Transforming Worship Circle
As Christians and members of the Uniting Church, worship is a fundamental activity that draws us together. When we gather in worship, we respond to God’s invitation to be loved and we encounter God’s own gracious self-revelation through word and sacrament. In communal worship all bring their gifts, varied and different. Being drawn into communion with God and others can be a transforming experience.
The Transforming Worship Circle invites people to engage with the ways the Assembly resources the wider Church and thinks creatively about our worship.
Circle members will be invited to learn about, share information on and explore worship resources for liturgy, including in different languages, as well as for music, preaching, dance, drama, inter-generational and intercultural worship. This might also include thinking on preparing spaces for worship and the multiplicity of factors which enable healthy, vital worship within the breadth of the Church.
MEET CIRCLE ADVOCATE REV ALEX SANGSTER
Circle Panel Members
The Panel Members for this Circle are David McGregor, Paul Walton, Warwick Cadenhead, Jenni Hughes, Ellie Elia, Mat Harry, James Aaron and Simon Lee.
Statement of Access and Welcome
Below is the Rationale for the Proposal – Disability Access Guidelines, adopted by the Assembly. In the Gift of Being – Called to be a Church of All and for All, a powerful image is Paul’s message to the Ephesians that Christ has come to tear down the walls that separate us (Eph.2:14). Divisions between “us” and “them”…
Welcoming the Alien
By Rev. Lindsay Cullen, Assembly National Consultant and Sci-Fi aficionado Sci-Fi Church Sydney is a “Fresh Expression” designed to create a community space for people who love Sci-Fi and want to discuss the themes and ideas they find in Sci-Fi books, TV shows and movies, and the ways they intersect with spirituality and the Christian…
Breaking the Silence
By Rev. Sandy Boyce, Deacon, Pilgrim Uniting Church, SA Break the Silence Sunday (BTSS) is an initiative that began in the United States, with a specific focus on sexual assault and rape. The SA Presbytery and Synod agreed in February 2019 to adopt the global day for BTSS, the fourth Sunday in April. BTSS aims…
"Love that works no ill"
Rev. Radhika Sukumar-White reflects on how a joyful celebration of the resurrection quickly turned to a day of grieving for the hundreds killed in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka. She helped organised two vigil services in Sydney, which drew large numbers of people from all backgrounds. On Easter Sunday morning, my congregation in…
Hello Companions on the Way!
One of my favorites all time worship inspirations passed away earlier this year. Her name was Mary Oliver. Of her many, many great works was this little gem, which, in a way, captures the heart of what worship can be…. “Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” As folk involved…
No Donkey and No Inn
Circle member Rev. Jon Humphries reflects on the story of Jesus birth as it is in the scriptures, without the cultural and religious filters on. This is what he found. 1. Life is hard for many. They eek out their daily existence following routine and culture. For some, even in the midst of daily struggle,…