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.
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.
Above: Uniting Church Chaplain, Rev Robyn Kidd, appearing on ABC’s Compass program,’Modern Prophets – Defence Chaplains’, 22 April 2017. Robyn has just returned from Qatar.
View the Compass program here – abc.net.au/compass/s4647227.htm – summarised as follows: “In this ANZAC special [presenter] Geraldine Doogue talks to two Defence Chaplains who have seen active service providing support to military personnel. Air Force Chaplain, Squadron Leader Robyn Kidd served in the Middle East, and former infantry officer Reverend Rob Sutherland served in Afghanistan three times and in East Timor and Papua New Guinea. Their personal experience offering comfort to the “best of our young men and women” provides revealing insights into the complexities facing military personnel at home and on deployment.” (Summary from abc.net.au/compass/s4647227.htm)
From NSW/ACT Synod’s Weekly Insights – view here
The Moderator, Rev. Myung Hwa Park encourages us to pray and support the disaster affected areas, specifically the communities and individuals who have been affected by the flooding.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the communities of northern NSW and south-east Queensland. We also pray for those who are tirelessly assisting in recovery and emergency relief efforts,” says Rev. Park.
What you can do
- Pray for the protection and safety of those communities and individuals involved in the floods
- Pray for volunteers and emergency services personnel who are involved in assisting those in distress
- Pray for Disaster Chaplains offering assistance to stressed and grieving individuals
Donate to the Moderator’s Appeal
Please note that as from 12 April the Moderator’s Appeal portal is temporarily down. The Assembly’s National Disaster Relief Fund mentioned below remains open https://assembly.uca.org.au/national-disaster-relief-fund/ Donations of $2 and over are tax-deductible.
Donate to the Moderator’s Appeal by visiting our donation page and selecting “Moderator’s Appeal” in the “I am donating to” section (temporarily down – please go to Assembly’s National Disaster Relief Fund instead).
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