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.
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: email@example.com.
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.
Last week 200 Australian Christians and 15 Pacific church leaders held almost 100 face-to-face meetings in Parliament with the nation’s politicians, including senior government ministers, as a part of the Micah Australia Voices for Justice Conference.
Synod Standing Committee meeting updates are published to inform the wider Uniting Church SA community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from each meeting of the Committee. This update refers to the recent December 2019 meeting.