News & notices - 28 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 28 June edition of UC e-News.


Presbytery & Synod meeting videos and updates

A number of videos were shown at the June Presbytery & Synod meeting, which was held at Adelaide West Uniting Church from Friday 23 to Saturday 24 June. These included two church planting videos, which are available to view here and here.

Email updates were sent to UC e-News subscribers at the close of each day of the meeting – they are available to read online here and here.


National Historical Society launch

Held in early June at Pilgrim Uniting Church, the National Uniting Church History Conference witnessed the launch of the Church’s first National Historical Society. A small committee comprised of representatives from across the Uniting Church Synods was elected to guide the fledgling National Historical Society through its first steps – including the publication of their first journal, which will contain all of the conference papers and presentations.

Read more about the new society and the conference in the media release here.


Sally Stamp

Sall Stamp would like to thank those who have collected stamps for the group, and have encouraged members to keep up the good work. Sally Stamp appreciates the donation of any collections not required by family and suggests that members might ask businesses if they would be willing to collect and donate stamps to this cause. For further information about Sally Stamp or to find out more about donating, please contact Convenor Maxine Haines on 0427 972 417 or email


Receptive ecumenism event

On Saturday 8 July, 9.30am-12noon, a receptive ecumenism event titled “Exchange of Gifts: Reimagining our Unity in Christ through Receptive Ecumenism” will be held at St John the Baptist Parish Centre (342 Anzac Highway, Plympton).

This interactive event and conversation will focus on the following question: “What does my church have to learn from another church about welcoming newcomers, nurturing hospitality, nourishing an active congregation?” All are invited to prepare for this interactive ecumenical learning event coordinated by the SA Council of Churches. RSVPs are essential.

To find out more or to RSVP, please email


Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect training

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 this training opportunity or to RSVP, please contact Linda Vinall via email at


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 Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect training at Nunyara Conference Centre, an open day at Resthaven Craigmore, the first session of an Ephesians workshop series at Seeds Uniting Church, the Unlimited women’s event in Tanunda, a concert featuring the Jazz Bandits at Marion Uniting Church, a special big band music event at Malvern Uniting Church, and an Intentional Interim Ministry Course at Lincoln College.

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.

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.


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.


2017 Uniting Foundation Grants

Applications for the 2017 Uniting Foundation grant round are now open. Eligible projects include those that can demonstrate a capacity to develop leadership skills, increase missional effectiveness and grow disciples. To access criteria, application forms and further information please click here.

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