Two of Highview College’s four foundation churches have announced they will soon be withdrawing their support from the school.
The college, which is the first ecumenical school in the world, is supported by the Church of Christ, Anglican, Uniting and Catholic churches but this week both the Church of Christ and the Maryborough branch of the Uniting Church officially announced their withdrawal from Highview.
A statement from the Maryborough Church of Christ stated as of December 31 this year, the church will withdraw from being officially involved with Highview.
“As a church, we have valued our close association with the college since its inception in 1974,” the statement read.
“As a church, we have been thinking and praying much about the whole situation for at least a couple of years.
“As a church, we stand on the teachings of the Bible. Unfortunately, over the past number of years, Highview College has drifted away from the Christian base (according to the Bible), which it once had.
“The church and the college are now really on two different paths. As such, sadly we can no longer be closely associated with the college.
“But, as a church we will continue to pray for the wellbeing and the future of the college and be supportive of the college whenever and however possible.”
The Maryborough Uniting Church also announced it will be withdrawing its support from Highview, however Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Moderator of Reverend Denise Liersch said the wider church will still be looking for ways to support the school.
“The UCA Synod of Victoria and Tasmania is aware that Maryborough Uniting Church has stated it will relinquish its role in supporting Highview College,” she said.
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