Seeking Unity – does it matter?

Rt Rev’d Professor Stephen Pickard, Executive Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

Does it matter whether Christians are content to exist in division? Does seeking unity mean we have to sacrifice the truth? 500 years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church and it sparked a major controversy that continues today. Can the divisions of the church be healed and does it matter? What would it take? Does God care?

These questions introduce an article “Unity of Christians” by the Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C)Rt Rev’d Professor Stephen Pickard, in the Centre’s latest Bulletin; also referring to the Ecumenical Roundtable to be held at the ACC&C Monday, 29th May 2017 (register by 24th May): Using this 500th year of the Reformation, the theme for the Roundtable is, ‘Luther at 500: Taking the Ecumenical Pulse’. Speakers will come from Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist (NZ), Greek Orthodox and Baptists Churches.We will work towards a greater shared understanding and renewed working together for the sake of the Gospel of God. And as we do we remember the words of St Augustine (4th century), ‘In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity’. 

To read the complete article, see below or click here.

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Global Day of Prayer to End Famine

Sunday 21st May is the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine.

UnitingWorld invite congregations to use this resource – download here, which includes a liturgy and prayer for South Sudan, as we join with the World Council of Churches (WCC), the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and a range of faith-based partners in response to the hunger crisis.

The liturgy and prayer for South Sudan is to assist UCA members to share their prayers for the people of South Sudan, and South Sudanese members of the Uniting Church in Australia, as their homeland, families and friends are threatened by escalating violence.

UCA Pastor Moses Leth of the Nuer UC Faith Community in Brisbane (below) asks for prayer from the wider UCA:

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Gospel Yarning – FREE Public Events

Sydney 16-18 May
(from Uniting Mission and Education –
Rev Dr Ian Robinson, Alan Walker Lecturer in Evangelism, Mission & Leadership)

So you want people to know the joy of Jesus? Not sure what to do anymore?

The lights are going on in the Uniting Church as we rediscover our good news and how to share it afresh. Over three consecutive evening sessions, we’ll explore how the Uniting Church can learn to be a servant of the Gospel in changing contexts.

Each night promises to be an engaging and insightful time.

Venue for all three evenings: Chapel of St Andrew Uniting Church Centre for Ministry 16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta.

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2017 Midwinter Arts and Crafts Show

The Yarralumla Midwinter Show is one of Canberra’s favourite art and craft events featuring local artisans. A staple on the Canberra calendar, the show has been delighting visitors for over 35 years with a large array of art and craft, food and entertainment.

The event showcases the work of local craft workers and artists and the funds raised support vital community programs. Recipients last year included Sids for Kids, Companion House, Canberra Refugee Support, Paperworks inc, Kairos Outside and Caring for Kiriwina.

The opening times for the show are:
• Fri 23 June 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
• Sat 24 June 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
• Sun 25 June 12.00 noon to 5.00 pm

The venue for the show is the Yarralumla Uniting Church Centre on Denman St in Yarralumla.

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We’re celebrating UCA’s 40th birthday – 17 June

Saturday 17th June at Canberra City Church, 69 Northbourne Ave (parking underneath from Rudd St) 12.30pm for a 1pm start, finishing 4.30pm. All are invited. Download flyer here.

To give some idea of numbers, please let us know if you are coming – email office@cruc.org.au

Special guest, Colleen Geyer, Assembly General Secretary, will set the scene followed by group discussion around the future – reimagining congregations and more.

Enquiries – Geoff Wellington geoff@cruc.org.au 

About the 40th anniversary Logo and stories requested by NSW/ACT Synod …

In 1977, three Australian churches came together as one. The Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational churches have been the Uniting Church in Australia ever since.

The 40th anniversary logo can be viewed as a starburst, fireworks or a dandelion head whose seeds are spread on the wind. The image brings to mind celebration, diversity and all the varied parts of the Uniting Church.

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