Friday, 23 June 2017

Events of Interest

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Non-Pilgrim events are shown as Community Announcements. For disclaimers, read here . . .

Pilgrim History Celebrations – June 2017

In 2017, Pilgrim Uniting Church will celebrate a number of important historical milestones, with a series of special services to be held in June.

June will be a time to explore how Pilgrim Church is a ‘community of memory’. In developing a local missional theology for our city context we take a new relationship to the past as we celebrate achievements and acknowledge loss and disappointments. In doing this we recall the gifts and graces given by past members and affirm our present commitment to ‘seek the welfare of the city’ by contributing to the common good and strengthening civil society.

Adapted, Sebastian Kim. Theology in the Public Square, P.134

  • Each Sunday of June will have a special focus celebrating Pilgrim’s history.

For more information, download brochure –
Pilgrim_History_Celebrations.pdf (500 KB)

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National Uniting Church History Conference – June 2017

was held on 9 - 12 June 2017
Pilgrim Uniting Church,

Details of proceedings will be available soon. Please check back for details

A Pilgrim People: 40 Years On

This conference is for anyone interested in and engaged with UCA history (academics, non-academics, local historians, archivists, former missionaries, members of UAICC, clergy, laity, …).

It will feature

  • Addresses by specially invited speakers and panel discussants
  • Papers presented by conference participants
  • Workshops and field visits
  • Opportunities for networking
  • The formal launch of the UCA Assembly’s new national Historical Society
  • Celebration of the UCA’s 40th birthday

For program and registration details,
Download brochure here (PDF, 1.2 MB).

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40 DAYS OF PRAYER - all of this is us


Forty years.

The Uniting Church in Australia is celebrating 40 years as a uniquely Australian church.

At our inauguration service on Wednesday 22 June 1977 the first President Rev. Dr Davis McCaughey, the primary author of our Basis of Union, remarked that church union ‘meant absolutely nothing, unless it drives us back to the fundamental questions – where do you come from, where are you going, and who are you?’

“Are you and I prepared to find our bearings afresh?” asked McCaughey, as he urged the 1977 faithful on a new pilgrimage, to engage the world through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the outpouring of his spirit.

Forty days.

Our leaders are marking the occasion with 40 days of prayer up until our historic inauguration date, from Sunday 14 May to Thursday 22 June.

During this time, we will pray together for renewal for ourselves, our communities, our world and our Church. We will participate in A Destiny Together: A Week of Prayer and Fasting during National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June 2017.

How can you participate:

  • Pray throughout the 40 days
  • Set aside time in your congregation to pray – each Sunday, for a day, for a time each day
  • Join with other congregations to pray together
  • Use the resources for A Destiny Together: A Week of Prayer and Fasting during National Reconciliation Week, as we stand together with First Peoples to deepen the covenant relationship we are committed to

Subscribe - go to this page here and scroll down . . .

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Benjamin Sheen, Organ Recital

As part of the International Organist Recital Series, Pilgrim Church presents a recital by Benjamin Sheen

After his highly successful 2015 visit, Benjamin Sheen is returning to Pilgrim on Sunday 23 July with a recital including works by Bach, Mozart, Vierne, Whitlock, Schumann and Karg-Elert.
Benjamin Sheen is one of the UK's brightest young organists, currently Assistant Organist at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City.
Alongside a busy recital schedule, he has also recently completed his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School in New York.

Sunday July 23, 2:30pm

Tickets $25
Book Now

Mr Sheen will also be leading the Choir and playing in the 11am service

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Free Organ Recitals at Pilgrim


2nd & 4th Thursdays of the Month,
1.00pm in the Church

•June 22, Peter Kelsall

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A Journey to Justice

- Community Announcement -

The State of Justice in a Global Context
Thursday 15 June
6.00 -7.30pm

Professor Baz Dreisinger has visited prisons in nine countries to rethink the state of justice in a global context. In this forum, she will talk about her prison journey - sharing the diverse views on what 'justice' is, and a wide range of approaches to crime and punishment from across the world.

Speakers: Professor Baz Dreisinger, Dr Heather Anderson, Professor Rick Sarre
Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke building, UniSA City West campus

To register and read more . . .

