Author, Margaret Reeson, shown here with Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan.
75th Anniversary of sinking of Montevideo Maru
Book sale to benefit UnitingWorld
The 75th anniversary of Australia’s worst maritime disaster will be remembered this Saturday with a service at the War Memorial (1pm), 1 July 2017. The Montevideo Maru, carrying more than 1000 prisoners of the Japanese forces, mostly Australian, was sunk on 1 July 1942 by an Allied submarine. Among the prisoners were ten Methodist missionaries who had been captured by the Japanese in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea and were being transferred to Hainan, off southern China. The boat was torpedoed off Luzon, near the Philippines by the USS Sturgeon, unaware that it was carrying Allied prisoners. All prisoners on board died.
Well-known author Margaret Reeson (also a former Methodist missionary who worked in the PNG Highlands in the 60s and 70s) has written two books relating to this incident. She is offering these for sale. 75% of sales proceeds will go to UnitingWorld to support our overseas partner churches.
Tent Embassy Rally 22-24 June 2017
The following is a statement sent to us by Kippax Uniting Church – ways to help with the Rally are towards the end of the statement:
It is becoming clear that there are two ways of recognising the Indigenous peoples of Australia and the Torres Strait. One is by way of the proposed changes to the Constitution sponsored by the Australian Government. The second is the long-called-for Treaty between the First Nations and what was then the British occupiers and is now the Australian Government.
1.Reimagining congregations – what might congregations look like into the future 2. Innovation; entrepreneurship; social enterprises 3. interface between service delivery & congregations
40 years The Uniting Church in Australia is celebrating 40 years as a uniquely Australian church. At our inauguration service on Wednesday 22 June 1977 the first President Rev. Dr Davis McCaughey, the primary author of our Basis of Union, remarked that church union ‘meant absolutely nothing, unless it drives us back to the fundamental questions – where do you come from, where are you going, and who are you?’ “Are you and I prepared to find our bearings afresh?” asked McCaughey, as he urged the 1977 faithful on a new pilgrimage, to engage the world through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the outpouring of his spirit.
40 days Our leaders are marking the occasion with 40 days of prayer up until our historic inauguration date, from Sunday 14 May to Thursday 22 June ending with a prayer for our 40th anniversary since inauguration.
Pray for Refugee Week 2017 This sixth and final week of the 40 Days of Prayer is from Monday 19 June to Thursday 22 June coinciding with Refugee Week. Clicking the image on the left will take you to the Uniting Church in Australia Statement on Asylum Seeker and Refugee Policy. More resources are here including the address from Assembly President, Stuart McMillan.
On Friday morning, 26 May 2017, Canberra Region Presbytery (CRP) members were amongst those participating in the “largest ever National Sorry Day Walk in Canberra”, with hundreds of people walking across Commonwealth Avenue Bridge to mark Sorry Day. The bridge walk was organised by the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service and marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week.
Above we see Co-Chair of CRP, John Williams, walking with members of Queanbeyan Uniting over the bridge. John says: “It was a wonderful occasion with a good sprinkling of UCA folk.” Below you can see the gathering of the large crowd and the Smoking Ceremony which began the walk.
Rt Rev’d Professor Stephen Pickard, Executive Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Does it matter whether Christians are content to exist in division? Does seeking unity mean we have to sacrifice the truth? 500 years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church and it sparked a major controversy that continues today. Can the divisions of the church be healed and does it matter? What would it take? Does God care?
These questions introduce an article “Unity of Christians” by the Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C), Rt Rev’d Professor Stephen Pickard, in the Centre’s latest Bulletin; also referring to the Ecumenical Roundtable to be held at the ACC&C Monday, 29th May 2017 (register by 24th May): Using this 500th year of the Reformation, the theme for the Roundtable is, ‘Luther at 500: Taking the Ecumenical Pulse’. Speakers will come from Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist (NZ), Greek Orthodox and Baptists Churches.We will work towards a greater shared understanding and renewed working together for the sake of the Gospel of God. And as we do we remember the words of St Augustine (4th century), ‘In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity’.
To read the complete article, see below or click here.