News & notices - 5 July 2017

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News & notices – 5 July 2017

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 5 July edition of UC e-News.


NAIDOC Week: 2-9 July 2017: Resources & celebrations

NAIDOC week presents us with an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the contributions Indigenous Australians have made over many years. This year's theme focuses on the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Discover and join in with a broad range of events and celebrations. Local events can be found here. Resources and prayers from The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress can be found here and other worship resources and publications on the Assembly website here.

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Transforming Worship Conference - Public Worship Events

An invitation has been extended to the wider Uniting Church to join in worship with the national Transforming Worship Conference at Burnside City Uniting Church from 27-30 July. A number of different worship gatherings during the conference will be open to the public, including Taize-style worship, a multicultural worship evening, worship led by Salisbury Congress, café-style worship, contemporary and traditional services, and an interactive prayer space. Visiting speakers will also preach at these events. For more details, please click here. Registrations for the conference are still open here

40th Anniversary Video

A video created by Beth Duell for the 40th anniversary of the Uniting Church was shown at the June Presbytery & Synod meeting, the video can be shared and viewed here.

#EvacuateNow candlelit vigil

In October, Manus is being bulldozed, and the company that operates the Nauru camp will leave. Join a nationwide vigil calling on the government to evacuate the people it detains on Manus and Nauru. The women, men and children abandoned in offshore detention are in immediate danger with nowhere safe to go. On 19 July, people will gather across the country for a candlelit vigil to shine a light in the dark. Meet at Elder Park from 6-8pm on Wednesday 19 July. Find out more about the #EvacuateNow event here.

Shaping Worship, Shaping Worshippers: A masterclass series

The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts is holding a masterclass series for worship leaders and anyone who contributes to worship in their faith community or congregation. Over four evenings, attendees will be invited to explore topics such as space setting and symbolic gesture, living the lectionary, and spiritual practices for practitioners. The sessions will be held at 7.30pm on 21 and 28 August, and 4 and 11 September at Café Fellini (102 O'Connell St, North Adelaide). Cost is $20 for all sessions or $10 for a single session. Click here to book.

Call for Christmas and Advent Resources

The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts is seeking Advent and Christmas resources. To share any music, poetry, liturgy, drama or other worship resources please email

Upcoming events

The majority of Uniting Church SA events are listed on the upcoming events list here.

Some of the events coming up this week are a family fun day at Parafield Gardens Uniting Church, a Sacred and Creative Art Event at the Art Gallery of SA and the Effective Living Centre, a receptive ecumenism event at St John the Baptist Parish Centre in Plympton, Blank Canvas arts café at The Corner Uniting Church, and an induction service for Rev Dean Brine.

Check out the full list to see other exciting events happening in the coming weeks! Events can be submitted to the list here.


Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below are ones you might want to catch up on.

National Historical Society launch

Held in early June at Pilgrim Uniting Church, the National Uniting Church History Conference witnessed the launch of the Church’s first National Historical Society. A small committee comprised of representatives from across the Uniting Church Synods was elected to guide the fledgling National Historical Society through its first steps – including the publication of their first journal, which will contain all of the conference papers and presentations.

Read more about the new society and the conference in the media release here.

Sally Stamp

Sally Stamp would like to thank those who have collected stamps for the group, and have encouraged members to keep up the good work. Sally Stamp appreciates the donation of any collections not required by family and suggests that members might ask businesses if they would be willing to collect and donate stamps to this cause. For further information about Sally Stamp or to find out more about donating, please contact Convenor Maxine Haines on 0427 972 417 or email

Receptive ecumenism event

On Saturday 8 July, 9.30am-12noon, a receptive ecumenism event titled “Exchange of Gifts: Reimagining our Unity in Christ through Receptive Ecumenism” will be held at St John the Baptist Parish Centre (342 Anzac Highway, Plympton).

This interactive event and conversation will focus on the following question: “What does my church have to learn from another church about welcoming newcomers, nurturing hospitality, nourishing an active congregation?” All are invited to prepare for this interactive ecumenical learning event coordinated by the SA Council of Churches. RSVPs are essential.

To find out more or to RSVP, please email

One-Two: What’s Next? CALD and Second Gen Conference

“One-Two: What’s Next?” will be held from 25-27 August at Experience Café, CitySoul, Adelaide. This is a CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) conference for Second Gen (second generation) youth and young people. It will include keynote speeches, small groups, feasting, ethnic and multiethnic worship, and electives on topics such as social gospel, challenging identity, and covenanting with First Peoples.

For more information about the conference program, registration and costs, please click here or contact Bev Freeman on 8236 4243.

2017 Uniting Foundation Grants

Applications for the 2017 Uniting Foundation grant round are now open. Eligible projects include those that can demonstrate a capacity to develop leadership skills, increase missional effectiveness and grow disciples. To access criteria, application forms and further information please click here

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