We need to talk

Same Gender Marriage Forums On 23rd May a number of people from this Presbytery attended the Same Gender Marriage Forum held at Wesley Uniting Church in Canberra, one of many the Moderator, Rev Simon Hansford, has been holding to discuss the Same Gender Marriage proposal ahead of the Assembly decision in July.

Two questions  guide the conversations: How will we bear witness to Jesus Christ, within our community, as we have this conversation? How will we find a way forward, together, with Christ?

In Synod’s magazine Insights Simon says:

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Saltbush gathering in Tamworth invitation

Please register online at Eventbrite: Saltbush Scattered Community Gathering.
Or click here.

Rev Simon Hansford, Moderator (standing) and Rev Mark Faulkner, Director of Rural and Remote Ministry Initiatives, at the Uniting the Scattered Community Day in Dubbo earlier this year.

The Moderator, Associate Secretary, Acting Executive Director of Uniting Mission and Education and Director of Rural and Remote Ministry Initiatives are inviting Presbytery Chairpersons and Ministers from our rural and coastal Presbyteries to a Scattered Community Gathering. Saltbush is committed to actively working across a broad church and has also invited representatives from other bodies and urban Presbyteries.

Friday 14th. September 5-8.30pm
Saturday 15th. September 9am-12.
at Tamworth Southside Uniting Church, 440 Goonoo Goonoo Rd, Hillvue NSW 2340

This gathering will be a positive, practical opportunity for the following:

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Gospel Yarning – FREE Public Events

Sydney 16-18 May
(from Uniting Mission and Education –
Rev Dr Ian Robinson, Alan Walker Lecturer in Evangelism, Mission & Leadership)

So you want people to know the joy of Jesus? Not sure what to do anymore?

The lights are going on in the Uniting Church as we rediscover our good news and how to share it afresh. Over three consecutive evening sessions, we’ll explore how the Uniting Church can learn to be a servant of the Gospel in changing contexts.

Each night promises to be an engaging and insightful time.

Venue for all three evenings: Chapel of St Andrew Uniting Church Centre for Ministry 16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017

Resources from Doug and Isabel Hewitt, Synod Faith & Unity Committee

Throughout this letter and a further letter below, are resources available for this year’s celebration of the Week of Prayer of Christian Unity, observed in the week leading to Pentecost Sunday.  The dates are 28th May to 4th June and the theme is RECONCILIATION, with the text from 2 Corinthians 5: “The love of Christ compels us ….”

This year the dates coincide with the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation, during which Christians focus on the challenge of reconciling with the nation’s First Peoples. More about that theme further on in this posting.

Provided here is  a liturgy for ecumenical worship during that week. Other resources include a poster, reflections for each of the eight days which are valuable for private or group use, and sermon notes on the scripture passages chosen for the worship. The latter two attachments are related to an ecumenical project of the churches in the Newcastle and Central Coast region on NSW, initiated by the Ecumenical Social Justice Network of Anglican, Catholic and Uniting Churches. Here also is a resource for those organising.


Week of Prayer for Reconciliation – Standing together with the First Peoples of Australia

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Walking on Bundjalung Country

bundjalung-countryBundjalung members of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC),
invite you to visit them on country in the beautiful northern rivers region of NSW in March next year on a specially arranged tour for Uniting Church members. The tour is from Saturday 25 March to Saturday 1 April 2017.

Learn first-hand from Congress members about their culture, heritage, spirituality and challenges. The tour group will visit former mission sites and show what life was like, as well as share in fellowship with Congress ministry centres across the region, meet with
the local Land Council and visit the Kinchela Boys Home at Kempsey and learn about its traumatic past.

Download the brochure here. Download here a flyer which can be printed and folded as a brochure hand-out to invite others along as we ‘walk on Bundjalung country.’

The cost is $600 per person for twin/double registrations received by 31/12/16. for more information and to register, go to https://ucansw.goregister.com.au/uaicctrip2017. Email inquiries: uaicctrip2017@ucansw.goregister.com.au

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