Voices of Abstinence Conference Unites Abstinence Educators from Around the Globe
Director, Jack Sonnemann, will join abstinence educators from around the globe at this week’s Voices of Abstinence Conference, as they gather in Nashville, Tennessee to receive the most current
research, strategize effective programs and network with other world leaders in abstinence education. With the recent
focus on this issue in Washington, D.C., the timing of this
meeting of educators is perfect.
eighth annual International Abstinence Leadership Conference features sixty of the world’s leading experts in sexual health
and abstinence education. With seventy-eight sponsoring organizations, the Exhibitor Showcase will offer products and
services that keep abstinence education medically-accurate, cutting-edge, and effective.
Recorded sessions from the conference
will be available through the (US) National Abstinence Clearinghouse. Call (from Australia -13 hours) 0111 605 335 3643
for more information of go to their website at www.abstinence.net.
Click here to go to the official media release from the Australian Attorney-General's Department which begins, "Attorney-General,
Philip Ruddock, has announced that the Government would act to protect the institution of marriage by legislating within the
limits of its responsibility, to ensure that same sex relationships cannot be equated with marriage." Email link to thank Mr Ruddock.
Praise to our Lord, Jesus Christ and congratulations to your group’s efforts. Here in Canada the situation is desperate
and calls for desperate prayer. Please join our brothers and sisters in prayer when our legislature tries to change the definition
of marriage later this year (after the election next month). Please pray that many Members of Parliament will be replaced
by those who care about true marriage!
Please visit our humble website and see that individuals do make a difference.
ABORIGINAL LEADERS RE: HOMOSEXUALITY IN THE CHURCH
The following statement was issued by the Northern Regional Council of the Uniting Aboriginal &
Islander Christian Congress last September in response to the decisions of the Uniting Church over the issue of homosexuality
in the Church.
Whilst many months have passed since the statement was issued we believe it is still relevant and of
public interest to publish it now to allow the Aboriginal view on the subject to be heard and understood by the Church at
We read and understand from Genesis chapter one verses 26 &
27 that man was made in the image of God, in the likeness of God, and that "male and female He created them". He created them
to "be fruitful and increase in number". Also from chapter 2 verses 21 to 24 we understand woman was formed from man with
the intention that man and woman be united and "they will become one flesh".
God has also revealed Himself to the
indigenous peoples of this land through the creation beings. We understand from Djan'kawu, Barama , and Wagilag and the stories
of creation that God brought forth from the earth bone/bundurr which is sacred and blood/wukundi which is life. Accompanying
these was madayin/law. By God's breath of Spirit was life given to bundurr. This is the sacredness of life and the law which
accompanies it, is to ensure peace, tranquility - a harmony with all of God's creation - magayamirr dhukarr. We are to be
djungunymirr, to stop and think of the law and system, of life and it's sacredness before acting.
Leviticus 18 has
much to say which mirrors our understanding of God's life giving way to live. At this time the ministers and leaders of NRCC
are boyu gora i.e. ashamed - what is a possibility in the UCA is against everything we believe and are as a people. This is
such a threat to us, it's like bringing something which will destroy us as a people. We are ashamed to be known as members
and ministers of the UnitingChurch.
We the members of the NRCC can not accept
the recognition of persons in same sex relationship within leadership of the Uniting Church. We are not comfortable being
in a church which accepts as a valid sexual ethic 'right relationships' of the same sex. If the UnitingChurch continues to
be open to persons who are in a same sex relationship being accepted into leadership, then there is no place for the indigenous
members of the Northern Synod in the Uniting Church. We see same sex relationships as being against the very sacredness and
holiness of the life and law God has given us as a people.
RUGGED UP: Christina Sonnemann with blankets and clothing. Picture SAM ROSEWARNE SUNDAY
TASMANIAN May 30, 2004 Concert-goers warm to charity By SUE BAILEY IT was a winter woollies concert to
warm the coldest heart. Instead of a credit card number, concert-goers could enter St David's
Cathedral in Hobart by donating a warm blanket or jumper to the Salvation Army. Young harpist
Christina Sonnemann came up with the idea of the benefit concert when she learned that May 29 would be the first National Day of Thanksgiving.
She was delighted at the response from about 100 concert-goers armed with their donations. "It's
huge, we've got so many clothes you would think we had 300 people here," Ms Sonnemann said. "I
thought how great it would be to give people a chance to turn out and support the Salvos." She
hopes the concert will become an annual event.
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