News and Notes is an email news update, sent each Wednesday afternoon. We also produce a fortnightly print version which is sent to congregations on request. If you’d like to be included on the News & Notes mail list, call Heather: 9260 9800 or 1300 736 692.
Presbytery & Synod of WA
From the National Church
UnitingCare and Congregational Outreach Activities
Ecumenical & International
Jobs: Paid and Volunteer
Ministry Resourcing Centre
- Ross Memorial Uniting Church in the City is hosting a performance by the Spirits of the Streets Choir on Wednesday 13 April, 1.00pm. The Spirits of the Streets Choir provides a safe, comfortable social network among the disenfranchised in our community, giving them self-esteem and a sense of purpose. Cost is $10, all are welcome. For more info call 6103 4222 or visit www.spiritofthestreetschoir.org.au.
- Uniting Church in the City is holding sessions, led by Rev Tom Wilson, for people engaged in ministry to reflect on the Stations of the Cross Art Exhibition which will be open from 26–25 April. ‘My Journey, a journey of reflection with the stations – exploring meaning in ministry’ will run on Monday 18–Thursday 21 April, 9.00am–12.00noon, followed by lunch. To register or for more info call 6103 422 or email email@example.com.
Presbytery & Synod of WA
- The Uniting Church in Western Australia Website will be listing Uniting Church Easter services from around WA. If you would like your congregations Easter services listed call Heather on 9260 9800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details.
- The Media and Communications Unit holds Lunchtime Forums on the first Tuesday of each month. The next forum will be held on 5 April on the theme of Website Training: How to use the WordPress Management System. Bring your lunch and join the group at 1.00pm in the Ron Wilson Room at the Uniting Church Centre, Perth. For more info call 9260 9800.
- The Lay Preachers Training Day and Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held recently at Willetton Uniting Church, and attended by fifty of the Uniting Church in Western Australia’s lay preachers. A new committee was elected at the AGM. For more info visit http://www.wa.uca.org.au/blog/lay-preachers-hold-training-day-and-agm/.
- The Uniting Church Centre is hosting the seminar Can we turn around prejudice against asylum seekers? Yes we can! Join the Coalition for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD) as they provide up to date information about the current asylum seeker policy in Australia. It will be held on Tuesday 5 April at the Uniting Church Centre, 85-89 Edward St, Perth, 5.30–7.30pm. For more info call CARAD on 9227 7322 or email email@example.com.
- The next Metro North Regional Gathering will be on Saturday 9 April at Wanneroo Crossways Uniting Church from 9.00am–12.00noon, followed by a bring and share lunch. Rev Prof Bill Loader will facilitate discussion on the Assembly Standing Committee’s Paper on Church Membership. All welcome. For more info call Keva Barnard on 94052663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rev Dr Geoff Lilburne and Sophie Lizares-Bodegon are holding a guided prayer walk though the rugged hills. New every morning: Stations of our life, will be held on the Saturday in Holy Week, 23 April at Rivergum Rise, Chittering Valley, 4.00pm. An Easter Vigil Service will be held at 7.00pm. RSVP by 15 April for details and directions to email@example.com.
From the National Church
- Rev Alistair Macrae, President of the Uniting Church in Australia has joined with other major church leaders in Australia to launch the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce, calling for consumer protection measures such as mandatory pre-commitment scheme to become mandatory. For more info visit http://www.unitingcare.org.au/policies-a-publications/media-releases.html and click on ‘Churches launch National Gambling Taskforce.’
- Two members of the Uniting Church were a part of a group of approximately 70 people who were arrested late in 2010 for blockading coal wagons entering Bayswater Power Station – Australia’s single largest source of carbon pollution. To read more of this Transit Lounge article visit http://www.thetransitlounge.com.au/home/christians-blockade-climate-polluters.
UnitingCare and Congregational Outreach Services
- Soroptimist International is holding an Art Auction to raise money to assist UnitingCare West’s Trinity Learning Centre. The proceeds will help develop and pilot a Peer Monitoring Program for pregnant and parenting teens. The auction will be held at the Old Bakery at Eighth Gallery and Cafe, Maylands, on Saturday 9 April, 6.00pm. Works are on display. For more info visit http://www.unitingcarewest.org.au/.
Ecumenical & International
- Micah Challenge Australia has launched a new blog aimed at sparking discussion on the issues of theology and policy behind the Millennium Development Goals. For more info visit http://www.wa.uca.org.au/blog/micah-challenge-launches-new-blog/. To view the blog visit http://www.micahchallengeblog.org.au/blog.
- Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) expressed the dismay and sorrow of the world wide community church, in a letter sent to churches in Japan following the disasters that have occurred there. For more info visit http://www.oikoumene.org/en/news/news-management/eng/a/article/1634/churches-in-japan-recover.html.
- Grant Power from the University of Queensland is researching the impact of Australian political leaders’ religious membership and religious activity on the voting intentions of different Christian denominations. He would appreciate your participation in an online survey to assist with this. It is completely anonymous and only takes 5 minutes. To take the survey or more info visit www.religionandpoliticssurvey.com.au.
- The School of St Jude is a donations and sponsorship-supported school providing education to 1500 of the world’s poorest children in Tanzania. They are asking that, this Easter, you consider sending an eCard gift to families and friends, to help break the poverty cycle. For more info or to purchase, visit http://ecard.schoolofstjude.co.tz/Donations/ecard.html.
- The Bible Society is holding a Bike for Bibles Ladies only Ride from 29 April–1 May. Participants are able to ride at their own pace with plenty of time to enjoy the experience. For more info visit http://www.biblesocietywa.com.au/events/events.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wellspring Community is an ecumenical community where spirituality and justice meet. They are holding a retreat on Praying with the Parables from 14–16 October at St John of God Retreat Centre, 47 Gloucester Crescent Shoalwater. Cost is $195 including meals or $175 for early bird registration, received before 20 August. For more info contact Janelle Macgregor on 9452 8632.
