The Wednesday program at the Perth Theological Hall is part of the formation of Uniting Church ministerial candidates.  The morning sessions cover a wide range of topics and are also open to the public.  The theme for first semester 2013 is ‘The Australian Context’, which examines the many contexts of the Uniting Church within Australian society.  The dates and topics are listed below, with topics presented by people from both faculty and the wider Church.  Sessions run from 10.30 – 12.45pm with a break for morning tea at 11.30pm.  The venue is the Worship Centre at Murdoch University and there is no cost to attend any of the sessions below.

20 February     The Australian Context: demographics and an overview of Australian society

27 February     The Australian economy: trends in and effects of the resource economy

6 March           Australian Religion from 18th century to now

13 March         Indigenous Concerns

27 March         Youth culture/contemporary media

3 April             Inter-religious dialogue

10 April           Visit to the Jewish Orthodox Synagogue in Menora

17 April           Islam, with Dr Ameer Ali plus afternoon visit to Murdoch Mosque

1 May              Visit Baha’i temple, Melville

8 May             Visit Hindu temple

15 May           Visit Buddhist temple

For enquiries,  please get in touch with Kerry at pthall@murdoch.edu.au or 93606880, or  Sophie at s.lizaresbodegon@murdoch.edu.au at 9360 6890.  Times of visits to other places of worship vary so please register your interest with Kerry or Sophie before the date.

Basis of Union Course for Lay Leaders

The Lay Preachers Association is sponsoring an accredited course on the Uniting Church of Australia’s Basis of Union with Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Lilburne as the lead presenter.

The course will held on Saturday, 9 March 2013 9:00 AM – 3.30 PM at Mt. Pleasant Uniting Church at 1 Coomoora Road, Mt. Pleasant.

There is a $30  Registration Fee (includes lunch and tea, course & annual membership fee for the Lay Preachers Assoc.) A brief meeting for the AGM of the Lay Preachers Assoc. will also take place w/ 2 new office bearers to be elected.  Please RSVP  by 1 March to Denise Hoar 9448 5460 or bruden.hoar@gmail.com.au

Pre-reading recommended: Andrew Dutney’s  book, “Where did the Joy Come From?” ($13.95) Order your copy from the Uniting Church Resource Centre resource@wa.uca.org.au 9260 9815.  Reading and a paper will be required for those seeking Lay Preacher accreditation. It is also a course for continuing education for accredited lay preachers.

 

UCA President’s Bushfire Prayers

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Rev. Professor Andrew Dutney has extended prayers for those experiencing hardship and loss in bushfires across the country.

“Our prayers and condolences go out for those who have lost homes, including several UnitingCare staff in Tasmania,” said Andrew.

“We mourn your losses with you and share your grief in this time of trial.” Continue reading

Uniting Church sparks renewed climate debate

The Uniting Church, through its statement For the Sake of the Planet and all its People: A Uniting Church in Australia Statement on Climate Change encourages its members to take matters of the environment seriously in our lifestyle and decision making.  Specifically the statement goes as follows:
06.101.02 encourage Uniting Church members, congregations, groups, agencies and councils to:
a) model ways of living and working that minimise the production of greenhouse gas emissions
b) seriously and regularly include matters of the environment and lifestyle change in prayer and worship, study and  communal decision making; and
06.101.03 encourage Uniting Church members to:
a) advocate for government to implement policies that significantly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and increase our use of non-nuclear renewable energy sources.
b) engage in dialogues, shared learning

On Monday 14 January 2013 an opinion editorial was published in The West Australian entitled Climate heat on State agenda, written by Rosemary Hudson Miller, associate general secretary, justice and mission.  The article received a range of responses in the community which can be found below:

130114 Op-Ed Climate Heat on State Agenda

The West letters 160113

The West letters 170113

Dennis Ryle, Chair of the Council of Churches WA also wrote the following:

It is important that all sectors of the community add their voice to the debate on the call for action on climate change as evidenced in Monday’s article Climate heat on State agenda by Rosemary Hudson Miller.

Faith based communities are well placed to add their voice as they are often on the sharp end of providing relief and support in the wake of extreme weather events. The cumulative effect of such work drives consultation including a range of disciplines that address preventative and management measures where changes affected by climate are already occurring.

One of the local outcomes is the WA Civil Society Climate Roundtable, a diverse multi-community, multi-service, multi-discipline, multi-faith consortium that aims to advocate effective action at government levels. The Council of Churches of Western Australia has been pleased to endorse the Roundtable’s program and agenda.

Dennis Ryle
Chair
Council of Churches of Western Australia

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If you would like to know more about the Uniting Church’s position regarding the environment you can find out more on the WA Synod’s Green Church Website or go to UnitingJustice Environment Page.