News & notices - 18 April 2018

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Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 18 April edition of UC e-News.


Anzac Day Evensong Service

Next Wednesday (25 April) is Anzac Day. Pilgrim Uniting Church will once again hold a special evensong service on this occasion. It will take place at Pilgrim on Wednesday 25 April from 6pm. For more information, please contact the church office on 8212 3295 or email


UnitingWomen conference: SA Facebook group

A Facebook group has been created for women from the Uniting Church in South Australia who are considering whether to attend the UnitingWomen conference being held in Brisbane from 27-30 September. The group will be a place for people to raise ideas related to shared accommodation and travel, as well as to share updates about potential support available for women from South Australia who wish to attend. To find out more, please visit the group page here.


Global Day of Prayer to End Famine

The Global Day of Prayer to End Famine will be held on Sunday 10 June, 2018. The aim of the day is to unite ecumenical partners and faith communities all over the world as a prayerful and spiritual movement to: encourage prayer, reflection and action with information and suggestions; bring awareness regarding famine’s impact on the most vulnerable children and families, and to help address its root causes; connect with church-related and other humanitarian organisations currently working to bring immediate relief and positive long-term change; and help communities to uphold each other in prayer and support, by sharing experiences, challenge and solutions.

For more information, please click here.


Religious leaders sign letter to Adani

Over fifty religious leaders from across Australia, including a few Uniting Church ministers, have signed a joint letter asking Gautam Adani to abandon his proposed new coal mine in North Queensland and invest in renewable energy in the region instead. The faith leaders oppose all new coal mining in the Galilee Basin, saying that it would have an unacceptable impact on water supplies, the global climate and the Reef. The letter was prepared by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change group. The full letter is available to read online here.


New edition of the Ethical Fashion Guide

Baptist World Aid has just released the fifth edition of their Ethical Fashion Guide. The guide grades different fashion brands on the systems they have in place to protect workers in their supply chains from slavery and exploitation. Digital and print versions are available. Click here to find out more.


Collaborative Advocacy Forum on Refugee Rights 

Hosted by Justice for Refugees SA, a Collaborative Advocacy Forum on Refugee Rights will be held on Tuesday 1 May, 9.30am-2.30pm, at Thebarton Community Centre. For more information, or to RSVP, please click here.


New documentary: The Song Keepers

The Song Keepers is a documentary about an extraordinary Aboriginal women’s choir from Australia’s Central Desert.

In 2015, the choir visited Germany to perform concerts of German Lutheran hymns and songs, which German Lutheran missionaries had brought to the Northern Territory many years ago. The choir sang these songs in the living languages of the Central Desert – western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara. It’s a story of the world’s oldest culture preserving some of the world’s oldest sacred songs.

This film will have a limited season at the Trak and Wallis Cinemas from Thursday 3 May, 2018. For more information, please click here.


Dollars & Sense: April/May 2018

Dollars & Sense is a quarterly newsletter produced by the UCSA Resources Team, which includes Human Resources, Information Technology & Telecommunications, Insurance Services, Property Services, Uniting Venues SA, UC Invest and Financial Services.

It seeks to provide helpful articles and updates to congregations, and to equip and encourage church office bearers in their roles within the life of the Uniting Church SA.

The April/May 2018 edition of Dollars & Sense is now available to view online here or download as a pdf here.


Upcoming events

The majority of Uniting Church SA events are listed on the upcoming events list here.

Some of the events coming up this week are:

Check out the full list to see other exciting events happening in the coming weeks! Events can be submitted to the list here.


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

UnitingWomen 2018

Early bird registrations are now open for the 2018 UnitingWomen conference, which will be held in Brisbane from 27-30 September.

UnitingWomen is a biennial conference hosted by the Uniting Church in Australia with a focus on Christian women coming together in God’s name, and finding acceptance, encouragement and inspiration.

The theme of the 2018 conference is “Weaving Wisdom and Wonder”. The keynote speaker will be Eloise Wellings, a two-time Olympian who has been representing Australia in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Her running career has been motivated by her personal faith. Eloise is also the co-founder of Love Mercy, a foundation working to empower communities in Northern Uganda to overcome poverty. Other contributors include Lyn Diefenbach, Sarah Hands, and members of the Uniting Church.

Early bird registrations can be made online here. For more information, please visit the UnitingWomen website or email


Margaret Silf retreats and open conversations

Presented by Stillpoint and Loyola, Margaret Silf will speak on “Seeds of Hope in Troubled Times” at retreats and open conversations this month.

The first retreat will be held at Nunyara in Belair, starting on the evening of Friday 27 April and ending during the afternoon on Sunday 29 April. Day registrations are available for the open conversations on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April from 10.30am-4.30pm.

The second retreat will be held at the Sevenhill Centre of Ignatian Spirituality from Monday 30 April to Wednesday 2 May.

For more information, please visit the Stillpoint website or email


Fearless Leaders Conference

Fearless Leaders aims to provide local, affordable access to high quality, Christ-centered leadership and church-building content relevant to churches with any level of resource. The conference will be held at Burnside City Uniting Church from 18-19 May.

With a focus on practical strategies for ministry, leadership and church-building, Fearless Leaders provides an opportunity for ministry teams to network, learn and encourage each other in an environment of worship, prayer and teaching.

The keynote speaker for this year's event is Pastor Sam DiMauro, campus pastor of Hillsong’s flagship venue, Baulkham Hills. He will be joined by the Journey Uniting Church team and guests from other local churches around Adelaide.

For more information, please click here or email

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