Did you know that UnitingWorld now has two ambassadors in the Canberra Region Presbytery? Margaret and Elizabeth are happy to come and talk with your congregation or fellowship group about the work of UnitingWorld.
UnitingWorld is the arm of the Uniting Church providing relief, development and church connection with partner churches in Asia and the Pacific, focussing on education, health, economic and social empowerment (especially of women). To arrange a visit by Elizabeth or Margaret call UnitingWorld on (02) 8267 4267. For general info about UnitingWorld see the website www.unitingworld.org.au
Presbytery Chairperson, John Williams (on the right), has provided this image of “our gathering from all faith communities last Wednesday [6 Sep 2017] on the Lawns at Parliament House to present 25000 signatures from 94 electorates across Australia from these communities of faith calling for action on climate change.”
Presbytery gathering 15 July 2017 – a brief overview
Theme: Resourcing the movement
Guest Speaker: Rev Jane Fry, Acting General Secretary of Synod NSW.ACT
Presentation: The Pathways Project
- Jane spoke about the 40 year milestone reached since the formation of the Uniting Church and how we need to look ahead to the next 40 years. She spoke of the church living at the edge of hope. She asked how often does our managing the business get in the way of telling the gospel story.
- As a means of focusing on mission, Synod has been developing the Pathways Project to empower mission in its congregations and presbyteries. The focus is on congregations sharing their stories from which we can celebrate and build upon our strengths.
- This project and its sub-project Stepping Stones is being piloted in two NSW presbyteries. To learn more please go to the Pathways link https://nswact.uca.org.au/the-pathways-project where questions are answered and there are helpful links to help us reflect on where we have come from and who we are called to be.
- Pathways Consultation Process – four questions were asked of those at this Presbytery meeting and the responses will be shared via email with all Presbytery members.
Perspective – sharing stories While on the subject of congregations sharing stories, this Presbytery would welcome such stories in its next issues of Perspective for encouragement and to help us build on our strengths as the Pathways project link explains. Provide a paragraph or two with photo/s for the page: Glimpses of Presbytery. Or tell us a longer story – no more than 300 to 600 words – plus photos, high-resolution if possible. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org . The current Perspective is available in your church foyers or can be downloaded here and will give you more on the theme, “resourcing the movement”.
See a photo gallery and find out about other presentations at the Presbytery gathering.
Author, Margaret Reeson, shown here with Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan.
75th Anniversary of sinking of Montevideo Maru
Book sale to benefit UnitingWorld
The 75th anniversary of Australia’s worst maritime disaster will be remembered this Saturday with a service at the War Memorial (1pm), 1 July 2017. The Montevideo Maru, carrying more than 1000 prisoners of the Japanese forces, mostly Australian, was sunk on 1 July 1942 by an Allied submarine. Among the prisoners were ten Methodist missionaries who had been captured by the Japanese in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea and were being transferred to Hainan, off southern China. The boat was torpedoed off Luzon, near the Philippines by the USS Sturgeon, unaware that it was carrying Allied prisoners. All prisoners on board died.
Well-known author Margaret Reeson (also a former Methodist missionary who worked in the PNG Highlands in the 60s and 70s) has written two books relating to this incident. She is offering these for sale. 75% of sales proceeds will go to UnitingWorld to support our overseas partner churches.
Tent Embassy Rally 22-24 June 2017
The following is a statement sent to us by Kippax Uniting Church – ways to help with the Rally are towards the end of the statement:
It is becoming clear that there are two ways of recognising the Indigenous peoples of Australia and the Torres Strait. One is by way of the proposed changes to the Constitution sponsored by the Australian Government. The second is the long-called-for Treaty between the First Nations and what was then the British occupiers and is now the Australian Government.