Diakonia UCA

The portal for Deacons in the Uniting Church in Australia

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Welcome to the home page of Diakonia UCA, your online portal for information about Deacons and diaconal ministry in the Uniting Church in Australia.

October 2015
It is with sadness that we learn about the death of retired Deaconess Olive Stafford. She had lived in Mandurah for many years. Her funeral will be held on Friday 9th October. We give thanks for her life and ministry. If you wish to pass on your condolences, it may be easiest through Bev Fabb in WA.

September 2015

Employment: Darwin Ministry Support Worker
A person to minister in the Darwin region with NRCC (Congress) members living or visiting in the area. This is a position that is open to a Minister of the Word, Deacon or Pastor. See details on employment page.

Congratulations to Jesse Size (SA) who has been accepted as a candidate for Ministry of Deacon. Jesse is a school chaplain with a youth work background. He lives in Port Augusta and is connected with the Ninnal Seed community and the Aboriginal Congress at Port Augusta.

Jesse Size

Jesse Size, candidate for Ministry of Deacon

Rev Karen Paull (NSW) has set up a Facebook page about her ministry – Lane Cove Community Chaplaincy. The photo below shows her with a group at Mums and Kids Cooking Fun: artichoke dip, so fresh tuna and cucumber sushi, healthier sausage rolls finished off with chocolate self-saucing pudding.

Rev Karen Paull

Rev Karen Paull at Mums and Kids cooking fun at Lane Cove (NSW)

Rev Cogs Smith (SA) has been inducted into her new placement at Willunga UC in September. Congratulations, Cogs and blessings for your ministry.

SA Synod Moderator Dr Deidre Palmer with Rev Cogs Smith

SA Synod Moderator Dr Deidre Palmer with Rev Cogs Smith

The latest update to the DUCA Directory is posted on the Directory link on this website (password protected). Please check your details and inform us of any changes (contact details on the page).  Deacons will receive a mailing this week, including the contact details we have on file.

August 2015

Rev Graham Anson was inducted into a new placement as Deacon, Chapel by the Sea, Bondi Beach.
Tough gig (not!). Blessings on your ministry, Graham.

Rev Graham Anson

Rev Graham Anson

Rev Wendy Elson was inducted into the Uniting Church, Macedon Ranges Partnership in August. Her induction took place at Kyneton Uniting Church and was led by the Chairperson of the Port Phillip West Presbytery, Rev. Paul Blacker. The Rev. Mark Dunn delivered the sermon and the combined choir led by Rev. Dr. Darcy Wood provided musical performances.

Wendy will be living in Woodend and is the first of three new appointments the Uniting Church will be making in the partnership. The ministry appointments will be role based and Rev. Elson’s primary role is to help the Church and the community to connect together. “This is an exciting new venture”. Rev. Elson said.

The partnership is an initiative of the Uniting Church and has seen twelve congregations, Romsey, Lancefield, Kyneton, Mia Mia, Metcalfe, Sutton Grange, Barfold, Tylden, Woodend, Mount Macedon, Riddells Creek and Gisborne, from across the Ranges combining their resources, skills and vision.

Working together under one Co-ordinating Council, the Partnership members are excited by the idea of ministering within their communities as a combined effort.

Rev Wendy Elson and the congregation

Rev Wendy Elson and some of the congregation

July 2015

Rev Sharon Cutts has been inducted into her new placement in Broken Hill. Congratulations, Sharon, and blessings on your ministry!

Rev Sharon Cutts

Rev Sharon Cutts

March 2015

Ordination of Jean Shannon as a Deacon in the UCA will take place at St James Uniting Church, 40 Gillies Street, Curtin, Canberra, on Saturday 21st March 2015 at 3.00pm. Refreshments to follow. Deacons in the NSW/ACT Synod may be able to go and support Jean on this wonderful day of celebration, or you might like to email a message via k.dilks@me.com or post a card via GPO Box 221, CANBERRA ACT 2601. Thoughts and prayers are with Jean in this time of preparation, anticipation and transition.

Karen Paull will be inducted as Community Chaplain at Lane Cove UC on Sunday 8th March at 2.30pm (Figtree St, cnr Centennial Ave). She has been working in this placement for many months now, but the Induction service had to wait to follow her Ordination. It would be great if Deacons in NSW/ACT could plan to be there to offer support and for Deacons in the UCA to uphold Karen in prayer or consider sending a message of support to the Lane Cove UC office, lanecoveuniting@bigpond.com

On the Lane Cove UC website: “An Innovative Future:   While some people might consider the sale and demolition of a church building to be a complete disaster, the members of the Lane Cove UC  don’t share that view.  They  believe that relationships and community service are more important than buildings.  A future without the Lane Cove building is seen as an unexpected and exciting opportunity to better meet changing needs within the local community”. Karen has been employed as the Community chaplain to help the congregation live into this ‘innovative future’.

February 2015

On Sunday 22nd Feb at 2 pm Andrew Broadbent was ordained as a Deacon in Wesley Church City, Perth. Andrew has taken up a placement in Busselton. Blessings on your ministry, Andrew!
Article in Revive (WA UCA publication).
Ordination sermon: Come stand with me – the clear lens, Rev Dr Ian Robinson

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Ordination of Rev Andrew Broadbent

Congratulations to Rev (Deac) Frances Bartholomeusz (below, second from left) who has just completed a five year formation program for Spiritual Directors. Well done!

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Spiritual Directors Formation Program graduation – February 2015













We spent some time at the DUCA Business Meeting in Adelaide discussing priorities for DUCA and then deciding what kind of structure we need to support our main focus areas. The document outlines the four key areas and those who have put their hand up to assist. More UCA Deacons and candidates are welcome to add their names to the list (please contact the key liaison person for the area of interest). DUCA structure & organisation 2015

Deacon Intensive:
Nine candidates from 5 Synods have been attending the Deacon Intensive in Adelaide, 9-13th February. It has been an enriching time of learning, guided by facilitators including Rev Dr Vicky Balabanski (Bible Studies) and Rev Dr Steve Taylor (evening ‘case studies’ sessions). The three afternoon immersions have included visits to Yatala Gaol (with prison chaplain, Rev Deac Albert Patrizi), Hope’s Cafe which supports refugees and asylum seekers, The Grove Uniting Church (Rev Deac Lyn Leane) and St Andrews Uniting Church community program (coordinated by Rev Deac Adam Tretheway). The photo shows the candidates, facilitators, and some of the planning team and  catering team.

Deacon Intensive 2015

Deacon Intensive 2015














Rev Dr Alison McRae has been inducted into her new placement as Presbytery Minister, Mission & Education, Stawell Uniting Church.


Induction of Rev Dr Alison McRae

 For archived news from previous years, click on ‘archived news’ button at top of page.