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March 2015

This may interest retired or ‘in between’ UCA Deacons (though open to anyone, lay or ordained). Nungalinya College are looking for a ‘weekend host’ in Term 2. Details below, and on attached PDF documents. Rev Felicity Amery would love to hear from you if you or someone you know is interested.

Nungalinya College is a Theological College for Indigenous people with a campus in Darwin in the NT. Students come in from remote communities to study by intensive. The role of the weekend host is to provide transport to and from the airport or bus depot for students, welcome and settle them into their rooms. In addition, the host acts as caretaker and ensures the safety and security of the premises at weekends, unlocking and unlocking the facilities. A new 2 bedroom unit on campus is provided as part of the position and the host is required to reside on campus at weekends although the accommodation is provided all week.

This position would be an ideal position for either a retired couple wishing to be involved in Indigenous ministry, or a student wishing to explore Indigenous ministry in the future. As the position only requires working at the weekends there would be plenty of time for distance studies to complement the work. A small wage is available, or travel support for a volunteer. Meals (during term time only) and accommodation are included as part of the package.

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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.