In this issue I just make some announcements. Following the Joint Meeting of the Board of the New Church in Australia and the Council of Ministers (the second such meeting) it was decided –
To defer the proposal about changes to the Constitution and to take steps to have an Assembly in April 2016, probably in Canberra, at which people can discuss the future needs and direction of the church openly and together, including such things as changes to the Constitution. Societies are being asked to come up with their items to be included in the Agenda for the Assembly.
In late 2016 there will be a General Meeting of the New Church in Australia which would put decisions made at the Assembly into formal adoption.
To consider the possibility of having a physical centre primarily but not only for the Australian New Church College. This has already been worked out in some detail in a Business Plan for the College and societies have been invited to consider financial support for this.
To run a project aimed at contacting and introducing university students to spiritual activity and some of the teachings of the New Church in an interesting and exciting way. This will be later this year and will be happening in Canberra.
Promotion for the Vision Valley Camp in January 2016 has gone out widely to societies and to people who are likely to be thinking about coming to the Camp. A reminder letter will go out early in July. The church needs to have either actual bookings or definite expressions of interest by the end of August at the very latest. Please note this need.