Lunch time conversations – affordable housing

ACT shelterunitingcarenswactResponding to the affordable housing challenges in the ACT

Fourth forum for 2015
ACT Shelter will partner with the Uniting Church and invite our members to participate in lunch time conversations to stimulate thought and action to address the affordable housing challenges facing the ACT.

Briony Griffiths, Community Development Coordinator, UnitingCareNSW.ACT
Travis Gilbert, Executive Officer, ACT Shelter

Date: Monday, 27 July 2015
Time: 12:15pm – 2:00pm (light lunch provided)
Venue: Federation Room, Havelock House, 85 Northbourne Avenue, TURNER


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Things change; things stay the same.

Sunday 5 July 2015 marked a change at Kippax Uniting. Our youth music group has ended it’s official existence.

Rockin_BambiRockin’ Bambi was the name. It has had a few different members, one now in lecturing at the University of Papua New Guinea. And, that’s the point. The teens are now mid-20s. and, the few add-ons have a chance to make their own future.

2015-07-05 09.45.14So, back in 2004 a couple of determined and very musical teenagers suggested that we get our young musicians together and form a group. We did. It ended up with the name “Rocking Bambi” (that’s a story in itself). And it has been a great success for the past 11 years. This Sunday, we mark the official closure of “Bambi” and we celebrate the contributions of 30 people who have been part it in those years.

Australian Christian Book of the Year Shortlist

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A former paratrooper and intelligence operator, a constitutional lawyer and a Cambridge scholar are among this year’s shortlisted authors.
sparklit 2According to Sparklit Director, Michael Collie, the judges found compiling the shortlist unusually challenging.

This year’s award drew strong entries from accomplished writers; many are leaders in their professions and fields of endeavour.

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Kitchen Table Conversations about Papal Encyclical

Bob DouglasEm Prof Bob Douglas was a speaker at the last Presbytery gathering where we learnt about Kitchen Table Conversations in relation to motivating people in a challenging world.

We have received a letter from Bob as a member of the steering group of the newly formed Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy (CAPaD) and also as a participant in The Voices of the People group in SEE-Change, which was the forerunner and stimulus for CAPaD.

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Youth homelessness

fusionSleep in your car event

Brenton Reimann (Fusion Canberra – Team Leader) and Jason Hayduk (Missionworx – Team Leader) are inviting churches to partner with them in this event as part of combating the critical issue of youth homelessness in Canberra and around our great country. The youtube promo is available here.

If you’re keen to join them, they would love to resource you with promotional materials (posters, social media, website, and youtube promos etc). The introductory letter is available here.

Please contact Nathan Bennett ( from Fusion Canberra if interested. More info: