Previous editions of New Times

Editions from 2012-present. Earlier editions (from November 2005 onwards) are available on the ISSUU reader online here.

2017


New Times - December 2017 January 2018

Moving forward in faith

As New Times has moved to bi-monthly print editions, news and timely articles will be shared through New Times online. Many of the news items shared in the December/ January print edition were first published through the online platform, allowing Uniting Church SA members and congregations to receive updates as they happen. To find out more about New Times online, visit sa.uca.org.au/new-times or contact Catherine Hoffman on 8236 4230.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - December 2017 January 2018 (11.7 mb PDF)

New Times - October November 2017

Moving forward in faith

As New Times has moved to bi-monthly print editions, news and timely articles will be shared through New Times online. Many of the news items shared in the October/ November print edition were first published through the online platform, allowing Uniting Church SA members and congregations to receive updates as they happen. To find out more about New Times online, visit sa.uca.org.au/new-times or contact Catherine Hoffman on 8236 4230.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - October November 2017 (11.6 mb PDF)

New Times - August September 2017

We are all called

As New Times has moved to bi-monthly print editions, news and timely articles will be shared through New Times online. Many of the news items shared in the August/ September print edition were first published through the online platform, allowing Uniting Church SA members and congregations to receive updates as they happen. To find out more about New Times online, visit sa.uca.org.au/new-times or contact Catherine Hoffman on 8236 4230.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - August September 2017 (9.7 mb PDF)

New Times - June July 2017

Uniting that the world may believe

As New Times has moved to bi-monthly print editions, news and timely articles will be shared through New Times online. Many of the news items shared in the June/ July print edition were first published through the online platform, allowing Uniting Church SA members and congregations to receive updates as they happen. To find out more about New Times online, visit sa.uca.org.au/new-times or contact Catherine Hoffman on 8236 4230.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - June July 2017 (10.8 mb PDF)

New Times - April May 2017

Times of renewal

As New Times has moved to bi-monthly print editions, news and timely articles will be shared through New Times online. Many of the news items shared in the April/ May print edition were first published through the online platform, allowing Uniting Church SA members and congregations to receive updates as they happen. To find out more about New Times online, visit sa.uca.org.au/new-times or contact Catherine Hoffman on 8236 4230.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - April May 2017 (5.5 mb PDF)

New Times - February March 2017

Stories worth hearing

As New Times has moved to bi-monthly print editions, news and timely articles will be shared through New Times online. Many of the news items shared in the February/ March print edition were first published through the online platform, allowing Uniting Church SA members and congregations to receive updates as they happen. To find out more about New Times online, visit sa.uca.org.au/new-times or contact Catherine Hoffman on 8236 4230.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - February March 2017 (5.7 mb PDF)

2016


New Times - December January 2016/17

Connecting with community

As New Times has moved to bi-monthly print editions, news and timely articles will be shared through New Times online. Many of the news items shared in the February/March print edition were first published through the online platform, allowing Uniting Church SA members and congregations to receive updates as they happen. To find out more about New Times online, visit sa.uca.org.au/new-times or contact Catherine Hoffman on 8236 4230.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - December January 2016/17 (4.4 mb PDF)

New Times - October November 2016

Growing disciples

As New Times has moved to bi-monthly print editions, news and timely articles will be shared through New Times online. Many of the news items shared in the February/March print edition were first published through the online platform, allowing Uniting Church SA members and congregations to receive updates as they happen. To find out more about New Times online, visit sa.uca.org.au/new-times or contact Catherine Hoffman on 8236 4230.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - October November 2016 (4.5 mb PDF)

New Times - August September 2016

Renewing ministries

As New Times has moved to bi-monthly print editions, news and timely articles will be shared through New Times online. Many of the news items shared in the February/March print edition were first published through the online platform, allowing Uniting Church SA members and congregations to receive updates as they happen. To find out more about New Times online, visit sa.uca.org.au/new-times or contact Catherine Hoffman on 8236 4230.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - August September 2016 (2.8 mb PDF)

