Stamp Committee Grants – 2018

A message from the Uniting Church in Australia Synod of NSW and ACT Stamp Committee

The Stamp Committee is requesting applications for grants from congregations in NSW and the ACT for 2018 for specific outreach/community projects to a maximum of $1000 by August 30, 2018.

CRITERIA: All projects are to involve volunteers from the congregation.

Preference is given to projects already up and running and only to “seed projects” if research indicates there is a strong certainty that the project will proceed. Funds may be used for the purchase of equipment, consumables etc. Funds are not provided for building works, day to day operational costs eg electricity, staff costs.

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An evening with Dr Manuel Cardoso

Drug reform is about how you treat people
On 5th June, to a packed crowd Dr Manuel Cardoso shared his insights on why the decriminalisation of drugs was fundamentally not only the right thing to do, but also in a society’s best interest.

Dr Cardoso has been a policy leader on drugs and addiction since 1998 and was one of the key people behind decriminalising drug use in Portugal. He is now the Deputy-Director of the Portuguese General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies.

Over 700 people attended, with a further 3,000 turning out to watch the live online Facebook broadcast.

Host for the evening Will Tregoning from Unharm, said the Australian drug reform movement was a “call to restructure our society on the basis of love”.

After acknowledging the traditional owners of the land, Rev. Ken Day welcomed everyone to St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Sydney, inviting everyone to “feel at home and relax”.

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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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UnitingWorld – Connecting communities for life!

Here at UnitingWorld we believe that life is richer, fuller and more truly human when we reach beyond ourselves and work together with our global neighbours.  Right now, we’re running our End of Year Tax Appeal and thanks to our partnership with the Australian Government, tax-time donations can go up to six times further in ending poverty.
For every $5 we receive in Australian Aid funding, we first need to raise $1.
Arrange a speaker at your church: If you would like to learn more about the hard-working communities we support in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, India, West Timor and Zimbabwe, please contact HowardC@unitingworld.org.au to arrange a speaker at your church.