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Dollars & Sense - February 2016

Dollars & Sense is a quarterly newsletter produced by the Uniting Church SA Resources team and seeks to provide helpful articles to congregations and church office bearers. The February 2016 edition of the newsletter is now available online.


Reflection of the week

This week's reflection is centred on Matthew 5:23 - "[So] when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has anything against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled; to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift."


From festive to fat to...?

Cath Taylor shares her thoughts on moving from Christmas festivities to the more reflective period of Lent, and why she will be participating in UnitingWorld's Lent Event this year.


Church growth basics

With more than 35 years spent in ministry, Rev Dr Graham Humphris has gathered valuable insights into ways churches function and flourish. Here Graham shares his experiences, thoughts and advice on how to help churches grow. This article first appeared in Australian Leadership magazine.


Sanctuary for asylum seekers is an offer with ancient pedigree

In offering to open church buildings across Australia as places of sanctuary for asylum seekers, church leaders are appealing to an ancient notion of how we should treat people in need of protection. This article was originally published on The Conversation (CC).


Churches offer sanctuary

Uniting Church leaders are offering sanctuary and support to more than 250 asylum seekers facing deportation to offshore detention.


A new challenge in remote SA

A commissioning service will be held for Pastor Paul Glazbrook on Sunday 7 February, marking the beginning of the Parkin-Sturt Remote Patrol Ministry.


Redress announcement

Uniting Church in Australia President Stuart McMillan has expressed thanks to the federal government after they issued a statement on redress schemes for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse on Friday 29 January.


Reflection of the Week

This week's reflection focusses on Philippians 4:4-7. Wednesday 3 February, 2016.


Urging new talks on sovereignty & treaty

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia has issued a Survival Day message, calling for a new national conversation about sovereignty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Not so super

More than 1,000 retired Uniting Church ministers have had their retirement incomes slashed by Federal Government superannuation changes that came into force on 1 January. Find out more about the changes and what the Assembly is doing in response.


Generation Y and Z bringing the X factor

Christy Rayner shares her experiences working with an inspirational group of young adult leaders as Youth and Young Adults Pastor at Seeds Uniting Church.


What a way to talk

“The whole essence of the spiritual life consists in recognising the plans of God for us at the present moment.” So said Jean-Pierre de Cassaude, and so echoes Rev Maurice Wilmshurst in this piece from 1973.


Planning for 2016

The Uniting Church SA's 2016 calendar is now available online!


What is Epiphany, anyway?

Wednesday 6 January, 2016, is Epiphany – you can see it marked in this year’s calendar and lectionary readings. But what exactly is Epiphany?


How green is my church?

Making resolutions for 2016? Maybe you should consider engaging with ideas to make your church, faith community or home "greener". Jeff Telfer discusses.