


2001
4th Biennial Forum meeting Light on the Way Hamilton.
Forum of Cooperative Ventures establish Website http://www.ucanz.org.nz/


2003
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.


2005
6th Biennial Forum meeting Braided Rivers Dunedin