Living at the edge of hope

Presbytery gathering 15 July 2017 – a brief overview 

Theme: Resourcing the movement

Guest Speaker: Rev Jane Fry, Acting General Secretary of Synod NSW.ACT

Presentation: The Pathways Project 

    • Jane spoke about the 40 year milestone reached since the formation of the Uniting Church and how we need to look ahead to the next 40 years. She spoke of the church living at the edge of hope. She asked how often does our managing the business get in the way of telling the gospel story.
    • As a means of focusing on mission, Synod has been developing the Pathways Project to empower mission in its congregations and presbyteries. The focus is on congregations sharing their stories from which we can celebrate and build upon our strengths. 
    • This project and its sub-project Stepping Stones is being piloted in two NSW presbyteries. To learn more please go to the Pathways link https://nswact.uca.org.au/the-pathways-project where questions are answered and there are helpful links to help us reflect on where we have come from and who we are called to be. 
    • Pathways Consultation Process – four questions were asked of those at this Presbytery meeting and the responses will be shared via email with all Presbytery members.

Perspective – sharing stories  While on the subject of congregations sharing stories, this Presbytery would welcome such stories in its next issues of Perspective for encouragement and to help us build on our strengths as the Pathways project link explains. Provide a paragraph or two with photo/s for the page: Glimpses of Presbytery. Or tell us a longer story – no more than 300 to 600 words – plus photos, high-resolution if possible. Email to office@cruc.org.au . The current Perspective is available in your church foyers or can be downloaded here and will give you more on the theme, “resourcing the movement”.

See a photo gallery and find out about other presentations at the Presbytery gathering. 

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Books by Margaret Reeson to benefit UnitingWorld

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 2017The 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.

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Recognition of first nations

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.

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UCA 40th birthday – this week pray for Refugees

Canberra Region Presbytery "All of this is us" 17 June 2017 UCA 40th birthday.    Images courtesy of Jenny Rowland. Colleen Geyer, General Secretary UCA Assembly Rinda Scott, Canberra City Uniting Geoff Wellington, Presbytery Minister -Congregation Futures Gregor Henderson, Canberra Central Parish Margaret Reeson, Gungahlin Uniting Church Group discussion 1.Reimagining congregations – what might congregations look like into the future  2. Innovation; entrepreneurship; social enterprises  3. interface between service delivery & congregations
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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.

Participating in Canberra’s National Sorry Day Walk

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.

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