First thank you Tuggeranong Uniting Church for your hospitality, providing us with the alternative venue we needed at the last minute. We are very grateful.
Chaplains’ Presentations: Thank you Rev Robyn Kidd, (Squadron Leader) Defence; Rev Andrew Mead, Hospital Chaplain – Uniting; Heather Potter Aged Care – Uniting, and Rev Jean Shannon – Uniting’s Head of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Practice, for your presentations and insights into the work of Chaplaincy. Jean gave an overview of Chaplaincy and Andrew, Heather and Robyn introduced us to their areas of ministry. The feedback from the meeting was resoundingly appreciative – I found the Chaplaincy segments thought provoking and valuable – puts a personal face to make Chaplaincy real! said one participant.
Assembly Reflections: Karyl Davidson and Andrew Johnson brought their reflections on participation in the recent Assembly. Geoff Wellington presented a report on the major decisions of Assembly.
UCA Marriage decision resources In response to questions asked at the presbytery meeting about resources for congregations to use in conversation with other ecumenical partners, Geoff Wellington, Presbytery Minister – Congregation Futures, says:
While the resources I have access to at present are framed in the context of the Uniting Church they also reflect the diversity of the UCA and other churches’ views. The underlying issues about how together we talk about the same gender marriage decision of the Assembly are very similar and I’m sure most ministers and key lay leaders could easily adapt what is currently available to a conversation with other denominations and community groups. Here are a few links that could be helpful to people:
Thank you Merimbula Uniting Church for hosting our Presbytery meeting!
Praying for Rev Dr Stephen Robinson, Coordinator: NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network who shared with us the work of the Network and the role of the UCA in disasters across the state and territory.
Rev David Russell reminds us that the next meeting will be in MERIMBULA 26 May. See you there!
Presbytery members came from all over the region – some braving roadworks that closed access roads into Canberra – to gather at North Belconnen Uniting Church who graciously hosted our first Presbytery meeting of the year. Thank you North Belconnen for your welcome and hospitality.
As well as the business part of the meeting which Congregations’ Presbytery reps can fill you in on, there was information about some of NSW and ACT Synod’s projects which will involve us all:
Alex Pringle (left) - his service to the Presbytery as Treasurer for the last 5 years is acknowledged with great appreciation
The meeting was held at the beautiful Greenhills Camp and Conference Centre. Thank you to the staff of Greenhills for your generous hospitality.
Our theme for the meeting was “Discerning the movement” and table groups were asked to apply a rational, emotional and spiritual process of discernment – listening for the ‘still small voice’ in their response to each of four reports they had received and been encouraged to read prior to the meeting. The song, “Be still and know that I am God”, played in the background.
Discernment resources are available from:
- The Faith Formation site here.
- makingchurchdecisions.com – a website that Rev Terence Corkin and a colleague have put together with a fresh post each week. Terence served 15 years as the General Secretary of the UCA Assembly and was responsible for running many large national meetings for the Uniting Church using its consensus based approach to decision making.
In our magazine, Perspective, which all congregations should have – a copy for each member – are … reports, glimpses of Presbytery featuring Reid/Canberra Korean, South Woden and O’Connor Churches, an article on the Adelaide Worship Conference plus feedback from some of our people who were members of Synod 2017 together with a summary of decisions and outcomes.
Copies of Ranjini Wickramaratne-Rebera’s book of bible studies, The Ordinary Times of Life, offers reflections for individual and group study – view here or contact the Presbytery office for copies email@example.com – DONATIONS to help cover costs would be appreciated. A few copies have been given to each congregation.
Presbytery gathering 15 July 2017 – a brief overview
Theme: Resourcing the movement
Guest Speaker: Rev Jane Fry, Acting General Secretary of Synod NSW.ACT
Presentation: The Pathways Project
- Jane spoke about the 40 year milestone reached since the formation of the Uniting Church and how we need to look ahead to the next 40 years. She spoke of the church living at the edge of hope. She asked how often does our managing the business get in the way of telling the gospel story.
- As a means of focusing on mission, Synod has been developing the Pathways Project to empower mission in its congregations and presbyteries. The focus is on congregations sharing their stories from which we can celebrate and build upon our strengths.
- This project and its sub-project Stepping Stones is being piloted in two NSW presbyteries. To learn more please go to the Pathways link https://nswact.uca.org.au/the-pathways-project where questions are answered and there are helpful links to help us reflect on where we have come from and who we are called to be.
- Pathways Consultation Process – four questions were asked of those at this Presbytery meeting and the responses will be shared via email with all Presbytery members.
Perspective – sharing stories While on the subject of congregations sharing stories, this Presbytery would welcome such stories in its next issues of Perspective for encouragement and to help us build on our strengths as the Pathways project link explains. Provide a paragraph or two with photo/s for the page: Glimpses of Presbytery. Or tell us a longer story – no more than 300 to 600 words – plus photos, high-resolution if possible. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org . The current Perspective is available in your church foyers or can be downloaded here and will give you more on the theme, “resourcing the movement”.
See a photo gallery and find out about other presentations at the Presbytery gathering.