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June 2017 Issue 1

Sr Elizabeth Delaney sgsFollowing the celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit and the feast of Trinity, the church has entered a time that is named variously the time after Pentecost or Ordinary time.  Within this time, we have much to celebrate. The Uniting Church in Australia is celebrating 40 years of its existence. We are commemorating with the Lutheran Church 500 years of the Reformation. As we honour these two anniversaries, we give thanks for God’s Spirit working within these two churches. But even more we give thanks for the blessings that we have all received through them.


18 June – 24 June 2017

refugee week 150xWith courage let us all combine.

Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day on 20 June.

Refugee Week calls us to unity and positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome for refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy refugees bring to their new home.

15 - 21 October 2017 

The UN's International Anti-Poverty Day is Monday 16 October.

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Everyone is encouraged to help reduce poverty and hardship by organising an activity during the Week or taking part in an activity organised by others.

The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to:

  • Strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and
  • Encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.


Leaning into the Spirit

Leaning into the Spirit -The Fourth International Conference on Receptive EcumenismWhere: University House, Australian National University, Canberra.

When: Monday 6 – Thursday 9 November 2017.

For Registrations and conference details visit the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture website.   

Download the conference flyer and share with your networks.

Ration Challenge 2017

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Take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge, 18-24 June 2017.

You can make a difference by raising vital funds and sharing your experience to raise awareness of the refugee crisis.   

Join more than 10,000 people across Australia, living on refugee rations during Refugee Week (18-25 June) and raise money and awareness for communities threatened by conflict and disaster. 

Safe as Churches ? 8 Conference

Our Works - Safe Church Program

16 - 17 May 2017 - Jasper Hotel, Melbourne

The 8th Safe as Churches? Conference was held in Melbourne on the 16 and 17 May 2017. Organised by the National Council of Churches in Australia – Safe Church Program, it brought together 180 delegates from a wide variety of Church traditions. There were delegates representing every state and territory within Australia as well as delegates attending from Fiji, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

UCA 40 150xWednesday 22 June 2017 marks 40 years since The Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational Churches came together to become the Uniting Church in Australia.

'The Uniting Church declares its desire to enter more deeply into the faith and mission of the Church in Australia, by working together and seeking union with other Churches.' The Basis of Union [revised 1992]

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Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Venue: St Stephens Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Award-winning Syrian composer/pianist Malek Jandali in Sydney for Refugee Week.

The Sydney Peace Foundation is hosting an event called ‘Ode to Syria’, celebrating Syrian music and stories and looking at the power of music and arts to heal trauma. 

eremos logo 150x150Are you interested in the role that the sacred plays during a period of terrorism?

Can we understand terrorists better if we understand the symbolic element of their behaviour?

Professor David Tacey will be speaking on The Return of the Sacred in an Age of Terror at the second What in the World is going on? forum organised by the Eremos Institute.

Date: Sunday 9 July, 1:30-3:00pm

Venue: St Francis Xavier Church hall, 17 MacKenzie St, Lavender Bay 

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Many faiths, One Humanity: Racism & Inclusiveness

Sunday 16 July, Parramatta NSW

This event brings together Jews, Christians and Muslims to create connections build relationships and discuss critical issues of importance to us all in a multicultural, multi-faith society. 

We each bring our own perspectives, together we are enriched and empowered to act on our shared values and beliefs.

The panel will consist of speakers from Jewish, Christian and Muslim backgrounds and is presided over by Julie McCrossin.  Journalist Stan Grant will be the keynote speaker.

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Sunday 9 July 2017

Be part of the fun and celebrate Eid al Fitr with your family and friends at the Multicultural Eid Festival and Fair. There will be rides, market and food stalls, cultural performances, fireworks and Tarek the T-Rex.

Starting from 11am, Fairfield Showground, 494 Smithfield Rd, Parariewood, Sydney, NSW

Multiculturalism at its best with thousands of people from over 35 cultural backgrounds.

For more information, stall bookings, sponsorship or to volunteer, visit the  MEFF website  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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18  National Refugee Week commences
22 Uniting Church in Australia 40th Anniversary
26 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
26 Eid-al-Fitr Breaking of the fast (Muslim)
2 NAIDOC Week begins
3 NCCA Anniversary
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