Moderator’s pastoral message on Assembly marriage decision

John Williams and Vanessa Crimmins as Co-Chairs of Canberra Region Presbytery write:

Good morning Presbytery Colleagues

A pastoral message from the Moderator regarding the 15th Assembly’s marriage decision announcement can be read below or, along with a copy of the Assembly’s media release, can be downloaded here.

Moderator’s PASTORAL MESSAGE – 15th Assembly
180713 Uniting Church MEDIA RELEASE – Freedom to decide on marriage

As you all process or continue to reflect, meditate and pray on the decisions we have made as the Uniting Church with regard to Same Sex Marriage, know you are very much in our prayers for wisdom, grace and love. I am confident that with much prayer, listening and love, blessings not imagined will come.

Warmly Yours
John and Vanessa
Co-Chairs, Canberra Region Presbytery

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Homeless Connect and Canberra Early Morning Centre

Homeless Connect Canberra is a winter event based on a one-stop-shop model of service provision to homeless people.  On August 8  at 11am- 3pm,  private, public and community sector organisations will come together to provide free services and products to Canberrans experiencing homelessness. More importantly this event aims to connect people with services to help them access housing. VOLUNTEER: Contact: Early Morning Centre Team emc@canberracityuca.org.au 6247 5041. DONATE Contact: Northside Community service: Events@northside.asn.au Ph 6171 8000

Where will this event be held? Pilgrim House, 69 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City.

Pilgrim House is home of Canberra City Uniting Church’s Early Morning Centre which provides breakfast, support and referral every day of the year for people experiencing homelessness. How you can contribute items to the Early Morning Centre (EMC). Please note delivery points:

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Faith-based working group on refugees

The Presbytery Social Justice Group is looking for representation on this working group.

Churches and other religious organisations are playing an increasingly prominent part in Palm Sunday rallies and other public events in Canberra organised by the Refugee Action Committee (RAC) which call for a fair and humane treatment of refugees in Australia.

Several Uniting Church congregations participate in these rallies etc but currently there is no Uniting Church representative on RAC’s faith-based group (one of a number of working groups which contribute to RAC policy and activities). The faith-based working group links RAC and faith organisations and is an example of ecumenism in operation. Uniting Church representation would be desirable.  The working group meets of a week night once a month.

If you are interested in belonging to the faith-based working group or would like to know more, please contact Evan Mann, Convenor of the Presbytery Social Justice Group, at evan.mann@netspeed.com.au

Stamp Committee Grants – 2018

A message from the Uniting Church in Australia Synod of NSW and ACT Stamp Committee

The Stamp Committee is requesting applications for grants from congregations in NSW and the ACT for 2018 for specific outreach/community projects to a maximum of $1000 by August 30, 2018.

CRITERIA: All projects are to involve volunteers from the congregation.

Preference is given to projects already up and running and only to “seed projects” if research indicates there is a strong certainty that the project will proceed. Funds may be used for the purchase of equipment, consumables etc. Funds are not provided for building works, day to day operational costs eg electricity, staff costs.

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