This week's news and notices from congregations, the SA Presbytery and Synod, and the wider Uniting Church.
News & notices - 25 April 2018
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Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 25 April edition of UC e-News.
Assembly meeting update
The papers for the 15th Triennial Meeting of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly will soon be released. Elected members are reminded to register online here and download the app (more information on the Assembly meeting website here). All Uniting Church members are invited to subscribe to receive updates here and to visit the Assembly meeting website here.
Uniting Church SA Moderator Rev Sue Ellis will be holding listening forums related to the Assembly meeting. These forums will be held through mission networks and with specific groups in May and June after papers have been released. More information about these forums will be shared through UC e-News and New Times online as it becomes available.
Today (Wednesday 25 April) is Anzac Day. Pilgrim Uniting Church will once again hold a special evensong service from 6pm tonight. For more information, please contact the church office on 8212 3295 or email email@example.com
An Anzac Day reflection is available online here.
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission: 2017 Information Statements due
2017 Annual Information Statements are due soon for most congregations. If your congregation reports on a calendar year (1 January to 31 December) the 2017 Annual Information Statement must be submitted by 30 June 2018.
Visit the Uniting Church SA website here to access helpful resources, including a step-by-step guide and checklist.
Thrive with Age at Walkerville
Earlier this year, Walkerville Uniting Church created a comprehensive series of events and programs to be run throughout 2018 with the motto “Don’t just survive: thrive with age”. (Read more about the events and programs in the New Times online article here.)
"Live, Age, Thrive: you are not done yet" is the next Thrive with Age program being run by the church. This series will run on Fridays in May (4-25 May) from 10am-12noon. These sessions will provide space for older people to explore and understand the many transitions in life and look forward to the future with hope and optimism. Cost: $25. Refreshments provided.
Churches and reconciliation: a webinar
TEAR Australia will host a conversation between Adelaide West Uniting Church and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) on Wednesday 30 May from 7.30pm. Presented as an online webinar, the conversation will explore how one local church has gone on a journey towards reconciliation.
Ruth Harbinson-Gresham (Church Council, Adelaide West Uniting Church), Mark Kickett (State Development and Outreach Coordinator, UAICC) and Esmond (retired Uniting Church minister) will talk through some of the initiatives that they have been involved in over the last five years and reflect on what has worked and what has not as they have journeyed toward reconciliation.
This online webinar is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, please click here.
The Interpretation Factor
The Seminary of the Third Age is an initiative supported by the Effective Living Centre and the Progressive Christianity Network. The next Seminary of the Third Age series is titled “The Interpretation Factor” and will be held on Thursday evenings from 3-24 May, each session starting at 7pm at Christ Church Wayville. The series will feature input from Norm Habel, Michael Trainor, Robert Crotty and Bruce Grindlay. For more information, please call 0438 012 227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Art of Curating Worship
This four-part series run by the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts is based on Mark Pierson’s book The Art of Curating Worship and will be held at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church. Over four Monday evenings (7, 14, 21, 28 May), discover what worship curation is all about, how it shapes us as worship leaders and how it opens avenues to re-create encounters with God. The cost is $50, which covers all four sessions and a copy of the book. Registrations can be made online here. For more information, please email email@example.com or call Jenni on 0422 539 028.
Opening service for the 2018 parliamentary year
An opening service for the 2018 parliamentary year will be held on Thursday 10 May, 8-8.45am, at St Peter’s Cathedral (27 King William Road, North Adelaide). All are invited to join in prayer with the SA Parliamentary Christian Fellowship, leaders of Christian churches in SA, members of the SA Parliament and other community leaders.
The majority of Uniting Church SA events are listed on the upcoming events list here.
Some of the events coming up this week are:
- Anzac Day Evensongat Pilgrim Uniting Church
- Seeds of Hope in Troubled Times Retreat (1)at Nunyara Conference Centre
- Journeying Through Chaosat Nunyara Conference Centre
- Finding New Hope & Deeper Wisdom at Nunyara Conference Centre
- Open Church Weekendat Newland Memorial Uniting Church
- The local church as part of the historic built environment at Wesley Kent Town Uniting Church
- Seeds of Hope in Troubled Times Retreat (2)at Sevenhill Centre of Ignatian Spirituality
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Book launch: Understanding sexual abuse
Rev Prof Andrew Dutney will launch “Understanding sexual abuse: a guide for ministry leaders and survivors” written by Rev Tim Hein at a special launch event on Monday 30 April. The event will be held at Uniting College for Leadership & Theology from 4-5.30pm. Drinks and refreshments will be provided, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit the Facebook event page here.
New edition of the Ethical Fashion Guide
Baptist World Aid has just released the fifth edition of their Ethical Fashion Guide. The guide grades different fashion brands on the systems they have in place to protect workers in their supply chains from slavery and exploitation. Digital and print versions are available. Click here to find out more.
Collaborative Advocacy Forum on Refugee Rights
Hosted by Justice for Refugees SA, a Collaborative Advocacy Forum on Refugee Rights will be held on Tuesday 1 May, 9.30am-2.30pm, at Thebarton Community Centre. For more information, or to RSVP, please click here.
Global Day of Prayer to End Famine
The Global Day of Prayer to End Famine will be held on Sunday 10 June, 2018. The aim of the day is to unite ecumenical partners and faith communities all over the world as a prayerful and spiritual movement to: encourage prayer, reflection and action with information and suggestions; bring awareness regarding famine’s impact on the most vulnerable children and families, and to help address its root causes; connect with church-related and other humanitarian organisations currently working to bring immediate relief and positive long-term change; and help communities to uphold each other in prayer and support, by sharing experiences, challenge and solutions.
For more information, please click here.
Religious leaders sign letter to Adani
Over fifty religious leaders from across Australia, including a few Uniting Church ministers, have signed a joint letter asking Gautam Adani to abandon his proposed new coal mine in North Queensland and invest in renewable energy in the region instead. The faith leaders oppose all new coal mining in the Galilee Basin, saying that it would have an unacceptable impact on water supplies, the global climate and the Reef. The letter was prepared by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change group. The full letter is available to read online here.
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