- The Fremantle Walk Against Want, run by Oxfam will be held on Sunday 3 April, 8.30am. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in this event over the last four decades, raising millions of dollars for Oxfam Australia. To register or to find out more call Cliff on 9339 6452 or email email@example.com.
- The Edmund Rice Centre invites you to a discussion of the film ‘Climate of Change.’ In Bangladesh, communities are preparing for more frequent natural disasters and finding ways for climate refugees to earn a livelihood. Discover how Australians can stand alongside them on Tuesday 12 April at the Edmund Rice Centre, 15 Henley Rd, 2.00–4.00pm. To RSVP call Stephanie on (02) 8762 4200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Converge2011 will involve refugee rights activists converging on various sites across Australia, over Easter, to protest the Federal government’s appalling policy of detaining asylum seekers. Part of the event involves a bus trip from Perth to the Curtin Detention Centre from Thursday 21–Wednesday 27 April. For more info and to register visit http://converge2011.net/perth-curtin-bus-0.
- The National Council of Women of WA (NCWWA) are holding a Centenary Exhibition from Monday 2–Sunday 8 May at the Perth Town Hall, Lower Foyer, 10.00am–4.00pm. Come and view the achievements of NCWWA in advocating for the rights of women, their families and communities over the past 100 years. Entry is free. For more info call 9325 8897 or email email@example.com.
Web of Learning
- The Commission for Education for Discipleship and Leadership (CEDAL) held a planning retreat on 11–12 March to clarify its governance and management roles and to draw up an organizational structure to achieve its goals. For more info visit http://www.wa.uca.org.au/blog/cedal-holds-planning-session/.
- The faculty of the Perth Theological Hall recently shared a weekend of lectures, dialogues and worship win members of the Uniting Churches in Denmark, Bridgetown and Albany, in Denmark. For more info visit http://www.wa.uca.org.au/blog/hall-goes-on-the-road/.
- Uniting Church Homes (UCH) is seeking expressions of interest for an aged-care chaplaincy placement based at UCH Rowethorpe, Bentley. This is a permanent, full time placement. Applications close 31 March. To receive a copy of the job description or submit an expression of interest for this placement, contact Rosemary Hudson Miller (via firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Star Street Uniting Church is seeking expressions of interest for a Minister of the Word. Closing date for expressions of interest is 9 April 2011.For more information visit www.wa.uca.org.au/home/jobs or email email@example.com.
- Penrhos College has a position available for an ordained chaplain. They are seeking someone with the ability to relate to the youth culture of the student body in an inclusive and open way and with a desire to work collaboratively as part of a spiritual leadership team. Application closes Sunday 10 April. For more info contact Jacqui Lengkeek on (08) 9368 9529 or visit www.penrhos.wa.edu.au.
- The Uniting Church in the City is seeking volunteers who could help during the Stations of the Cross Art Exhibition at Wesley Uniting Church. They need people who can assist with keeping a general eye on the artwork and the guests, as well as tour guides. If you can assist call 6103 4222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Bringing Them Home Committee (WA) is looking for volunteers to help out at the annual Sorry Day event in Perth on Thursday 26 May. If you can lend a little time, and help with this important event visit http://bringingthemhomewa.wordpress.com/ for more info.
- Options Employment, a part of Good Samaritan Industries (GSI), assists clients with disabilities to establish, maintain and develop careers in the area of their choice. They are currently looking for an employment coordinator (support) and a receptionist/clerical assistant for their Cannington office. For more info contact Deanne Marlow on 9463 0500 or email Deanne.email@example.com. Options are also looking for a client service coordinator (part time) at their Canning Vale office. For more info on this position contact Gill Dale on 9463 0500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ministry Resourcing Centre
Backyard Theology – conversation starters on faith, life and leadership, by Andrew Dutney
This is a collection of short essays intended as conversation-starters, many of them based on Andrew’s guest appearances on ABC Local Radio 891 (Adelaide). MediaCom, 2011, $14.95 (104 pages)
Out of Babylon by Walter Brueggemann addresses the Old Testament’s prophetic cry against materialism, consumerism, violence and oppression. Abingdon Press, 2010, $22.95
Bread for the Journey by Henri Nouwen, a Daybook of Wisdom and Faith.
This popular book is now in paperback. HarperOne, $24.95 Hardback edition $40.99
Back in stock:
Three Gates to Paradise by Clare Boyd-Macrae Clouds of Magellan Publishing, paperback, $24.95
The Whole Shebang by Clare Boyd-Macrae , Clouds of Magellan Publishing, paperback $27.95
There is a God by Antony Flew. In this book, one of the world’s pre-eminent atheists discloses how his commitment to “follow the argument wherever it leads” led him to a belief in God as Creator.HarperOne, 2008, paperback. $22.99
For more information contact Dorothy Carey on 08 9260 9800 or 1300 736 692
For the week commencing Sunday 3 April: Busselton Parish (Busselton, Capel, Nannup and Vasse-Dunsborough congregations). Please also pray for the Uniting Church Family Campsite.
(Please check the calendar for your church, committee or network and contact Heather Dowling with any specific prayer requests.)
If you are planning an event for 2011 that you think would be of interest to other people in the Uniting Church community, let us know so we can put it in our calendar. We would also encourage you to contact us during your planning so you can check what other people are doing to avoid diary conflicts.
For more information on these events visit www.wa.uca.org.au/home/events-diary/