Word and Spirit Reviewed

Derek Watson from Snowy Mountains Church in Jindabyne reviews Word and Spirit, a new book by Will Donaldson, published by The Bible Reading Fellowship.

Word and Spirit: The Vital Partnership in Christian Leadership, takes a good look at the occasional controversy between what may be termed the Evangelical Church’s disdain for the Charismatic Movement, and vice versa.

Donaldson traces the growth of the church from the earliest days to the present, and makes a convincing case that the preaching of the Word and the work of the Spirit have in the best of times, always been in accord with each other– how could it be otherwise when the Spirit both informed the Word, and interprets it.

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Give Hope – Uniting for Asylum Seekers

The Uniting Church in Australia Synod of New South Wales and the ACT, UnitingCare NSW.ACT and UnitingJustice have together launched the “Give Hope Campaign”, focusing on uniting for asylum seekers. There is a strong and proud history within the Uniting Church and its agencies of working for justice and resisting injustice, knowing that as we welcome the stranger we are responding to the image of God in every person. The campaign has included services of lament at Pitt St Uniting Church, Sydney, and at the Centre for Christianity and Culture in Canberra. Below is a video of Charissa Suli singing “Were you there when the boats were turned away?Were you there when those lives were lost at sea? Were you there when the nation turned its face?” to the tune of Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

Give Hope Uniting for Asylum Seekers

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Fresh Words and Deeds in 2014

Andrew Dutney, President of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly, is hosting a conference in three locations in 2014 aimed at people serving in ministry with the Uniting Church. The conference will be in Charleville (30 June-4 July), Sydney (21-25 July) and Jerusalem (22-26 September). The purpose of the conference is to bring together Ministers from across all the Synods to share their expertise and experiences with each other, to offer and be offered resources that make a positive difference to the practice of ministry, and to be refreshed in their vocation as ministers of the Gospel. The core program of the conference (4 sessions) is devoted to this purpose and is repeated in each location. In addition, the conference takes on a special focus suggested by the setting in which it is repeated (4 sessions plus an exposure visit). In addition, significant periods of free time are included in the program for personal rest, recreation and refreshment.

Fresh Words and Deeds

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Exploring the Old Testament in the Riverina

Riverina Presbytery is hosting “Exploring the Old Testament”, a two-weekend workshop being held at Narrandera Uniting Church in the Riverina over two weekends: October 25-27 and November 8 – 10, 2013. The weekend will be led by Jione Havea (Lecturer in Biblical Studies: Hebrew Bible / Old Testament at Uniting Theological College), Lindsay Cullen (Resourcing Team Leader at Uniting Mission and Education) and Darren Wright (Riverina Presbytery Education & Discipleship Worker). The registration form can be downloaded here: OT Course Brochure.

Exploring The Old Testament

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ACT Church Leaders call for justice and compassion for Asylum Seekers

Leaders from the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, the Uniting Church in Australia Canberra Region Presbytery and Canberra Baptist Church have spoken out together on their concern about the current government policy on the processing of asylum seekers who arrive by boat. Read on for the press release, issued on 4 September, 2013.

Syria refugees Trocaire

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