Murray Darling Basin – 2 tours and a forum

The Uniting Church has a vision to be a transforming presence for the reconciliation and renewal of Creation in the Murray Darling Basin.murray_darling_forum

Over the next couple of months Canberra Region Presbytery, in association with Riverina Presbytery and the Synod Murray Darling Basin (MDB) Group, are going to give special emphasis to the future of the Murray Darling Basin.

1. Two bus tours to experience and explore the Basin are being offered.

    • 1-5 Sep: St Margaret’s Uniting Church Travel Club are organising a relaxed and comfortable tour of five days (download brochure here and download registration form here) Register by 31 July.
    • 31 Aug-7 Sep: A more active eight days mini-bus tour is also being offered (download brochure here) Registrations are not open yet but will be opening soon – online at

2. To set the scene, Presbytery is also hosting a Forum on the Murray Darling Basin 2.00-4.00 pm Saturday 19 July at Canberra City Church (download flyer here).  It will be an interesting and informative afternoon for anyone, not just those contemplating the tours. For info on the forum email Rev Ivan Roberts: minister[at]

Duncan Macleod and the San Fransisco air crash

Rev. Duncan Macleod
The Presbytery’s own Rev. Duncan Macleod flew into San Fransisco just minutes before the Asiana 777 air crash on Saturday 6 July 2013. (These two facts are probably un-related!)

Duncan was not in a position to see the crash. However, Duncan has reported that the airport was in a confused state for several hours.

The story will slowly evolve. See his blog post at, Landing in San Francisco.

Spirit Journeys 2013

Ian Robinson, a consultant and university chaplain in Perth, has worked with a team to run “Spirit Journeys“, annual spiritual pilgrimages into the interior of Australia. This year’s Spirit Journeys are being held June 24 to July 7 (Centre and Edge), and July 8 – 17 (Ooldea and Bomb Roads). Ian tells us: “Spirit Journeys this year will be really fantastic experiences. Not a small time of stillness and retreat this year but an exposure to great tracks and interior deserts. Each one is 3000 km and ten days. Firstly, from Perth to the Alice through devious routes, the great desert oak forest and Uluru. Then a southward journey past the hot springs at Dalhousie, Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy and the ‘Bomb Roads’ in the Great Victoria Desert to finish at the Ooldea spring and down to Nullarbor. These are great journeys but they are still a retreat of a journeying kind.”

SpiritJourneys 2013

InSolidarity 2013

International Exposure visits to Partner Churches

Interested in combining your love of travel with supporting people from the UCA’s partner churches overseas?

Looking for a short-term overseas ‘experience’ where you actually engage with local people? Considering volunteering overseas in the future but not sure where or what it might involve?

InSolidarity teams of 10-12 people are part of the Experience Programs of UnitingWorld, offering an introductory opportunity to people who would like to engage with and learn from our international partners, but who aren’t able to volunteer for a longer period at this stage.

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“Mercy Ships” – West African medical miracles

Africa Mercy

Africa Mercy

Mercy Ships Australia is a charity registered in Australia and governed by the Australian Board. The Australian Office, based in Caloundra, QLD, is part of a global network of offices whose mission is to promote the work of Mercy Ships through fundraising, volunteer recruitment and the procurement of materials and services.

Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR)

In 2005 Mercy Ships Australia was granted Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status by the Australian Government. This allows donations over $2.00 to the Relief Fund to be tax-deductible.

Over to you.