Faith-based working group on refugees

The Presbytery Social Justice Group is looking for representation on this working group.

Churches and other religious organisations are playing an increasingly prominent part in Palm Sunday rallies and other public events in Canberra organised by the Refugee Action Committee (RAC) which call for a fair and humane treatment of refugees in Australia.

Several Uniting Church congregations participate in these rallies etc but currently there is no Uniting Church representative on RAC’s faith-based group (one of a number of working groups which contribute to RAC policy and activities). The faith-based working group links RAC and faith organisations and is an example of ecumenism in operation. Uniting Church representation would be desirable.  The working group meets of a week night once a month.

If you are interested in belonging to the faith-based working group or would like to know more, please contact Evan Mann, Convenor of the Presbytery Social Justice Group, at evan.mann@netspeed.com.au

UCA 40th birthday – this week pray for Refugees

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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.

Prayer and fasting for refugees – 5 March

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.

Day of Prayer and Fasting for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Resources
Day of Prayer and Fasting for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Individual and Group Reflection
Day of Prayer and Fasting for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Parish and Congregation Worship