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Reflection of the Week - 18th April 2023

Our heart is at the centre of our being human. There our deepest thoughts, intuitions, emotions, and decisions find their source. But it’s also there that we are often most alienated from ourselves.


Reflection of the Week - 11th April 2023

It will bother you off and on, like a rock in your shoe, or it will startle you, like the first crash of thunder in a summer storm, or it will lodge itself beneath your skin like a splinter, or it will show up again—the uninvited guest whose heavy footsteps you’d recognise anywhere, appearing at your front door with a suitcase in hand at the worst. Possible. Time.


Reflection of the Week - 4th April 2023

I imagine the crowds sounded a bit like the chattering of morning birdsong - awaiting the arrival of the charismatic wandering preacher, in the midst a city already celebrating the joy and sorrow of Passover.


Reflection of the Week - 28th March 2023

A classic gathered community of relatives and friends, grieving together, illuminates the humanity that binds us all. Grieving and sorrowing also disturbs our perspective – brokenness and blame, belief and benevolence.


Reflection of the Week - 21st March 2023

Let me try to sum it up and describe it in this way. Beginner’s mind is a readiness to always be in awe, to always be excited. We see it in children and in people who don’t filter everything through the brain. Beginner’s mind is one’s mind before the hurts of life have made us cautious and self-protective.


Reflection of the Week - 14th March 2023

Jesus said, ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-dresser. Every branch in me that bears no fruit he cuts away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, to make it bear even more.’ (John 15:1–2)


Reflection of the Week - 7th March 2023

The opposite of resentment is gratitude (from the Latin gra­tia = favour). Gratitude is more than an occasional ‘thanks be to God.’ Gratitude is the attitude that enables us to let go of anger, receive the hidden gifts of those we want to serve, and make these gifts visible to the community as a source of celebration. Gratitude is at the heart of celebration and ministry.


Reflection of the Week - 28th February 2023

Lent offers an opportunity to look at our personal life – heart and soul, mind and body - to honestly review how we are living, why we are doing what we are doing, how we are managing, or honestly, how we are not managing.


Reflection of the Week - 21st February 2023

Even the two greatest commandments, love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and love your neighbour as yourself, are on paper, fairly simple. But obviously, when put into practice it’s a lot harder than it seems.


Join in the fun - Pancake Day is here!

The lead up to Pancake Day is an exciting time for UnitingCare SA staff. Registrations to hold Pancake Day fundraising events have come in from many Uniting Church congregations, as well as schools, community groups and businesses which want to raise funds for UnitingCare organisations in South Australia.


Dean's Australia Day Honour

Dean Kerley, a Loxton resident and active member of the Loxton Uniting Church has been recognised for his service to the Loxton Waikerie district in the Australia Day 2023 Honours List.

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