News & notices - 21 June 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 21 June edition of UC e-News.


Farewell and thanks to Amelia Koh-Butler

As many members of the Church are aware, Rev Dr Amelia Koh-Butler's husband, Terry, has been living with Stage 4 brain cancer since mid-2015. After much prayer, and conscious of the loving support received from members of the Church here, Amelia will conclude in the role of Executive Director, Mission Resourcing and Leadership Development. Terry and Amelia will return to the East coast before the end of the year, to be closer to family support.

At the end of this month, Amelia will switch from full-time to part-time with the Presbytery and Synod, continuing to work on projects in a consultancy capacity until her placement concludes. She will provide support to Rev Prof Andrew Dutney, the Executive Officer of the Mission and Leadership Development Ministry Centre (encompassing Uniting College and Mission Resourcing).

We are grateful for the enormous contribution Amelia has made to ministry throughout the Presbytery and Synod in South Australia and want to thank her for her contributions.

Join us at Adelaide West Uniting Church on Friday 23 June at 8.50pm for a special celebration of thanks.


Upcoming training – Code of Ethics & Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Ashley Davis and Sharonne Price will facilitate a Code of Ethics Refresher for ministry leaders in placements and not in placements. The session will be held at Adelaide College of Divinity on Friday 23 June from 9.30am-12.30pm.

A full day training course on Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect will be held from 9.30am-4.30pm on Thursday 29 June at Nunyara Conference Centre in Belair, and costs $25 (BYO lunch).

For more information on either of these training opportunities or to RSVP, please contact Linda Vinall via email at


Queen’s Birthday Honours – update

Last week, Moderator Rev Sue Ellis sent UC e-News subscribers a “Message from the Mod” about Uniting Church SA members who were awarded Queen’s Birthday Honours on Monday 12 June. Unfortunately, another person with Uniting Church affiliations who was recognised this year was not named in that note – Paul Thomas (OAM). Congratulations to Paul, and to those recognised in the note – Rev Kenneth John Anderson (OAM), Dr Don Stuart Worley (OAM) and Simon Richard Linke (OAM). The full, original message is available to view online here.


Special rates for the Uniting Church’s national worship conference

A special group registration rate is available for the 2017 Transforming Worship conference, which will be held at Burnside City Uniting Church from 27-30 July. When five people from one congregation register at full price, the congregation will receive an additional registration free – six for the price of five! This applies to full registrations only and does not include meals. This special offer will conclude on Friday 30 June.

For more information, please visit the registration page or email


NAIDOC Week (2-9 July) resources

The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress have released resources for NAIDOC Week 2017. NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ history, culture and achievements, and is an opportunity to recognise the contribution that First Peoples make to this nation. In 2017, the NAIDOC Week theme is “Our Languages Matter”.

The UAICC worship resources are available here. These brief resources complement the more general resources provided by the Assembly’s Worship Working Group.


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.


Uniting Leaders Conference - new elective speaker announced

Rev Andy Hogarth from the Journey Uniting Church will lead an elective on the Thursday of Uniting Leaders titled “Ministering in the Power of God.”

Registrations for Uniting Leaders will close on 14 August. To register visit the Uniting Leaders website here.


Pastoral Notes list

At the start of 2017, a new subscriber list was started for people wishing to receive Pastoral Notes. These emails from the Moderator mainly reflect on the lives and ministry of Uniting Church SA leaders who have recently passed away.

To be added to the Pastoral Note subscriber list, please email


Morialta Uniting Church student housing vacancies

Morialta Uniting Church has an opportunity for undergraduate university and TAFE students from regional/rural areas who are looking for housing. They have single bedroom accommodation with shared bathroom and living spaces available to rent for $350 per month, plus a utilities fee. The location is close to UniSA Magill, and is easy travelling distance to Adelaide University, UniSA’s city campus and their Mawson Lakes campus. For more information, please contact Anne Ind on 0402 061 124 or the church office on 8331 9344.


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 education sessions for older people at Resthaven Paradise, an open day at Resthaven Westbourne Park, a Code of Ethics refresher course at Adelaide College of Divinity, an open day at Resthaven Bellevue Heights, the June Presbytery & Synod meeting, Old Time Songs of Faith at Kapunda Uniting Church, Mission Support Group’s Mid-Year Gathering at Broadview Uniting Church, inSpire concert at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, Messy Corner at The Corner Uniting Church, the first South African Prayer Breakfast at Trinity City, an open day at Resthaven Leabrook, a mental health seminar on psychosis at Spicer Uniting Church, and State Mission Fellowship at Scots Church Adelaide.

There are also several events being held to celebrate the Uniting Church in Australia’s 40th anniversary – a day of celebration at Willunga, a series of services at Pilgrim, an Adelaide Hills celebration at Sunset Rock, a Port Elliot combined service at Resthaven Port Elliot, and a celebratory service and lunch at Mitcham Village.

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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