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Local Public Theology – 2017 Workshops

Mission Resourcing SA, the Urban Mission Network and Pilgrim Church are working together to develop a workshop programme for leaders of congregations to share discoveries from their commitment to be public, hospitable churches on ‘main street’.

Sessions will be held at Pilgrim Centre, 14 Flinders St Adelaide.

Topics and dates

  • 9-12 June (long weekend)
    Presentations and papers at the National UCA History Conference including: a Q & A Forum on the topic, “The Church in the Public Square” at 7.45pm on Saturday 10th June and a 40th Anniversary celebration on Sunday 11th June at 7.00pm with guest Stuart McMillan, President of the UCA.

  • Saturday 16th September with Prof Linda Woodhead from the UK. Linda Woodhead MBE is a British academic specialising in the sociology of religion. She is best known for her work on religious change since the 1980s, and for initiating public debates about faith. University of Lancaster. Conducts workshops for congregations all over Britain. Symposium at Pilgrim on Monday 18th.

  • Monday 18th September 7.30pm
    Pilgrim Symposium with Linda Woodhead and a panel of speakers (hosted by Pilgrim Church)

  • Saturday 18 November 10.00am-2.30pm a final session for 2017 and evaluation.

For details, download the brochure Publis_Theology_Brochure (700 KB)

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Refugee Week 2017: Freedom Stories

- Community Announcement -

logoTo celebrate Refugee Week 2017 Justice for Refugees SA is hosting a free screening of Freedom Stories, an Australian documentary that tells the stories of former "boat people" who are now Australian citizens. Directed by award winning filmmaker, Steve Thomas Freedom Stories is a thoughtful and uplifting film that places humanity back in this often politicised debate.

When: Sunday, June 18, 7pm (doors open 6:15pm)
Where: Mercury Cinema 13 Morphett St
Cost: FREE Please register at
Drinks and nibbles available

More information: Ruth Jacobs, Project Coordinator, Justice for Refugees, info at

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You are invited to the Ecumenical Church Service celebrating the opening of


at Pilgrim Uniting Church on Sunday 2 July at 6PM.
It is co-ordinated by Pastor Don Hayward and Dr Lowitja O'Donaghue.

Address by Dr Lowitja O'Donaghue
Speaker: Clyde Rigney
Berean Community Church Choir

A light supper will follow the service.

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Ministry of Silence

- Community Announcement -

1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7.30 - 9.30 pm
Christ Church UCA, 26 King William Road, Wayville

A small group meets as above to practice silent prayer together, inspired by the prayer of Jesus and the desert mothers and fathers of the hesychast tradition.

All are welcome to this ecumenical group as we ‘pray as we can, not as we can’t’.

Please contact Rev Nicholas Rundle for more details.
ph 0406 011 152.

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#BringThemHere Vigil

Every Friday, 5 - 7.30 pm
Parliament House steps

We have decided to put on hold our ‘Standing with Refugees’ vigil on the first Thursday in each month on the forecourt of Pilgrim Church, and support the #BringThemHere vigil with other refugee supporters on the steps of Parliament House, every Friday of the month, beginning at 5pm and ending at 7.30pm.

Join the weekly vigils on Friday evenings calling for the closure of Australia's offshore detention centres and for the refugees to be settled in Australia. Drop in any time or stay for the whole duration. Please bring electric candles (available cheaply at Ned's) as naked flame is not allowed.

Spread the word and bring your friends! #bringthemhere
Feel free to stay for however long you are able. Everyone welcome.

Like the Facebook page

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Philippines Short Term Visit - Cross-cultural experience

- Community Announcement -

Philippines Insolidarity Short-Term visit, 11-24th October 2017

The purpose of the trip is to strengthen the relationship between the Uniting Church in Australia members and our partners in the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. It is open to participants aged 18 years or older.

The cost is ~$2600 per person, which will cover flights to/from the Philippines, travel insurance, all internal travel in the Philippines, accommodation and meals.

The trip will be led by Jill Ruzbacky, an experienced leader with a passion for the Philippines, who has coordinated 12 short term exposure trips to the Philippines since first travelling to the Philippines as a UCA Intern in Mission in 1993.

