centenary news

SALA Art Exhibition: Beyond the Wharf Sheds

August 23 – September 1

Black Diamond Gallery
66 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide

In recognition of UnitingSA’s centenary in 2019, a mixed media art exhibition celebrating the talent that lies within UnitingSA’s clients, residents, staff, families, carers and volunteers of all ages and experiences will burst at the seams in the heart of Port Adelaide.

We have been overwhelmed with submissions and are excited to say we will be showcasing the work of dozens of artists!

UnitingSA is proud to present this inaugural exhibition which reflects our vision for a compassionate, respectful and just community in which all people participate and flourish.

This exhibition is our community. View the poster here. 

Exhibition opening hours:

Friday 23 August: Midday- 3pm

Saturday 24 August to Sunday 1 September: 10am – 3pm

Commemorating 100 years of service

We officially celebrated the day of our founding on April 8 with a special event at Port Adelaide Uniting Church, attended by key supporters from our 100-year story.

We were privileged to have His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, join us as one of our guest speakers. Speeches were also delivered by our Board Chair Gael Fraser, CEO Libby Craft, the Moderator of the Uniting Church Synod in SA, Rev Sue Ellis, and past Superintendent Minister, Rev Don Catford.

“It is incredible to think that on this day, 100 years ago, our organisation began as the Port Adelaide Central Methodist Mission,” Gael told the gathering. “In those early days, nobody could have imagined how significant the work of the Mission would become.”

Libby added: “I would like to think that 100 years from now, another occasion will be held in which future generations will look back and reflect on the positive difference we are making in people’s lives today. It would be incredible to think that by then, our vision for ‘a compassionate, respectful and just community in which all people participate and flourish’ is no longer a vision – but a reality.”

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this special occasion. We look forward to continuing our centenary celebrations with all of the special people who are part of UnitingSA across South Australia throughout the year.

Historical Forum ' Together We Can: Building Stronger Communities'

Our free historical forum commemorating UnitingSA’s centenary was a wonderful occasion, with more than 50 people coming together to explore the evolution of our organisation and what it means to ‘build community’.

We hosted the event on May 15 at Port Adelaide Uniting Church, in partnership with the Uniting Church Historical Society of South Australia.

Many members of the Port Adelaide Uniting Church, local history buffs and former and current UnitingSA staff joined in an interactive day of panel sessions, presentations and special interest seminars.

Our Board Chair Gael Fraser shared her journey with our Minister Rev. Les Underwood during a Q&A session, while our CEO Libby Craft joined former Superintendent Don Catford and CEO Peter Bicknell in a panel discussion delving into past learnings and future challenges for our organisation.

Participants were engaged in smaller group discussions in the afternoon around the topics of community centres, Indigenous culture and reconciliation, ethnic traditions, housing and homelessness, mental health and art, and aged care.

Thank you to all of the facilitators who led discussions and to all of the attendees who shared their time throughout this informative and engaging day!

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