News, Notices & Prayer points - 3 December 2019

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News & notices – 3 December 2019


Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 3 December edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • For people experiencing gender-based violence and all people working for its elimination.
  • For the family and colleagues of former UAICC National Chairperson, the late Rev Garlett AM.


Synod Office closing dates

The Synod Office on Level 2, 212 Pirie Street Adelaide, will be closed over the Christmas break from 3:00pm on 24 December 2019, reopening at 9:00am on 2 January 2020.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Offering from the Moderator's Installation Service

Thank you to those who attended the installation of the new Uniting Church SA Moderator, Mr Bronte Wilson, with special thanks to those who joined online via the live video stream.

The offering at the service totalled $2029.00, which will be used to continue the ministry work being done in Australian outback communities through the work of the Frontier Services.

Read more about their invaluable work here.


CMLA November newsletter (and 2020 events calendar)

The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA), a Mission Centre of the Synod of South Australia, has published their November newsletter. It contains details of events planned for the upcoming summer holidays as well as their 2020 program.

Access the newsletter online here.


Uniting Church WA mourns the loss of Rev Garlett AM

Rev Garlett AM was a Stolen Generations survivor and a founding member of both Bringing Them Home WA and the WA Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation to advocate for survivors and their families.

Read about his life here.


The Uniting Church National History Society has issued its first newsletter.

Access the pdf version of the newsletter here,  or join the Society for only $20 a year here.


Stand in solidarity with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines

Last week the Government of the Philippines included the National Council of Churches in the Philippines on  their list of terrorist organisations. There is a world-wide rallying of church organisations to express solidarity with the NCCP and condemn the move by the Filipino Duterte Government.

The UCA has responded by President Dr Deidre Palmer writing letters to the NCCP, the Duterte Government and to the Filipino Ambassador to Australia.

Deidre has also recorded a message of solidarity which can be viewed here.


Win a copy of Summer in the Forest on DVD

Tomorrow is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. To celebrate the organisation "Movies change People" are giving away a copy of Summer in the Forest, the 'extraordinarily tender' documentary about Jean Vanier and L'Arche. For more information on how to enter, go here.



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


UnitingCare Australia Leaders Forum

Last week UnitingCare Australia held their 2019 Leaders Forum in Canberra. The theme of the event was “Unity in Purpose and Action – justice, trust and hope”. The group was welcomed by a video from Prime Minister Scott Morrison in which he acknowledged the important work of the Church and its agencies.


Returning to Church: Research

Dr Janette Young (University of SA) is working with Dr Ruth Powell (Director of NCLS Research), conducting research about why people who drop away from church for a long period decide to return.
More people are needed to be interviewed about their personal story.

If you would like to participate, or have suitable candidates in mind, please contact Margaret Holt from the SA Council of Churches by email:


Remembering Bill Hollingsworth

Former National Chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress Pastor Bill Hollingsworth was laid to rest at a funeral service in Cairns on Thursday 21 November. As we remember Bill and send our condolences to his family, friends and former colleagues, the Uniting Church in Australia has shared some archival material from Bill’s amazing life.

You can read more here.


NCCA November Newsletter

The National Council of Churches in Australia has published their November newsletter. Read it online here.


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