A Destiny Together is a call from the Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia to all Church members to participate in a week of prayer and fasting for justice for First Peoples. It is a reflection of the Church’s commitment to work together for justice, recognition and reconciliation and to bear witness to the genuine transformation of relationship that is possible through God’s love in Jesus Christ.
A nationwide week of prayer, fasting and reflection
The heart of the week will be a nationwide movement of Uniting Church members, groups and congregations engaged in prayer, fasting and reflection. Hobart North will join “A Destiny Together “ in worship over the next 2 weeks, together with morning (8.30-9.00am) and afternoon (5.30-6.00pm) prayer and reflection, each lasting 30 minutes. The resource for this will be provided by the Assembly and UAICC.
A public prayer vigil in Canberra
A Destiny Together will feature a public prayer vigil on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra, on Tuesday 18 March. All Uniting Church members are invited to come to Canberra to participate in this service—a public witness to both our grief at the continued injustice, racism and exclusion suffered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and our belief that recognition, justice and reconciliation are possible when we work together. The vigil will be led by the Chair of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC), Rev. Rronang Garrawurra, and UCA President, Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney.
You are invited…
Opening of Hobart North’s renewed Church & Community Centre,
(corner Elizabeth and Swan Streets, North Hobart)
Sunday, 2nd March.
11.00am Worship. Preacher: Rev Carol Bennett, Synod Liaison Minister, UCA Synod of Victoria & Tasmania
Noon Shared Lunch, and opportunity to explore the centre.
2.00pm Official Opening by Mr Dan Wootton, Moderator, UCA Synod of Victoria & Tasmania. Afternoon programme in the worship centre, featuring music, some words and pictures, and a celebration cake!
2.45 p.m. Afternoon Tea
We are coming to the point where we need to move out of our building for three weeks. The builders, painters, electricians etc need unlimited access so they can finish the building renewal project in a safe and timely way.
So, on the first three Sundays in December (1st, 8th, and 15th), we will be meeting for worship at the Mount Stuart Community Hall, Byard St, Mount Stuart (corner of Byard St and Darling Parade).
Worship will be at 9.30 a.m. and will include a L.I.F.T. (Learning In Faith Together) programme, together with many of the familiar elements of the Advent season… and probably some surprises! Morning Tea will be included as normal.
And then… Sunday 22nd December will be our first worship gathering in the renewed building!! The celebration is still in planning but will include opportunity for ‘tours’ of the new centre and a ‘bring-to-share’ lunch.
Worship on Christmas Day will be at 9.00 a.m. as is our normal Christmas practice.
Due to works over the weekend which will mean that we are without power, there will be no 9:30am service at Hobart North this Sunday 20th October . Instead, we will be meeting for worship at 2:00pm, at the GA Wood Hall at Scots Memorial. The speaker there will be Dr Andrew Glenn about his recent trip to China representing Uniting World, the Uniting Church’s overseas partnering agency. Andrew will share with us stories of hope and life. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
October is also “Walk to Worship” month, and so for those who are interested, a group will be meeting at 9:30am, at The Springs on Mount Wellington, to walk for worship. We will choose a route to suit the people who participate, but there will be some kids there so it won’t be too taxing. Bring a morning tea to have “on the trail”. Can you please give Tim Bickerstaff an indication of whether you will be attending, and we will make sure to wait for you. You can leave a message for Tim through the Hobart North office on 62313109.
Following on from the National Assembly meeting of the Uniting Church in July 2012, the Assembly’s Doctrine Working Group (DWG) has been charged with offering the church some resourcing in the area of marriage.
A series of conversations is being held across Australia at present to help inform that work.
The Tasmanian conversation will be facilitated by Rev Sharon Hollis.
Date: Wednesday 18th September, 2013
Where: Clarence Uniting Church, 2 York St, Bellerive
Who: Any member of the church who would like to be part of this initial discussion.
This consultation is a preparatory step on the way towards the DWG preparing a paper for discussion across the Uniting Church in Australia on marriage, and the relevance of our theology of marriage for the possible recognition of same gender relationships by the state and legal authorities. It is a consultation process to help the DWG understand the variety of views on marriage in the UCA. The consultation will take three hours and the aim is to help people unpack the issues and provide comments back to the DWG.
Once the discussion paper has been written, there will be further opportunities to make comment and offer feedback.
HOT AUGUST JAZZ
St Joe’s Big Band * Matthew Ives’ Big Band * Hobart City Swing Band * Choir of High Hopes & more!
2-6 pm, Sunday Aug 25th Hobart North UCA, corner Elizabeth & Swan Streets
Entry is FREE, Refreshments available for a small cost.
OPUS HOUSE live in concert
“Exhilarating, moving and optimistic music from the 1960s to the present, performed by outstanding Tasmanian instrumentalists. An ensemble as much about sharing the music and building a new audience as it is about the music itself”
Saturday August 31, 7:30pm
Jabra Latham, Things Not Allowed
Timothy Coghill, A Good Man
Russell Gimour, Point
Oscar Bettison, Breaking & Entering
Patrick Burke, Awake
Ólafur Arnalds, …And They Have Escaped The Weight of Darkness
Featuring Timothy Coghill on drums
The building at Hobart North UCA continues. Here’s a couple of shots taken on Monday 8th July. As I looked at the photo which shows the old front porch, I realised that we hadn’t taken the signs off the office door. So the builders now see each day a poster from the UCA Multicultural Unit saying “Welcome one another as Christ welcomes us“… I’m ok with that! Rod Peppiatt
Our three congregations joined together in worship last Sunday (30th June) to celebrate the 36th Anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Worship at Wesley focussed around the gifts of the Holy Spirit described in Paul’s letter to the Galatian church (Ch 5): love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Each of these featured in a poster and short presentation by various articipants from the congregations.
The reflection for the day was a video presentation by the President of the Uniting Church, Rev Prof Andrew Dutney, who spoke of our nature and calling as “a pilgrim people, always on the way to a promised goal”. He reminded us of the need for such people to travel lightly and with hope into the future, remembering that the Spirit of God continues to journey with us.