Conference Sequel to IRCA 2023
held in Dubuque, Iowa, USA, 13-19 April
You are invited to join us on to explore the theme for our own context, using ZOOM links and other resources from the conference, as well as input from people who attend the conference
Friday 26 to Saturday 27 May 2023
St Enoch’s Church, 12 Centennial Road, Alexandra, 9320 Aotearoa New Zealand
More information here
IRCA-Oceania exists to bring a uniquely antipodean perspective to the work of IRCA
We endeavour to encourage rural people in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the islands of Melanesia and the South Pacific to come to together to share their experiences and challenges.
IRCA-Oceania grown out of a long-standing relationship between Australian and New Zealand rural churches. Since the early 1980’s rural people in New Zealand and Australia have been linking ecumenically to support, encourage, and resource one another. The first Trans-Tasman Conference was held in Darfield, NZ in 1984, followed by Kyogle New South Wales in 1988, Waipawa, Hawkes Bay in 1992, Myrtleford, Victoria in 1996, Northland in 2000, Clare, South Australia in 2004, Nelson/Marlborough in 2008, and Atherton, North Queensland in 2012.
Contribution of Women in Rural Churches, Fiji, March 2020
The last regional conference was held in May 2016 in Wairarapa, NZ. The theme was Life, Death, and Resurrection.
But those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ John 4:14
Sadly because of uncertainty of travel between countries and between states in Australia, IRCA-Oceania’s planned conference in Longreach, Queensland has been cancelled. We will try again in 2024 Click HERE for details.
A leadership group, appointed at the Conference in 2016, has had the task of keeping the connections and looking at options for gathering four years later. The group includes:
Stephanie Clay who lives at Waikuku beach, North Canterbury, NZ – our Chairperson
Angela Dutton who lives in Wauchope, NSW, Australia – our Treasurer
Katrina Graydon who lives on the Chatham Islands, NZ – our Secretary
Graeme Learsch who lives in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
Robyn McPhail who lives in Alexandra, Central Otago, NZ
Feel free to contact us at any time. Ideas for networking and strengthening ministry in rural communities always welcome. Or to share your stories – stories of challenge and stories of hope.
The operating guidelines for IRCA-Oceania, adopted on the 6th July 2012, can be found HERE
Ruminations Journal of the NSW Rural Ministry Unit, Uniting Church in Australia
Rural Ministry Unit UCA in NSW and ACT
God of the Whenua, print book by Bill Bennett, ebook
Rural and Remote Ministry Sisters of Charity
Being in Rural Areas Sisters of Saint Joseph
The Joys (and Challenges) of Rural Ministry
Outback and Country Ministries Australia
Rural Australia is worth considering
Effects of Closing a Small Rural Church
Rural churches cultivate initiatives
The Christian Faith in Rural Australia
Rural churches pose some hard questions
New Zealand’s ecumenical rural ministry newsletter: Rural Network News