Living at the edge of hope

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 office@cruc.org.au . 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. 

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UCA 40th birthday – this week pray for Refugees

Canberra Region Presbytery "All of this is us" 17 June 2017 UCA 40th birthday.    Images courtesy of Jenny Rowland. Colleen Geyer, General Secretary UCA Assembly Rinda Scott, Canberra City Uniting Geoff Wellington, Presbytery Minister -Congregation Futures Gregor Henderson, Canberra Central Parish Margaret Reeson, Gungahlin Uniting Church Group discussion 1.Reimagining congregations – what might congregations look like into the future  2. Innovation; entrepreneurship; social enterprises  3. interface between service delivery & congregations
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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.

We’re celebrating UCA’s 40th birthday – 17 June

Saturday 17th June at Canberra City Church, 69 Northbourne Ave (parking underneath from Rudd St) 12.30pm for a 1pm start, finishing 4.30pm. All are invited. Download flyer here.

To give some idea of numbers, please let us know if you are coming – email office@cruc.org.au

Special guest, Colleen Geyer, Assembly General Secretary, will set the scene followed by group discussion around the future – reimagining congregations and more.

Enquiries – Geoff Wellington geoff@cruc.org.au 

About the 40th anniversary Logo and stories requested by NSW/ACT Synod …

In 1977, three Australian churches came together as one. The Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational churches have been the Uniting Church in Australia ever since.

The 40th anniversary logo can be viewed as a starburst, fireworks or a dandelion head whose seeds are spread on the wind. The image brings to mind celebration, diversity and all the varied parts of the Uniting Church.

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Resourcing the Movement

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Canberra Region Presbytery met at Weston Creek Uniting Church, Saturday the 18th March, for the first of three meetings this year.

The theme was Resourcing the movement with presentations from Geoff Wellington, Presbytery Minister (Congregation Futures) – see also his blog here – and Briony Griffiths, Church and Community Engagement Officer with Uniting who works in this Presbytery. Both Briony and Geoff can be contacted at the Presbytery Office 02 6248 9311 or see further contact details on this site or in Perspective.

The resources they spoke of are in their articles in the current issue of Perspective available online here and from your Presbytery rep or Minister. 

Click on the arrows to view photos below.

PRESBYTERY MEETING Weston Creek 18 March 2017 THANK YOU Weston Creek Uniting Church Pick up a copy of Presbytery's magazine Exploring Faith Formation website canberraregionpresbytery.com
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Exploring Faith Formation website canberraregionpresbytery.com

Presbytery meeting update August 2016

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God’s Vision: Building God’s Kingdom on Earth Together.

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“Hosts were lovely….nice food!!” – from meeting feedback. Thank you Canberra Korean.

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The August Presbytery meeting was held in Canberra Korean Uniting Church, Reid ACT.IMAG0390

Canberra Region Presbytery is working with Coast and Mountain congregations to assist these congregations with their need to discern what God may be saying about their future ministry leadership. Following the business meeting, the rest of the day was spent exploring four ministry models as part of this long process. We expect to be using this approach in future work with other parts of the Presbytery.

As preparation prior to the Presbytery meeting, Presbytery reps were invited to re-read the Presbytery vision statement, to be reminded of three marks of the movement and to read the Basis of Union  paragraphs 13: Gifts and Ministries -18: The People of God on the Way. (pp 25-29).

Geoff Wellington, Presbytery Minister for Mission and Education, (photographed above with Rev Jang-won Seo) introduced the context and situation of the South and Coast congregations. He then provided, one at a time, a description of the four possible models for discussion; models that may also be useful for other congregations in the Presbytery. The four models are described here.

As a result of the discussion of these models there was a clear indication that we all need to move into the future in cooperative ways. The meeting recognised that changes to the capacities of congregations to pay for full-time ministry leadership makes old models unworkable. Similarly the changing place of the church in our society requires us all to consider different ways of being the church in the different regions of our Presbytery.

Below are more photos, the Presbytery staffing decision and advance notice of the Congregational Expo at our next meeting…

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