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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.


Responding with joy

Last year, New Times asked Uniting Church SA members from a variety of backgrounds to answer two questions about “joy.” Their responses provide an interesting insight into how faith, life and joy intersect in the lives of Uniting Church members, particularly over Advent and Christmas.


Seven ways to engage your inner child this Christmas

There’s no doubt Christmas is a wondrous time for children, but for adults the stress and frenzy can detract from enjoying the time together. Rev Paul Clark gives some tips on how to recapture the joy this Christmas by engaging your inner child.


'Tisn't the season to be stressful!

First appearing in a 1988 edition of New Times, this article by Dr Darryl Cross outlines ways to deal with stress over the Christmas season.