with help from Revd Bob Imms
EMU/ RA Past History:
The strength of EMU & RA in Tasmania in the past was centred on the North West Coast and this is still the case with five ACC Congregations in this area, and one on the East Coast. Hobart has an ACC Group that meets bi-monthly on Sunday afternoons. It has over 30 members drawn from five congregations in the Hobart area and the Huon.
ACC Tasmanian Movement:
Following the establishment of the new ACC Assembly Tasmanian members gathered at Legana on February 17th with the Revd Dr Max Champion, Chair of ACC Australia, in attendance. Forty-eight members were present. It was agreed that we constitute ourselves as the ACC Tasmanian Movement with a Steering Committee of seven members. Rev Water Abetz (who is now minister at Scottsdale) was living in Poatina at the time and was appointed the Inaugural Convener. The North West Congregations were enthusiastically led by the past State EMU Chairperson, Rev Trevor Faggotter, until he moved to SA. Ulverstone is now led by the Revd Deva Sugirtharaj, and Barrie Robinson helps to co-ordinate a Northern Tasmanian Cluster of individual mmebers. The Rev Bob Imms, a retired minister, continues to help with the Southern Tasmanian Cluster.
Because of the smallness of Tasmania it has not been too difficult to gather together a large number of its members in one place at one time. This has distinct advantages when seeking the guidance of God and moving forward together with faith and courage. Although we are separated by distance, we can still feel a sense of our unity in Christ Jesus and with one another. It also means that the isolated members can feel that they are not alone, but are members of a larger group, which is praying for and supporting them. We look forward to the future with a conviction that God has called us out to be the “leaven in the lump” of the UCA. This does not mean declaring war but that quietly and earnestly we witness to the Truth and take Jesus’ words seriously “If you abide in my Word you shall be my disciples, and you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free. If the Son sets you free you will be free indeed”. This means that we are in for the long haul. It may take many years but we must never doubt the call of God that brought the new Assembly into existence and our call to be a part of this wonderful new direction for the UCA. Paul writes “If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait patiently for it”.