Mission Development

We are called by God to be a Prophetic Witness in the city of Adelaide so that
New Life and Vitality will be generated in our city and in its people.

We are blessed to be a blessing.

Pilgrim's mission activities seek to grow our commitment to being a place of welcome and hospitality in the City of Adelaide. Our overriding purpose is to bear witness to the teaching and example of Jesus Christ. Social Justice is at the heart of all that we do as articulated by the Uniting Church in Australia in the inaugural Statement to the Nation (1977), and the Statement to the Nation (1988) for Australia’s Bicentennial celebrations.

In developing our presence in the city, Pilgrim fosters activities and events that help to amplify our Public Voice, strengthen our civic and denominational and interfaith Partnerships, and multiply our Community Connections. The labels below will soon provide links to some of the regular programs and annual 'one-off' events that Pilgrim runs or hosts during the year. Some of these will also have direct links.


 

Partnerships:
We partner with others providing support to the city's population. For example, we are in Covenant with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC). Since 2016 we have partnered with the Chinese (SA) Christian Church. We host the Sunday Night Tea, offering nutritious meals for disadvantaged people, in partnership with community members. We continue to partner with Flinders University to provide field placements for Masters of Social Work students with a focus on community development. Pilgrim is a member of Homelessness SA.

Community Connections:
Many regular or periodic Pilgrim activities multiply our connections with individuals and other communities active in the city. Open Lounge offers a safe haven of hospitality each weekday. Open Church provides a contemplative space, interesting architecture and a display of historic art and information. We also host Art & Photographic Exhibitions, and Lunchtime Music. We support special community services - Workers' Memorial and NAIDOC Week. Pilgrim supports refugees and asylum seekers through Pilgrim Circle of Friends 27, the Community Connections Project, and membership in Justice For Refugees SA.


Public Voice:
There is a special focus on Local Public Theology. Pilgrim is also an active participant in the Urban Mission Network. The Pilgrim website the Electronic Sign and Facebook are indispensable media in amplifying our public voice.


To get a better feel for how we live out who we say we are and what we say we do at Pilgrim you need to go to the Events and Diary pages.

We celebrate our unity and diversity, our shared beliefs and past experiences, and value worship, teaching, creativity and justice.

 

Panel: The story of the Good Samaritan (The Bible - Luke 10:25-37). One of three stained glass panels that depict this story.

The good Samaritan