News & notices – 15 March 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 15 March edition of UC e-News.

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Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees – Sunday 9 April

This year, the Uniting Church in South Australia will once again stand alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ in the annual Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees. The gathering will walk from Victoria Square to Parliament House to send a message of hope, solidarity and support for refugees - those already settled in Australian communities, and those seeking asylum in Australia. This year's march has the motto: “More courage, less fear. Close the camps and bring them here.”

An estimated 15,000 people attended the 2016 Palm Sunday Walk for Justice - it is hoped the 2017 gathering will be bigger still! A group will be meeting from 1.30pm at Victoria Square to make placards on the day; cardboard and markers will be supplied. The march will begin at 2pm. 

Bring your family, friends and workmates, as well as any banners and signs. All ages welcome.

For more information, please click here.

 

Receptive Ecumenism: Fourth International Conference – early bird registration open

Leaning into the Spirit: discernment, decision-making and reception, the Fourth International Receptive Ecumenism Conference, will be held from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 November at University House, Australian National University, Canberra. Speakers include Professor Paul Murray (Durham, UK) and Professor Michael Welker (Heidelberg, Germany) together with others from various churches, locally and from overseas.

Early bird registrations are now open. For more information or to register, please click here.

 

South Australian Council of Churches 70th Birthday

The SA Council of Churches (SACC) will celebrate their 70th birthday on Saturday 29 April, 10am-3.30pm, at locations across Adelaide on the theme of “An Exchange of Gifts on the Journey Towards Unity”. In addition to encouraging various local events, SACC has invited four city churches to host a ‘pilgrimage-gathering’, which will include times of prayer, story-telling, hospitality and walking together. Pilgrim Uniting Church in Adelaide will be the first gathering place on the day (10am-11.30am).

The entire day is open to Uniting Church members and members of other denominations who form part of the SACC. RSVPS are essential and must be received by Wednesday 12 April on 8215 0300 or email sacc@picknowl.com.au

For more information, please click here.

 

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 include the Western Link Uniting Church Friendship Club, an art exhibition opening at Gallery One in Mitcham, a local public theology workshop at Pilgrim Uniting Church, St Andrew’s by the Sea’s Harmony Day event, and a walking tour of historic Unley run by the Uniting Church SA Historical Society.

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

 

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

Save the dates – Transforming Worship and Uniting Leaders conferences in Adelaide

Two large Uniting Church conferences will be hosted in Adelaide in 2017 – the Transforming Worship conference and the 2017 Uniting Leaders conference.

The Transforming Worship Conference to be held at Burnside City Uniting Church from 27-30 July. Find out more and register here.

Uniting Leaders 2017, “Growing leaders to grow the church”, will be hosted by Hope Valley Uniting Church from 22-24 August. The three-day leadership conference features keynote speakers Nancy Beach and Mark Conner. Find out more and register here.

 

Books to give away

Blackwood Uniting Church has a collection of the following books to give away: The Australian Hymn Book, Sing Alleluia (a supplement to the Australian Hymn Book) and the Good News Bible. If you are interested, please phone Jacqui on 8278 7699 or email office@blackwooduc.org.au

 

Stop the Traffik Easter campaign

For 10 years, Stop the Traffik has asked chocolate companies and stores to take action in their supply chain to prevent and end the trafficking of children to produce the cocoa that ends up in our chocolate. Things are improving, but there are still changes that need to be made.

After two years of campaigning, Woolworths and Coles have both released policies seeing them sourcing their own branded chocolate products to an internationally recognised standard by 2020. Aldi and Haigh’s were first to provide a fully certified Easter range. Now there will be at least four places for people to source 'traffic-free' chocolate over Easter.

Stop the Traffik is asking supporters to thank stores for their support and to continue to urge Darrell Lea to take steps in relation to their chocolate supply chains. For more information about how to take action in either of these ways, please visit the Stop the Traffik website here or contact any of the stores on social media to share your thoughts.

 


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