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!
Twenty-first Century America now has two Big Dates. September 11, 2001 (9/11 in its familiar US style) has been joined by 8/11 (November 8, 2016 in the calendrical style of most of the rest of the world). They are both American dates. They are both equally World dates, for the whole world feels their impact. … Continue reading The Last Trump?
We’re Gathering in Gosford! Possibly not everyone in church gets as excited as I do at the thought of a coming Presbytery Council Meeting. Granted, it’s probably different when the Presbytery pays your stipend. But as the second ordinary meeting of the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery looms, I believe this could be a gathering that … Continue reading Moving from Motherhood to Mission
One of the key things I have learned as a new blogger is that to sustain a successful blog, you actually have to write stuff. So here I go again, attempting to be helpful to people in ministry in my Presbytery and hopefully further afield. This Blog will not be about Presbytery Zones forever. But … Continue reading I possibly Zoned out for a while there…
by Presbytery Minister Graham Perry, lit. ‘one who has fallen out of the pear-tree’ SCCP FAQs: Why do we form a new Presbytery and then split it up into zones? Der! Isn’t that just going to add another layer of meetings and reports? Who’s going to do all that extra work? Well, not me, that’s … Continue reading One Presbytery, six Zones… or was that 70 placements, umpteen clusters, six mini-Presbyteries, a mini-Synod, a maxi-Synod, an Assembly, and no room for any partridges…
‘Resurrection is the silence at the heart of Christian literature… The New Testament is a literature with a blank at its centre, whereof it cannot speak; this blank is also its obsessive focus’ (Diarmaid MacCulloch, Silence: A Christian History). With this reflection, Michael Barnes led the pastoral cohort of the Sydney Central Coast into our … Continue reading Retreat: The Great Leap Forward