Pitt Street Congregation
Uniting Church in Australia
264 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000

A progressive faith community of justice-seeking friends in the heart of Sydney.
Given at our 10:00 am service on Sundays
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Preparations are underway for the 2016 Sydney Mardi Gras, and all Pitt Street members and friends are warmly invited to participate.

Sunday, 21 February Fair Day Victoria Park – Uniting Network Stall
Wednesday 24 February evening – LGBTI Refugee Forum at Pitt Street
Saturday 5 March Mardi Gras Parade - Uniting Network will be marching again under the banner "LGBTI Refugees are Welcome Here."

We are very excited to be co-ordinating a new major official Mardi Gras event this year: the forum
LGBTI refugees, their rights, their current situation, and what we can do. Speakers will include a
representative of UNHCR, with others to be confirmed.

You can register for the Mardi Gras parade at http://www.trybooking.com/171118 
Registration feeis $25 to cover basic costs for vehicle hire, resources, and T-shirts for all participants.
Gathering at Pitt Street before the Parade before going to the marshalling area in Hyde Park.

For information about the Daring Conference in Melbourne 10-13 June 2016 and registration go to the Uniting Network Website.
Uniting Network Update
February and March 2016
Once a month during 2016, we will be holding a DVD based discussion programme as part of our commitment to Exploring Faith. This year we begin with a seven part series “Painting the Stars” produced by the team that brought us “Living the Questions.” 

The title comes from Vincent Van Gogh, who said: "When I have a terrible need of - dare I say, 'religion' - then I go outside at night and paint the stars." 

Our second session will be held in the church at 11:30am -12:30pm, Sunday, 21-Feb-2016
Everyone is welcome. 
Exploring Faith After Church Sessions
"Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith"
11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Sunday, 21-Feb-2016
There has been an unexpected vacancy in Rev Dr Rob McFarlane's next Biblicallyfocussed study tour. 
Rob has led successful tours to Turkey, Jordan, Israel/Palestine and Greece. Rob's next journey is a tour following Paul's travels in Europe, as well as classical and Byzantine sites. Highlights include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens, Delphi, Meteora, Corinth, Mycenae, Malta, Pompeii and concluding in Rome.

Dates: 05-25 April, 2016. Price: $8,990 pp twin share. 

For more information, contact Rob: Ph (office): 07 3366 0236, (Mob): 0400 825 739
Email: rjmcfarlane@hotmail.com 
To download a brochure and booking form, go to: www.moretonriverspresbytery.org.au, then click on "Education" for a link to the tour information
and documents.
Study Tour to Greece, Malta, Sicily and Mainland Italy
April 2016
LGBTIQ refugees – Time to do more!” 
An official “Queer Thinking” Mardi Gras event. Hosted by Uniting Network and Pitt Street.

Come to hear experts in the field, testimonies from asylum seekers and leave with immediate and longer term action to make our country a place of welcome for LGBTIQ refugees.

Confirmed speakers: Professor Dennis Altman (acclaimed author, Queer Wars, Human Rights
Commissioner Tim Wilson, Gay Somalia Imam Nur Warsame, Che Bishop (Chief Operating Officer,
Asylum Seekers Centre), Naomi Steer (National Director, Australia for UNHCR). 
Moderated by Margaret Mayman. 

This is a free event but registration is essential because of security and because we expect to fill the church! Register Here.

For information about the Daring Conference in Melbourne 10-13 June 2016 and registration go to the Uniting Network Website.
Uniting Network - LGBTIQ Refugee Forum at Pitt Street
Wednesday, 24-Feb-2016, 07:00 to 09:00 pm