Resources from Doug and Isabel Hewitt, Synod Faith & Unity Committee
Throughout this letter and a further letter below, are resources available for this year’s celebration of the Week of Prayer of Christian Unity, observed in the week leading to Pentecost Sunday. The dates are 28th May to 4th June and the theme is RECONCILIATION, with the text from 2 Corinthians 5: “The love of Christ compels us ….”
This year the dates coincide with the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation, during which Christians focus on the challenge of reconciling with the nation’s First Peoples. More about that theme further on in this posting.
Provided here is a liturgy for ecumenical worship during that week. Other resources include a poster, reflections for each of the eight days which are valuable for private or group use, and sermon notes on the scripture passages chosen for the worship. The latter two attachments are related to an ecumenical project of the churches in the Newcastle and Central Coast region on NSW, initiated by the Ecumenical Social Justice Network of Anglican, Catholic and Uniting Churches. Here also is a resource for those organising.
Week of Prayer for Reconciliation – Standing together with the First Peoples of Australia
Jessica Morthorpe is a new Uniting Earth Ministry Consultant, sharing the role with Rev. Dr. Jason John. Together, and as part of the Uniting Mission and Education Resource Team, they will be working to resource the Uniting Church in NSW/ACT to do mission for the reconciliation and renewal of the whole creation!
Although born in NSW, Jessica grew up in Victoria, and has recently moved back east from Perth, WA, She is keen to build a picture of what is happening in NSW/ACT churches for the environment as quickly as possible, so please help her out by filling out the Five Leaf Eco-Awards survey or sending her an email anytime.
Also, I would like to remind you of/introduce you to some resources for your church’s eco-journey this year:
“WIDE AND DEEP – Liturgies for Thriving and Emerging Churches” is available from Mediacom Education Inc. “WIDE AND DEEP” is a collection of prayers, litanies, liturgies and poems that include Welcome to Country; Gatherings for multi-cultural situations; Celebrations of membership and Covenanting together in community. Download a sample of her book here.
Amelia Koh-Butler is currently the Executive Officer, Mission Resourcing – Uniting Church SA.
First Sunday of Lent – Day of Prayer and Fasting for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
On Sunday 5 March leaders of churches throughout Australia invite all people to join in prayer for refugees and asylum seekers. Not only are we invited to pray, but also to fast – to stand before God, empty, placing our trust in God, ready to receive God’s blessings. In fasting we join in one simple way with those who have fled their homes and seek safety for themselves and their families. The National Council of Churches Australia has put together resources to assist with reflection, prayer, reading and study. These documents represent a collection of some of the resources that have been gathered from Churches.
Are you ready for a life-changing experience?
About FACE is a Faith And Cultural Exchange program of the Uniting Church in partnership with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC).
The next About FACE will be June 24 – July 8, 2017. It will involve briefing and preparation, time living in UAICC communities and debriefing the experience. About FACE is open to people 18 years and over. The program aims to create an ‘about face’ in the attitudes and lifestyles of participants and to build relationships and bridges of understanding.
The program celebrates the Covenant relationship between the Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress. The program encourages participants and those supporting them to be actively involved in Covenanting and working together for reconciliation in our Uniting Church and in their wider communities.
About FACE Q&A vimeo: https://vimeo.com/64023584