Multi/Cross Cultural News
The National Multicultural Womens Conference will be held on 4-5 November at Parramatta NSW. It is organised by Settlement Services International (SSI) and the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and there is a powerful lineup of speakers.
The Assembly’s incoming National Director for Multicultural and Cross Cultural Ministry Rev. Dr Apwee Ting has preached one of his final services at his home congregation, Trinity Dandenong Uniting Church.
After telling his flock about his new national role, Rev. Dr Ting spoke of the work of the UCA’s National Conferences which provide the opportunity to share stories of ministry and mission in one’s native language.
Indonesian National Conference, Caulfield Indonesian Uniting Church
By Shane Gillard
For the Indonesian National Conference (INC) this year, there was one simple item on the agenda: to be a dynamic church. Forty leaders from the eight Indonesian congregations in every synod joined in rich fellowship and deep discussion at the Caulfield Indonesian Uniting Church in Melbourne over the weekend of 18-19 April.
Rev. Dr Tony Floyd’s passion for building bridges across cultures comes from a place deep within.
For the past eight years, the retiring National Director for Multicultural and Cross Cultural Ministry, has guided, nurtured, prodded and pushed the UCA’s journey as a multicultural Church – a journey the UCA publicly committed to 30 years ago.
The Assembly Standing Committee has approved the appointment of Rev. Dr Apwee Ting as the new National Director of Multicultural and Cross Cultural Ministry.
Rev. Dr Ting is a Minister of the Word at Dandenong Uniting Church in Victoria, in one of Australia’s most culturally diverse and multifaith communities. He is a former Chairperson of the UCA’s Indonesian National Conference, as well as a former Chair (2006-2009) and current member of the Assembly’s National Reference Committee for Multicultural and Cross Cultural Ministry, with the specified role of liaison with the Assembly’s Relations with other Faiths Working Group.
Multicultural ministry representatives in Brisbane gathered with National Director for Multicultural and Cross-cultural MinistryRev. Dr Tony Floyd for a special lunch to honour him on Saturday, 7 March, organised by the Qld Synod’s Multi Cross Cultural Committee.
Rev. Dr Tony Floyd writes:
Over the Christmas and New Year break I had the pleasure of joining Vietnamese congregations for their annual conference. The theme of the conference was "seek and find" from Jeremiah 29:13 "When you search for me, you will find me... says the Lord."