The Assembly Marriage Decision: Frequently Asked Questions

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

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The Assembly’s Decision on Marriage – a personal reflection

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.

The Assembly, Marriage and Same-Gender Relationships

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

Who is Jesus to bring God’s news?

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?

Mobilising Ministry for the Bush: a Pilot Project with the Sydney Central Coast Presbytery

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

40 Years? 1700 Years? What’s the Difference?

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?