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Culture

Making moves at Meadows

Meadows Uniting Church is a small country faith community with a big vision – to see the church become a community centre where people from the local community can be encouraged and ministered to, and have their needs met.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection focuses on refugees and asylum seekers. Refugee Week 2017 will be held from Sunday 18 to Saturday 24 June.

Faith

Prophetic partnership

A new Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress faith community will launch in Adelaide's south on Sunday 11 June. Sean Weetra, one of the people driving the launch, talks to New Times about his hope and vision for the community.

Culture

Reconciliation support at Strathalbyn

Helen Stacey Bunton and Freda Jaadawa Mills reflect on the two moving community events held by St Andrews Strathalbyn Uniting Church, the Strath Neighbourhood Centre and the Aboriginal Reference Group for Reconciliation Week in 2017.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection focuses on being overlooked, finding a place in the world and Psalm 8:5.

News

The long road to reconciliation

Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan shares his thoughts and reflections this Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June), urging all Uniting Church members to think about what they can do to bring about reconciliation.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection focuses on Pentecost (Sunday 4 June), language and overcoming barriers.

Leadership

Seeking guidance about God’s call

On Monday 29 May, a free mentoring training day was held at Uniting College. Reflecting on the event, one of the trainees shares their own thoughts and insights about the importance of mentors in the life of the Uniting Church.

Leadership

Growing into ministry

Mark Conner recently concluded his 22-year placement at CityLife Church in Melbourne, leaving a legacy of four campuses with over 10,000 people. Read about Mark's amazing ministry and his contribution to the 2017 Uniting Leaders conference in this article.

News

A fair go for refugees

Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan has condemned as "inflammatory" and "deplorable" recent comments about refugees and asylum seekers made by Federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's prayer focuses on Ascension Day (Thursday 25 May), the future, and Acts 1:11.

Culture

Oodles of enthusiasm at Oodnadatta

The Pilgrimage of Healing is run annually during Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June). This year the focus is on supporting young people to grow in faith, ministry and discipleship through the Congress faith community at Oodnadatta.

Culture

Faithful witness to Christ

“Be a witness!” This was the challenge presented by Moderator of the Northern Synod, Rev Thresi Mauboy, at the opening devotion of the 2017 Indonesian National Conference held in Perth from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 May. Rev Dr John Squires reports.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection on John 6:9 has been prepared by Rev Sue Ellis for the Moderator's 40 Days of Prayer (14 May - 22 June) to celebrate the Uniting Church in Australia's 40th anniversary.

Culture

Transformation through worship

The upcoming Transforming Worship conference will gather worship leaders, musicians and others to explore the formative and transformative nature of worship. New Times speaks to Ruth Duck and Stephen Burns, two keynote speakers contributing to the conference.

Culture

A lesson for parents and the church

As Mothers Day (Sunday 14 May) approaches, Rev Steph Tai reflects on an important lesson motherhood taught her - one that she believes also applies to the church.