Sermon on the occasion of the Commissioning of the Rev Margie Dahl at Watsonia Uniting Church, July 2012.
Preacher: The Rev Dr Morag Logan
Mark 6: 1-13

It is good to be among you today, and this induction to Gresswell, within the Presbytery of Yarra Yarra. 

I should say how good it is to be back among you, back at home, as I have been a minister in this Presbytery for many years before we needed to make a move to live and work in Europe for 6 years.   It was a wonderful and enriching time. For me, one of the highlights was the opportunity we had to walk the Camino de Santiago – the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostello, in Spain.  I guess I had always been inspired by the great pilgrimage hymn.  I had read Bunyan, as a child, and spent many of my adult years in the church hearing how we were a pilgrim people, always on the way to a promised goal.

“These are exciting times in the life of the VCC”, General Secretary Theo Mackaay said recently. “The review which was set up by the Executive early in 2011 reported at the beginning of this year and made some wide-ranging recommendations.”

“In particular, people are showing strong support for a more streamlined organisation with greater attention to function rather than form. There is still some way to go before we finalise the size and structure of the member church delegations, but we have certainly struck the right balance by reducing the possible overall size of the Assembly. We believe this will make the business sessions better managed and a more effective means of enabling the churches to meet, to confer and to pray,” Mr Mackaay said.

Stronger Futures or Stronger Policy

The Stronger Futures Legislation is disproportionate with the peoples wishes and catapults Indigenous communities back to the micro-management of Mission days is the message from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC).  NATSIEC, as the peak Indigenous ecumenical body and commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) requests that the Government heed the message of the Northern Territory Elders, communities and service providers in their quest for authentic consultation and negotiation to gain stronger and better futures for themselves.

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