New Times - June July 2016

This time, this place

As New Times has moved to bi-monthly print editions, news and timely articles will be shared through New Times online. Many of the news items shared in the February/March print edition were first published through the online platform, allowing Uniting Church SA members and congregations to receive updates as they happen. To find out more about New Times online, visit sa.uca.org.au/new-times or contact Catherine Hoffman on 8236 4230.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - June July 2016 (5.2 mb PDF)

New Times - April May 2016

A call and a heart

As New Times has moved to bi-monthly print editions, news and timely articles will be shared through New Times online. Many of the news items shared in the February/March print edition were first published through the online platform, allowing Uniting Church SA members and congregations to receive updates as they happen. To find out more about New Times online, visit sa.uca.org.au/new-times or contact Catherine Hoffman on 8236 4230.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - April May 2016 (3.7 mb PDF)

New Times - Feburary-March 2016

New Beginnings

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - Feburary-March 2016 (3.1 mb PDF)

2015


New Times - December 2015

Grace

Grace is the love and mercy God continually gives – generously, freely and undeservedly. This grace was realised in Jesus Christ. This month’s edition of New Times explores the complex theme of grace, particularly in relation to the Christmas story and the love God demonstrated through the gift of Jesus. New Times – it’s your ministry, your mission, your news. Have you picked up your copy yet?

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - December 2015 (3.3 mb PDF)

New Times - November 2015

Compassion

The gospel is full of stories about Jesus’compassion, demonstrated through both word and action. As followers of Christ, we are called to be compassionate and to share God’s love through acts of kindness. This edition explores the many ways we care for others, and the reasons we are called as Christians to do so.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - November 2015 (2.9 mb PDF)

New Times - October 2015

Acknowledgement

Sometimes acknowledgement can be easy – giving an honest compliment to someone, admitting a minor mistake. But there are also times when it is more difficult – remembering to sincerely thank someone for a generous act, opening up about something personal or confessing a wrongdoing. This edition of New Times looks at how individuals, congregations and faith communities across the Uniting Church SA consider and practise acknowledgement.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - October 2015 (3.6 mb PDF)

New Times - September 2015

Service

John 15:13 says, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. ” One of the ways we lay down our lives is through service. In the Uniting Church, we have many opportunities to serve in big and small ways – through demonstrations of kindness, responsibilities within congregations, contributions to social justice efforts, or support for UnitingCare organisations. Acts of service connect us with others, and help us to express God’s love in the world.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - September 2015 (3.1 mb PDF)

New Times - August 2015

Diversity

Nowhere is the diversity of the Uniting Church in Australia more clearly expressed than at its triennial Assembly meetings. The August edition will provide insightful articles about the decisions and presentations made at the 14th Triennial Assembly, demonstrating the diversity of opinions, culture, backgrounds and ages of people within the Uniting Church.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - August 2015 (3.6 mb PDF)

New Times - July 2015

Discipleship

“Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.” – John 8:31 We are called to be disciples and to disciple to others. Acts of discipleship are important in our personal spiritual growth, our relationships with others and our communities, as we practice Christ’s teachings both inside and outside our church buildings. In July, New Times explores how discipleship is demonstrated in the lives, work and faith of Uniting Church members and communities. New Times – it’s your ministry, your mission, your news. Have you picked up your copy yet?

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - July 2015 (5.7 mb PDF)

New Times - June 2015

Tradition

This edition of New Times focusses on the history and traditions of the Uniting Church and its South Australian communities. While some traditions we keep are empowering and strengthen faith, others are kept up out of habit or a desire to recapture the past. The June edition explores the role of traditions, including how they are sustained and created by Uniting Church SA individuals and congregations. New Times – it’s your ministry, your mission, your news. Have you picked up your copy yet?

