Hare Street Uniting Church

Wendy and her daughter Debbie were able to go to the Pentecost service at the Pantheon in Rome. Petals are shovelled! in through the occulus, which is nearly 30 feet wide, at one point in the service.

Pastor David at Easter Service

The empty cross of Easter morning.

Good Friday service will start at 10.00 am, with singing led by GPdI Filadelphia. Andrew will preach a short sermon and then we  will do the liturgy for Good Friday with the stones and cross. Hot cross buns to follow.

Easter Sunday service will be at 3.00pm. It will be led by Pastor Ruth and her team, with Indonesian meal to follow.
Guest preacher on Easter Day will be Ps. David Handojo, who is a GPdI pastor in Perth.

Welcome to GPdI Filadelfia!

On February 14 we began exploring a covenant for life together in this place. Welcome to Pastor Ruth, and all our sisters and brothers.

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Going Deeper...
Some UCA Resources

One Man's Web
Rev Andrew Prior
Old Testament Lectionary
Rev Dr Anna Grant-Henderson
Lectionary Resources
Rev Dr. Bill Loader
Sarah Tells Stories
Rev Sarah Agnew
The Billabong
Rev Jeff Shrowder
Stepping Stones
Rev John Maynard


A place where we try to live the life lessons of
Jesus of Nazareth

with food
Sausages on the barbecue

and new friends
and love
Woman preparing communion
Join us
Church Building
10am Sundays
GPdI Filadelfia meets at 3.00pm


ABC Religion News

'You should feel uncomfortable': What it was like growing up in 'the church'

- - 20-07-2019

Laura Sullivan spent 32 years in an Australian group she now believes is a cult, because of its controlling nature. But she didn't choose that path — she was born into it.

If the Folau case seems simple to you, these lawyers want you to know you're wrong

- - 20-07-2019

Israel Folau's impending court battle with Rugby Australia shapes as a "test case" between an employer's rights and an employee's freedom of speech, and the outcome of the case could affect us all.

The terrifyingly small reason why so many astronauts find God

- - 19-07-2019

Space travel is the pinnacle of scientific know-how and yet many astronauts from the Apollo missions suffered existential crises upon returning to Earth, and some found solace in religion, writes Simon Smart.

Christian siblings who refused to pay taxes come from Dutch honey-farming family

- - 18-07-2019

The Christian brother and sister ordered to pay a $2.3-million bill after refusing to pay income tax on the grounds it "goes against God's will" are part of a Tasmanian honey farming family that has made headlines before.

Paedophile priest 'used disguise of holy orders' to sexually abuse children, court told

- - 18-07-2019

A judge says Victorian paedophile priest Robert Claffey "mocked" his priestly authority to access and abuse children, while sentencing him to more jail time.

Catholic priest who claims parents' sins cause autism cancels Australia tour

- - 18-07-2019

An Indian Catholic priest who claims parents' adultery and masturbation causes autism in children, and who claims to have "cured" autism through prayer, cancels a series of religious retreats in Australia.

Family who argued taxes 'against God's will' ordered to pay $2.3m bill

- - 17-07-2019

A family that refused to pay tax because it was "against God's will" are ordered to pay $2.3 million in outstanding taxes and other bills, as the judge tells them 'thou shalt not pay tax' is not in the Bible.


ABC Religion and Ethics Report

Should Australia follow the Sami model?

- - 10-07-2019 In this NAIDOC week special, presenter Andrew West is joined by guest host Stan Grant, ABC’s international and indigenous affairs analyst. They discuss the significance of NAIDOC week, why it has endured more than 60 years, and the likelihood of any further reconciliation by NAIDOC week 2020. They are also joined by a Sami academic from the Arctic Circle who looks at how first peoples in other parts of the world are making their voices heard. Also, a young indigenous leader reflects on the central role that Christianity has played in promoting – but also frustrating – the indigenous cause.

Meet Folau's fundraising supporters, Steve Bannon's attack on the Pope, and the Catholic man drought

- - 03-07-2019 American political operative Steve Bannon helped elect a US president. But is the man behind Donald Trump now trying to oust a pope? Also, who are the so-called quiet Australians lining up behind ousted footballer Israel Folau – with their words and their money? And young, single and searching for love. Is there a man drought in Australia’s churches?

Artificial conception and parental rights, why marriage symbolises the new pluralism in Britain, and the Uniting Church tackles drug use

- - 26-06-2019 The author of a new book on surrogacy called Broken Bonds joins the program. And the Egyptian bishop who led prayers at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan says it’s a marriage that symbolises the new pluralism of Britain. Also, when a church agreed to run an injecting room for drug addicts in Sydney’s Kings Cross, it raised hell. Eighteen years later, the Uniting Church is stepping up its campaign to decriminalise personal drug use.

Christian protesters, the ethics of a death penalty, a plea for harmony, and what it means to be an African-American Jew

- - 19-06-2019 A look at the religious impetus behind the democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. Also, an Australian terrorist is on death row in Iraq for being part of the Islamic State group. Why aren’t the opponents of capital punishment championing his cause? And, Sri Lanka has returned to the headlines with the church and hotel bombings in April. We play a snippet of this week’s edition of the Compass program which explores the religious complexities of this island nation. And an African-American Orthodox rabbi, Shais Rishon, challenges the presumptions about what it means to be Jewish.

The ethnic vote, gender fluidity, and webtopia

- - 12-06-2019 How did tension between ethnic and religious communities influence the outcome of the federal election? And, how is a Vatican decree rejecting the idea of gender fluidity being felt among gay and gender diverse Christians? Also, the internet promised its own form of utopia. What went wrong?

A cardinal’s appeal and a phoney war

- - 05-06-2019 Noel Debien gives us a first look at the George Pell appeal hearing. And British writer Peter Hitchens on his new book, The Phoney Victory, in which he argues that while the Nazi menace was real and genocidal, the Allies fought WWII in ways that were unethical and defied the standards they were pledged to protect.