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.
Saturday 17th June at Canberra City Church, 69 Northbourne Ave (parking underneath from Rudd St) 12.30pm for a 1pm start, finishing 4.30pm. All are invited. Download flyer here.
To give some idea of numbers, please let us know if you are coming – email email@example.com
Special guest, Colleen Geyer, Assembly General Secretary, will set the scene followed by group discussion around the future – reimagining congregations and more.
Enquiries – Geoff Wellington firstname.lastname@example.org
About the 40th anniversary Logo and stories requested by NSW/ACT Synod …
In 1977, three Australian churches came together as one. The Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational churches have been the Uniting Church in Australia ever since.
The 40th anniversary logo can be viewed as a starburst, fireworks or a dandelion head whose seeds are spread on the wind. The image brings to mind celebration, diversity and all the varied parts of the Uniting Church.
Jindabyne celebrated the 50th anniversary of St Andrews Uniting Church on the weekend of 7th-8th May 2016. Vanessa Crimmins, Presbytery Chairperson and Geoff Wellington, Presbytery Minister (Mission & Education) represented the Presbytery.
Greta Jones of the Anniversary Committee writes: “What a great Weekend we’ve had, I just hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as myself. Vanessa, thank you so much for being with us Saturday. Geoff, thank you for your participation in Worship on Sunday a perfect finish to a wonderful Weekend. Blessings to all who attended and also those who were unable to attend.”
Thank you to Kerry Beer for her photos above and below which include part of the display of historical items in the hall and the cutting of the cake, celebrating “50 glorious years”.
UCA President Rev Professor Andrew Dutney (musician and songwriter)
is the anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia, that was formed on 22 June 1977.
Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney, President of the Uniting Church in Australia, here reflects on the anniversary and the lead-up to the 14th Triennial Assembly “Hearts on Fire” to be held in Perth WA from 12-18 July 2015.
Address by the President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney (click to view, of see here)
Hearts on Fire
Remember Greenhills out at the Cotter?
This is an Open Invitation to join in the 50th Anniversary Celebrations on Saturday 28 March 2015 commencing at 10:30am. Download invitation here.
All are welcome!
The celebrations will commence at 10:30am, followed by lunch and afternoon tea with special guest speakers and other events held throughout the day.
To assist with arrangements please RSVP by 6 March 2015 and please keep visiting the website, www.greenhillscentre.com, for updates and attendance information or contact the office – details below. Accommodation at Greenhills is also available. Contact the office to make a reservation.
CONTACT DETAILS: E bookings[at]greenhillscentre.com P 02 6288 1074 F 02 6288 0415.