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - June 2015 (5.8 mb PDF)

New Times - May 2015

Story

Narratives are central in much of Jesus’ teachings throughout the Bible and continue to be used widely in the Uniting Church today. Stories help us to share, teach and connect with one another. They help us to express our faith in a wide variety of ways. Each member of the Uniting Church has their own unique story to tell. This edition of New Times provides an avenue for people across the breadth of the church to share and teach one another, expressing our faith and spirituality in all its diverse forms.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - May 2015 (9.3 mb PDF)

New Times - April 2015

Resurrection

Over Lent and Easter, Christians across the world reflect on the new life and hope represented by Christ’s resurrection. We think of these on a personal level, seeing Easter as a time of renewing and deepening faith. In the Uniting Church, we are also reminded of our hopes for the lives of our churches. While many of our congregations age, we continue to see bursts of life within these communities through new projects or members, and new ways to engage in faith. This month, New Times reflects on resurrection, renewal and hope within the life of the Uniting Church in South Australia.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - April 2015 (6.3 mb PDF)

New Times - March 2015

Together

The Uniting Church in Australia frequently demonstrates its strong commitment of working together to enter more deeply into faith and mission. This is reflected in the Basis of Union and the activities of our congregations across the country, in addition to our ecumenical and international relationships. In the March edition of New Times, we explore the many ways Uniting Church SA communities and individuals work to seek togetherness through mission and ministry.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - March 2015 (5.7 mb PDF)

New Times - February 2015

Renewal

As we begin a new year, individually and as a church, we are reminded of the renewal we can find through faith in God. The February edition of New Times focusses on stories of loss and new life, hope and growth from congregations, faith communities and individuals across the Uniting Church in South Australia.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - February 2015 (6.1 mb PDF)

2014


New Times - December 2014

Joy

We all experience Christmas differently – some find cause for celebration, while others take time to reflect. In the Uniting Church, we find deep joy in reflecting on Jesus’ birth and God’s love for us. But Christmas can still be a difficult time for many within the Church, as people struggle with feelings of loneliness or remember loved ones who have passed away. This month, New Times explores stories of joy, celebration and reflection as we approach the Christmas season.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - December 2014 (7 mb PDF)

New Times - November 2014

Trust

Trust is one of the most important elements in building strong relationships and communities – both earning the trust of others, and learning to trust them. The November edition of New Times explores stories of trust, detailing times when individuals and communities have had to trust God, themselves and one another.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - November 2014 (8.1 mb PDF)

New Times - October 2014

Home

For many people the word ‘home’ signifies comfort, belonging, welcome, rest. But for those who face hostility at home or are without a home – those seeking asylum in Australia, or the many sleeping on the streets across our country every night – the word may have negative connotations. In this edition, we explore how individuals and communities in the Uniting Church across South Australia make meaning of the word ‘home.’

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - October 2014 (4.8 mb PDF)

New Times - September 2014

Next generation

Who is the next generation of the Uniting Church? Who was the previous generation? Over the past twenty years, ageing congregations and declining numbers have been at the centre of discourse regarding the Church’s future. The September edition of New Times explores the knowledge, wisdom and faith in God that people can share across generations.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - September 2014 (7.3 mb PDF)

New Times - August 2014

Make known

As Christians, we are called upon to proclaim Jesus’ name and tell others of what God has done. The August edition of New Times focuses on stories of the Holy Spirit moving in the lives of congregations, faith communities and individuals in South Australia and beyond as they make God known.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - August 2014 (5.6 mb PDF)

New Times - July 2014

Seeking Strength

Everyone endures times of trial in their lives. While it is not always easy, we are able to turn to God for strength during such periods. The July edition of New Times details the stories of congregations and individuals within the Uniting Church SA, providing an opportunity to share their experiences in turning to God during times of need.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - July 2014 (5.2 mb PDF)

New Times - June 2014

Peace

Peace is the tangible symbol of shalom that we so urgently need. But, in our troubled world, peace and hope can sometimes be difficult to find. In times of challenge, the belief that God is present in all circumstances, offering refuge to all those in need, reminds us of God’s blessing for our lives. New Times – it’s your ministry, your mission, your news. Have you picked up your copy yet?

