Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017

Resources from Doug and Isabel Hewitt, Synod Faith & Unity Committee

Throughout this letter and a further letter below, are resources available for this year’s celebration of the Week of Prayer of Christian Unity, observed in the week leading to Pentecost Sunday.  The dates are 28th May to 4th June and the theme is RECONCILIATION, with the text from 2 Corinthians 5: “The love of Christ compels us ….”

This year the dates coincide with the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation, during which Christians focus on the challenge of reconciling with the nation’s First Peoples. More about that theme further on in this posting.

Provided here is  a liturgy for ecumenical worship during that week. Other resources include a poster, reflections for each of the eight days which are valuable for private or group use, and sermon notes on the scripture passages chosen for the worship. The latter two attachments are related to an ecumenical project of the churches in the Newcastle and Central Coast region on NSW, initiated by the Ecumenical Social Justice Network of Anglican, Catholic and Uniting Churches. Here also is a resource for those organising.


Week of Prayer for Reconciliation – Standing together with the First Peoples of Australia

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Resources for Uniting Earth Ministry

Jessica Morthorpe is a new Uniting Earth Ministry Consultant, sharing the role with Rev. Dr. Jason John. Together, and as part of the Uniting Mission and Education Resource Team, they will be working to resource the Uniting Church in NSW/ACT to do mission for the reconciliation and renewal of the whole creation!  

Although born in NSW, Jessica grew up in Victoria, and has recently moved back east from Perth, WA, She is keen to build a picture of what is happening in NSW/ACT churches for the environment as quickly as possible, so please help her out by filling out the Five Leaf Eco-Awards survey or sending her an email anytime. 

Also, I would like to remind you of/introduce you to some resources for your church’s eco-journey this year:

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Safe Shelter for homeless men gets ready for Winter

Safe Shelter is getting ready for winter and needs volunteers to run its overnight shelters. Safe Shelter provides basic emergency shelter for homeless men in winter.
ACT shelters will operate in three donated inner-North church halls staffed by teams of trained volunteers, male or female, aged over 18. Guests and volunteers sleep on the floor. For guests who have been sleeping rough on the streets, just being warm and safe is luxury. For guests who have recently become homeless, Safe Shelter provides somewhere safe while they try to sort out their lives. For the volunteers, it is uncomfortable but rewarding.

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New from Amelia Koh-Butler

“WIDE AND DEEP – Liturgies for Thriving and Emerging Churches” is available from Mediacom Education Inc. “WIDE AND DEEP” is a collection of prayers, litanies, liturgies and poems that include Welcome to Country; Gatherings for multi-cultural situations; Celebrations of membership and Covenanting together in community. Download a sample of her book here.

Amelia Koh-Butler  is currently the Executive Officer, Mission Resourcing – Uniting Church SA.