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South Sydney Uniting Church is ecumenical (e.g. supporting the National and World Council of Churches) and inclusive,
affirming the gifts of people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations and identities. We seek peace with justice,
and the integrity of creation. We celebrate a service of Word and Sacrament (Eucharist) each Sunday at 10am.

"We acknowledge the traditional owners of this land: the Gadigal people of the Eora nation."

This month – July

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, July 6, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, July 7 & 21, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, July 7, 12-1pm at the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, July 11, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

Art Class: Saturday, July 13 & 27, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, July 14, 12-1pm in the Church.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, July 20 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, July 21, following the church service. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month and then stay for an informal and affordable lunch. There is a "lunch box" for donations to help facilitate – your contribution is much appreciated.

Worship Planning: Sunday, July 28, 12pm at the Church.


Next month – August

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, August 3, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, August 4 & 18, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, August 4, 12-1pm at the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, August 8, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

Art Class: Saturday, August 10 & 24, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, August 11, 12-1pm in the Church.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, August 17 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, August 18, following the church service. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month and then stay for an informal and affordable lunch. There is a "lunch box" for donations to help facilitate – your contribution is much appreciated.

56a Raglan Street
Waterloo NSW 2017

Phone/Fax: 02 9319 1373

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Rev. Andrew Collis
Mobile: 0438 719 470

Homily
Ordinary Sunday 15, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
July 14, 2019

Psalm 82; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37


‘Be/come a neighbour’

Theologian Wes Howard-Brook reads the Bible as bearing witness to a struggle for understanding and allegiance between two contrasting religions or two ways of living together (religion, from the Latin religio, means to bind again) – a religion of Empire and a religion of Creation.

It’s not so important, Howard-Brook argues, whether one identifies as an Israelite or a Judean, a Catholic or an Evangelical, but rather which religious way of life one adopts – which God one worships: the God of a religion of Empire or the God of a religion of Creation. God be with you …

A religion of Empire has to do with power concentrated in the hands of an elite group – power exercised in the interests of a wealthy king and a heavily fortified temple/city – power lorded over the majority, exploiting the faith of the poor, exploiting the earth and its resources – modelled on Babylonian, Assyrian and Roman rule.

A religion of Empire has to do with identifying insiders and outsiders – internal conflicts are resolved by scapegoating strangers and others deemed impure, dangerous, morally suspect, and so on.

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The church, hall and garden are accessible by way of paths and ramps. The toilets, sinks and shower, located in the hall, are wheelchair accessible. Please ask if further assistance is required.

The Orchard Gallery (artist run space) invites applications for exhibitions

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Artwork: 'Texas Hills' by Queenie McKenzie, 1994.