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Friday, 09 November 2018

Lifelong Learning in Ministry

Members of the new Assembly Standards for Ministries Committee met for the first time this week.

The Committee is tasked with advising the Assembly on the standards required within the Uniting Church for both the training of people to minister within the Uniting Church and also the admission of ministers from other denominations.

Friday, 09 November 2018

Sharing our stories of impact

Levon Kardashian is the Multicultural Project Officer for South Moreton Presbytery in the Synod of Queensland.

There were a few moments during the Middle East National Conference that transformed me and reminded me of home. Home in this case being Lebanon.

We shared meals together eating a mix of Lebanese foods.

President Dr Deidre Palmer delivered this reflection for Closing Worship at the Pacific Conference of Churches in Auckland.

How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?

Church leaders from the Pacific region have explored themes of displacement and captivity at the 11th General Assembly of the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC).

Over seven days from 26 October to 1 November representatives of the PCC’s 34 member churches and 11 national councils of churches shared worship and built ecumenical community at the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in the Auckland suburb of Mangere.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Prayer for Indonesia

This prayer is for the 189 people who lost their lives on a Lion Air plane that crashed in Indonesia on Monday 29 October.

O everlasting God, giver of life,
we come before you in sorrow and prayers.
Today we pray for 189 victims in the plane crash outside of Jakarta.
We hear the cries of orphaned children and bereaved parents
We feel the pain of partners and family members
We behold all of them in our prayers.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Rev Dr Jeff Silcock

The Rev Dr Jeff Silcock began on the LCA/UCA Dialogue team in 1972 and became co-chair in 2006.

Friday, 26 October 2018

God’s Mission in the Diaspora

The 4th Filipino National Conference of the UCA met on 19-21 October 2018, gathering close to 40 participants from New South Wales, Victoria/Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

This year’s conference theme, “God’s Mission in the Filipino Diaspora”, was elaborated in two keynote speeches.  Bishop Rex Reyes, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP), spoke on the roles that Filipinos in diaspora would take to follow God “who became flesh to be in solidarity with God’s creation”.

I was privileged to attend the Samoan National Conference (SNC) Leadership Weekend on 19-20 October at Lidcombe Samoan Uniting Church in Sydney.

About 50 Samoan Uniting Church leaders came together from different parts of the country to be enriched by the unity of their faith, to share in the joys and challenges of ministry and to explore how they can better serve their community.