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.
Rt Rev’d Professor Stephen Pickard, Executive Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Does it matter whether Christians are content to exist in division? Does seeking unity mean we have to sacrifice the truth? 500 years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church and it sparked a major controversy that continues today. Can the divisions of the church be healed and does it matter? What would it take? Does God care?
These questions introduce an article “Unity of Christians” by the Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C), Rt Rev’d Professor Stephen Pickard, in the Centre’s latest Bulletin; also referring to the Ecumenical Roundtable to be held at the ACC&C Monday, 29th May 2017 (register by 24th May): Using this 500th year of the Reformation, the theme for the Roundtable is, ‘Luther at 500: Taking the Ecumenical Pulse’. Speakers will come from Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist (NZ), Greek Orthodox and Baptists Churches.We will work towards a greater shared understanding and renewed working together for the sake of the Gospel of God. And as we do we remember the words of St Augustine (4th century), ‘In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity’.
To read the complete article, see below or click here.
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)
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
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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