Pokémon GO and Uniting Churches

Pikachu on a beach. Look out, South Coast!

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.

More marks of the movement

Perspective cover may16This 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)”

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Did You Know… (Valentine’s Day edition)

Valentine’s Day as it is observed today is quite different from the person(s) and story(ies) of former years.

Saint Valentine baptizing Saint Lucilla, by Jacopo Bassano

The day was the feast day of Saint Valentine (Valentinus), a Roman-era priest/bishop who challenged the officials and indeed the Caesar/Emperor of his day (Claudius Gothicus aka Claudius II) . When he challenged Claudius to adopt Christianity, Claudius caused Valentinus to be beheaded, on 14 February.

So, the day is not about roses, or chocolate. The day is more about honouring martyrs, people willing to “speak truth to power” and take the consequences.