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19th October 2021

Farewell Reverend Professor Andrew Dutney

It is with mixed feelings and deep regret that the Synod Standing Committee of South Australia recently accepted the resignation of  Rev Professor Andrew Dutney from his roles as Executive Officer and Principal with Uniting College for Leadership and Theology.

Andrew has had an illustrious and dedicated career with the Uniting Church in Australia. His ministry has been characterised by innovative leadership in theological education, research and teaching both nationally and internationally.

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Synod Expo Update

The next Synod Expo will be held in Murray Bridge this Saturday, October 23rd. We again look forward to a day of connecting and sharing, incorporating workshops about historical records, Intergenerational Ministry, Healthy Church Councils, Messy Church and Engagement. Book now!

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Presbytery Restructure Review

We are consulting with all the presbyteries and various groups across the Synod about the Presbytery Re-structure Review and value the input of congregations, ministry agents and individuals as to your experience of the restructure. You are invited to participate in the review by completing a survey. 

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Code of Ethics Update

If Christian leadership is informed and shaped by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus then clearly we will be eager to avoid complaints of bullying and harassment. More positively we will be seeking to build communities that are marked by welcome, hospitality and generosity.

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2022 Calendar Orders Now Open!

Each year the Uniting Church in SA produces a Calendar with important dates and lectionary readings related to the life of the church. Orders for the 2022 Calendar are now open with 'earlybird' pricing available until the 8th November 2021. Details are available on the Synod website.

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Christmas Postcard Orders Now Open!

Postcards are a great way to inform congregations and your wider local communities about Christmas service times. Postcards and accompanying posters can be ordered from now until the 8th November 2021 with details available on the Synod website.


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Christmas Worship Services

As you prepare for the coming Christmas season, please email through your congregation's service times to Engagement so they can be listed on the 'Uniting Church Christmas Services 2021' page of the Synod website. All other events (other than worship services) should be submitted via the Events form in the usual way.

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Event Highlight

Jesus calls us to go out and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. But what is the Kingdom of God? What does Jesus have to do with it? How do we proclaim the Gospel anyway? On Saturday, November 20th from 9.30 am Rev David Kowalick will lead The Gospel of the Kingdom seminar at Coromandel Valley Uniting Church.

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Upcoming Events

Please note, many gatherings of people in SA may be further impacted by recent COVID-19 restrictions. The list below is the most up-to-date information available at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Upcoming events:

  • Mindfulness Meditation >>>
  • Rev Dr Christy Capper: 'How Authentic Selfhood is Key to Christian Mission' >>>
  • Celebrating 50 Years - Athelstone Uniting Church >>>
  • Music and Worship >>>
  • Exploring the History of the Sunday School Movement and its role in the Uniting Church >>>
  • Facing the Big Questions of 2021: Panel discussion with Sean Gilbert, Mario Trinidad, Vicky Balabbanski, Norm Habel >>>

Want to share your event with the wider Uniting Church in SA? Complete the Events Form here.


Prayer Points

This week we pray for:

  • For children, young people and families enduring financial stress and poverty at this time
  • For the wisdom and clarity of world leaders as they gather to discuss the challenges of climate change
  • For all experiencing mental health issues may they find peace and comfort as they work towards recovery.


In Mark 10:35-45, James and John’s sense of entitlement seems quite extraordinary. They may have listened to Jesus’ teachings, but not ‘heard’ the truth deep in their souls. They slipped into the patterning of their familiar Honour/Shame, hierarchical society, where ‘position’ denotes power and status.

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