News & notices - 19 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 19 July edition of UC e-News.


Reconciliation Week thanks

This year, the Pilgrimage of Healing, an appeal held annually during Reconciliation Week, supported the education, discipleship and training needs of young people at the Congress faith community in Oodnadatta. Congress would like to thank all churches, groups and individuals who gave to their ministry this year.

It is not too late to contribute to this important cause. Find out more on the poster here or in the New Times article here.


Fearless Conference – Leaders Day

The Fearless Leaders Day will be held on Saturday 22 July as part of the Fearless Conference. The Leaders Day is for new and seasoned leaders and will explore how to equip others and find inspiration. This event will be held at Journey Uniting Church.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Steph Tai on 0417 861 065 or email


Red Dove Café – excess equipment to give away

The redevelopment of Red Dove Café has left organisers with equipment excess to requirement. They are seeking to give these items away, but they must be collected from the Wayville Showgrounds within the next two weeks. The items are: four gas stoves (domestic type) and one bain marie.

To find out more about these items, please contact Christine Fuss on 0402 278 685.


SURRENDER Adelaide 2017

Early bird discounts are now available for the 2017 SURRENDER Adelaide conference on “Embodying the Way”. The conference will be held at Marion Church of Christ from 13-15 October.

SURRENDER exists to raise up Christians to live the radical call of Jesus and to motivate emerging generations across the wider church to become personally involved in expressions of Christ’s call.

This year’s Adelaide conference will feature speakers Mark Kickett, Traci Blackmon, Karina Kreminski, Mick Duncan and Steve McKinnon.

The early bird price of $99 for the full conference is available until 31 July. Find out more or register here.


Reconciliation SA fundraiser

A special performance of “Two Captains” will be held to raise funds for the 2017 Kokoda Track Reconciliation Trek and the Brougham Place Uniting Church Building Fund on Sunday 30 July at 2pm. The event will be held at Brougham Place Uniting Church.

For more information, including ticket costs, please download the poster here.


Community Celebration Night

The Schools Ministry Group will hold a Community Celebration Night on Wednesday 26 July, 7pm, at Edwardstown Baptist Church (Dorene Street, St Marys). This year, the event will celebrate the value of community. Rev Dr Lynn Arnold AO will give the keynote address, and Rev Mike Mills, State Executive Minister, Baptist Churches SA (current chairperson representing the Leaders of Christian Churches SA), will lead those assembled as they commission new Pastoral Care Workers, Wellbeing Coordinators and Seminar Presenters into their roles. 

This is a free event. RSVPs should be placed through Eventbrite here or the Schools Ministry Group Office on 8378 6800.


Amnesty International off-shore detention video

Amnesty International has created a short video to mark four years of the Australian Government’s off-shore detention regime and the affect it has had on the lives of so many seeking refuge or asylum in Australia.

Congregations and organisations have been invited by Amnesty to share their video at events or on social media. A YouTube version is available here and a Facebook version is here.


Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry Course

The Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry is a course being held in Brisbane from 4-6 September 2017. The three-day program is designed to give participants an introduction to the key concepts and practices of ministering with congregations and organisations in times of transition.

For more information or to register, 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 are a mental health seminar at The Corner Uniting Church, a meeting of the Western Link Friendship Club, a Stillpoint retreat at Nunyara, a garage sale at The Corner Uniting Church, the Making Decisions Together workshop at Christ Church Wayville, a fashion parade at Walkerville Uniting Church, an organ recital featuring Ben Sheen at Pilgrim Uniting Church, a mental health seminar at Spicer Uniting Church, Poets’ Corner at the Effective Living Centre, a session on the Ethos of the Uniting Church at Burnside City Uniting Church and a community lunch at Western Link 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.

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.


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


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


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