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Moderator’s Christmas Message 2016

“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

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Passing of Rev Dr Gumana AO

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.

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UnitingCare and Target Christmas Appeal

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.

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Kormilda College Funding Secured

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 College Board has been

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Makarrata held at Milingimbi 11-14 August 2016

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
with Stage

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Vale Deaconess Lorna Stevenson

It is with much sadness the Northern Synod advises of the passing of Deaconess Lorna Nellie Stevenson. Lorna was born on 20 June 1922 and passed away in Alice Springs on 19 September 2016.

Lorna trained as a deaconess at Rolland House in Melbourne and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in Adelaide on 28 January 1960. She then worked as a field officer with the Christian Education Department of the South Australian Presbyterian church. She was

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