News, Notices & Prayer points - 3 July 2019

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News & notices – 3 July 2019

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 3 July edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • A prayer of thanks for all of those who attended and resourced the final Presbytery and Synod meeting last weekend
  • For the Spirit-led guidance of the newly-formed Generate and Transitional Presbyteries of South Australia
  • For the work and leadership of all who helped, resourced and supported the work of Mission networks. May people find comfort in the knowledge that God is at work in the church and in new ways in their lives and the lives of others
  • For a Spirit-filled adventure and learning experience for young people as they depart this Friday for a pilgrimage of prayer and discernment to the Taizé Community, Cluny, France – organised by The Centre for Liturgy, Music and the Arts (CLMA).


Induction services

  • On Sunday 7 July, at 4pm, Rev Amel Manyon will be inducted as the Dernancourt Uniting Church minister, 
  • 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

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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.



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


Planning to run an Alpha course?

The Alpha Australia team has three training events in Adelaide coming up for those planning to run Alpha in Term 3 or 4. Want to know more about Alpha? Read about it here. These are great opportunities for training new team members or as a refresher for more experienced members.

The training events are scheduled as follows:

  • MONDAY 8 JULY, 7 - 9 pm @Seeds Uniting Church, 42 Sunnymeade Drive, Aberfoyle Park
  • WEDNESDAY 10 JULY, 12 - 2 pm @Burnside City Uniting Church, 384 Portrush Road, Tusmore
  • WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER, 7 - 9 pm @ Clovercrest Baptist Church, 2 Famechon Crescent, Modbury North

These events are a great place to connect with other Alpha leaders, share ideas and pray together. Register your attendance here, or contact Philippa Fielding for more information on 1800 811 903 or">


Music afternoon with The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts.

What is our family of faith singing? Join the CMLA for an afternoon in which six communities share songs that they sing in worship – songs they love to sing, songs that may be seen as an unusual choice to sing, and songs that are new to them. Bring your musicians and worship teams or just come along if you love to sing and learn new songs. Sunday, 4 August, 3:00-5:00pm at Brougham Place Uniting Church (basement). Entry is free. Gold coin donation for afternoon tea. Email"> for more information.


‘No faith in coal’: 150 religious leaders urge PM to show moral leadership

More than 150 religious leaders from across Australia have issued an open letter calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to recognise Australia’s moral responsibility to avoid climate catastrophe and halt all new coal and gas projects.

The religious leaders span the spectrum of faiths and include the heads of the National Council of Churches, Muslims Australia, the Uniting Church in Australia and the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils as well as the Grand Mufti of Australia, Bishops, senior Rabbis and leading theologians.

The letter was organised by Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC).


What will Australia be like economically, socially and environmentally in 2060?

The second Australian National Outlook report was launched in Sydney. The report presented two future outlooks for Australia by 2060 – one of slow decline, if no action on the most significant economic, social and environmental challenges is taken; the other, a positive vision for the future, based on environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive growth. 

UnitingCare Australia was one of more than 50 member organisations that worked alongside the CSIRO and NAB to develop the report. Access the report on the CSIRO website here.




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