News & notices - 22 November 2017

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Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 22 November edition of UC e-News.


Presbytery & Synod meeting updates

Over the course of this week’s Presbytery and Synod meeting, which will be held from 23-25 November at Adelaide West Uniting Church, updates will regularly be provided via email and social media.

The Uniting Church. Uniting People. Facebook page will be updated with photos and pieces of information throughout each day of the meeting. People attending the meeting are invited to share their own updates and photos on social media using the #PresSynodSA hashtag.

Email updates will be sent at the end of each day of the Presbytery and Synod meeting. These will be sent to the UC e-News subscriber list. To be added to this list, please click here.


Pastoral Notes

At the start of 2017, a new subscriber list was started for people wishing to receive Pastoral Notes. These emails from the Moderator mainly reflect on the lives and ministry of Uniting Church SA leaders who have recently passed away.

On Tuesday 21 November, a notice was sent detailing the life and ministry of Rev Albert Patrizi who passed away on Monday 20 November. Albert had a strong call to prison ministry and was ordained as a Deacon in the Uniting Church in 2013. A funeral service for Albert will be held at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church on Monday 27 November at 10am. Read the note online here.

To be added to the Pastoral Note subscriber list, please email


International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Saturday 25 November is the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. A White Ribbon March will be held on this date in Adelaide from 10-11.30am at Tarndanyangga (Victoria Square). More information about that event is available here.

The Uniting Church SA provides resources related to domestic and family violence through the Beyond Violence campaign. Find out more about Beyond Violence here.


The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is a program of the World Council of Churches, founded in response to a call from the local Heads of Churches in Jerusalem. The program brings international volunteers to the West Bank to serve as Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs), over 1,500 volunteers have served since 2002. EAPPI's mission is to witness life under occupation, engage with local Palestinians and Israelis pursuing a just peace, to change the international community’s involvement in the conflict, urging them to act against injustice in the region. To find out more about the program and how to become an EA, please click 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.

KCO postcards and posters

KCO 2018 is around the corner! There are three ways to get KCO 2018 posters and postcards:

  1. Pick them up at the Presbytery and Synod meeting (23-25 November).
  2. Collect them from the Synod office (Level 2, 212 Pirie Street, Adelaide) during business hours (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).
  3. Have them posted (this option is for rural and regional churches unable to collect items at the Presbytery and Synod meeting).

To obtain posters and/or postcards, please email the church name, number required, and preferred method of collection to as soon as possible.


Advent intergenerational worship resource

Engage Together resources are designed to assist and inspire churches with ways to adapt elements of a worship liturgy to be more intergenerational. A new resource has been created to offer ideas for use during Advent (3-24 December).

The resource is based on the lectionary readings, but the ideas can be adapted to suit any Bible/theme focus. There is also a fifth service included for Sunday 31 December.

This resource includes three options for an Advent wreath litany (either using candles or water) and an Advent bunting activity.

Intergenerational ideas with what to prepare, say and do are provided for each week’s call to worship, a song, prayers of confession, prayers of the people and a Bible reading.

This resource has been written and produced in partnership across three Uniting Church Synods, including South Australia’s Intergenerational Team.

Download the resource here:


Uluru Statement from the Heart

On 26 May 2017, Aboriginal peoples developed their preferred model for Constitutional Reform. On this date, 250 Aboriginal people agreed on the historic Uluru Statement calling for a Parliamentary Aboriginal Voice. The Coalition rejected this recommendation. Without discussion, non-Aboriginal decision makers determined what the Australian people wouldn’t support in a referendum.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart and the government’s response to it will be discussed at the November meeting of the Uniting Church in Australia, Presbytery and Synod of South Australia (23-25 November, Adelaide West Uniting Church). It was also addressed by Uniting Church leaders in the article here.

Fiona Stanley and the Australian Council of Social Service have advocated for this to be discussed across Australia. Sign up to their petition at


Sound desk to give away

Hope Valley Uniting Church has a Yamaha GA32/12 (analogue) Sound Desk with 32 channels to give away for a donation. For more information, please call 8396 0788 and ask for Scott Button or Leticia McMahon, or email


Volunteers still needed

Goodies 2U at Scots Church Adelaide is still seeking volunteers to assist in the day-to-day running of the op shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays (morning and afternoon shifts available). Volunteers at Goodies 2U wish to build a welcoming, inclusive environment for outreach through the shop. All proceeds go towards community assistance. All volunteers are welcome, including those on work-for-the-dole programs, and all will be offered training. For more information, please contact Elferaan on 0420 844 771.


Advent Twilight Retreat

The Australian Christian Meditation Community will hold their annual Advent Twilight Retreat on Tuesday 5 December, 6pm-8pm, at St Columba's Church Hall (3 Rosevear Street, Hawthorn). All are invited to join this free evening retreat, which will focus on “Mary, Mother of God”. Tea, coffee and the bookstall will be available from 5:30pm. For more information, please email the Australian Christian Meditation Community at


Slavery inquiry: everyone has a right to be free

The Australian Parliament is undertaking an Inquiry into an Australian Modern Slavery Act. It’s incredible to think industries like fashion, food and electronics may be tainted with slavery. Join other Australians in calling for a robust act that to make a real difference to millions of slaves in the world. Take action at


Rally about nuclear waste facilities

Many members of the Uniting Church community have been vocal about their opposition to the establishment of a nuclear waste facility in South Australia, citing concerns over consultation with First Nations and environmental factors.

The Don’t Dump on SA Rally will provide a time for members of the community to share their concerns and join together in peaceful protest. The rally will be held on the steps of the SA Parliament on North Terrace in Adelaide from 11am on Saturday 2 December. Find out more on the Facebook event page here.


Act for Peace: Christmas Bowl

A vision shared by all churches is: “A peaceful world where all people share a safe, just and dignified life.” Act for Peace seeks to achieve this through humanitarian responses to emergencies, sustainable development projects, working in partnership with local people, and advocacy and education programs in Australia. In 2016, the Christmas Bowl raised $2 million dollars and was able to make a significant contribution to these kinds of peace-building projects.

All are invited to contribute to the Christmas Bowl in 2017 and ensure continuing support will be available to those in great need.

For more information, please visit or phone 1800 025 101.

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