Saturday, 17 March 2018

Events of Interest

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

Pilgrim Choir – Evensong

Saturday 17th March, 2018 at 5.00pm
Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide.

Pilgrim Uniting Church Choir will be presenting a series of special Evensong services. Having just returned from a tour of the UK, where they sang Evensong at several cathedrals, they are keen to continue this great Choral tradition here in Adelaide.

Evensong will be held on the third Saturday of the month,
during March, April & May –
17th March, 21st April, 19th May.

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- Community Announcement -

St Andrew's by the Sea Uniting Church
92 Jetty Road, Glenelg
18 March 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Event details:
Arts by the Sea brings you an afternoon of entertainment featuring the performing arts of different cultures in Australia today.

Try your luck in the raffle and sample the culinary delights from the stalls in our Food Hall! Free beverages for all. Eat- in or takeaway refreshments available to purchase and enjoy in the casual caf-style hall or garden picnic benches.

Free entry to Food Hall. Entry to performances: $5 donation.

Proceeds to benefit local outreach program Community Aid, supporting refugees and others who are struggling.

For more information
Contact Arts by the Sea
Phone 0405 459 214

Visit: 5762459356

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Jesus: God unveiled in human suffering

Four studies on Mark’s story of the suffering and death of Jesus of Nazareth
Four Study Groups – all starting during the week commencing Monday 19 February.

Pilgrim Uniting Church - 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide 5.30–7.00pm on Mondays 19 & 26 February, and 5 & 19 March 2018

For other locations and times contact our office.

Printed copies of the study resources will be available from the Church Offce, or downloaded here . . . .

Latecomers welcome or you may use the study resource privately

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Support for Tonga

- Community Announcement -

Tropical Cyclone Gita hit Tonga hard on Monday night, 12 February, ripping roofs from houses and causing widespread flooding. It is estimated that the category 4 cyclone destroyed 75% of homes in the country's capital, Nuku’alofa. With winds exceeding 230 km/hour, TC Gita is the strongest storm to hit Tonga in 60 years and early reports indicate that it has caused substantial damage to many communities.

“We are watching, praying and hoping with the Methodist Church in Fiji that their island nation is spared from another severe cyclone so soon after Cyclone Winston," says UnitingWorld National Director Dr Sureka Goringe.

UnitingWorld has launched an appeal to support communities affected by TC Gita.

Find out more, or give online, here.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tonga and those who have connections to the country.

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Seminary of the 3rd Age – Information and Curriculum

- Community Announcement -

At the Effective Living Centre,
26 King William Road, Wayville.

4 seminar topics of 4 weeks each,
Thursday evenings in March, May, August and October.

— Re-thinking Faith in The 21st Century —

An invitation
You are invited to participate in the inaugural program of the Seminary of the 3rd Age. The program, conducted by respected theological scholars and leaders, offers persons young and old, of any faith or no faith, the opportunity to explore and reflect on questions of faith and spirituality relevant in the 21st Century.

What is the cost?
Each session is $15 ($12 concession/ELC members) or $50 for a topic of four sessions.

Who can attend?
Any person can attend, young or old, of faith or no faith. Each seminar will be respectful of the diversity of backgrounds and views of participants.

Do I need to join at the beginning?
Participants can join at any time during the year, and attend occasional seminars or groups of topics.

How do I enrol?
Bookings can be made online using Trybookings
or ring the Effective Living Centre office for assistance 82710329.


