Minister Carr urged: no backflip on Arms Trade Treaty promise

Efforts to end the irresponsible and poorly-regulated international arms trade are at risk of failure as month-long negotiations at the United Nations enter their final days, campaigners have warned. Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, is urging the Australian Government to stand firm, alongside the overwhelming majority of states, on its commitment to the strongest possible deal.

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Godly Play Nourishes Faith

The first WA Godly Play Conference was held in July in Bunbury and Darlington.  This event was made possible by the joint efforts and support of the First Third Ministry Team of the Uniting Church in Australia, Presbytery of Western Australia, the Perth Diocese of the Anglican Church in Australia and the Wellington Regional Mission.

Carolyn Handley, who had not travelled to WA before, gave this interview for Revive before returning home to Queenscliff (near Manly Beach) in Sydney, NSW.

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Prayer vigil called to mourn passing of Stronger Futures

Members of the Uniting Church’s 13th Assembly will gather publicly in Adelaide on Thursday July 19 for a lunchtime prayer vigil to express extreme concern about the “Stronger Futures” legislation.

In a dramatic response to calls for action to support the Indigenous people of Australia, Assembly changed its order of business so it could make the strongest possible statement about the law.

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Mission-shaped Church: What next?

The Metro South Region invites to its gathering everyone involved in trying out the Mission-Shaped Church. We’ll review and deepen our understanding of God’s mandate, message and mission in discussions led by Geoffrey Lilburne. Come and share what you’ve done since the June weekend at which we rediscovered mission and re-imagined church. Newcomers are welcome too!

The gathering is on Saturday, 4 August from 9.30am to 3.30pm at Wesley Uniting Church corner Cantonment and Market Streets, Fremantle. Please register with Marie Wilson marie.e.wilson@bigpond.com, 9335 4974.

Welcome to the Evening Lectures at the School of Ministry

What does it mean to be a faithful follower of Christ in a culturally-diverse Australia? Join the discussions on Uniting Church relationships with Aboriginal communities and with Muslims in Australia. On the evenings of 20 and 21 August, the School of Ministry opens its doors to the public for lectures by Peter Lewis and Helen Richmond. Entry is free, but registration is required to ensure a seat. Please sign up with Kerry George at the Perth Theological Hall pth@murdoch.edu.au, 9360 6880.

The Program

Monday, 20 August 7.00-8.30pm: Time to Re-think the Nation –Exorcising the Ghost of Terra Nullius from Australia’s Constitution.

Peter Lewis will provide a theological focus on the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-indigenous peoples and how constitutional change can become another important step on the way to a more just and honourable Australia.    After over two hundred years of inappropriate and oppressive practices, constitutional recognition of the First Peoples and constitutional measures to prevent racial discrimination presents the nation with an opportunity to exorcise the ghost of terra nullius and the ‘white Australia’ policy from our nation’s founding document.  For non-indigenous Christians, walking in solidarity with Australia’s Indigenous peoples is not only in line with the Biblical tradition but is also core to a faithful following of Christ in Australia.

Tuesday, 21 August 7.00-8.30pm: Muslim-Relations in Australia and Indonesia -Rethinking Our Mission Paradigm In a world where religious and cultural differences often become a source of conflict and rivalry,  it has become increasingly important to search for theological approaches and missiological responses for living creatively with difference.  Helen Richmond will share the results of her inquiry into what faithful witness means for Christians and Muslims in the context of contemporary religious plurality. The concept of being blessed through deep and loving friendships in inter-religious marriage will be emphasized in these presentations.

The Speakers

Dr Peter Lewis is Manager of Policy, Research and Communications at the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency. He is also National President of ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation). His DTheol was on the relationship between the Uniting Church in Australia and Australian Indigenous peoples which has been published as Acting in Solidarity? The Church’s journey with the Indigenous peoples of Australia (One Day Hill, 2010). Peter was National Director for Covenanting for the UCA National Assembly between 1999 and 2004.

Rev Dr Helen Richmond is a lecturer at the Nungalinya College in Darwin. She is an ordained minister of the Uniting Church of Australia and had served as National Director of Multicultural Ministry in the Uniting Church. She has a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies, another in Theology and a Master of Theology. Helen’s PhD is on “Missiological Understandings Arising from Muslim-Christian Marriages in Indonesia and Australia.” She has served in Indonesia, South India and Papua. She is married to Ben who is of Indonesian origin, raising a bi-cultural family.

Pizza and Storytelling with Sarah Agnew

Have fun and learn over pizza!  We’ll listen to Sarah tell stories and afterwards learn how to do it ourselves! Sarah Agnew, minister, poet and storyteller will guide participants in delivering a Biblical text with passion.  Together, we’ll explore the text and discover its meaning, then decide on emotion, pace, tone, gesture to use to communicate the meaning you’ve discovered.

Willetton Uniting Church,16 Herald Ave, Willeton

Wednesday, 29 August 2012
7.00-9.00pm

Registration: $10 includes pizza! Contact Denise Hoar at denise.hoar@tnuca.org.au or 9448 3047 by 15 August 2012. This event is hosted by the UCA Lay Preachers Association WA.