In 2017 the Alice Springs Uniting Church will again be hosting its popular Desert Intensive and Spirit Journey cultural exchange program.
The Desert Intensive program is a 2 night learning and reflection experience in the heart of Alice Springs. The program includes opportunities to learn about language, culture, land and spirituality from local Aboriginal elders and participate in workshops and reflection sessions on desert spirituality and social change.
The Spirit Journey is a four night 4WD desert journey led by John Cavanagh,
“Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth”. Genesis 2:16
The message of salvation is echoed within the weeks of Advent. The celebration of his coming is always warm and filled with hope. In it we are reliving the celebration of Jesus’ birth with joy which has been proclaimed by the angels to the shepherds
With much sadness the National President, Moderator and Chairs of the Northern Regional Council of Congress and the Pilgrim Presbytery of Northern Australia, Presbyteries of the Northern Synod, share the news of the passing of Rev Dr Gumana at GänGan Homeland on 19th November 2016. Rev Dr Gumana made unprecedented contributions as a senior Yirritja elder to Indigenous arts, the homelands centre movement, contextual theologies and the recognition of First Peoples sovereignty and law.
The Target and UnitingCare 25th Christmas Appeal has been launched in Target stores and will run through to the 24th of December. We have already had $35,000 directly donated to the appeal -before it has started!
This is the 25th anniversary or the Target and UnitingCare Christmas Appeal and we are hoping it will be the best possible. We are aiming to raise $1.5 million for Emergency Relief assistance plus tens of thousands of toys.
Today Minister Nigel Scullion announced funding has been secured to enable Kormilda College to keep operating into 2017. The Uniting Church welcomes the Minister’s announcement as it means the excellent outcomes achieved by staff and students at the College can continue.
The Uniting Church entered into a partnership with the Anglican Church in 1989 so Kormilda College could offer secondary education to Indigenous students, especially to those who did not have this access in their home communities.
The Makarrata was the vision of the late Dr Joseph Gumbula. Dr Gumbula has spent the last two decades working with the custodians of collections of art, photographs, craft and human samples collected from Milingimbi over the last century identifying traditional ownership. A significant amount of this material comes from collections of those who worked with the Methodist Overseas Mission.
Rulku Wanga Ceremony Ground at Milingimbi prepared for Makarrata.
Burial poles from the different clan nations were placed in the centre