PASTORAL STATEMENT Download letter here
Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey
10 November 2017
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus.
The week ahead will be challenging for our community and our church, as the results of the Government’s voluntary postal survey on same gender marriage will be released.
We are in challenging times facing a range of disturbing issues all of which go to our common humanity – our inherent worth to God and to each other.
This affects how we speak and act and, as disciples of Jesus, we are called to reflect upon what the gospel asks of us.
This week we have been meeting together in Sydney and sharing our heart for the Church, the whole people of God.
In 2017, Easter is celebrated on the following dates. (It is a “movable feast” and can occur between 22 March and 25 April.) Easter – 16 April 2016 (Sunday) Good Friday – 14 April Maundy Thursday – 15 April Ash … Continue reading
On Sunday 27 November 2016 – the first Sunday of Advent, the Uniting Church called for us to find a better way for refugees. Congregations were encouraged to write to our political leaders to let them know that “We can do better”. Queanbeyan Uniting Church did just this – they wrote to local member Mike Kelly, with the below collage of photos of congregation members expressing their hope for a better way. WE CAN DO BETTER
It is not too late for other congregations or individuals to get involved. Together, our voices can register a clarion call to find a better and more compassionate way for refugees and people seeking asylum.
If you have any questions or would like more information please contact the Head of Social Justice Forum, Jon O’Brien, on 9407 3225 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pikachu on a beach. Look out, South Coast!
The UCA’s Victorian Synod magazine reports
that numerous Uniting Churches there “have been transformed into Pokémon Gyms”, according to the VIC Moderator, Rev Sharon Hollis.
We are awaiting reports from Canberra and the region.
#1 – Kippax Uniting Church is reported to be a Gym (that has been ‘conquored’ already.)
#2 – Queanbeyan UC is also a ‘gym’.
#3 – Advice if your church becomes a Pokémon Gym.
This was the theme of our recent Presbytery meeting held at Kippax Uniting Church on 14 May 2016 – see the Presbytery Secretary’s report here.
It is also the theme of our magazine Perspective which was distributed to congregations on the same day and is available online here .
To help us move forward together in understanding the practical implications of what it means to be a movement, Perspective is a place to start.
Overview of the stories and articles in the current issue of Perspective:
When God helps us by Presbytery Minister and Presbytery Secretary, Rev Kevin Dilks
p5 – “To be part of a movement is not to have enough resources; not to be clear as to what the future looks like; not to be confident that you have all the answers. To be part of a movement is to live with uncertainty; to hold lightly to things of the past; to trust in signs that are not much more than a cloud in the sky by day and a fire in the sky by night. (Exodus 13:21,22)”