Gospel Yarning Cross Cultural Evangelism Conference

Event Details

Gospel Yarning is a cross-cultural gathering on evangelism in the Uniting Church.  A great strength of the Uniting Church is our cultural diversity, so we will hear and build up one another in new wisdom for faith-sharing in many different ways.  In the recent past, our evangelism has not been strong.  We seek to establish the Uniting Church as a servant of the Gospel for our next forty years.

Dates: Monday, 15 May – Friday, 19 May 2017
Times: Start –   12:30 p.m.  Monday, 15 May
Close –    1:00 p.m.  Friday, 19 May
Venue: Uniting Church Centre for Ministry
16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta
Cost: $195 per person – Adult Full Conference Registration

$155 per person – Concession Full Conference Registration

 $50 per person – Single Day Registration

Catering: Registration fee includes: lunch, and dinner on each day.
Speakers: Kyoung Gyun Han
Stuart MacMillan
Samson Lowa
Amelia Koh Butler
Seforosa Carroll
James Baghwan
Fie Marino
Clive Pearson
Ian Robinson
Duncan Macleod
Who is it for?

Places have been reserved for several cross-cultural and evangelism organisations in the NSW/ACT Synod and Australia-wide.  AND we want the whole church to be aware that it is happening so you will be expectant, prayerful and attend the evening celebrations here.

Who is behind it?

This event is hosted by a working group from the Synod of NSW & ACT and it is open to the church Australia-wide.

The host-partners are:

  • the Moderator NSW & ACT Synod,
  • Uniting Mission and Education,
  • The Alan Walker College, and
  • Uniting World.

The occasion in 2017 is the 40th birthday of the Uniting Church in Australia, while remembering also the 50th anniversary of the Federal Referendum to recognise Aboriginal persons, and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The working group have prioritised the word “cross-cultural” in preference to ‘multicultural’ or ‘intercultural’, though they are all good words, in order to hold us closer to our theme.

Core Question:

“How can we as the Uniting Church learn from each other to be a church that serves the Gospel in changing contexts?”


Conference Aims:
  • We will affirm the centrality of evangelism in our church at our 40th anniversary.
  • We will learn from each other – Uniting churches reflecting Asian, Pacific, Anglo, Middle Eastern, African and Aboriginal perspectives – and discover afresh our calling in the mission of God.
  • We will publish the papers, prayers and reflections from the conference by November 30 2017, expecting ongoing growth.  We do not have to solve all the issues in one conference.
  • All participants will leave with stronger relationships, a renewed sense of God’s calling for them in evangelism, and a strong visual symbol of what has been achieved so they can talk about it at home immediately.


Conference Program

* Subject to change.

Free Public Events at the Centre for Minstry

7 p.m. Tuesday, 16 May
Rev Kyoung Gyun Han
Asian Ministries Coordinator – Presbyterian Church of Aoteroa New Zealand

Rev Dr Seforosa Carroll
Pacific Church Partnerships Manager – UCA, Uniting World

7 p.m. Wednesday, 17 May
Rev James Bhagwan
Overseas Mission – Methodist Church in Fiji

Rev Dr Amelia Koh-Butler
Mission Resourcing – UCA, Synod of SA

7 p.m. Thursday, 18 May
Ps Stuart McMillan
President, Uniting Church in Australia

Rev Sir Samson Lowa
Former Moderator, United Church in Papua New Guinea

Venue for all three evenings:
Chapel of St Andrew
Uniting Church Centre for Ministry
16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta

For more information, a flyer is available for download, below:

Advertising Flyers

A two-page, and a single page version of the conference’s advertising flyer, are now available for download, below:

Gospel Yarning on Facebook:



Online Payment and Registration Form:

Please register and pay in advance, via the online ‘Tickets’ payment and registration form that appears below.

Please Note: Registrations Close – Monday, 8 May


Payment Processing Instructions:

To pay by credit card:

  1. select the quantity of tickets you wish to purchase.  Then,
  2. click on the green ‘Order Now’ button.  Then,
  3. complete the Online Registration Form that appears next.  Then,
  4. click on either the: MasterCard, Visa, or PayPal icons that appear at the bottom of the registration form to progress to payment processing.  Then,
  5. select your preferred method of payment (i.e. ‘Pay with Credit or Debit Card’ – the grey button that appears on the screen).  Then,
  6. on the following ‘PayPal Guest Checkout’ screen, submit your: credit card, billing address, and contact details, then click ‘Pay Now’ to complete your purchase.
    (When paying by credit card, you are under no obligation to accept the offer to: ‘Create a PayPal account?’ near the bottom of the checkout screen.)

To pay by cheque:

  1. select the quantity of registration tickets you wish to purchase.  Then,
  2. click on the green ‘Order Now’ button.  Then,
  3. complete the Online Registration Form that appears next.  Then,
  4. click on the blue word ‘Show’ that appears under the ‘Other Payment Options’ text at the bottom of the registration form.  Then,
  5. click on the blue ‘Pay By Cheque’ button that appears at the bottom of the registration form to complete your registration.  Then,
  6. post your cheque, made payable to: ‘Uniting Mission and Education’, to the address provided on your invoice.

Please, no cash upon arrival at the conference.


Onsite Overnight Accommodation:

Those wishing to book overnight accommodation on-site at the Centre for Ministry are required to make inquiries directly with the Uniting Venues Booking Office:

Ph: 1300 138 125

E-mail: service@unitingvenues.org

Web: http://unitingvenues.org/contact (choose ‘North Parramatta’ from the ‘Preferred centre’ drop-down list)


Travelling to the Centre for Ministry:

The Centre for Ministry is accessible by public transport.

Please click on this link for more information about travelling to the centre via public transport.

A free visitor car park is also available on-site, as well as in the overflow car park in the paddock diagonally opposite the centre’s driveway entrance.


Short-term Education Grants:

UME offers short-term education grants for those in financial need.

Please click on this link for more information and a downloadable application form.


More Information:

If you would like more information about this conference, please contact, either:

Ian Robinson | Ph: 02 8838 8956

Fie Marino | Mob: 0404 934 356

Robert Howie | RobertH@nswact.uca.org.au


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