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

Faith Formation in Canberra Region Presbytery

crpNEW! Trial Blog and Website: canberraregionpresbytery.com
(a permanent link is in the right hand column of this website)

Geoff Wellington, Presbytery Minister (Mission and Education), has set up a trial blog and website on Faith Formation across the Canberra Region Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Australia.

Geoff says on the blog page: “It is hoped that this can be a starting point for resources that will assist all people to explore faith and follow the example of Jesus in their everyday lives. There is a lot of demands on our time so exploring faith is not always easy.  There are many ways beyond attendance at worship on a Sunday morning (although this is a good thing to do) to grow faith and tap into your spiritual life. Check out some of the resources that have already been posted, particularly the Reimagine Faith Formation website, which has a load of ideas to explore.”

You are also encouraged to visit our Facebook page which Geoff keeps up to date with resources on offer.

Pokémon GO and Uniting Churches

Pikachu on a beach. Look out, South Coast!

Pikachu on a beach. Look out, South Coast!

The UCA’s Victorian Synod magazine reports that numerous Uniting Churches there “have been transformed into Pokémon Gyms”, according to the VIC Moderator, Rev Sharon Hollis.

We are awaiting reports from Canberra and the region.

UPDATES:
#1 – Kippax Uniting Church is reported to be a Gym (that has been ‘conquored’ already.)
#2 – Queanbeyan UC is also a ‘gym’.
#3 – Advice if your church becomes a Pokémon Gym.