2008

Minutes – Uniting Ministry and Missions Network

formerly National Ministers of Missions Group

Notes from the meeting on 21-22 November 2008, Melbourne, Victoria

Present:  Sue Barber, Rosemary Young, John Tansey, Robyn Kidd, Colleen Geyer, Lin Burden, Robert Watson, James Godfrey, John Evans, John Bottomley, Les Underwood, Keith Hamilton, Barbara Gayler, Terence Corkin and Peter McDonald.

Apologies:   Lin Hatfield Dodds has planned to attend but fell ill two days prior.  There we many other apologies from people who couldn’t make it but wanted to be kept in the loop via email.

 

Membership and purpose Who are we are, why do we gather, and what now UMN is part of UnitingCare Australia?

An extensive conversation was lead after a presentation by Peter McDonald, Colleen Geyer and Terence Corkin.  The following themes emerged;

The network is a valuable opportunity for meeting with colleagues in similar roles.

We were very keen to ensure that we extended a welcome to the absent ‘parish missions’ as we hope to be shaped by their life and experience.  There was extended conversation about how to do engage them as well as we could.

At some points in the meeting our differences were very much in focus.  It was agreed that sharing resources would focus us on our similarities.

It was agreed that we should continue to gather as a network convened by Peter McDonald.

A description of who are we and our purpose for gathering will be drafted up by Colleen Geyer and Peter McDonald.

Here are some beginning thoughts…

Membership of the Uniting Ministry and Mission network is open to those people who are responsible for the congruence between the life of the community service setting (agency, mission) and the life of the Uniting Church in Australia.

It is our desire to dialogue with, make an impact on and build a bridge across

  1. the culture of the community in which are missions and agencies are found
  2. the church within we are connected.

Uniting Ministry and Mission (M&M) network finds congruence in the words of our Basis of Unions which states that

…Uniting Church also stands in relation to contemporary society in ways which will help it to understand its own nature and mission.  The Uniting Church thanks God for the continuing witness and service of evangelist, of scholar, of prophet and of martyr.  It prays that it may be ready when occasion demands to confess the Lord in fresh words and deeds.

Basis of Union 1992 Edition, Section 11: Scholarly Interpreters.

Colleen to draft a statement of membership and purpose.

Due late Jan

Vocational Development and Training John Bottomely’s paper on Vocational development stimulated a valuable discussion about our own training and development.  There was concern that much of the current theological training doesn’t prepare people for ministry in our roles well.  There was sharing about other sources of education and reflection.

At the moment we were unable to find a suitable home from the Vocational development project in the Uniting Church.

Resources There was a desire to share new resources with each other.  Two options are available;

  1. You can put it up and your website and let others know that a new resource is there – via our email list
  2. We can see if there is any space available on the UnitingCare Australia website so papers can be loaded their.
Peter to contact see if some space on UnitingCare Australia website is available.

Due Dec email

Communications We need a way of keeping people in the loop so if a good resource, an upcoming conference or call for submission is on we can let each other know.

Propose that we run a monthly email to all in the network.  The first email will include this summary of our meeting together and will seek permission to circulate the names of those on the list!

If you have anything to put in it then email it to Peter  peter.mcdonald@ucwesleyadelaide.org.au

Noticeboard

HREOC is calling for submissions via “Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century.  Submission close 31 January 2009.

http://www.hreoc.gov.au/frb/frb_2008.html

Peter to establish a monthly email

Due end Nov

Members to flick in ideas /events resources on as needs basis

Due Monthly

Meeting dates for 2009 Brisbane was proposed as the venue for our next meeting.

The group had a preference for late August – September.  It is not so clear whether we should meet for a full day or overnight.  If you have any comments / preference re length of meeting one day or overnight.  My view is that a full day (10-5pm) is sufficient at the moment.

Draft Agenda for next meeting in 2009:

  • Peer networking
  • Issues around identity
  • Presentation by Brisbane colleagues of the resources they have available.
Brisbane Peter to negotiate with Robyn and Colleen.

Aim to have date and venue confirmed by early 2009

Informal meeting at Assembly Assembly in July 2009 provides an opportunity to convene an informal meeting and invite our Sydney colleagues to join us.  Possible times include early lunch prior to Assembly starting on the first day, or one of the other lunch breaks. Lunch at Assembly in Sydney

Peter to coordinate

Uniting Care Australia Agreed to move to register as a network with UnitingCare Australia.

There was a desire to ensure that UnitingCare Conferences do not fall off the agenda.  Decided we would ask Colleen to follow this up with Lin Hatfied Dodds.

Peter to follow this up with Lin

Colleen to follow this up with Lin.

Indigicare and Covenanting Update Terence provided a verbal update about Indigcare, Renewal of the Covenant and Constitutional changes.
Name of the Group The working title ‘National Ministers of Missions Group’ was thanked and discharged!

Uniting Ministry and Missions Network was agreed upon.

