News, Notices & Prayer points - 12 November 2019

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News & notices – 12 November 2019


Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 12 November edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • For the Spirit-led guidance of the Generate and Transitional Presbyteries of South Australia.
  • For the preparations for the Annual Meeting of the Synod of South Australia.
  • For those who lost their lives to save ours in all past and current conflict situations, and all those who came back from conflict participation with physical, mental or emotional scars.
  • For everyone affected by the bushfires currently raging throughout Australia.


Commissioning and Induction service: CityView UC

CityView Uniting Church invites you to the induction service of Rev Andrew Robertson and the commissioning of Cyrus Kung as Ministry of Pastor.

At the same time Ms Belinda Taylor will be commissioned into her new role as Chief Executive Officer, MediaCom Education Inc. This significant service will take place on Sunday 17 November commencing at 3:00pm in the new home of the CityView congregation on level 1 of UCity, 43 Franklin St, Adelaide.

The preacher will be Dr David Turnbull and refreshments will be available after the service. As well as sharing in this milestone for the Synod, the congregation and for Belinda, this will be an opportunity to see at least part of the new UCity building.

For more information contact Wendy Perkins on 8236 4284 or email


Induction service: Rev Alison Whish

Rev Alison Whish will be inducted as Minister of the Word at Unley Uniting Church on Tuesday 10 December at 7:00pm. The preacher at this service will be Rev Greg Elsdon. The service will be followed by light refreshments. All are welcome and no RSVP is needed. Unley Uniting Church is located at 187 Unley Road in Unley.


First Peoples’  Voice to Parliament

The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, UnitingCare Australia and the Uniting Church issued a media release last week reaffirming support for a First Peoples’  Voice to Parliament, and expressing reservations about the Federal Government’s plans for what it calls an ‘Indigenous voice to government’.

You can read the media release here.


Researching the factors affecting Christian-Muslim dialogue in Adelaide

A PhD research study is currently being undertaken which explores the views, attitudes and experiences of everyday Christians and Muslims towards dialoguing with the ‘other’. This study is seeking to recruit members of the Uniting Church and the Sunni Muslim community in Adelaide to participate in confidential interviews. This study welcomes and encourages people with a diversity of views to become involved.

By providing understanding of the underlying factors that influence interfaith dialogue between members of these two religious communities, it is hoped this research will derive lessons that may help in building more effective and sustainable social cohesion and inclusion.

Participants will need to be over the age of 18 and be members of or regularly attend a Uniting Church. If you would like to be involved in this important research, please contact Greg MacDonald on


Choral Evensong @ Pilgrim UC

The Choir of Pilgrim Church continues the great tradition of Choral Evensong here in Adelaide, with the November service being the last of the series. Come and hear some of the finest choral repertoire, accompanied by the magnificent Pilgrim organ. A time  of music and contemplation in the heart of the city.

  • When: Saturday 30 November
  • Time: 5pm to 5:45 pm
  • Where: Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders St, Adelaide.


New words for hymns?

The SA Dialogue of the Roman Catholic and Uniting Churches is a group  consisting of six Roman Catholic and six Uniting Church representatives. They are part of an ongoing discussion which seeks to gain a deeper appreciation of each other’s traditions. 

This year the Dialogue has been focussing on our Jewish-Christian relationship, and has become aware of our responsibility as Christians not to cause hurt to our Jewish brothers and sisters, for example as we express our faith in some hymns like "O Come, O come Emmanuel". New words by Dr Mary Marshall of Perth are worth considering.

For more information contact Marelle Harisun at or visit the website


Indigenous and CALD Women in Politics - Towards a more inclusive Australia!

A workshop is planned for supporters and those interested to stand for political and public office to increase the presence of minority groups in our everyday life. Frances Bedford (Independent Member for Florey), Esther Simbi, (Dignity Party) and a range of speakers will discuss the joys and challenges of public and political life in the 125th anniversary year of Women’s Suffrage in SA.

A forum discussion on the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the future of Voice.Treaty. Truth. will form the high-point of this event. The workshop will be followed by a performance by the Dusty Feet Mob and an Iranian feast!

  • When: Saturday 23 November 3:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Where: Hope's Cafe, Corner of the Parade and Portrush Rd Norwood. Register here.

For more information contact Rev Liellie McLaughlin 0437 794 410. This event is presented by Pilgrim Church's Community Connections and the Spire Community and supported by Department of Human Services SA.


Urgently seeking accommodation

A 26-year-old Christian male physics student from Newcastle is seeking granny-flat type accommodation from 30 November 2019 to 22 February 2020. He needs accommodation in the northern suburbs close to RAAF Edinburgh Base for a summer internship with the Defence Force in a research position. If you are able to help, or know someone who might, please contact Scott 0433 263 126.


Western Link Uniting Church Friendship Club

The next meeting of the Western Link Uniting Church Friendship Club will be held at 93 Crittenden Road, Findon on Thursday 21 November commencing at 1:30pm. "ROJO Entertainment" will prepare everyone for Christmas with a presentation. A donation of $5 includes afternoon tea. All welcome! Enquiries: 8443 8145 (Pam).


SACOSS AGM and 'Working to Make Ends Meet' report

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 November, 3:30pm – 5:00pm at Marjorie Black House Community Room, SACOSS, 47 King William Rd, Unley. During this meeting SACOSS will be launching their “Working to Make Ends Meet” report on low-income workers and energy bill stress.

Find out more here.


Ageing Well Community Grants 2019-20

A range of Ageing Well Community Grants is now available for application. These grants are aimed at funding initiatives that will enable South Australia’s older residents to live fulfilling and meaningful lives, and to age well within their communities. Non-government, non-profit incorporated organisations can apply for Grants for Seniors and Positive Ageing Fellowship Grants.

Read more here.



Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below will keep you updated.


Acknowledgement of First Peoples in the UCA

The Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia encourages the whole of the Uniting Church to ensure that a Welcome by or an Acknowledgement of First Peoples is given at the commencement of worship, meetings of boards, councils, committees, schools and agencies and other occasions when the Church gathers. A new resource explains why acknowledging country is important and provides a variety of options for different occasions. Find it here.


Taizé Service

Participants in the recent CMLA (Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts) pilgrimage to the Taizé community, France, led a service at Pilgrim Uniting Church on Sunday 27 October. The under-30s participants shared the impact of the Taizé experience on their everyday lives and spiritual growth. They led the prayer, sung worship and reflective readings with the leader being Rev John Hughes, Minister at Brougham Place UC. An ecumenical Taizé service will be held regularly at Brougham Place UC in 2020. Dates  coming soon.


Aged Care Royal Commission - Interim Report

The interim report from the Aged Care Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was tabled in Parliament on Thursday 31 October. You can find a copy of the report here.


Host a Christmas gift stall

You can make a BIG impact for the global poor this Christmas by hosting an Everything in Common gift stall in your church or community group. It's a great way to help people lift themselves out of poverty and build hope in their communities.

Contact"> or 1800 998 122 and they will send you everything you need to get started. Find out more about gift stalls here.


Can theology prevent disasters?

No. But it can help people prepare for them and lessen the impact! That’s why UnitingWorld has been working hard to roll out resources on a theology of Disaster Resilience among our Pacific partners, some of whom work among people who have been taught to believe that natural disasters are an unavoidable punishment for personal wrongdoing.

Read more about the resources and work on Disaster Resilience here.



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