News, Notices & Prayer points - 10 July 2019

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News & notices – 10 July 2019

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 10 July edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • For the Spirit-led guidance of the newly-formed Generate and Transitional Presbyteries of South Australia
  • For working together on a shared future as we learn from and walk with the First Nation people in this NAIDOC week.


Website and Facebook page for Transitional Presbytery of SA

The Transitional Presbytery of SA now has both a website and a Facebook page (@TransitionalPresbyteryOfSA). These have been set up to share stories of ministry and mission as a way to build community, to encourage one another, share information and to generate ideas. Stories and event information for the Facebook page can be sent to Rev Rebecca Purling at 


Western Link UC Friendship Club

The next meeting of the Western Link UC Friendship Club will be held at 93 Crittenden Road, Findon, on Thursday 18 July commencing at 1:30pm. Entertainment will be provided by the Malfanese Singers –a new group to the Friendship Club who needs a big welcome. Everyone welcome! A donation of $5 includes afternoon tea. For more information please contact Marion Belle on 8445 2332.


Christmas in July at Clayton Wesley UC

Celebrate Christmas in July with a traditional four course dinner in the Clayton Hall at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church. All funds raised will be used to fund the Spire Community Christmas Hamper Appeal. There will be live music, raffles, hot toddys and more. Patrons can also leave a toy under the Giving Tree.

Saturday, 27 July from 5:00pm. Tickets are $30. Book by calling 8331 3529 or visit the website.


Grants available for women

Australian Church Women SA Inc has funds available through its Jubilee 150 Trust initiative for women who, through lack of resources, are unable to undertake or complete a course, attend training programs of purchase equipment to benefit them and their families. Applicants will need to be sponsored by a Christian Church body or individual office bearer of a Christian group, but need not necessarily be a Church attendee herself.

Applications are to be received by Friday, 27 September 2019. Enquiries and brochures are available from the Trust Convener, Lynne Hook on 0419 835 882 or email


South Australian Council of Churches Newsletter

The South Australian Council of Churches has released their weekly newsletter which can be accessed here. The National Council of Church in Australia’s July newsletter can also be accessed online here.


UnitingCare Australia warns of ‘perfect storm’ in aged care looming

UnitingCare Australia today warned the possibility of a ‘perfect storm’ emerging in aged care, as older Australians face the prospect of being unable to access the supports they need. This is due to a deepening crisis of providers lacking the financial resources to meet the demands of quality service provision.

Informed by numerous recent reports that reveal the unsustainable financial performance of aged care providers across both ‘in-home’ and residential aged care settings, National Director of UnitingCare Australia, Claerwen Little, said the perfect storm forming is a direct result of increasing pressure on providers to deliver services in an unsustainable funding environment. Read more here.


Become a Pastoral Care Volunteer

Are you a good listener, empathetic and passionate about your community? Then this could be an opportunity for you. UnitingSA is giving people the chance to become a trained Pastoral Care Volunteer within aged care facilities. As a Pastoral Care Volunteer you will receive free training and use the gift of pastoral care to connect with seniors in your community.

Course run by Hakim Oerton and Rev Dr Leslie Underwood.

  • Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
  • Dates: Four-week course. Sessions are held every Wednesday (7th, 14th, 21st and 28th) in August 2019
  • Location: Regency Green Multicultural Aged Care, 181-193 Days Road, Regency Park SA 5010

For more information contact Rev Dr Leslie Underwood on 0438 927 224 or email, or download the brochure here.


Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Course

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is professional education for people engaged in spiritual and pastoral care or ministry. It encourages students to develop pastoral identity, theological reflection, counselling and leadership skills.

Course run by Rev Dr Leslie Underwood.

  • Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Dates: Sessions are held on the first Thursday of every month from August - June (first session will be held on 1 August 2019)
  • Location: Regency Green Multicultural Aged Care, 181-193 Days Road, Regency Park SA 5010

For more information contact Rev Dr Leslie Underwood on 0438 927 224 or email, or download the brochure here.


Launching Just Peace SA

Latrobe University Emeritus Professor Joseph Camilleri will be addressing the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom on Thursday, 18 July, at 7:15pm, at The Joinery, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide. Camilleri was one of the convenors of the recent Earth@Peace Conference in Melbourne, with the aim of putting a just and ecologically sustainable peace on the map in Australia. This meeting will also be launching Just Peace SA.  

For more information please contact Anne at or 0416 116 532 or 8447 5749.



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


Induction services

  • Rev Ernest Sorenson will be inducted at Adare Uniting Church on Friday,12 July, at 7pm; and
  • Rev Judi Hartwig will be inducted at Belair Uniting Church on Sunday, 4 August, at 2:30pm.


Art and Theology Blog

The Art and Theology blog, supported by the Uniting Church but ecumenical in nature, is looking for contributing writers. The blog is looking to increase networks and conversations across Australia about arts creativity and theological reflection. For more information or to contribute to the discussion please visit the Art and Theology website.


UnitingSA Winter Appeal 2019

On any given night there are over 6,000 people experiencing homelessness in our state. But did you know that around 450 of these people have a Bachelor Degree education or higher and around 20% are employed? People experiencing homelessness or living in poverty are not always who we imagine.

UnitingSA has launched their 2019 Winter Appeal with request for donations to their Homelessness and Emergency Relief Services. Financial contributions and in-kind donations (warm blankets, clothing and food) are all welcome. Please also encourage your congregations, friends and family to help by either hosting a “Winter Woolies” casual day or gifting financially or in-kind.

For more information call the UnitingSA team on 8440 2200 or visit the Winter Appeal website.


Sydney Conference to offer hope in time of climate crisis

Last week, 150 Australian faith leaders, including the National Council of Churches, called on the Prime Minister to acknowledge that the world is facing a climate emergency and to block all new coal and gas projects. A further demonstration of religious concern for the future of the planet will take place in Sydney this month at Common Dreams 2019, a conference dedicated to progressive religious thought and action.

With the theme “Sacred Earth: Original Blessing, Our Common Home”, Common Dreams will be held July 11-14 at Newington College in Stanmore, and Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney. Keynote speakers at Common Dreams will include internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian, Episcopal priest and activist Matthew Fox; social justice advocate Rod Bower; and Aboriginal leader, Anne Pattel-Gray. Common Dreams will also host the Australian premiere of the film American Heretics

Visit the conference website: or


Charles Harris Book correction

In the special UC e-Update of Friday, 28 June, it was mentioned in the MediaCom Presentation summary that the title “A Struggle for Justice” was by Charles Harris. This book is not by Charles Harris but a biography about his life by author William Emilsen. The book is available for purchase from MediaCom.


SA Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations Network

The South Australian Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations Network (SAACCON) has been established under the Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap. SAACCON will provide advice, recommendations and guidance to the Coalition of Peaks to inform the agreement making and negotiation on policy development and strategic planning for Closing the Gap at the National and State level.

SAACCON will also be the lead for agreement making, policy and program development, implementation and oversight of Closing the Gap with the South Australian Government.





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