March – The God Factor: Re-thinking the Mystery called God
March 1 – The Indigenous God of Abraham – Norm Habel
March 8 – The Gods of Abraham, Moses and Joshua – Norm Habel
March 15 – The Personal God of Jesus – Michael Trainor
March 22 – The Ordinary Power of God – Andrew Dutney

May – The Interpretation Factor: Re-thinking How to Read the Bible
May 3 – ‘In front of, inside and behind’ the Text – Norm Habel
May 10 – An Eco-Reading of Luke – Michael Trainor
May 17 – A Gnostic Reading of John – Robert Crotty
May 24 – A Counter-Empire Reading of Romans – Bruce Grindlay

August – The Jesus Factor: Re-thinking the Bloke Called Jesus
August 2 – Rabbi Jesus - Radical or Heretical? – Vicky Balabanski
August 9 – Jesus, the Stoic Sage – Vicky Balabanski
August 16 – Theo-political Reading of Parables of Jesus – Bruce Grindlay
August 23 – Findings from the Jesus’ Seminar – Don Hopgood

October – The Soul Factor: Re-thinking Spirituality
October 4 – Doing Theology as a Spiritual Adventure – Bob Kempe
October 11 – The Spirituality of Aboriginal Peoples – Ivan Copley
October 18 – The Innate Spirituality of Affection – Sean Gilbert
October 25 – Earth Spirituality – Jana Norman

More information at y- of-the-3rd-age/.

These seminars will form the basis for discussions at Pilgrim Pathways during the year.

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The Outrageous Pursuit of Peace in the 21st century

- Community Announcement -

Wednesday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00pm – April 4, 11, 18, 25
Effective Living Centre
Christ Church Uniting, 26 King William Road, Wayville

A series reflecting on peace and peacemaking as an imperative for the future of planet earth.

Led by Jonathan and Janeen Barker

Jonathan and Janeen bring their combined experiences as educators, advocates for justice, supporters for Indigenous peoples and an ongoing quest to reflect theologically on the human journey.

Participants will be invited to share from their own personal experience, and reflect together theologically. The setting will foster an honest enquiry into the topic while respecting the diverse views, which are likely to be represented.

  1. April 4th
    Beyond tribal identity to global citizenship
    The promise of new covenants

  2. April 11th
    Beyond competition to an economy of life

    The promise of collaborative living

  3. April 18th
    Beyond violence to peace making

    The promise of non-violent solutions

  4. April 25th
    Beyond polarities and inequality to peaceful reconciliation

    The promise of empowered peacemakers

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Living Water tour - save the date!

- Community Announcement -

Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 September, 2018
 Registrations close Friday 13th April

The Moderator, Rev Sue Ellis, has communicated in her "Message from the Mod" that later in 2018 she will be leading a four-day tour along the Murray River. The Living Water tour will take place from Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 September. It will focus on discipleship and Ngarrindjeri spirituality, and will include a Coorong boat cruise.

Living Water is geared towards the "Baby Boomer" generation, but people of all ages are invited to register their interest by emailing Tim Molineux at . Registrations of interest must be sent by Friday 13 April.

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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

  • Monday March 19th, 12.30 - 1pm

    A little bit country, a little bit rock and a lot of heart and passion, that’s the sound of Alt Country Rock duo, Rustflower. A rare pairing of male and female lead vocals and song writing, Pete’s earthy voice complimented by Kerrie’s warm, smooth vocals and strong harmonies, create and engaging sound. With songs that tell the small stories from our large landscape, you will find yourself inside their music on a road trip together. A Rustflower performance is both personal and energetic. With your foot tapping and your heart singing you will leave as friends on life’s journey.

  • Monday March 26th, 12.30 - 1pm

    Adelaide born, German based songwriter Kirbanu, has a special charisma, and an intimate, sensitive manner, that give her a uniqueness. This, combined with her unmistakable style, a beautifully mixture of folk/pop, allows her to capture audiences from the first sound. Kirbanu developed herself and her craft “on the road,” over years spent travelling the world. The result is music that is as colourful and honest as she is, combined with lyrics that directly express her impressions of life. Through her skilled guitar play and melodic quirkiness, one can hear traces of the great 1960’s American songwriters. However, it is her strong and expressive voice that carries her listeners away. Warm, emotional and vocally atmospheric, Kirbanu’s music goes under the skin, connecting deeply with her audience and giving them a musical experience that they can journey and dream within. Intimate, thoughtful and refreshingly natural, this is music that goes form the heart, to the heart.

