Firstly, Thanks to everyone who has sent in helpful comments and encouragement after the last blog on the Assembly issues, including privately by email. Your thoughts were helpful and much appreciated. It’s not my aim to spend the rest of my ministry career blogging about marriage, but as we are still working through the Assembly’s decision … Continue reading The Assembly Marriage Decision: Frequently Asked Questions
In terms of Australian Christianity, our UCA has done a remarkable new thing. Many people in our Church (and some who are as yet outside it) are this week rejoicing and planning marriage services. Others are lamenting what they see as yet another departure from the Christian tradition and some may be intending to leave. Many others are in between, dealing with their curiosity, misgivings, or the simple process of coping with change in a changing world.
Members, Ministers and Friends of the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Australia, Next Wednesday evening, 9 May, members of the Presbytery and of its congregations and ministries are invited to meet for information and discussion of the Uniting Church’s response to the changes to the Marriage Act. The coming 15th Assembly … Continue reading The Assembly, Marriage and Same-Gender Relationships
Dear Presbytery Friends and Colleagues, It’s past time to wish you a happy new year, and hope you had some sort of refreshing break over the summer, etc. It’s well past the long weekend, and the paper-shuffling few days before February, when work must begin in earnest. Yes, I did, thank you for asking. A … Continue reading Welcome baaa-ack!
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS Dear Friends and Colleagues in Ministry, especially in the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery of the UCA, but also to you if you’re not and read this by accident, All God’s rich blessings be with you for the Holy and United Season of Adventpartieschristmasfeastingbeachsnoozingepiphanyreadingnewbookstravelcricketlongweekend and my prayers for the coming season of Backtoworkagaintogetreadyforlent. Christmas … Continue reading Who is Jesus to bring God’s news?
So it’s ‘Welcome back to the real world’ following four and a half days and nights of Synod NSW/ACT 2017. As Presbytery Minister of Sydney Central Coast I had a much quieter Synod than last time, when (you will remember) we invited the Synod to recognise a new Presbytery. As Acting Chair of the UME … Continue reading Synod 2017: Telling our Story
Friends, colleagues, co-workers in the field of the Lord known as Sydney Central Coast Presbytery: this Saturday afternoon we will gather as a Presbytery for the Ordination of our own colleague and candidate, Fiona Blair, at Pittwater Uniting Church at 2pm. We will gather together in worship, joyful and solemn. We gather as a formal … Continue reading Fiona’s Ordination at Pittwater
Ministry in NSW/ ACT: Our New Ultra-Concentrated Formula! The last Synod meeting highlighted a key challenge for the Uniting Church. Across NSW, ministry placements are becoming increasingly concentrated in the urban areas of the metropolitan Presbyteries. This is no surprise, and not really even anyone’s ‘fault’ – after all, most people of NSW and the … Continue reading Mobilising Ministry for the Bush: a Pilot Project with the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery
Former readers of this page will be completely justified in saying, ‘Hey! Perry’s last blog still says Happy Christmas!’ And indeed it does, and now here we are. Happy Uniting Church 40th Anniversary. More to the point, Happy First Birthday of the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery! The past month, however, has given plenty to reflect … Continue reading 40 Years? 1700 Years? What’s the Difference?
Dear Friends and Colleagues in Ministry, It’s a great joy and privilege to write this word of Christmas encouragement to twice as many of you this year in the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery, from Mosman to Marsden Road to Mannering Park. So be encouraged! Together we have an opportunity to help each other breathe a breath … Continue reading Happy Christmas!