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.
Sunday 21st May is the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine.
UnitingWorld invite congregations to use this resource – download here, which includes a liturgy and prayer for South Sudan, as we join with the World Council of Churches (WCC), the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and a range of faith-based partners in response to the hunger crisis.
The liturgy and prayer for South Sudan is to assist UCA members to share their prayers for the people of South Sudan, and South Sudanese members of the Uniting Church in Australia, as their homeland, families and friends are threatened by escalating violence.
UCA Pastor Moses Leth of the Nuer UC Faith Community in Brisbane (below) asks for prayer from the wider UCA:
First Sunday of Lent – Day of Prayer and Fasting for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
On Sunday 5 March leaders of churches throughout Australia invite all people to join in prayer for refugees and asylum seekers. Not only are we invited to pray, but also to fast – to stand before God, empty, placing our trust in God, ready to receive God’s blessings. In fasting we join in one simple way with those who have fled their homes and seek safety for themselves and their families. The National Council of Churches Australia has put together resources to assist with reflection, prayer, reading and study. These documents represent a collection of some of the resources that have been gathered from Churches.
From Canberra Region Presbytery Chairperson, Vanessa Crimmins
Late last year the Catholic Women’s Commission contacted the Presbytery to ask if we would be interested in doing something about family violence. We, along with the Anglicans, were invited to meet together to discuss what could be done. At the first meeting, I asked Ranjini Wickramaratne-Rebera from Gungahlin Uniting Church and Community Centre and Delia Quigley from Tuggeranong Uniting to attend with me.
The result of that initial meeting is the booklet, For Such a Time As This. It is this Presbytery’s contribution to An Ecumenical Response to Domestic Violence, “For Such a Time As This,” which is being held by the Catholic Commission of Women, on 18 June, 9.30am to 4pm (BYO lunch) at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Barton – more information on this event follows the description of the booklet and its call to prayer below. See also here. Download flyer
In this Christmas season, some people approach Christmas in grief or without a loved one, or, in a word — blue.
Join us at Kippax Uniting Church on Wednesday 9th December 2015 at 8pm for a special time, led by Hannah Dungan, Congregational Development Minister.
Hannah Dungan (left)
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