An Invitation to Covenant with Adelaide Congress

By Tarlee Leondaris

Posted in News

Parishioners of the Adelaide Congress in Salisbury North are currently experiencing hardships. Whilst the Congress is located on Kaurna land, predominately Aṉangu people worship at the Congress.

The Aṉangu people have generally relocated to Adelaide from the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. The overwhelming reason for relocating to Adelaide is for medical treatment not readily accessible on the APY Lands. Upon arrival into Adelaide often Aṉangu people have very limited support systems in place; including limited availability of stable accommodation, food and other necessities. They are also expected to navigate complex health systems when English is their second or third language.

Presently ministry leaders at the Adelaide Congress have been supporting the many Aṉangu people relocating to Adelaide. In particular this has involved providing groceries and other personal care items. Unfortunately, this is becoming a difficult task in large volumes. The Adelaide Congress community has requested Uniting Church congregations to actively participate in Covenanting by supporting Adelaide Congress as they minister to and welcome Aṉangu people arriving in Adelaide often during vulnerable times.

The Uniting Church in Australia stands proudly in a covenantal relationship with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC). The Covenant is part of the DNA of the Uniting Church in Australia. At the heart of the Covenant is the desire to work in solidarity with the UAICC for the advancement of God’s kingdom of justice and righteousness. Currently Adelaide Congress requests Uniting Church communities to actively support the Adelaide Congress Appeal. Items of need at this time include the following:

  • Pasta and Sauces
  • UHT milk
  • Cereals
  • Noodles
  • Rice
  • Flavoured rices
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Sanitary products
  • Tinned goods
  • Dried pulses
  • Dried lentils
  • Coconut cream.

Donations can be collected from your church or delivered to the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology (312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park). Please contact the Synod’s Covenanting and International Mission Officer (08) 8236 4264 or to arrange collection or for further details.




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