‘Catholic Voice’ reports on Family Violence Forum

Download the prayer for family violence booklet  “For Such a Time As This”.

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Vanessa Crimmins, UCA Canberra Region Presbytery Chairperson, with Shane Mortimer, Ngambri nation; Dean Phillip Saunders, St Saviours Anglican, Goulburn; Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Catholic Diocese Canberra Goulburn. (Image from Catholic Voice July 2016 page 7)

Family violence ‘a bloody battlefield’ is the headline of an article by Siobhan Reeves in the July 2016 edition of Catholic Voice, reporting on the recent Canberra forum: An Ecumenical Response to Domestic Violence attended by over 100 people. Catholic Voice is the newspaper of the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn and the article, which can be viewed here,  says:

Vanessa Crimmins, quoting from her foreword to the book, “For Such a Time As This”, reminded those present of the power of prayer in such times:

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Pokémon GO and Uniting Churches

Pikachu on a beach. Look out, South Coast!

Pikachu on a beach. Look out, South Coast!

The UCA’s Victorian Synod magazine reports that numerous Uniting Churches there “have been transformed into Pokémon Gyms”, according to the VIC Moderator, Rev Sharon Hollis.

We are awaiting reports from Canberra and the region.

#1 – Kippax Uniting Church is reported to be a Gym (that has been ‘conquored’ already.)
#2 – Queanbeyan UC is also a ‘gym’.
#3 – Advice if your church becomes a Pokémon Gym.

Give Hope – Uniting for Asylum Seekers

Winter Voucher appealWinter Voucher Appeal Poster – download and place on a notice board.

Many congregations have expressed a desire to support asylum seekers in a practical way and Give Hope’s Winter Voucher Appeal is an opportunity to do this. The following information is taken from their website: http://givehope.org.au/get_involved/winter-voucher-appeal-2016:

Through a partnership with Settlement Services International (SSI), the Give Hope Campaign, is launching the Winter Voucher Appeal from 1st July – 31st August.

It’s easy to get involved in the Give Hope-SSI Winter Voucher Appeal. Simply purchase a gift card listed below either in-store or online, to the amount of your choice, and send it to the Give Hope Team by the end of August. We’ll then pass these on to SSI for distribution to the people and families in need. SSI works with over 5,000 asylum seekers from a diverse range of religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Where to purchase Gift Cards (scroll down for important tips when purchasing online)

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Feedback – Family Violence Forum

for such a time cmykAn Ecumenical Response to Domestic Violence, “For Such a Time As This”, was held in Canberra on Saturday 18 June 2016 at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Barton, by the Catholic Women’s Commission. Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn and Ministers from the Anglican and Uniting Churches shared opening comments. There was an outline of Domestic/Family Violence, a panel discussion with leading advocates participating and time to hear from victims of Domestic Violence. The booklet, “For Such a Time as This”, was this Presbytery’s contribution.

Thanks from an attendee:
I would not have wanted to be anywhere else that Sat 18/6. It was a brilliant success. As Phil mentioned in her conclusion, ‘all those who were meant to be here, were here!’

As well as the experienced, generous-in-their-sharing, humble, courageous, knowledgeable, front-of-house speakers, presenters, facilitators, there was a wonderful opportunity to obtain information, and to network with other attendees.
I appreciated the ecumenical, and cross agency relationship. I also appreciated the concluding prayer, liturgy. So much thought and effort went into the inclusivity of this part, and in fact, the whole day.

The booklet, ‘For such a time as this’ is a little gem.

So, a huge THANK YOU to you personally, and for the team with whom you worked.

More marks of the movement

Perspective cover may16This was the theme of our recent Presbytery meeting held at Kippax Uniting Church on 14 May 2016 – see the Presbytery Secretary’s report here.

It is also the theme of our magazine Perspective which was distributed to congregations on the same day and is available online here .

To help us move forward together in understanding the practical implications of what it means to be a movement,  Perspective is a place to start.

Overview of the stories and articles in the current issue of Perspective:

When God helps us by Presbytery Minister and Presbytery Secretary, Rev Kevin Dilks
p5  – “To be part of a movement is not to have enough resources; not to be clear as to what the future looks like; not to be confident that you have all the answers. To be part of a movement is to live with uncertainty; to hold lightly to things of the past; to trust in signs that are not much more than a cloud in the sky by day and a fire in the sky by night. (Exodus 13:21,22)”

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