  • Monday April 9th, 12.30 - 1pm
    Nice Verdes

    Nice Verdes are indie/folk duo Sally and Jesse who have been performing since first meeting at a peace march in Vancouver in 2003. They have performed and toured Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Europe and Guatemala and have studied music and dance in Cuba, India, West Africa and Colombia, continually honing their craft.

  • Monday April 16th, 12.30 - 1pm
    David Robinson

    Talented award-winning songwriter David Robinson has a wealth of experience upon which he draws to make the most of his musical adventures. David performs across Australia in city, suburban and rural settings; on tours, on the great transcontinental trains in pubs,clubs and halls,on stages at festivals, fairs and benefits, anywhere he can. In 2015 David joined the band Plan B as lead singer and has been a part of a successful 12 date tour of the UK. The band also and released an album in 2016.

Looking ahead ...

Monday April 23rd Forte
Monday April 30th OperationFirehat

An initiative of Pilgrim Uniting Church. Email:

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Care Considerations for the Frail Elderly at the End of Life

- Community Announcement -

Monday 19 March 2018, 6pm - 7.15pm
Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building,
 UniSA City West Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide

Presented by Professor Ken Hillman, Professor of Intensive Care and Foundation Director of the Simpson Centre for Health Services Research at the SWS Clinical School, University of New South Wales, which is affiliated with the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research. He is an actively practising clinician in Intensive Care at Liverpool and Campbelltown Hospitals.

"It is well known that the population is ageing, that admissions to the ED, acute hospitals and the ICU are increasing. The majority of patients in acute hospitals are now elderly with multiple age-related chronic conditions. [...] It is time to demedicalise care of the elderly frail and design systems around their own goals of care."

Register here (free, general admission)

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Understanding the Uluru Statement from the Heart: Voice, Treaty and Truth

- Community Announcement -

Wednesday 21 March 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Napier Building, Lecture Theatre 1.02,
 The University of Adelaide, SA 5005

The Public Law and Policy Research Unit invites you to a public lecture to explain the reform proposals in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The proposals were the product of extensive dialogues within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around the nation, and were presented to the Government in October 2017. The Government was unreceptive, but the Opposition supportive. Judge for yourself.

Speakers will be:

  • Tony McAvoy: Senior Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory in 2016/2017

  • Josie Crawshaw: National Co-Chair of the Statement from the Heart Working Group

  • Dwayne Coulthard: South Australian delegate at the National Constitutional Convention in Uluru.

  • Cheryl Axelby: CEO of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement; Board member Reconciliation SA, and Co-Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services

Register HERE (Eventbrite) – Free

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Free Lunchtime Recitals at Pilgrim


1.00pm in the Church

2nd & 4th Thursdays:

Thursday March 22nd

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A quiet day in Lent - with dancing

- Community Announcement -

Saturday 24th March, 10am - 3pm
 Upper Sturt Uniting Church,
 270 Sturt Valley Rd, Upper Sturt

Led by Lynn Hawkins
(Blackwood UC, Stillpoint Spirituality Centre).

Cost $10, light lunch provided.

Book online
or contact Tim Molineux, 8236 4221/

More information

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Walk for Justice for Refugees – Palm Sunday 2018

- Community Announcement -

Sunday March 25th 2018, 2pm
Meet at Victoria Square, walk to Parliament House, Adelaide

Speakers to be confirmed.

Approximately 30,000 refugees are living on temporary visas in our community with their futures in limbo. Many families are separated by the harsh system, and people despair of ever being reunited. Many lack access to education and citizenship and fear being deported to danger.

Refugees on Manus and Nauru are approaching their fifth year languishing offshore.

The refugee movement is shifting public opinion. A majority of Australians are now opposed to the continuing detention of refugees on Manus and Nauru and believe they should be brought to Australia

We are calling for:

  1. An end to offshore detention.
  2. Replacement of temporary visas with a pathway to citizenship and family reunion.
  3. An increase in Australia’s humanitarian intake.
  4. The appointment of an independent Children’s advocate.

