This video celebrates that many Uniting Church communities across our Synod are experiencing new and renewing life through Messy Church. People of many ages and abilities, especially children and their families, are sharing in new life-giving encounters with faith and community. As the video declares, they are becoming ‘fresh expressions of the old truths’.
This is a story that reflects the hope of the Synod’s Strategic Priorities - wherein sparks of the Holy Spirit are discovered, nurtured and, by grace, fanned into flame.
The booklet Understanding the Strategic Priorities (2016-2022) offers further information and exercises to complement this encouraging video story.
Drawing on the lived experience of Deepdene Uniting Church, these three short videos reflect the hope and opportunity that is expressed in the Synod’s three Strategic Priorities. The videos can be used as ‘conversation starters’ in small groups, or in times of worship, to explore new life and hope, and to hear anew the life-giving call to be the body of Christ – ‘one body, many parts’ (1 Corinthians 12:12).
The booklet Understanding the Strategic Priorities (2016-2022) offers further information and exercises to complement the video conversations.
Deepdene - intercultural community
Korean and English: one body, many parts
Deepdene Uniting Church shares their experiences of deepening intercultural life: breaking down the walls between generations and cultures to live as ‘one body, many parts’.
Deepdene - intercultural leadership (Church Council)
Strengthening shared leadership
Deepdene Uniting Church talks about how they foster shared leadership across cultures, experiencing life together as ‘one family of God’.
Deepdene - Strategic Priorities
Priority areas of new life and hope
Rev David Withers talks about three priority areas in church life where the Synod has discerned the Spirit calling us to new life and hope.
The Moderator introduces the first booklet
Introducing the Vision and Mission Principles is a 16 page booklet containing information and exercises to help focus on God's mission. The booklet invites discussion, provokes questions and gives an intentional focus for discerning the renewing work of the Spirit in our day.
If you would like to download this booklet and the second booklet on the Statements of Intent, visit our Resources section here.
Following, Walking, Seeking
At a March 2017 Synod of Victoria and Tasmania gathering, we asked attendees what church is, and what they see as the church's future.
Looking back to look forward. The Uniting Church in Australia. 40 years young.
With Rev Sharon Hollis, Moderator UCA VicTas