Jindabyne – St Andrews turns 50


Jindabyne celebrated the 50th anniversary of St Andrews Uniting Church on the weekend of 7th-8th May 2016. Vanessa Crimmins, Presbytery Chairperson and Geoff Wellington, Presbytery Minister (Mission & Education) represented the Presbytery.

Greta Jones of the Anniversary Committee writes: “What a great Weekend we’ve had, I just hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as myself. Vanessa, thank you so much for being with us Saturday. Geoff, thank you for your participation in Worship on Sunday a perfect finish to a wonderful Weekend. Blessings to all who attended and also those who were unable to attend.”

Thank you to Kerry Beer for her photos above and below which include part of the display of historical items in the hall and the cutting of the cake, celebrating “50 glorious years”.
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For such a time as this – booklet is a call to prayer

From Canberra Region Presbytery Chairperson, Vanessa Crimmins

for such a time cmykLate last year the Catholic Women’s Commission contacted the Presbytery to ask if we would be interested in doing something about family violence.  We, along with the Anglicans, were invited to meet together to discuss what could be done.  At the first meeting, I asked Ranjini Wickramaratne-Rebera from Gungahlin Uniting Church and Community Centre and Delia Quigley from Tuggeranong Uniting to attend with me.

The result of that initial meeting is the booklet, For Such a Time As This. It is this Presbytery’s contribution to An Ecumenical Response to Domestic Violence, “For Such a Time As This,” which is being held by the Catholic Commission of Women, on 18 June, 10am to 4pm (BYO lunch) at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Barton – more information on this event follows the description of the booklet and its call to prayer below.

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Re-think on drugs

Long years of advocating for better drug policies within this Presbytery have come to fruition


Jon O’Brien, Social Justice Advocacy Coordinator, delivers the report to Synod from the Synod’s Social Justice Forum. Scroll down to the end for a link to the Insights article: Social Justice Forum – Drug law reform needed

The Canberra Region Presbytery has discussed the need for a change to our illegal drug laws over many years.

It began with a Zadok paper written by the late Prof Max Neutze in 1997 which discussed a Christian perspective on the Heroin Trial then being promoted by the then Liberal Chief Minister and former pharmacist, Kate Carnell. A Presbytery Social Responsibility Committee produced a discussion paper on drug issues which was presented to the August 1999 meeting of Presbytery. In 1999 the Canberra Presbytery supported the proposal of a Supervised Injecting Centre in the ACT. For political reasons, this never came to fruition. This is particularly sad given that ACT opiate overdose deaths now outpace the road toll in the territory.

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Safe Shelter – St Columba’s and Queanbeyan

Safe Shelter 2016 A5_1Safe Shelter for homeless men re-opened for the winter on 26 April at St Columba’s Uniting Church, Braddon, Canberra with Safe Shelter Queanbeyan formally launching on 27 April.
The St Columba’s Shelter in Braddon operates for three nights – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – every week until 29 September, and is a “walk-in” facility.
The Queanbeyan Shelter operates at the Queanbeyan Uniting Church as required to support referrals from the St Benedict’s Community Day Centre. Both are staffed by volunteers, who sleep on the church hall floors, just like the guests.

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The recent Canberra Times article may be viewed here.
ACT Shelter website: http://www.actshelter.net.au/Home.htm
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Canberra community by 2020 – ACTCOSS

ACTCOSS articleCanberra Region Presbytery is a member of the ACT Council of Social Service Inc. (ACTCOSS).

The theme of the autumn issue of their journal, Update, is: ‘What we want the Canberra community to be by 2020’. On page 14, you will find an article from Canberra Region Presbytery: “Truly civil society – Equity, kindness and respect”. download here.

As mentioned in the article, on Saturday the 4th June, Canberra Region Presbytery will be holding the Community Development Forum: Truly Civil Society—Equity, Kindness and Respect at Gungahlin Uniting Church – for more information, to contribute or to register interest, please contact Bri Griffiths at bgriffiths@uniting.org

Download the journal:
PDF 1.49MB: http://www.actcoss.org.au/publications/journal/actcoss-journal-issue-75.pdf
Word docx 99KB (text only): http://www.actcoss.org.au/publications/journal/actcoss-journal-issue-75-text-only.docx

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