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The Uniting Church in Australia

Cowes, Phillip Island

The Church of St John,
- Fisherman and Apostle -

MINISTERS :- THE MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION

St John's UCA Cowes

Links that may be useful, (or lead you off on some good time spent on the internet)

This site is often being modified  - suggestions for other links welcome!
From time to time some links are broken - if you find one please advise.

This web site is hosted through the kind services of http://www.unitingchurch.org.au/ which provides a set of online services available at no or low cost to members of and agencies with the Uniting Church in Australia.

The Uniting Church in the Presbytery of Gippsland
The Regional grouping of Uniting Church Congregations and agencies.

The Uniting Church in the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania
The State body of the Uniting Church

The Synod site leads to many other subsites and resources for reflection. For example:-
Justice and International Mission Unit http://wr.victas.uca.org.au/justice-and-international-mission/
(Sections within this unit also may have thir own newsletters)
Uniting Church Synod information - monthly Newsletter http://wr.victas.uca.org.au/communications/uc-information/
Crosslight - Monthly newspaper (hard copies are available at Uniting Churches)  http://blogs.victas.uca.org.au/crosslight/

The National Assembly of the Uniting Church
The Assembly site leads to many other subsites and resources for reflection. For example:-
The weekly E-News Round-up from UnitingCare Australia is available from the UnitingCare Australia website:
http://www.unitingcare.org.au/policies-a-publications/unitingcare-australia-e-news-round-up.html
Assembly UnitingJustice Website - includes new items http://www.unitingjustice.org.au/
Frontier Services in the Outback http://www.frontierservices.org/
Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry  http://www.assembly.uca.org.au/mcm/
UnitingWorld - our work overseas - http://www.unitingworld.org.au/
The United Aboriginal and Islander Congress http://www.uaicc.org.au/index.php

The Transit Lounge is the national e-zine of the Uniting Church in Australia that explores issues of faith, Christianity, spirituality, ethics, beliefs and values. Those in charge of the Lounge aim to tackle conversations that are sometimes difficult to have elsewhere.  ‘Best Electronic Publication’ at the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) annual Awards for Excellence 2009. http://www.thetransitlounge.com.au/

News items collected by the NSW Synod Insights magazine http://www.insights.uca.org.au/

Discussion Lists - there are some listed at  http://nsw.uca.org.au/people/lists.htm
The (Insights-l) list contains media releases, official Uniting Church and ecumenical information and discussion on (usually) church issues with comments from subscribers wherever the internet reaches.

Daily Meditation from the Taize Community http://www.taize.fr/en_article75.html

Iona Community Scotland http://www.iona.org.uk

Christian Youth Camps http://cyc.org.au/theisland/ and http://cyc.org.au/piar/

Some Social Justice issues
Rural Australians for Refugees (The Phillip Island Group meets at St John's)
supporting the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre http://www.asrc.org.
and Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project  http://www.asp.hothammission.org.au/
See also http://www.ajustaustralia.com/  and  http://www.getup.org.au/
Australian Parliamentary Library Asylum seekers and refugees. What are the facts.

Make Poverty History http://www.makepovertyhistory.com.au/

Micah Challenge http://www.micahchallenge.org.au/

Rubanga Youth Development Association Uganda. http://www.blackdouglas.com.au/ryda/
This group is supported by members at St John's Cowes.

Worship and Lectionary
NRSV Lectionary http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/

For a contemporary Australian paraphrases of the Lectionary  http://www.laughingbird.net/

Reflections on Life and Faith from a Progressive Christian Perspective  http://seemslikegod.org/

Mustard Seeds http://seedstuff.blogspot.com/

Center for Action and Contemplation http://www.cacradicalgrace.org/

John Ray Initiative - connecting Environment, Science and Christianity  http://www.jri.org.uk/index.php/briefings-pdf/

Faith & Theology Blogspot http://faith-theology.blogspot.com/

News Media Items
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Religion and Ethics Website http://www.abc.net.au/religion/

New South Wales Synod collection of Religious News Items http://nsw.uca.org.au/news/

Progressive Christian Network to promote progressive Christian thought and practice; explore the implications of critical biblical scholarship and the emerging proposals of eminent contemporary theologians, scholars and others; explore alternatives to traditional religious beliefs and practices and new ways to understand religious faith. http://www.pcnvictoria.org.au/

Other things we involve ourselves in on Phillip Island
Community organizations are active on Phillip Island such as Red Cross, CFA, SES also see the Municipal Council web site http://www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/ under Community - Community and Health. Members of the congregation support these groups.

Penguin Parade http://www.penguins.org.au
includes links to some Local Environmental Groups if you look under Education -  Volunteer

Tourist Information again see the Municipal Council web site http://www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/
or  http://www.visitbasscoast.com/

Find the forecast for Phillip Island (note - compared with Melbourne not as hot on hot days and not as cold on cold nights - a much better place to be)  http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/phillipisland.shtml

Suggest any other links and email info@cowes.unitingchurch.org.au

"Everywhere is within walking distance. . . if you have the time."