Canberra Region Presbytery meeting August 2018

First thank you Tuggeranong Uniting Church for your hospitality, providing us with the alternative venue we needed at the last minute. We are very grateful.

Chaplains’ Presentations: Thank you  Rev Robyn Kidd,  (Squadron Leader) Defence;  Rev Andrew Mead, Hospital Chaplain – Uniting; Heather Potter Aged Care – Uniting, and Rev Jean ShannonUniting’s Head of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Practice, for your presentations and insights into the work of Chaplaincy.  Jean gave an overview of Chaplaincy and Andrew, Heather and Robyn introduced us to their areas of ministry. The feedback from the meeting was resoundingly appreciative – I found the Chaplaincy segments thought provoking and valuable – puts a personal face to make Chaplaincy real! said one participant.

Assembly Reflections: Karyl Davidson and Andrew Johnson brought their reflections on participation in the recent Assembly. Geoff Wellington presented a report on the major decisions of Assembly.

UCA Marriage decision resources In response to questions asked at the presbytery meeting about resources for congregations to use in conversation with other ecumenical partners, Geoff Wellington, Presbytery Minister – Congregation Futures, says:

While the resources I have access to at present are framed in the context of the Uniting Church they also reflect the diversity of the UCA and other churches’ views. The underlying issues about how together we talk about the same gender marriage decision of the Assembly are very similar and I’m sure most ministers and key lay leaders could easily adapt what is currently available to a conversation with other denominations and community groups. Here are a few links that could be helpful to people:

https://johntsquires.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/marriage-and-the-matter-of-being-vital-to-the-life-of-the-church/  – John Squires
https://assembly.uca.org.au/marriage-faq  – Assembly
https://uniting.church/a-reflection-on-the-marriage-decision/   – Andrew Dutney
https://andrewfdutney.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/matters-vital-to-the-life-of-the-church/  – Andrew Dutney

Kevin’s retirement: Presbytery Chairperson, John Williams, reported on progress towards seeking someone to follow on after the retirement of Rev Kevin Dilks on 31 March 2019.

What was decided at the meeting: The actions taken by Presbytery Standing Committee regarding the role of Presbytery Minister (Presbytery Wellbeing) and the Presbytery Profile were endorsed. Should there be no recommendation from the Joint Nominating Committee (JNC) to issue a call in time for the next Presbytery meeting on 24th November 2018, Standing Committee, on behalf of Presbytery, will make the decision and issue a call.

Further updates were given from:

  • Janise Wood (Operations Manager) on work completed and underway for 2018
  • Briony Griffiths (Church and Community Engagement) on the Pathways Conversations with congregations initiated by the NSW and ACT Synod. The Canberra conversations were reported in Synod’s Insights magazine here.
  • The Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy in Tathra being funded by the UCA – the work being done by Rev Capt. Stuart Haynes, Anglican Priest based part-time in the area.