Above: Uniting Church Chaplain, Rev Robyn Kidd, appearing on ABC’s Compass program,’Modern Prophets – Defence Chaplains’, 22 April 2017. Robyn has just returned from Qatar.
View the Compass program here – abc.net.au/compass/s4647227.htm – summarised as follows: “In this ANZAC special [presenter] Geraldine Doogue talks to two Defence Chaplains who have seen active service providing support to military personnel. Air Force Chaplain, Squadron Leader Robyn Kidd served in the Middle East, and former infantry officer Reverend Rob Sutherland served in Afghanistan three times and in East Timor and Papua New Guinea. Their personal experience offering comfort to the “best of our young men and women” provides revealing insights into the complexities facing military personnel at home and on deployment.” (Summary from abc.net.au/compass/s4647227.htm)
An evening of dialogue exploring integral ecology in the Murray-Darling basin
Monday 1 May 2017, 5.30 for a 6pm start concluding 8.30pm at The Pavilion, Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture, Charles Sturt University, 15 Blackall Street, BARTON, ACT. Download flyer . RSVP: Eventbrite site (http://bit.ly/2nittZ4)
Catholic Earthcare Australia and The Uniting Church NSW/ACT Synod invite you to hear about new research on integral ecology in the Murray-Darling Basin and to join us for dialogue on how this concept might support communities into the future.
Speakers will be:
Dr Sarah Wheeler from the University of Adelaide,
Dr John Williams and Dr Jamie Pittock from The Australian National University
Ms Jacqui Rémond, National Director of Catholic Earthcare.
Extracts of the following message appeared in the Canberra Times, 13 April 2017 – read here and Canberra Times, 15 April 2017 – Editorial – read here.
Easter is about dying to self. Jesus laid down his life that we may find new life in a grace-filled relationship with God. Easter also celebrates that grace-filled relationship with God, a gift freely given.
What does this mean to us individually? Looking to the needs of the other before oneself, being silent and reflective, rather than rushing to judgement of others, speaking up for the other in terms of justice, doing without so others may have a little more. This is the tip of the iceberg of course and the further one explores the depths of one’s life, particularly the dark corners, the more opportunity there is to explore grace through acts of justice and mercy however insignificant that act might seem to be. It won’t be insignificant to the receiver, friend or stranger.
Jesus did not hold with the establishment by and large as his was a life lived out for the other. We know he mixed and shared meals with the marginalized, the outcast, those in need of healing of mind, spirit and body, the women held to be of no account and he challenged those pursuing self-interest at the expense of those without power and influence.
He challenged the status quo. He was radical and fearless as well as gentle and understanding. He said “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Nothing has changed. He is.
The Moderator’s Easter Message 2017 from UCA Synod of NSW & ACT on Vimeo.
This Easter the Moderator, Rev. Myung Hwa Park, has a “living hope” that the Uniting Church is “a courageous voice, unafraid of the barriers, cultures, race limits, even the traditions. As Christians, people have been called to be the agents of reconciliation.”
For a transcript of the Moderator’s message, go to https://www.insights.uca.org.au/features/moderator/a-living-hope-this-easter