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Faith

Taking off: a church plant launches in Prospect

An exciting new church community has been recently planted in Prospect. Encounter Church, which was officially recognised as a Uniting Church faith community in September 2017, will hold its first public service in mid-February 2018.

Faith

God, goats and gifts

"Christmas isn’t just about making sure our nearest and dearest have everything they need. Christmas is about being swept up in a powerful gift of love and sharing that as far and wide as we can – the meaning, as well as the outcome."

Faith

Have yourself an apocalyptic Christmas

New Testament lecturer Dr John Frederick explores how we can use the Christmas story to reflect on the “apocalyptic” in the traditional sense of the word – the revelation of that which was previously hidden – and how that may shape our thinking for the future.

News

Standing Committee Meeting – December update

Standing Committee meeting updates are published to inform the wider Uniting Church SA community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from each meeting of the Committee. This update refers to the recent December 2017 meeting.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection focuses on the response of the shepherds in the Christmas story, and our own responses to the birth of Jesus.

Faith

Prayerful responses to the Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse handed its final report to the Government on Thursday 14 December. UCA President Stuart McMillan shared these prayers, which may be used for personal or corporate worship.

News

Royal Commission hands down final report

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has urged Church members to help ensure the Church’s commitments to child safety are honoured as a result of the landmark inquiry.

Culture

A revitalisation for Noarlunga

“To live as Ambassadors of Christ” is the mission statement of Noarlunga Uniting Church as they move forward into a new era. Bindy Taylor talks to Rev Douglas Monaghan about the Noarlunga congregation's revitalisation plans.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection focuses on fear and peace, Advent and the Christmas story.

News

Changes to Australian marriage laws

A pastoral statement from the President of the Uniting Church in Australia in regards to the change in Australian marriage law, and a link to a statement from Uniting Church SA Moderator Rev Sue Ellis.

Culture

Christmas is a time for giving

UnitingCare organisations have been collaborating with community groups, churches, schools, businesses and individuals to help brighten Christmas for people in need through the UnitingCare and Target Christmas Appeal.

Leadership

Taking the reins at Westminster

Westminster School, a Uniting Church coeducational day and boarding school established in 1961, has welcomed Simon Shepherd as its sixth principal. In this article, Simon shares his hopes for Westminster students and graduates.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection asks readers to take a moment to truly consider the reason Christ was born.

News

A gesture of solidarity

On Sunday 26 November, a number of Uniting Churches joined faith communities across Australia to stand in solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island following their forced removal from the decommissioned detention centre.

News

Rallying against nuclear waste

Uniting Church and Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress leaders will gather with Indigenous peoples and other members of the community for the Don't Dump on SA Rally on Saturday 2 December.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection focuses Advent and what Christians mean when they talk about "hope".