centenary news

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.

SALA Art Exhibition: Beyond the Wharf Sheds

Calling all creatives and budding artists from within the UnitingSA community. To celebrate UnitingSA’s centenary in 2019, a mixed media art exhibition is being staged in Port Adelaide as part of the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival. This open access exhibition will celebrate the talent that lies within UnitingSA (of all ages and ability), including that of clients, residents, families, carers, staff and volunteers.

To take part, fill in an Expression of Interest Form and Guidelines, or view our poster here.

Submission deadline: 5pm, Friday 22 March 2019 to exhibition coordinator Penny McAuley,

Exhibition date and location: 23 August to 1 September 2019 at the Black Diamond Gallery, Port Adelaide.

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Historical Forum 'Together We Can: Building Stronger Communities'

This free centenary event is presented in partnership with the Uniting Church Historical Society of South Australia.

Join us for a one-day forum to explore:

  • The evolution of UnitingSA, from its humble beginnings 100 years ago when the Methodist Church founded the Port Adelaide Central Methodist Mission
  • Social reform and its traditions in the Port area
  • The changing face and impact of volunteerism
  • The benefits of collaboration and strong partnerships
  • How UnitingSA turns values into action

You will hear from experts in social reform during an informative day of presentations, panel discussions and smaller, special interest seminars. There will also be an opportunity to view the UnitingSA for 100 Years short film. Morning, afternoon tea and a light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any dietary requirements when registering.

Registration: Registration is essential by 6 May 2019 via Eventbrite.

Forum date and location: Wednesday 15 May 2019, from 9.30am to 4pm at the Port Adelaide Uniting Church.

See flyer for more details.

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