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Faith

Recovering lost language in worship

It’s not often that people can call themselves hymn writers these days – but it’s a claim that Rev Don Bell and Dr Maarten Ryder can now boldly make with the launch of their new book. In this article Don talks about writing hymns and the importance of language in worship music.

Leadership

Two weeks in Uganda

On a recent trip to Uganda, Craig Bailey trained local church leaders on the basics of leadership. Craig reflects on his experiences with Ugandan churches and leaders – what he taught, and what he learned in return.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection looks at serving in uncomfortable spaces, and God's promise to provide.

Culture

Engaging with cultural identity

A ministry training course aimed at building cultural awareness will be held on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 August. Kemeri Liévano spoke to New Times about why it's vital for churches to engage in the CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) space.

Family

“Church camps are essential”

Nicole Callen is a long-time Uniting Church SA member and is the Family and Children's Worker at Unity Hill Uniting Church. In this article (part one of three on this topic), Nicole reflects on the importance of church camps in her own life.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection is centred on spirituality and living each day by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Publications

New Times - August/September 2016

The August/September print edition of New Times is now available to view online or pick up in churches. It features articles about the June Presbytery & Synod meeting, the language we use in worship, understanding cultural identity, the importance of church camps, and much more!

Leadership

Delving into lay preaching

Lay Preachers' Sunday will be held on Sunday 7 August, and provides an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of lay preachers and leaders. This article includes links to resources, and asks the question "what is a lay preacher?"

News

Called to a special Synod

This article looks at background information and context for the special Synod meeting being held at Adelaide West Uniting Church on Friday 19 August at 6.30pm. Please read this article for important information and links.

Culture

“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat”

To mark National Homelessness Week (1-7 August), Bindy Taylor spoke to Rev Sandy Boyce and volunteer Barbara Dawe about programs being offered through Pilgrim Uniting Church to support people who are homeless in Adelaide.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection looks at the temptation to gather material items, rather than true treasures, and reflects on Jesus' words: “Where your treasure is, there your heart is also.”

Culture

State-sanctioned child abuse

In this opinion piece, Rhanee Tsetsakos, an Adnyamathanha woman from the Northern Flinders Ranges, writes about the abuse at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre that was aired on ABC’s "Four Corners" on Monday 25 July.

News

A crucial inquiry into the abuse of young people in detention

Uniting Church in Australia President Stuart McMillan has welcomed the recent decision to conduct a royal commission into juvenile detention in NT after horrific footage of abuse in Don Dale Youth Detention Centre was aired on ABC's "Four Corners".

Culture

Promoting partnerships with PROK

The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea and the Uniting Church SA have been building relationships with one another for over 25 years. This partnership continues to provide opportunities for mutual learning, particularly through visits - including one in November 2016.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection is centred on Mark 12:29-31, and encourages readers to remember our call to love God and one another, even when swept up by the busyness of daily life.

Faith

Developing disciples at church camps

Church camps are important events for developing discipleship in young people. With the Uniting Church SA's KCO and SAYCO events fast approaching, now is the time for leaders to start preparing ways to connect campers with faith.