News & notices - 12 July 2017

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Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 12 July edition of UC e-News.


New National Director for UnitingWorld

The Assembly Standing Committee has approved the appointment of Dr Sureka Goringe as the National Director of UnitingWorld.

Sureka is currently UnitingWorld’s Associate Director of International Programs for the Pacific region and a previous Chairperson of UnitingWorld’s Relief and Development National Committee. She succeeds outgoing National Director Rob Floyd, who is taking up the role of Associate General Secretary in the newly created Assembly Resourcing Unit. Her appointment will take effect on 17 July.


Workshop: Making Decisions Together

Have you wondered how other churches govern themselves, make decisions and coexist, and asked, “Where can I gain information to assist in my role as a church council member, leader or committee member?”

Making Decisions Together is a workshop for church council members, leaders and committee members that will be held at Christ Church Wayville from 9am-12.30pm on Saturday 22 July.

Rev Terence Corkin (former Uniting Church Assembly General Secretary) will present and lead this workshop, which focuses on making decisions together.

Discover practical tools to apply to a discernment approach to decision making that: honours diversity; respects all participants; is collaborative; builds and sense of community; uses time wisely; is consensus based. Congregations will benefit most if several people attend the workshop together on the day.

Although there is no charge for this workshop, bookings are essential for planning.

To book or find out more, please contact Susan Burt via email at


New Times print deadline

The deadline for the August/September print edition of New Times is Friday 21 July.

If you are thinking of submitting an article, please email

If you would like to submit an event for the diary section, please fill in the form here.

To advertise in the edition, please check out the rates and sizes here and 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 garage sale at Angaston Uniting Church, an anniversary rally at Jamestown Uniting Church, Winterbourne at Westbourne Park Uniting Church, and a mental health seminar at The Corner Uniting Church.

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.

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.


Worship events

27-30 July // Burnside City Uniting Church

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


#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

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