News & notices - 4 July 2018

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News & notices – 4 July 2018

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 4 July edition of UC e-News.


Child Safe Policy – for congregation’s reform

The Uniting Church at both a state and national level have been quick to act in their response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. One of the pieces of work undertaken in their response has been to develop a Child Safe Policy.  This encompasses the principles of Called to Care, which has been an integral part of our church community for many years.  Church Councils are requested to receive and adopt this as part of our ongoing commitment to Safe Church. You can find the Child Safe Policy for congregations reform here. Read the notification that was distributed to Safe Church Contact persons, Secretaries, Minsters and representatives of congregations/faith communities here. 

Centre for Music Liturgy and the Arts: 15th assembly worship resources

If you are looking for resources for worship pre or post Assembly, the Centre for Music Liturgy and the Arts has gathered and developed resources to aid worship leaders. The resources are based on the President’s theme: Abundant Grace, Liberating Hope. This resource also includes sheet music, the assembly logo, and a power point presentation and has been created at the request of the Pastoral Relations Committee. Resources can be accessed from or heading to the CMLA webpage.


One generation – Many ages

Dr Holly Allen, a professor of family science and Christian ministry at Lipscomb University in Nashville and author of Intergenerational Christian Ministry, will be presenting two lectures and two workshops on topics about intergenerational ministry. The first is a free seminar on Tuesday 24 July at 7pm – ‘Resilience, Trauma and Children’s Spirituality’, and the second is a full-day session on Wednesday 25 July from 9:30am – 4:30pm both at the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology. The full day event costs $40 per person, which includes morning tea and lunch. Please contact Judyth Roberts if cost prohibits your attendance. Download the flyer here. Register here.


Life in Christ Resource

Rev John Blanksby has written a seven week Ephesians study guide for small groups. It is for use in conjunction with the lectionary readings from 15 July to 26 August. John has offered to share this with members of the Uniting Church SA and it can be accessed here.


Gen Z: life and faith.

If you’re a children’s, youth or young adults leader, the Gen Z: Life and Faith event will be of interest to you. The visiting speaker, Claire Madden, is a social researcher, keynote speaker and media commentator interpreting social trends and implications of generational change. The Gen Z: Life and Faith event will occur on Thursday 2 August from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Rostrevor Baptist Church, 288 Montacute Road, Rostrevor. Find out more by downloading the postcard here or via the Facebook page here.


Peace Expo: sharing stories to inspire us on paths to justice and peace

You are invited to hear stories from refugees and displaced persons, discover and share resources and inspire one another on paths towards justice and peace on Sunday 5 August, 2018, 2:00pm – 4:00pm at (Morialta Uniting Church, 26 Chapel St, Magill).

For the flyer and for more information visit:

Registrations to SA Council of Churches: Geraldine Hawkes">



Upcoming events

The majority of Uniting Church SA events are listed on the upcoming events list here.

Events coming up in the next week include:

Check out the full list to see other exciting events happening in the coming weeks! Events can be submitted to the list here.




Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below are ones you might want to catch up on.

Criminal History Check – changes to ID requirements

An updated Application & Informed Consent form is now available on the Uniting Church SA website and should be used with immediate effect as this reflects changes to proof of identity requirements.

The proof of identity document requirement has been updated by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (through which Uniting Church SA process checks), and an applicant must now present the following to meet requirements:

  • one commencement of identity document
  • one primary use in the community document
  • two secondary use in the community documents

The types of documents that can be accepted are listed on the application form, which can be found on the Uniting Church SA's Safe Church webpage here.


Receptive Ecumenism Mini-Conference

“Leaning into the Spirit: discernment, decision-making and reception” is the theme of the receptive ecumenism mini-conference being held on Saturday 28 July, 9am-4pm, at Catholic Education SA (116 George Street, Thebarton).

This gathering will be a place to share insights and learnings from the Fourth International Receptive Ecumenism Conference, which was held in Canberra in November 2017.

The mini-conference will be interactive, with time to listen and learn from one another and from two keynote speakers from the 2017 International Receptive Ecumenism Conference – Dr Antonia Pizzey (Lecturer, School of Theology / Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University) and Rev Dr Vicky Balabanski (Senior Lecturer in New Testament, Flinders University Department of Theology, and Co-Director of Biblical Studies, Uniting College for Leadership & Theology)

BYO lunch or head round the corner to a café with Middle Eastern food. A contribution of $10-$20 is invited towards costs of hosting this event and is payable on the day.

For more information, or to register, please email">

UnitingWomen 2018

UnitingWomen 2018 will be held in Brisbane from 27-30 September, 2018. The conference theme “Weaving Wisdom and Wonder”, will include presentations from Eloise Wellings, Uniting Church in Australia President-elect Deidre Palmer, Queensland Synod General Secretary Rev Heather den Houting and many more. Find out more about the speakers and the conference on the website here. A bursary is available for Uniting Church women in South Australia who wish to attend the UnitingWomen 2018 conference in Brisbane from 27-30 September this year. Applications close on Monday 16 July. The application form is available to download online here.

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