Canberra Region Presbytery-First Nations Uluru Statement from the Heart Conversation

Greetings from the Presbytery Office

Dear Presbytery Ministers,
Reconciliation and Multicultural Action Group of the Canberra City Uniting Church is going to organise the First Nations Uluru Statement from the Heart Conversation at the church from 2-4 pm on 10th November 2018. Could you please circulate the following information in the Presbytery news?

The Reconciliation and Multicultural Action Group of the Canberra City Uniting Church invites you to the First Nations Uluru Statement from the Heart conversation.
Date: Saturday 10 November 2018
Venue: Riley Hall, Canberra City Uniting Church, 69 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City ACT 2601
Time: 2 – 4 pm
You are all welcome to join us for a conversation and an afternoon tea. It is a free event. Please bring your ideas. Thank you.

The details of this event can be also found at

Warm regards,

Rev Kevin Dilks for

Olivia Chen
Assistant Secretary of RAMAG

Long Walk for Treatment ends this Friday 2 November

This Friday 2nd November ends the Long Walk for Treatment organised by Uniting which began in Dubbo on 19th October and will end in Sydney at St Stephens Church, Macquarie St, opposite Parliament House.

Along the way signatures have been gathered and you have the opportunity of adding your name by visiting

If you haven’t already done so please take this opportunity to add your signature. It only takes a second or two. (You need to use your mouse to write your signature).

If you are able you may like to join the hundred people who have walked from Dubbo this Friday 2nd November at St Stephens Uniting Church to show your support and hear from people who have been affected by drug policy. The Uniting Church Moderator will then be walking across the road to NSW Parliament to hand the Long Walk to Treatment baton over for the final time.

Make your mark today, and draw the line on drug policy at

There are 11 spots left for the Microsites Training!

Round 2 of the Microsites Training for Congregations will be on this Thursday!!

This is training for congregations in how to have and maintain a website as part of the Synod website services. All Congregations are invited to participate and learn about the benefits of the microsites and how easy they are to use.

When: Thurs 1 November, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Where: TBC, Canberra
What to Bring: Your own laptop or Church laptop AND LUNCH!!
Morning tea will be provided but not lunch.

To get a spot you must register at:

Training will also be run on the Coast before the end of the year. Country congregations are encouraged to attend a session in Canberra or on the coast as is your closest point.

The Microsite Project: Building online communities

We live in a connected world, where people are accessing much of their information online — all the time.

Communications and Marketing are building an online community for Congregations and Presbyteries who would like to be part of a network of information that is updated daily for the benefit of the whole Synod.

We would also like to assist Congregations and Presbyteries in identifying how your missional goals are assisted through digital ministry, which includes a website and social media assistance.

The Microsite Project is a project designed to cater to smaller Congregations that would like to have a web presence, but do not know where to start.

Congregational involvement in the project links your easy-to-use microsite to a network of information that keeps you informed and up-to-date with all the latest news and information from across the Synod.

You can view the template for the Microsite here.


This week is Spiritual Care Week – 21-27 October 2018

Spiritual Care Week is an opportunity to elicit and celebrate peoples’ sense of identity as they find meaning in belonging to a common humanity and particular cultures. The idea of sharing our preciousness as human beings has found its source in religious, philosophical and societal communities.

Spiritual Care Week was once called Pastoral Care Week but recently has changed its name to recognise that spiritual care is so much more than religion. The COMISS Network: The Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings has hosted this week of celebration since October 1985. It is now being adapted and adopted across the world.

Celebrating Spiritual Care Week provides an opportunity for everyone to recognise what they do to contribute and listen to others, especially allowing Chaplains and Pastoral Practitioners to share their story and to celebrate their services.

Each year a new theme brings to the light a certain aspect of spiritual care as a focus. A new theme invites us to new and creative ways to tell the story of spiritual care.

This year’s theme

The theme for Spiritual Care Week in 2018 is “Hospitality- cultivating time”.The COMISS Network described the reason behind the theme:

“Cultivating and nurturing time is a challenge in an age of instantaneous communication and multiple sources of connection. Human presence flows back and forth – it takes time for mutuality and trust to develop. Cultivating time conveys to the recipient a treasuring of them as a person no matter what they are going through. We hope that this year you might appreciate even more the time taken in spiritual care which conveys preciousness and healing at every stage of life.”

Get Involved

There are many ways individuals and congregations might get involved. Resources are available at


Long Walk to Treatment

Friday was the first day of the Long Walk to Treatment – a 500,000 step journey from Dubbo to Sydney to raise awareness of the lack of treatment facilities for people with drug and alcohol addiction, particularly in rural areas of NSW and the ACT.

The walk was inspired by Shantell Irwin who has a problem with methamphetamine. She desperately wants treatment but the nearest suitable, long-term treatment centre is in Sydney which is 400 kms from her home town of Dubbo.

The walk was launched by Simon Hansford, Moderator of the Uniting Church, Synod of NSW and the ACT, and Marianne Jauncey, Medical Director of Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre. It will involve up to 100 people walking and carrying a baton which contains a letter to political leaders in NSW calling for increased funding for treatment, and for a special summit to rethink drug policy.

While we can’t all walk in support of this cause, we can all support the Fair Treatment campaign by adding our names to draw the line on drug policy, and share with our networks on social media.

I would encourage everyone to show your support for Fair Treatment, simply go to


Tracey Burton
Executive Director NSW.ACT