Chaplain Robyn Kidd on ABC’s Compass

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)

 

Moderator’s Easter message

The Moderator’s Easter Message 2017 from UCA Synod of NSW & ACT on Vimeo.

This Easter the Moderator, Rev. Myung Hwa Park, has a “living hope” that the Uniting Church is “a courageous voice, unafraid of the barriers, cultures, race limits, even the traditions. As Christians, people have been called to be the agents of reconciliation.”

For a transcript of the Moderator’s message, go to https://www.insights.uca.org.au/features/moderator/a-living-hope-this-easter

About FACE program mid-2017

Are you ready for a life-changing experience?

About FACE is a Faith And Cultural Exchange program of the Uniting Church in partnership with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC).

The next About FACE will be June 24 – July 8, 2017.  It will involve briefing and preparation, time living in UAICC communities and debriefing the experience. About FACE is open to people 18 years and over. The program aims to create an ‘about face’ in the attitudes and lifestyles of participants and to build relationships and bridges of understanding.

The program celebrates the Covenant relationship between the Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress. The program encourages participants and those supporting them to be actively involved in Covenanting and working together for reconciliation in our Uniting Church and in their wider communities.

About FACE Q&A vimeo: https://vimeo.com/64023584

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Statement re Daily Telegraph coverage

weekly-insightsLinks to the following statement and a statement from Synod Moderator Rev Myung-Hwa Park are in this week’s “Weekly Insights”, the newsletter of the NSW and ACT Synod.

Statement re Daily Telegraph coverage 2 Dec 2016 from Uniting Church Assembly President, Stuart McMillan.

Today’s [2 Dec 2016] Daily Telegraph has run a series of inaccurate and vexatious news items about the Uniting Church and our Uniting community services agency in NSW and the ACT. The accusation on the front page of the newspaper that the Church is removing Christ and religious symbols is totally incorrect.

telegraphThe explicit Christian commitment to people in the care of Uniting Church agencies remains the same as it has for the last 40 years. Our Church, since its beginning, has borne witness to a unity of faith and life in Christ which transcends cultural and economic, national and racial boundaries. The work of our agencies is a crucial expression of our continuing faith and mission. The Uniting agency in NSW and the ACT states clearly on its website “Christ invites us to serve humanity by creating an inclusive, connected and just world.” Continue reading