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - June 2014 (7.4 mb PDF)

New Times - May 2014

All you nations

“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy” (Psalm 47:1 NIV). The Uniting Church in South Australia is wonderfully diverse. Congregations across the state provide spiritual homes for people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, as well as offering a variety of worship styles and missional focuses. In May, New Times celebrates the diversity of the Uniting Church and the common bonds that bring us together.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - May 2014 (6.4 mb PDF)

New Times - April 2014

Cry out

To ‘cry out’ is to scream or shout aloud, especially in pain or terror. To ‘cry out’ for something is to demand it in an obvious manner. ‘For crying out loud’ is an exclamation of anger or dismay. There are so many people, across the world and in our own backyard, who are crying out in these ways. In April, New Times focuses on justice and God’s constant presence in times of struggle.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - April 2014 (6.4 mb PDF)

New Times - March 2014

Teach

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,” (Matthew 28:19, KJV). Jesus was called teacher by the multitudes and by disciples throughout the course of the gospels, but he also calls on us to teach others. The March edition of New Times explores the idea of education and teaching in the Uniting Church today.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - March 2014 (5.4 mb PDF)

New Times - February 2014

Delight

In the everyday hustle and bustle, it can be easy to distract ourselves from the amazing gifts that God has given to us – we all too easily fall into the traps of stress and preoccupation as we go about our daily lives. This month New Times celebrates the delight that can be found in abundance in God’s community and creation.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - February 2014 (7.5 mb PDF)

2013


New Times - December 2013

Love is aging joyfully: at all stages of life

Creaking bones and aching joints are things people commonly associate with growing older. But we are all aging, at all stages of life, and there is much to embrace during the entire process. As God’s people, we are encouraged to live as an intergenerational community, learning and sharing with one another in joy and love.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - December 2013 (5.5 mb PDF)

New Times - November 2013

Love is playful: full of the joy God brings

‘God has a sense of humour – just look at the platypus.’ This familiar phrase is usually expressed in a joking tone, but there does seem to be some truth to it. Our relationships with family, friends and with God teach us that love, although often a serious thing, is also playful.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - November 2013 (4.9 mb PDF)

New Times - October 2013

New Times - October 2013 - Love is growing up: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually

Throughout the course of our lives, every one of us continues to grow – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. With growth and change come growing pains and new experiences but, in the midst of these, we can find comfort in the never-changing presence of God.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - October 2013 (6.5 mb PDF)

New Times - September 2013

Love is believing: discerning and developing faith

Love is believing. Believing in equality. Believing in justice. Believing in others. Believing in goodness. Believing in the salvation that comes through Jesus Christ.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - September 2013 (5.8 mb PDF)

New Times - August 2013

Love is learning: embracing life-long education

The Uniting Church in South Australia is connected to many educative areas and institutions, including schools, colleges and tertiary education institutes. In August, a special edition of New Times focuses on the work of these organisations.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - August 2013 (8.8 mb PDF)

New Times - July 2013

Love delights in truth and rejoices in honesty and justice

Truth can be made tricky by differing individual experiences, knowledge and opinions. However, one truth is always certain – the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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New Times - June 2013

Love is community: engaging in friendship and fellowship

When we say “hello” we reach out beyond ourselves and connect, human to human. It’s a simple act, but it takes the giver and the receiver out of isolation – and into community. At its core, community equals love: love for our neighbours, love that looks out for one another, love that grows and improves as it ages.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - June 2013 (4.6 mb PDF)

New Times - May 2013

Love is united: embracing diversity through faith

Love crosses barriers of culture, individual belief and personality. The population of the Uniting Church is diverse but the people within it are united by their desire to innovate and grow, to proclaim Jesus Christ, and to transform God’s world.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - May 2013 (3.1 mb PDF)

New Times - April 2013

Love is volunteering: sharing time, talents and truth

“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth,” (1 John 3:18). Love in action is a powerful thing to behold – volunteering is one of the most impactful ways that love can be expressed.

