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

 

About FACE program mid-2017

Are you ready for a life-changing experience?

About FACE is a Faith And Cultural Exchange program of the Uniting Church in partnership with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC).

The next About FACE will be June 24 – July 8, 2017.  It will involve briefing and preparation, time living in UAICC communities and debriefing the experience. About FACE is open to people 18 years and over. The program aims to create an ‘about face’ in the attitudes and lifestyles of participants and to build relationships and bridges of understanding.

The program celebrates the Covenant relationship between the Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress. The program encourages participants and those supporting them to be actively involved in Covenanting and working together for reconciliation in our Uniting Church and in their wider communities.

About FACE Q&A vimeo: https://vimeo.com/64023584

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Ecumenical Service for Parliament 2017

On Tuesday 7th February 2017 at St Christopher’s Cathedral, Forrest there will be an Ecumenical Service to commemorate the commencement of the Australian Parliament for 2017. The event will commence at 7.30am and conclude at approximately 8.15am.

The Parliamentary Christian Fellowship has issued an invitation to all Churches reminding us that this service is an opportunity to remember our privileges and responsibilities before God and to ask for His blessing on our nation. As with previous services, it is anticipated that lessons will be read by the Governor General, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. The Sermon will be delivered by the Rev David Campbell, Senior Minister of the Presbyterian Church of St Andrew, Forrest.

There will be limited parking available from 7am to 8.30am in the grounds of the Catholic Education Office (Opposite the Cathedral, 52-54 Franklin St). Parking can also be accessed from the public parking available in the Manuka area.

Please rsvp by email sarah.jarvis@aph.gov.au or to Sarah on (08) 8205 1040 to confirm your attendance.

Six Day Leadership Intensive – Sydney

“It is a very important time for leadership development in our church across the whole community.  Please take the time to encourage someone you know to attend the next Leadership Intensive, building hope and capacity to deal with the challenges we face.” Peter and Sue Kaldor

Peter and Sue Kaldor, members of the Uniting Mission and Education (UME) Resourcing Team,  NSW/ACT Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia run leadership workshops, provide coaching and supervision for Uniting Church leaders, and work collaboratively with others to develop Uniting Church capacity for leadership development. They now invite us to:

Change the Way You Lead:  Civic Leadership Course

Autumn 2017: 9-10 March, 30-31 March, 4-5 May

This 6 day leadership course is the result of a creative partnership in 2015 – 2016 between  New River Leadership and the Uniting Church, joined by Uniting and United Voice and some individuals from other organisations to run a pilot 6 day program based on many years of previous experience running such programs. Participant feedback was very positive demonstrating the possibilities of diverse group learning and building trust together.

Course Registration Link

Course Brochure Link (PDF, 1.04MB)        Course Website Link

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