Day 3 was largely devoted to working through proposals still outstanding and hear from the Facilitation Group, which reported on feedback from working groups in relation to a discussion following Friday night’s presentation on “Arising, Journeying and Moving Forward”.
The major item on today’s agenda was considering a response to Tasmania’s End-Of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) legislation.
Members moved into a number of working groups on Day 1 to work through the proposal and provide feedback to the Facilitation Group, which were reported on, followed by plenary discussion, and voted upon.
The first in-person Synod Meeting since 2019 got under way at Box Hill Town Hall today, with those present relishing a return to face-to-face engagement.
Day one opened with a welcome from new Moderator David Fotheringham, who was installed at last night’s Opening Worship at Wesley Place.
A changing of the guard took place in Melbourne last night, with Rev David Fotheringham installed as Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Moderator.
Last night’s Opening Worship service at Wesley Church in central Melbourne also farewelled Denise Liersch at the conclusion of her three-year term as Moderator, and officially opened the 16th Synod Meeting.
By Andrew Humphries
When Rev Denise Liersch passes the baton to incoming Moderator Rev David Fotheringham tomorrow night, it will bring to a close a most eventful three years as the Synod’s spiritual leader.
By John Evans
Here is a pandemic conundrum: when did the Uniting Church in Australia begin?
“OK,” I hear you say, “there is a trap here”. And you would probably be right. Don’t we year in year out celebrate the anniversary of the formation of the Uniting Church on June 22, 1977? Some of us can even remember the occasion itself; and some may have actually been there ...
By Rev Ian Turnnidge
Architecture tells a story. The iconic building that is St John’s UC at Cowes is one of the few of architectural significance here.
Designed by Paul Archibald, its distinctive copper roof represents a ship’s keel, which is appropriate, given St John was a fisherman and we live by the sea.
By Andrew Humphries
Ask Lockwood Uniting Church member Sue Bewsell what the building means to the community and her reply is a simple one-word answer.
“Love,” is Sue’s quick reply as she sums up what the Lockwood South church building has represented to the community since its construction in 1872.
As we learn to live with COVID-19 and reconnect with those dear to us, this winter brings an opportunity to share hearty meals with family and friends.
But winter also brings a world of worry for many people unable to put food on their table.
Jenny Byrnes retired recently, 42 years after she was ordained in the Uniting Church. Before her retirement, Jenny sat down for a chat with Stephen Acott.
Where were you born and raised?
A number of UCA members have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for their outstanding church and community service.
Banyule Network of Churches Heidelberg congregation member Gwenda Lucas was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to church, calisthenics and the community.
By Denise Liersch
We are in a time of changing seasons. We’re entering winter. We’re navigating a change in seasons with the pandemic and flu season. And we are moving from the seasons of Lent and Easter, into the season of Pentecost, filled with life and hope for a long season of growth and green shoots and all the struggles ...