MtE Update – July 7 2017


the latest MtE Update!

  1. Church of All Nations is sponsoring a “Conversations that make a difference” series, the first event of which will feature Andrew West (ABC Radio National), and Janet McCalman (UniMelb) discussing the place of religion in public discussions. See here for more info.
  2. The latest Synod eNews is here.
  3. The latest Pilgrim College News is here.
  4. One-day on-site exploration: ‘Pathways to Union and Beyond’ — Monday 17 July 2017, 9:00-5:00pm, Uniting Church Centre & city churches Join this one day exploration of the faithful journey of three denominations towards union, and the formation of the Uniting Church in Australia. Visit St Michael’s Uniting, Scots’ Church, and Wesley Church Melbourne, and hear key people involved in helping to forge and lead the Uniting Church. A fantastic opportunity to witness living history on one day, through three sites, three traditions, and one God. Registration: $45 includes lunch and refreshments
  5. Uniting Church public forum: ‘A people of God on the way’ — Sunday 16 July, 2:00-5:00pm at Centre for Theology & Ministry, Parkville
    • Dr Deidre Palmer, President-Elect of the national Assembly, will explore the current and future shape of the Uniting Church
    • Rev Dr Geoff  Thompson, systematic theology teacher at Pilgrim Theological College, will address the Basis of Unionas our continuing theological compass.

    Registration: $10 includes afternoon tea and your own copy of the Basis of Union

Other things potentially of interest:

2017 Sugden Fellow Lecture: The ethics of doping in sport; Professor Julian Savulescu

Julian Savulescu holds the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. He also directs the new Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and the Institute for Science and Ethics. He is editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, and has written over 250 publications and is a recognised world leader in the field of practical ethics, particularly moral bioenhancement. No stranger to controversial topics, he has written on topics including performance-enhancing drugs in sport, genetic screening, sex-selective abortion, embryonic stem cell research, hybrid embryos, saviour siblings, therapeutic cloning, genetic engineering, and organ markets. His most recent monograph is: Unfit for the Future: The Need for Moral Enhancement, co-authored with Ingmar Persson.

Monday 14 August 2017, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Junior Common Room, Queen’s College. RSVP:



Are you strong in your faith, yet unsure how to share it with others? You’re not alone in the Uniting Church!

Uniting Church people are known to be good at putting their faith into action. The most recent National Church Life Survey confirms again that Uniting Churches are confident as welcoming and faithful communities who are committed to gathering for worship, serving their local community and to social justice. But Uniting Churches are less confident about sharing their faith in everyday ways, and less sure about inviting others to discover the good news that faith in Jesus can bring to life.

‘Makes You Wonder’ training helps people to find their own voice for their own faith in their own situation. It does so through authentic friendship, prayer, respect and caring. This training is for people who want to learn to share their own faith in everyday ways, and for leaders who will train others in the Makes You Wonder resources.

The Makes You Wonder exercises truly, slowly, strongly empower people. It is a unique, international resource, going where no other faith-sharing course goes. It includes resources for leaders and for small groups. Download the free MYW smartphone app which suggests a daily reflection question and conversation starter that will help you share your own faith.

11-13 August 2017 at North Ringwood UC, Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, $40 catered

14-15 August 2017 at Hoppers Crossing UC, 9:30am-3:00pm both days

For more information including videos of Ian Robinson:

The Centre for Theology and Ministry are pleased to be able to offer and to sponsor this training opportunity in partnership with North Ringwood UC and in collaboration with the Presbytery of Port Philip West.