More marks of the movement

Perspective cover may16This was the theme of our recent Presbytery meeting held at Kippax Uniting Church on 14 May 2016 – see the Presbytery Secretary’s report here.

It is also the theme of our magazine Perspective which was distributed to congregations on the same day and is available online here .

To help us move forward together in understanding the practical implications of what it means to be a movement,  Perspective is a place to start.

Overview of the stories and articles in the current issue of Perspective:

When God helps us by Presbytery Minister and Presbytery Secretary, Rev Kevin Dilks
p5  – “To be part of a movement is not to have enough resources; not to be clear as to what the future looks like; not to be confident that you have all the answers. To be part of a movement is to live with uncertainty; to hold lightly to things of the past; to trust in signs that are not much more than a cloud in the sky by day and a fire in the sky by night. (Exodus 13:21,22)”

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Report – Canberra Region Presbytery meeting 14 May 2016

A report to the members of the UCA in the Canberra Region Presbytery on the recently held Presbytery Meeting hosted by Kippax Uniting Church – May 2016.

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Much discussion from the floor….

1. EDUCATIONAL SESSION (Morning session)

a) Marks of the Movement

All throughout 2016 the morning session of our meetings focused on the theme “Marks of the Movement”. This is our response to the feeling many people have that the institutional nature of our Church has a deadening impact and inhibits us finding our way forward as congregations in a new era when what we once did no longer works.

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…. and in table groups where responses to the two questions (see below) were jotted down on butchers paper.

We have chosen the idea of “Movement” as this picks up something of the dynamic of what Jesus called his disciples to. It also reflects the idea that we are seeking to move into a new way of being church.

At our meeting Presbytery Minister (Mission & Education), Geoff Wellington, presented a three line summary of our previous conversations around “What does this ‘Movement’ look like?”. Continue reading

Jindabyne – St Andrews turns 50

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Jindabyne celebrated the 50th anniversary of St Andrews Uniting Church on the weekend of 7th-8th May 2016. Vanessa Crimmins, Presbytery Chairperson and Geoff Wellington, Presbytery Minister (Mission & Education) represented the Presbytery.

Greta Jones of the Anniversary Committee writes: “What a great Weekend we’ve had, I just hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as myself. Vanessa, thank you so much for being with us Saturday. Geoff, thank you for your participation in Worship on Sunday a perfect finish to a wonderful Weekend. Blessings to all who attended and also those who were unable to attend.”

Thank you to Kerry Beer for her photos above and below which include part of the display of historical items in the hall and the cutting of the cake, celebrating “50 glorious years”.
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For such a time as this – booklet is a call to prayer

From Canberra Region Presbytery Chairperson, Vanessa Crimmins

for such a time cmykLate last year the Catholic Women’s Commission contacted the Presbytery to ask if we would be interested in doing something about family violence.  We, along with the Anglicans, were invited to meet together to discuss what could be done.  At the first meeting, I asked Ranjini Wickramaratne-Rebera from Gungahlin Uniting Church and Community Centre and Delia Quigley from Tuggeranong Uniting to attend with me.

The result of that initial meeting is the booklet, For Such a Time As This. It is this Presbytery’s contribution to An Ecumenical Response to Domestic Violence, “For Such a Time As This,” which is being held by the Catholic Commission of Women, on 18 June, 9.30am to 4pm (BYO lunch) at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Barton – more information on this event follows the description of the booklet and its call to prayer below. See also here. Download flyer

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Re-think on drugs

Long years of advocating for better drug policies within this Presbytery have come to fruition

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Jon O’Brien, Social Justice Advocacy Coordinator, delivers the report to Synod from the Synod’s Social Justice Forum. Scroll down to the end for a link to the Insights article: Social Justice Forum – Drug law reform needed

The Canberra Region Presbytery has discussed the need for a change to our illegal drug laws over many years.

It began with a Zadok paper written by the late Prof Max Neutze in 1997 which discussed a Christian perspective on the Heroin Trial then being promoted by the then Liberal Chief Minister and former pharmacist, Kate Carnell. A Presbytery Social Responsibility Committee produced a discussion paper on drug issues which was presented to the August 1999 meeting of Presbytery. In 1999 the Canberra Presbytery supported the proposal of a Supervised Injecting Centre in the ACT. For political reasons, this never came to fruition. This is particularly sad given that ACT opiate overdose deaths now outpace the road toll in the territory.

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