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Family and Friends Welcome at Carols on the Block 2013

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Carols on the Block 2013 is a great annual community event in Curtin.

It will be a great chance to relax with family and friends, sing your favorite carols and hear the Christmas story.

Carols are a great outing suitable for anyone to get together and share in the music and warmth of our community.

The Carols take place each year in the Vacant Block across the street from St James and the Curtin Shops, making them the perfect outing and escape for a warm late spring evening.

If it does rain however, there’s no need to worry because there is a backup venue available at Holy Trinity School Hall – 18 Theodore St, Curtin.

Charity Concert for Pegasus a Galloping Success!

Thanks to the hard work of the St James Social Justice and Inclusiveness Group, the Pegasus Concert raised in the order of $2500 and much good will for local charity Pegasus.


Pegasus helps to provide opportunity for people with a disability in Canberra through the power of horse riding. This helps to build essential skills like co-ordination, balance, muscle development and fitness.  It also boosts personal confidence, self-esteem, communication skills, leadership and trust. You can visit their website at

A big thank you to everyone who came along , and a reminder for those who came for the first time that they are always welcome in our community.

We were blessed to have 3 great local musical acts performing, all of whom have taken up the opportunity to use St James as a place for weekly rehearsals.

A big shout out to the performers,

The Shiny Bum Singers  – comical / satirical songs about the public service and politics.

Encuentro – a guitar/singing group which specializes in Latin American songs.

Ukulele Republic of Canberra – 13 singing ukulele players.

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We also had the pleasure of hearing from local storyteller, Brian Hungerford.

As if this wasn’t enough, those who came along had the chance to enjoy a fantastic afternoon tea in the best tradition of St James afternoon teas.

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Keep an eye out for other great events in the future.

Library News

Good News for the avid readers in our Community.

The following new books have been purchased for ‘Meg’s Library’ (the St James/CPRT Library) in the Brindabella Room. To keep up to date with the library please visit our Library page at

Diana Bass Butler, Christianity after religion, 2012

Diana Butler Bass offers a fresh interpretation of the “spiritual but not religious” trend and shares a hope-filled vision for a renewed faith that stays true to the real message of Jesus.

Diana Bass Butler, The practicing congregation: imagining a new old church, 2004

In her provocative new book, historian and researcher Diana Butler Bass argues that there are signs that mainline Protestant churches are indeed changing, finding a new vitality intentionally grounded in Christian practices and laying the groundwork for a new type of congregation

Joseph A Bessler, A Scandalous Jesus: how three historic quests changed theology for the better, 2013

“With theological agility and clarity, Joe Bessler teaches us how three quests for the historical Jesus opened historic questions about dissent and free public discourse, about human struggle and diversity, and about the power of language to disorient and reorient.” — Kristine A. Culp, The University of Chicago

Dr Stuart Edsder, Being gay, being Christian: you can be both

Being Gay, Being Christian dispels the myths surrounding this topic and shows that being gay is neither a sickness nor a sin, but an orientation that is neither wilfully chosen nor wilfully changed, as integral to a person as their temperament, personality or intelligence. Author, well-known Newcastle Psychologist, gay man and Christian, Dr Stuart Edser argues passionately for church people to open their minds and show a willingness to discard older ways of thinking where more modern explanations reveal the truth more accurately.

David Galston, Embracing the human Jesus: a wisdom path for contemporary Christianity, 2012

Ecumenical Chaplain at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada,  a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, and a United Church minister, David Galston’s  book is a sincere effort to think anew about Christianity and Christian practice on the foundation of a purely human Jesus.

Phillip Gulley, The Evolution of faith, 2011

Gulley a Quaker Minister and writer: “The future of Christianity will rest in our ability to make our spiritual boundaries more porous, welcome the wisdom of other faiths, and borrow the best from other spiritual traditions, even as we share with them the stories and insights of Christianity. This in no way dishonors the contributions of Jesus, but recalls his appreciation for those persons thought to be outside the circle of God’s favor.”

Phillip Gulley, If the Church were Christian, 2010
The largest group in American religious life may be the disillusioned—people who have been involved in the church, respect Jesus, but question what Christianity has become. In If the Church Were Christian Philip Gulley provides a profound picture of what the church could look like if it refocused on the priorities of Jesus.

John Smith and Rex Hunt, New life: rediscovering faith, stories from progressive Christians, 2013

Past St James Minister, Rex Hunt has jointly edited this book where lay people tell of their faith journey into progressive Christianity. It includes stories from St James members Ruth Doobov and Aaron Harper!

Amazing Sunday Coming Up

This Sunday we have the unusual  pleasure of having a triple treat of events coming up in the St James community.

At 9am there will be Meditation Service led by Piers Booth. (You can see a short Bio for Piers on our leaders page

Then at 10.30am we have our own special Contemporary Liturgical Service with Linda Pure and Rodney Evans presiding.

Then at 3pm we will have a great community concert and scrumptious afternoon tea. The concert features the Shiny Bum Singers, Ukulele Republic of Canberra ans Encuentro. Sponsored by the St James Social Justice Group and all proceeds will go to Pegasus ACT (Riding for the Disabled). Tickets are $20 Adult; $15 concession & $60 for a family. Contact Evan for tickets 6285 1397.

Please feel free to come to some or all of these events. We always love to see new people come along. As always you can check us out on Facebook:

St James is a safe and welcoming community that offers a unique opportunity to explore progressive religion in practice. It is a place for all people to worship regardless of race, gender, age, cultural background or sexual orientation.