Our official name is The Unitarian Church of South Australia Incorporated, but we often informally refer to ourselves as the Adelaide Unitarian Church. We were founded in 1855 by settlers from England, themselves the inheritors of Unitarianism, which traces its origins to one of several variants of protestantism that emerged from the English Reformation of the16th century.
We are a congregation of approximately 150 members and adherents.
Services are held at our 99 Osmond Terrace, Norwood, Meeting House every Sunday morning at 10.30, and at our Shady Grove chapel in the Adelaide hills near Balhannah at times and dates as advertised. Sunday school facilities are provided at Norwood.
How to get to the Church/Meeting House at Norwood
Osmond Terrace lies between Kensington Road, Kensington, and The Parade, Norwood. The Meeting House is about 200 m from Kensington Road on the west side (the side nearer the Adelaide city CBD). It is about 4 km from the city, and may be reached by bus routes 122, 123, 124, 125, 125P servicing The Parade (get off at Stop 8), or 140, 141, 141N, 142 servicing Kensington Road (get off at Stop 4).
How to get to the chapel at Shady Grove
To reach Shady Grove in any practical timeframe, it will be necessary to travel by car. Take the Hahndorf exit from the freeway and go down the main street of Hahndorf. At the end of the main street, turn left into Windsor Avenue and continue for 3 km to a junction, turn left and immediately right into a lane with a Unitarian Church sign at the entrance. The chapel is 200 m down the lane. Allow 50 minutes to travel by car from Adelaide to Shady Grove.
After a stimulating 6½ year ministry, our settled minister resigned as of February 2004 to take up a post in Iowa, USA. Over the forthcoming months, we will invite a series of Unitarian ministers to provide interim ministries while we conduct a wide-ranging and thorough search for the next settled minister to serve our congregation in accordance with criteria determined by our congregation. We anticipate that it will be a period of great interest, challenge and fulfillment for us.
Should you wish to enquire about a Unitarian perspective on matters of a spiritual or theological nature, our resident interim minister will be able to speak to you directly, or by arrangement through our office administrator who will often be the first point of contact when you use the postal/telephone/fax/email information below. Office hours are currently not formalised, and you may be greeted by a telephone answering machine when phoning, however, an answer will be returned with reasonable promptness.
Schedule of Interim Ministries
|Late January to early April||2004||Services arranged by the Worship Subcommittee involving congregational members|
|Easter to 20 June||2004||The Rev. Jerry Goddard|
|27 June to 11 July||2004||Services arranged by the Worship Subcommittee involving congregational members|
|18 July||2004||The Rev. Jo Lane|
|25 July to 15 August||2004||David Saddler (congregational member)|
|5 September to 29 November||2004||The Rev. Don Beaudreault|
|12 December to 30 January||2004 to2005||The Rev. Polly Guild|
|6 February to March||2005||The Rev. Dr. Peter Godfrey|
|Mid-April to mid-June||2005||The Rev. Tom Marriott|
|Mid-June to late July||2005||The Rev. Jo Lane (dates to be firmed)|
|August to September||2005||The Rev. David Usher (dates to be firmed)|
|October and beyond||2005||(to be announced)|