Join us and show your support for:

  1. An Australia that treats people seeking asylum humanely and in accordance with Australia’s international obligations ensuring access to a fair application process irrespective of mode or date of arrival.
  2. An Australia where people are free to live in the community while their claims are transparently processed.
  3. An Australia that expands alternative migration pathways for refugees, increases access to family reunion and creates opportunities for increased community involvement in the refugee resettlement program.
  4. An Australia that shows leadership in working with governments and people in the Asia-Pacific to address the causes of refugee displacement and increase access to sustainable humanitarian solutions that include aid, active diplomacy and resettlement.

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Organ Recital: Olivier Latry & Shin-Young Lee

Wednesday April 18, 7:30pm
Pilgrim Church

Pilgrim presents two of the world's most outstanding organists as part of its International Organist Series. Olivier Latry, titular organist of Notre Dame de Paris & Shin-Young Lee, noted concert and recording artist.

Tickets $45 / $40


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Retreats – "Seeds of Hope in Troubled Times" and "Born to Fly"

- Community Announcement -

27 - 29 April — Nunyara, 5 Burnell Drive, Belair SA
30 April - 2 May — Sevenhill, SA

Stillpoint Spirituality and Loyola Ignatian Spirituality will present events featuring Margaret Silf, an engaging spiritual explorer, writer and thinker.

Margaret Silf is a dynamic and engaging spiritual explorer, writer, speaker and retreat giver. She is based in the U.K. and travels extensively to share her passion about spirituality accessible to all.

Retreat at Nunyara Conerence Centre, Belair

A retreat will be held at Nunyara from 7pm on Friday 27 April until 5pm on Sunday 29 April, with day sessions commencing at 9am. Day registrations will be available for open conversations at Nunyara between 10.30am-4.30pm during the retreat.

A second retreat will be held at Sevenhill from 6pm on Monday 30 April to 4pm on Wednesday 2 May.

For more information, please email .

  • Option 1: A retreat at Nunyara Conference Centre (Belair) 7pm 27April - 5pm 29 April (options for live in $240 or live out $170)
  • Option 2: Open Day sessions on Sat 28 and Sun 29, 10.30am - 4.30pm, at Nunyara Conference Centre. ($80 per day, or $140 for both days)

Saturday focus: Stories of Transition ‘We are living through times of rapid and turbulent change. Can breakdown give way to breakthrough? Can chaos be the cradle of new life? What narratives might guide us through these stormy waters?’

Sunday focus: Stories of Transformation ‘Is humanity going anywhere? Is spiritual evolution a real possibility? What narratives speak to us of transformation? How might we be co-creators of the next chapter of our human story?'

Retreat at Sevenhill Centre of Ignatian Spirituality,
College Road, Sevenhill 5053

The following week, Mon April 30 - Wed May 2nd, will be a retreat at Sevenhill ($290)

Retreat focus: Born to fly

The caterpillar’s metamorphosis into butterfly is a remarkable model of transformation. If this can take place in the humble caterpillar, how much more so for us, engaged on a journey of spiritual evolution. This retreat will explore opportunities to give birth to this transformation and be co-creators of a different kind of future for humanity.

Enquiries and further information:


You can download and Information and Registration Form HERE

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Understanding Culture – Cross-cultural workshop

Saturday 26th May 2018, 10am - 3pm
13 Hutt St, Adelaide


In collaboration with
Chinese (SA) Christian Church & Pilgrim Uniting Church.


Speaker: Sam Chan
(Founder of RED / Multicultural Project Officer)

(Lunch provided)

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15th Uniting Church Assembly – "Abundant Grace, Liberating Hope"

July 8 - 14, 2018

Dr Deidre Palmer, the President-Elect of the Uniting Church in Australia and the Ex-Moderator of the Uniting Church SA, recently announced the theme for the 15th Assembly – Abundant Grace, Liberating Hope. Deidre explains why she chose this theme for the 15th Triennial Assembly meeting and her three year term as President.