 

 

NATIONAL MINISTERS OF MISSIONS GROUP

Melbourne: Centre for Theology and Mission  1 Morrison Close, Parkville

21-22 November 2008

This is the second gathering of the ‘Ministers of Missions’ group.  It is an informal gathering that was originally sponsored and supported by the Uniting Mission Network.

My purpose for putting some energy into this is to provide a forum for discussion for those of us who are in ministry in agency based settings – in roles other than chaplaincy.

Our roles have developed in a variety of ways, some of us are described as “Directors of Mission” others as “Ministers of our Agency” or “Senior Minister”.

Each of these roles, regardless of what they are called has the opportunity to directly shape the level of commitment there is to the ethos of the Uniting Church ethos in place and to challenge the Uniting Church about is ability to engage with the vision of the gospel where we find ourselves.

Some of us are running the Agency / Mission ourselves, while others of us are a small part of a larger organisation.  Some of us are doing pastoral work and some chaplaincy, while others are not.  Some of us are doing advocacy, while others are not.

The forum is a space for a discussion about the level of commitment our agencies have to reflect the vision and ethos of the UCA.  And a discussion about the roles our agencies have in calling the UCA to a fuller expression of the Christian faith.

The main item on the agenda (Session 1) reflects this.  The most prominent issue for interested parties is how might we engage with UnitingCare Australia?  The purpose of Session 1 will be to talk to each other as well as Lyn and Terence about UnitingCare Australia.

Please feel free to contact myself or Barbara Gayler for further clarification if required.

Peter McDonald

0408 833 419

peter.mcdonald@ucwesleyadelaide.org.au

 

 

 

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NATIONAL MINISTERS OF MISSIONS GROUP

Melbourne: Centre for Theology and Mission  1 Morrison Close, Parkville

21-22 November 2008

Opens Friday 10am at the Last Cuppa (café at CTM)
Evening meal together (Lygon St) and finished by noon Saturday.

Draft 10th Nov 08

 

NATIONAL MINISTERS OF MISSIONS GROUP

Melbourne: Centre for Theology and Mission  1 Morrison Close, Parkville

21-22 November 2008

This is the second gathering of the ‘Ministers of Missions’ group.  It is an informal gathering that was originally sponsored and supported by the Uniting Mission Network.

My purpose for putting some energy into this is to provide a forum for discussion for those of us who are in ministry in agency based settings – in roles other than chaplaincy.

Our roles have developed in a variety of ways, some of us are described as “Directors of Mission” others as “Ministers of our Agency” or “Senior Minister”.

Each of these roles, regardless of what they are called has the opportunity to directly shape the level of commitment there is to the ethos of the Uniting Church ethos in place and to challenge the Uniting Church about is ability to engage with the vision of the gospel where we find ourselves.

Some of us are running the Agency / Mission ourselves, while others of us are a small part of a larger organisation.  Some of us are doing pastoral work and some chaplaincy, while others are not.  Some of us are doing advocacy, while others are not.

The forum is a space for a discussion about the level of commitment our agencies have to reflect the vision and ethos of the UCA.  And a discussion about the roles our agencies have in calling the UCA to a fuller expression of the Christian faith.

The main item on the agenda (Session 1) reflects this.  The most prominent issue for interested parties is how might we engage with UnitingCare Australia?  The purpose of Session 1 will be to talk to each other as well as Lyn and Terence about UnitingCare Australia.

Please feel free to contact myself or Barbara Gayler for further clarification if required.

Peter McDonald

0408 833 419

peter.mcdonald@ucwesleyadelaide.org.au

 

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Promotion Material

NATIONAL MINISTERS OF MISSIONS GROUP

Melbourne: Centre for Theology and Mission  1 Morrison Close, Parkville

21-22 November 2008

Opens Friday 10am at the Last Cuppa (café at CTM)
Evening meal together (Lygon St) and finished by noon Saturday.

  • Introductions, Our Roles and Outstanding Issues
    • Welcome and Recognition of Traditional Owners
    • Opening Reflection
    • Present and Apologies
    • Introducing ourselves, our roles and issues we wish to raise for later
  • Session 1:  Who are we? The Uniting Church and UnitingCare Australia
    • Presentation by Lin Hatfield-Dodds (UnitingCare Australia) and Terence Corkin (General Secretary National Assembly)
    • Small group discussion
    • Feedback to the whole group
    • Are their any actions that arise from this?
  • Session 2: A Proposal For The Formation And Vocational Development Of Mission Directors
    • Presentation of paper by John Bottomley
    • Small group discussion
    • Feedback to the whole group
    • Are their any actions that arise from this?

Please confirm your attendance to Peter McDonald  peter.mcdonald@ucwesleyadelaide.org.au for catering purposes.

General enquiries

Peter McDonald 08 8202 5880 or Barbara Gayler (03) 9666-1259

ACCOMODATION

A limited number of rooms are available on site at Maclean House.

Single room: $50, Twin share $40 per person.

Contact Pam Oxley for bookings 03 9340 8800 or pam.oxley@ctm.uca.edu.au and state that you are attending the National Minister’s Group.