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South Sydney Uniting Church is ecumenical (e.g. supporting the National and World Council of Churches) and inclusive,
affirming the gifts of people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations and identities. We seek peace with justice,
and the integrity of creation. We celebrate a service of Word and Sacrament (Eucharist) each Sunday at 10am.

"We acknowledge the traditional owners of this land: the Gadigal people of the Eora nation."

56a Raglan Street
Waterloo NSW 2017

Phone/Fax: 02 9319 1373


Rev. Andrew Collis
Mobile: 0438 719 470

All Welcome
The church, hall and garden are accessible by way of paths and ramps. The toilets, sinks and shower, located in the hall, are wheelchair accessible. Please ask if further assistance is required.

The Orchard Gallery (artist run space) invites applications for exhibitions

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of our ministries are gratefully received
UCA South Sydney
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On Sundays, the church, hall and garden are used exclusively for the worship and ministry activities of South Sydney Uniting Church. From Monday to Saturday we offer our church and hall for the use of others. Read More

WELCOME BACK. With the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, and the development of safety plans that minimise the risks of transmission, in-person activities are resuming at the church. We welcome participation both in-person and via Zoom. Please be assured of our commitment to maintaining connection, following safety protocols and providing pastoral care. Click here for specific guidelines.

Is it possible to produce abundant spaces that provide food, fibre and energy whilst building fertility and repairing the ecosystem? That’s what permaculture aims to do.


Ordinary Sunday 18, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
August 1, 2021

Mark 6:24-35



Jesus says: “You shouldn’t be working for perishable food, but for life-giving food that lasts …” (John 6:27). The gospel directs us beyond immediate needs and shallow pleasures, and toward a maturity “attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).

Life-giving food that lasts … I imagine healthy cycles of water, carbon, production, consumption. Giving and receiving hospitality. This is a compelling passage, a text of vital significance – for me, for you, for us. God be with you …

Though it causes discomfort and worse, lockdown offers opportunity to reflect – to appreciate the vision at the heart of the mission we have received. Jesus, we might say, calls attention to underlying principles and practices regarding bread – regarding food and drink, nourishment, sustainability, life.

South Sydney Uniting Church is a congregation … with a community … in a garden. We pray … we serve … we grow. Though to some extent fasting (unable to gather at the table), there is plenty for us to consider …

The gospel doesn’t direct us away from concerns about food – about bread or any other staple. It would be unfaithful and heretical to suggest that physical bread is unimportant, that “spiritual” bread is all that matters.

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