Read Deidre's announcement here: announced

The 15th Assembly of the Uniting Church will take place at Box Hill Town Hall, Melbourne from July 8 - 14, 2018.

For Assembly News go here:

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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, 4.30 - 7 pm
Parliament House steps

Bring them here weekly vigil
  (supporting refugees
  and asylum seekers)

Each Friday, a gathering takes place on the steps of Parliament House, North Terrace, from 4.30-7pm to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, particularly those on Manus and Nauru.

Participants come from church and community groups. The organisers encourage you to ‘come when you can, leave when you must’. Feel free to bring banners and battery operated candles.

Like the Facebook page

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Act for Peace: Rohingya Crisis Appeal

- Community Announcement -

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya families need your help.

Family homes, neighbourhoods and entire villages have been torched to the ground. People are being killed as they desperately try to flee for safety. Already, more than 400,000 people are estimated to have crossed the border in Bangladesh seeking refuge from the violence. With the number of people seeking sanctuary in Bangladesh set to increase to over 500,000 over the coming days, your support is URGENTLY needed.

Show the Rohingya people that you care. Donate today

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Act for Peace - Urgent Appeal

- Community Announcement -

Famine in East Africa continues to worsen. Babies and children are dying of starvation every day. All agencies are finding that each day more and more people need basic food to feed their children. Already many of them go without themselves in an effort to just feed their children. A doctor in one of the hospitals has predicted that unless help arrives NOW a whole generation may be lost.

Visit to make a donation and hear more stories.

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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 Choir – Evensong
    Saturday 17th March, 2018 at 5.00pm

    18 March 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm

    Four Study Groups – all starting during the week commencing Monday 19 February.

  4. Support for Tonga
    Tropical Cyclone Gita hit Tonga hard on Monday night, 12 February, ripping roofs from houses and causing widespread flooding. It is estimated that the category 4 cyclone destroyed 75% of homes in the country's capital, Nuku’alofa. With winds exceeding 230 km/hour, TC Gita is the strongest storm to hit Tonga in 60 years and early reports indicate that it has caused substantial damage to many communities.

  5. Seminary of the 3rd Age – Information and Curriculum
    7.30pm on February 22

  6. The Outrageous Pursuit of Peace in the 21st century
    Wednesday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00pm – April 4, 11, 18, 25

  7. Living Water tour - save the date!
    Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 September, 2018

  8. Music on Flinders – Free performances
    Monday March 19th, 12.30 - 1pm

  9. Care Considerations for the Frail Elderly at the End of Life
    Monday 19 March 2018, 6pm - 7.15pm

  10. Understanding the Uluru Statement from the Heart: Voice, Treaty and Truth
    Wednesday 21 March 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

  11. Free Lunchtime Recitals at Pilgrim
    Thursday March 22nd

  12. A quiet day in Lent - with dancing
    Saturday 24th March, 10am - 3pm

  13. Walk for Justice for Refugees – Palm Sunday 2018
    Sunday March 25th 2018, 2pm

  14. Organ Recital: Olivier Latry & Shin-Young Lee
    Wednesday April 18, 7:30pm

  15. Retreats – "Seeds of Hope in Troubled Times" and "Born to Fly"
    27 - 29 April — Nunyara, 5 Burnell Drive, Belair SA

  16. Understanding Culture – Cross-cultural workshop
    Saturday 26th May 2018, 10am - 3pm

  17. 15th Uniting Church Assembly – "Abundant Grace, Liberating Hope"
    July 8 - 14, 2018

  18. Ministry of Silence

  19. #BringThemHere Vigil

  20. Act for Peace: Rohingya Crisis Appeal

  21. Act for Peace - Urgent Appeal

  22. Africa Famine Appeal – Uniting World

  23. Tropical Cyclone Debbie Appeal

  24. OP Shop at Scots Church Adelaide

  25. 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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