Enquiries: SA Synod, Tim Molineux, tmolineux at, 8236 4221,
Jill Ruzbacky, jill.ruzbacky at, 0417 878 982.

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Music on Flinders – Free performances


Eclectic music on Monday lunchtimes, 12.30-1 pm, held in front of Pilgrim Church, out on Flinders Street. Come along and enjoy a wide range of music genres from talented performers from rock to acapella. Music includes school performers as well as seasoned veterans in the music industry and everything in between!

There is no cost, so make the most of this brilliant opportunity. Plan to leave the computer and work place for an enjoyable lunchtime break. Bring your lunch, grab a coffee from a local caf, and enjoy 30 minutes of brilliant music - a gift to workers, residents and visitors to the CBD.

Click for Music On Flinders: Facebook and Here

And a YouTube clip of Kathy Brice and Kathy Pike talking about Music on Flinders

An initiative of Pilgrim Uniting Church. Email: (Use '.' and '@' signs when you copy this address.)
office [AT] pilgrim [DOT] org [DOT] au

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Africa Famine Appeal – Uniting World

- Community Announcement -

The world can prevent famine in South Sudan – if we’re fast enough

$1 today is worth more than $1 in two months

CLICK HERE, or on the picture, to donate to UnitingWorld's Africa Famine Appeal

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Tropical Cyclone Debbie Appeal

- Community Announcement -

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Stuart McMillan, has asked church members to lend their support for communities suffering in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

"Our Church will be there to support people in need and help Queensland and northern NSW recover. Please continue to pray for the safety and the welfare of all affected communities, as they come to terms with their losses. I ask all UCA members to please try to support our appeals, which go to support ministry in these communities."

The Assembly's National Disaster Relief Fund remains open to receive donations, with funds to be drawn on by Uniting Churches and agencies supporting recovery in affected areas.

Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible. onal-disaster-relief-fund/

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OP Shop at Scots Church Adelaide

- Community Announcement -

Goodies 2U is a new op shop located on Level 1 at Scots Church Adelaide (237 North Terrace Adelaide).

It is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am - 4pm.

Donations for Goodies 2U and Goodies Op Shop will only be received at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church (entry to Goodies is from Union Street, Beulah Park).

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Oasis in a Busy Week

Tuesday morning 8am and Thursday afternoon 12.15pm services – come along and bring your friends. Each service is a wonderful oasis in a busy week, and a great opportunity for those living and working in the city.

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Events of Interest

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  1. Pilgrim History Celebrations – June 2017

  2. National Uniting Church History Conference – June 2017
    was held on 9 - 12 June 2017

  3. 40 DAYS OF PRAYER - all of this is us
    At our inauguration service on Wednesday 22 June

  4. Benjamin Sheen, Organ Recital
    Sheen is returning to Pilgrim on Sunday 23 July with a

  5. Free Organ Recitals at Pilgrim
    June 22, Peter Kelsall

  6. A Journey to Justice
    Thursday 15 June

  7. Local Public Theology – 2017 Workshops
    9-12 June (long weekend)

  8. Refugee Week 2017: Freedom Stories
    When: Sunday, June 18, 7pm (doors open

    Uniting Church on Sunday 2 July at 6PM.

  10. Ministry of Silence

  11. #BringThemHere Vigil

  12. Philippines Short Term Visit - Cross-cultural experience
    11-24th October 2017

  13. Music on Flinders – Free performances
    April 20Deb Caddy

  14. Africa Famine Appeal – Uniting World

  15. Tropical Cyclone Debbie Appeal

  16. OP Shop at Scots Church Adelaide

  17. Oasis in a Busy Week

Events of Interest – Disclaimers

The events posted on this page include Community Announcements of events that will be neither held at Pilgrim nor sponsored by Pilgrim Uniting Church. Such events as posted may be of interest to Pilgrim members but are not necessarily supported by Pilgrim Uniting Church and are placed solely as a community service.

Pilgrim Uniting Church also hosts a number of groups who have information about their activities posted here and on other Pilgrim Uniting Church webpages. Any views expressed or implied on their pages are not necessarily those of Pilgrim Uniting Church.

The Pilgrim website disclaimer can be read here . . .

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