Presbytery 16th May 2015
The May gathering of Presbytery was held at Braidwood’s centre of community life – The Servicemen’s Club – backing on to the golf club with expansive views of the countryside providing much to enjoy along with the conversation, warm hospitality and delicious barbecue lunch provided and served by members of the Braidwood Congregation.
Pr Don Hobbs
THE MORNING GATHERING WITH BOB DOUGLAS
“All for one and one for all?” is the theme of our next Presbytery meeting to be held on Saturday 16th May at Braidwood Uniting Church.
Guest Speaker is Em Prof Bob Douglas who will speak on “Motivating people in a challenging world”. Bob has vast experience in community mobilisation as described further on in this posting. But first, an abstract from what Bob will share with us:
Human civilisation now faces a series of new and unique challenges that will not be addressed without transformative change in the way we, especially in the Western world, live, move and have our being.
The Christian church should be at the leading edge of this transformation along with the other great religions of the world. Yet, in Australia and many other Western countries, the Christian church is in serious decline.
Much of my time and energy has been directed to seeking to engage Australians and particularly, residents of Canberra, in bringing about essential transformative change from an anthropo-centric to an eco-centric world.
I encourage you to explore the movement around the International Charter for Compassion as well as the way in which Kitchen Table Conversations (KTC) can help to engage diverse groups of people to take action to promote a fairer, safer and happier world.
In my experience the KTC approach could be used in congregations to help to generate a new understanding of Christian discipleship in the current setting. It could also be used in diverse neighborhood groups to empower people to re-engage politically with bringing about the kind of world we will leave our children and theirs.
Nepal earthquake – from UnitingWorld website.
A disaster hard to imagine and beyond words
Dr Graeme & Mrs Meena Clugston are Australians who have been working for many years in the Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital in Nepal. (Facebook link www.facebook.com/nepal.leprosy)
Earlier this year they visited Merimbula Uniting Church whilst on leave and an ongoing relationship has developed with the congregation.
Below is a letter sent to Merimbula by the Clugstons which gives a very clear picture of what is happening in Nepal as a result of the earthquakes a week ago. In praying for “all those in Nepal [who] face an unbelievable situation” the congregation are also praying specifically “for God’s strength and peace to uplift [Graeme and Meena] at this time”.
Nepal earthquake donations – click on Uniting World’s emergency relief link www.unitingworld.org.au/get-involved/donate/emergency-relief/
Download flyer here.
Report available here.
Safe Shelter for homeless men opened on Tuesday 28 April, operating on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights until 1 October.
The Shelter operates in the Lewis Hall, St Columba’s Uniting Church, 10 Fawcett Street, Braddon from 7.00 pm until 7.00 am on each of those nights, with doors closed to new arrivals after 10.00 pm.
Up to 8 guests sleep on the floor along with with 3 volunteers, on either their own bedding or on a Streetswag supplied by Safe Shelter. Guests are admitted on a “first come” basis. Over 50 volunteers have already completed their two night training courses, about 40% of them female. Many volunteers are returning, having worked in the Shelter in 2014. More volunteers are registered to undergo training in May, June and July, ready to fill gaps in the rosters as winter progresses.
Media contact or to organise interviews with volunteers: Richard Griffiths by email: safeshelteract [at] gmail.com
Stories of faith and courage on the front line
To commemorate the centenary of Gallipoli, Bible Society Australia invites you to be a part of their year-long, national campaign, Their Sacrifice, which is built on stories of faith and courage on the front line.
The campaign aims to show how the Bible is an amazing source of comfort and meaning in times of war, or any other time of crisis.
The Bible Society has created a website resource and touring exhibition. The exhibition will be in Canberra on 22nd June at Westfield Belconnen (opposite Liquorland).
Some ways to be involved in the campaign: