your place…..or mine?

Each year the Presbytery of Tasmania gathers as community. In 2010 our focus will be on hospitality using the theme, “Your place or mine?”.  We invite members of the Uniting Church community including Presbytery and congregational leaders, dreamers and those quietly (or not so quietly) pondering the church of the future to participate in this weekend.

We’ll explore many different aspects and approaches to hospitality.  We’ll consider the difference between being guest, and being host; hospitality at the margins; hospitality in worship; personal and communal practice of hospitality.

You are invited.  Yes, you.  Whether you are intimately involved in the Uniting Church in Tasmania, are a ministry worker, lay leader, member of congregation, or are on the edges of the church…or beyond. There will be something in this gathering for you.  And you’re most welcome to bring your family – we’ll be running a parallel program for kids that intersects with the main program at appropriate moments.

We’ll be resourced in our exploration by Steve Taylor.  Steve is Director of Missiology at Uniting College for Leadership and Theology, South Australia.  He has worked in congregational context in the cities of Christchurch and Auckland, planted new forms of church and helped an established church to transition. He has completed PhD study on new forms of church, and is the author of The Out of Bounds Church.  Apparently he’s also a keen gardener…something that I’ll try and convince him is a waste of perfectly good energy.  If you want to check out what Steve is about, he’s a regular blogger at

Your place or mine? will take place at Port Sorell on Tasmania’s north coast, at Camp Banksia. With good food, accommodation for 160, and plenty of room to move and breathe, Camp Banksia is the perfect spot.

For those of you involved in leadership at your local Uniting Church, we’re also in the process of preparing worship resources for the Sunday morning of our weekend-long gathering. Those resources will include liturgy, music suggestions, and sermon/message outline. It means as a church in Tasmania we can all encounter the same theme of hospitality, and that you can come and participate fully in the gathering without fear that your home congregation will be left in the lurch.

For those in the deep south, we’re working on transport options to make your travel to the north of the state simple, and cost effective. Let us know if you’d like to access group travel arrangements by contacting the Uniting Church Tasmania office on 03 6331 9784 or email us.

You can also hit the event’s facebook page here to let us know you’re coming, and to join discussions with others who are interested.

Finally, to register you’ll need to download the registration form, fill it in and return to us with the appropriate registration fee.

I really hope you’ll join us.  This will be an invigorating, stimulating and refreshing weekend….packed full of fun, food and good conversation.

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