This is a 3-day training course for those seeking recognition as a registered funeral presider.
If you are seeking authorisation to become a Lay Presider, please seek the approval of your presbytery before registering for this course.
The practical skills offered include:
A full day of field trips to: a funeral director, crematorium and cemetery are also included.
|Dates:||Tuesday, 17 Oct. – Thursday, 19 October 2017|
|Times:||Start: 9:30 a.m. / Finish: 5:30 p.m. (each day)|
|Venue:||Uniting Church Centre for Ministry
16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta
|Cost:||$300 for three full days of training
(includes: course materials and a catered
morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea on each day).
|Facilitator:||Rev. Bronwyn Murphy|
The pre-course reading list has been set (see below) –
|2 hours in total||1.||Introduction to ‘Praying Our Goodbyes’ by Joyce Rupp||This serves as an introduction to the course|
|2.||Indonesian and South Pacific Understandings of Death||Please read all readings then select one to reflect on.
See assessment task description below.
|3.||Jewish Understandings of Death|
|4.||Death in Islam|
|5.||Hindu Understandings of Death and Grief|
|6.||A Hindu Funeral Story|
|7.||Aboriginal Understandings of Death|
|8.||An Atheist in Church: In propaganda, you can’t beat God…|
|9.||Dying We Live: Do We Survive Our Death? by Tyrone Inbody|
A copy of the readings booklet will be e-mailed to you upon registration.
a). Please choose one reading from Readings 1-9 (as listed above, and on page 4 of the Pre-course Readings booklet) and prepare a one page written reflection (300 words) on one of these readings and discuss how it contrasts with your own Christian context and understanding.
Bring this with you on day one of the course for discussion in a small group.
b). Write your own cultural response to death and the funeral service using the Indonesian and South Pacific responses (Reading No.2) as a guide.
Bring this ready to share with your small group on day one of the course.
Questions to consider are:
Please register and pay in advance, via the online ‘Tickets’ payment and registration form that appears below.
Please Note: Registrations Close – Wednesday, 4 October at 11:30 p.m.
To pay by credit card:
To pay by cheque:
Please, no cash upon arrival at the course.
Note: Accommodation on-site at the Centre for Ministry, North Parramatta is not included in your course registration.
However, a limited supply of on-site accommodation may still be available at the time of making your registration to attend.
In order to ease the process, those wishing to make an enquiry about the availability of on-site accommodation, are asked to make mention that your enquiry is related to your attendance at this course.
The Uniting Venues booking office can be contacted directly on –
Ph: 1300 138 125
Web: http://unitingvenues.org/contact (choose ‘North Parramatta’ from the ‘Preferred centre’ drop-down list)
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.
UME offers short-term education grants for those in financial need.
Please click on this link for more information and a downloadable application form.
If you would like more information about this course, please contact, either:
Bronwyn Murphy | Mob: 0428 411 830
Rohan England | Ph: 02 8838 8912