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New Times - March 2013

For God so loved the world...Love is the Easter story

The emotions associated with the Easter story are many and varied – contrition, compassion, grace – but it is love that features most strongly. Easter is ultimately a love story – a tangible expression of God’s love and sacrifice for us.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - March 2013 (6.4 mb PDF)

New Times - February 2013

Love is better when shared: through people, places and pancakes

Jesus was once asked, “Who is my neighbour?” Sometimes we forget that people who need our love and care live right beside us. UnitingCare agencies and schools are about sharing the love and care of Jesus with our neighbours right here in South Australia – and beyond.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - February 2013 (6.1 mb PDF)

2012


New Times - December 2012

Contemplation: calming the chaos of Christmas

When the busy 'silly' season is about to hit, or is already upon us, this is perhaps the time when contemplation is most necessary. viewing life with a new breath, a fresh perspective or from another culture’s point of view can refresh our Christmas spirits, and prepare us for whatever festivities we may be invited to.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - December 2012 (6.6 mb PDF)

New Times - November 2012

Called to ministry, called to Christ

Is god's call general or specific? How do you know if you've heard it? We hear from a variety of voices who have sensed a call to ministry in likely, and not-so-likely, forms.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - November 2012 (5.2 mb PDF)

New Times - October 2012

Theodicy - God and suffering

Where is God when it hurts? Is there purpose in suffering? Why do the righteous fall while the wicked prosper? The theology of suffering – theodicy – is a difficult, but necessary discussion point for Christians.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - October 2012 (8.1 mb PDF)

New Times - September 2012

Men and masculinity - have our expectations changed

After covering women of faith in May last year, we now turn our attention to men. Men come in all shapes and sizes, but often their faith is expected to be one-size-fits-all. So what does masculine faith look like in some of its forms?

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - September 2012 (4.8 mb PDF)

New Times - August 2012

Church partnerships - sharing, giving, living

For Uniting Churches, mission is a two-way street. With a focus on partnership and mutual learning, local churches often find their lives enriched – even when they have expected to be the ones doing the enriching.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - August 2012 (5.7 mb PDF)

New Times - August 2012 - Assembly

Changing of the guard

Rev Prof Andrew Dutney is installed as the new President of the Uniting Church in Australia

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - August 2012 - Assembly (3.5 mb PDF)

New Times - July 2012

Life Overflowing: Rev Prof Andrew Dutney share his presidential focus

At the 13th National Assembly this July, Rev Prof Andrew Dutney will be installed as President of the Uniting Church in Australia. The theme for his term in this role will be Life Overflowing. Here we explore the ideas and theology that undergird this.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - July 2012 (5.7 mb PDF)

New Times - June 2012

Happy Anniversary Uniting Church - celebrating 35 years of togetherness

$$$$ For most, money is a very awkward topic at best, and an ignored one at worst. Churches often struggle to approach this without conversations getting a little heated. Money, money, money - it’s never funny, even in a rich man’s world.

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New Times - May 2012

Toil and time - Volunteers share their stories

Volunteering: There are many ways that Uniting Church people share their time for the betterment of others – gratis. While the tasks these volunteers undertake are accompanied by a non-existent pay packet, their work ethic is often the envy of million-dollar corporations.

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - May 2012 (5.1 mb PDF)

New Times - April 2012

Faith that evolves discipleship for all ages

intergenerational discipleship: In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands his disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations...” There is no age limit on this call to action, yet often we only focus our discipleship efforts on the young. What does it mean to go forth and make disciples of all nations – and all ages?

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - April 2012 (5.8 mb PDF)

New Times - March 2012

Easter: death, resurrection & the life everlasting

Easter storytelling: Every Easter we encounter the greatest story of all time. For every congregation, for every believer, that story takes a different shape.

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New Times - February 2012

To tolerate or not to tolerate – that is love’s question

love & tolerance: Love is a many splendid thing... Love lifts us up where we belong... Love, love, love... It seems in music that love is the greatest thing to speak of, to share and to enjoy. In daily life however, and particularly in politics, the term tolerance seems to be shown far more favour. But are love and tolerance simply context appropriate ways of sharing the same idea?

Click to download edition in PDF format: New Times - February 2012 (5.4 mb PDF)