August is Conference Month at the Centre for Ministry, 16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta, NSW 2151.
Postcolonial engagement: Politics, Religions, Scriptures
Date: 01-02 August 2014
This conference will explore ways of thinking and being postcolonial in colonial surroundings.
What legacies of colonization linger in the decisions, practices and events in and around our societies, faith communities, scriptures and nations? How might we engage the colonialist tendencies and blind-spots that drive the machineries of politics, economics, services, religions and scriptures? How might we live, interact, believe and read post colonially in our colonial and invaded contexts?
Download the flyer/registration form and the program.
Faith and Justice Expo
The Church is called to be a prophetic witness, speaking truth to power, always acting alongside and in solidarity with the most vulnerable in our society and in the world. This conference will inspire you to work for change, challenge and equip you to live more faithfully as disciples and fill you with hope that a more just world is possible. Keynote speakers Elenie Poulos, Jarrod McKenna will be joined by a group of workshop leaders, with panel members facilitated by Julie McCrossin.
Date: Saturday August 9, 2014
See more on the conference and register online at faithandjustice.org.au
Basis of Union Conference
This is a Conference suitable for Ministers of the Word, Deacons, Pastors or other Uniting Church leaders or members wanting to explore a deeper theological engagement with the Basis of Union, and to be encouraged by the ways in which this inspiring document is a catalyst for the renewal of individual faith and of the life of congregations and faith communities.
Date: Friday 22 August 2014 (2pm Registration, 7pm Opening) to Sunday 24 August 2014 (3:30pm Close)
Keynote speaker Rev Professor Andrew Dutney, President of the National Assembly of the UCA, is not only the current President of the Uniting Church but is also one of the foremost scholarly experts in the history and interpretation of the Basis of Union. Other speakers include Rev Dr Geoff Thompson, Lecturer in Systematic Theology, CTM Vic/Tas Synod, Rev Ken Sumner, UAICC, Rev Michelle Cook, Presbytery Minister Mission Development, Presbytery of Tasmania, Rev Dr Ockert Meyer, Minister St Stephens Uniting Church, Sydney, Rev Dr Ji Zhang, UnitingWorld Manager of Church Partnerships, and Rev Bec Lindsay, Congregational Development Minister, Hope Uniting, Sydney.
See more on the program and online registration on the UME website.
Preaching for Transformation Conference
This exciting conference will allow people who preach (or who would like to!) to be inspired, informed and stretched in the exercise of their craft. Come along and worship, learn and network with others who exercise the ministry of proclamation.
Date: Monday 25 August 2014 (2pm Registration, 7pm Opening/Keynote) to Thursday 28 August 2014 (3pm Close)
Keynote Speaker Rev Dr Clayton Schmit, is Provost of the School of Theology at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. At the center of Dr. Schmit’s theological project is a focus on the ways that Christ is made known to the Church through preaching and other worship arts. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the topics of preaching, worship and church music, as well as composing several hymns.
See more on the program and register online at the UME site.