Let us have hope: a Christmas message from the Moderator

This year, as we have been getting ready for Christmas, the joy and excitement has been tempered by the knowledge of tragedy and loss suffered by people not far away.

The boat tragedy at Christmas Island has left so many people grieving and in shock. It has caused many of us to stop and wonder what fears of persecution drive people to make such a treacherous journey.

The devastation caused by the Gascoyne floods is only beginning to be understood. So many people have lost everything, and face a bleak Christmas and new year where they will struggle to rebuild their homes and livelihoods.

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Nativity with a difference at Kojonup

Kojonup Uniting Church has a post on their website about a nativity scene with a difference which will be in their church on Christmas morning — a more practical take, thinking about what Mary and Joseph would have had with them in Bethlehem.

“Despite all you hear of religion’s take on so many issues – let us always remember that this was a couple that had been ostracised by their community – a pregnant unmarried mother and a guy who didn’t accuse her and lead the community in punishing her – so looked down upon himself. They were poor and displaced and were soon to become refugees.This is who we Christian’s worship…”

To read the full post, visit the Kojonup Uniting Church website: www.wa.uca.org.au/kojonup.

Summer Spirit

Summer Spirit will be on again from Friday 18–Sunday 20 February.
Speakers include Rev Alistair Macrae, President of the Uniting Church in Australia; Clare Boyd-Macrae, author and Emeritus Professor Gary D Bouma, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Monash University.
Early bird fees of the reduced price of $130 will be available before 10 January 2011.
For more info contact Alice Boomer on 9260 9800 or email alice.boomer@wa.uca.org.au.

KCO

KCO, or KUCA Camp Out, is a camp for children in primary school years 2–7 or aged 7–12.
It will be held from Saturday 19–Sunday 20 March 2011 at Advent Park, Maida Vale with the theme, ‘God knows us, and we can know God knows us.’
For more info contact Rev Denise Savage on 0427 647 395 or email denise.savage@wa.uca.org.au.

2010 Christmas Messages from Australian Church leaders

Peace is an over-riding theme in the messages from Australia’s Church leaders in their Christmas Messages. Rev Tara Curlewis, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia, writing on Luke 2: 13-14, says “May the message of peace proclaimed on the hills outside Bethlehem fill our hearts, our worship our community and our world.” Continue reading