The Council of Churches of Western Australia joins with the National Council of Churches of Australia in warmly welcoming the recent appointment of Rev Henriette Tabita Hutabarat-Lebang to the position of General Secretary of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA). The Rev Hutabarat-Lebang is the first woman to be appointed to the top administrative position of the Council.
A pastor’s daughter, Hutabarat-Lebang hails from Sulawesi, one of the four larger islands of Indonesia. She was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1992 and has served in senior positions in Asia and internationally.
She is currently a vice-president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and a member of the Joint Working Group between the WCC and Roman Catholic Church.
At an earlier press conference, Hutabarat-Lebang said poverty, migration, the build up of armaments, violence, human rights violations and the impact of globalisation persist as the challenges to which her leadership, along with the churches in Asia, seeks to address.
Commenting on the situation of migrants, many of them women, she said, “so as we advocate for the rights of these migrant workers, we have to engage with both sending and receiving countries to ensure that migrant workers’ rights and welfare are respected and promoted.”
Hutabarat-Lebang takes up office in November in the Chiang Mai offices of teh CCA after the term of outgoing General Secretary Prawate Khid-arn ends in October.