Regenerating Places of Faith 2019

A conference series for church members, ministers, local and denominational leadership, community organisations, and the governments and professionals who work with them. We explore how to strengthen congregations, develop partnerships with community groups, to restore and adapt our church buildings as innovative places that help our communities to flourish.

The third in the series of annual conferences entitled Regenerating Places of Faith will take place in Adelaide in mid-August this year. This event will continue the ongoing exploration of how church congregations and their neighbourhood communities can be strengthened.  Speakers will show how heritage church buildings can become innovative places to  participate in both worship and other beneficial activities.

South Australia’s heritage churches are under pressure due to ageing and diminishing congregations, and from the financial burdens of repairs and maintenance.

The huge global response to the damage to Notre Dame earlier this year clearly shows the sense of public ownership often associated with our heritage sacred places.  At the prospect of losing a neighbourhood heritage church that embodies the depth of the spiritual, social and cultural feelings of our communities, great passions can be stirred, even amongst non-believers.

Western governments have all recently acknowledged the growing mental health crisis associated with the loneliness and social isolation now prevalent in modern society. The pivotal role that churches could play in helping to alleviate this crisis will be one of a number of themes that will be addressed in this year’s Regenerating Places of Faith event. If you have an interest in the future role that our churches can play in society, and in how they can be regenerated, please join us for what promises to be fascinating, ongoing discussions.


Registration is $50 + GST + booking fee, less than $56 in all.

Regenerating Places of Faith 2019 Brochure

Participants Pack

Ongoing information will be available through the Regenerating Places of Faith Facebook page.  


Speaker Presentations

Restructuring Churches – Daniel Harris & Craig Vale

Being Church Together: The Parish-School Relationship – Tim Grauel

Overcoming Loneliness – Dan Harris

Connecting Places of Faith & Communities – Ian Hamilton

Religion and Spirituality in Australia – Dr Ruth Powell

Heritage 101: South Australia & Churches – Michael Queale

Sacred Spaces – Bishop Tim Harris

Spirituality, ageing, churches – Dr Janette Young



Lunch and refreshments

The registration fee includes the provision of lunch and all refreshments on site.

Address of venue

384 Portrush Rd, Tusmore – on the corner of Fisher St.

Access and Parking

Church car park is off Fisher St and the church entrance is off the car park.

If travelling south along Portrush Rd, turn into Fisher St.

If travelling from any other direction, approach via Greenhill Rd, Hyde St then Fisher St.

The Council car park across Fisher St may be used, but various time limits apply on week days.

Public transport

Suburban buses travel along Greenhill Rd and Circle Line buses travel along Portrush Rd.



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Speaker Profiles

Dr Sue King

Sue is the Chair of the Board of Uniting Communities, and joined the Board in 2014. She was an academic in Social Work and Human Services at the University of South Australia and in addition to her roles at the University, she has been President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, SA Branch and a member of the board of numerous community organisations Summerhill Aged Care Inc., Relationships Australia (SA), the South Australian Housing Trust and the Children’s Services Consultative Committee.

Uniting Communities is currently redeveloping the site of a metropolitan church into a 20-storey, mixed-use building. The UCity building is conceptualised as a vertical village and will bring together Uniting Communities’ extensive service offerings and specialist disability long-term rental and short-term respite accommodation, commercial and retail spaces with the very first of its kind, city retirement living.

In this ‘vertical village’ the UCity Uniting Church will function in and around the communities living, using and working in the building as well as engaging with others living in and around Adelaide.

Rev Paul Turley

Paul Turley is the minister of Clayton Wesley Uniting Church where he has been for the last seven years. As a part of his work at Clayton Wesley Paul has been involved in the establishment of The Spire Community – Clayton Wesley Uniting Church and Uniting Communities working together. The Spire Community utilises the Clayton Wesley site to welcome people from across the community offering many programs and projects to build community, including Hope’s Café, The Spire Community Garden, ESL classes for newly arrived peoples, an op shop, legal support for refugees and asylum seekers and emergency relief.

Prior to coming to Clayton Wesley, Paul has worked in community development work for churches and not-for-profit agencies in other parts of Australia, the United Kingdom and The United States.

Daniel Harris

Daniel Harris is passionate about growing and nurturing effective and healthy Churches. Growing up in Rectories in Sydney and Adelaide gave Daniel the opportunity to observe the organizational dynamics of local churches, both at their best, and through challenges.

With an undergraduate degree in computer and information science, Daniel built an innovative information systems team in Baptist Care SA, using technology platforms to effect cultural change. He ended his seven years there as Director Operations.

Having completed an MBA at the University of Adelaide, Daniel is currently the Manager of Ministry & Parish Support and Deputy Registrar at the Diocese of Adelaide. His present focus is as Parish Manager of the Parishes of Gawler and Unley, and working together with the Diocesan Strategic Property Officer in the Mission & Property Strategy Task Force.

Daniel worships with his wife Philippa and their three young children Genevieve, Rowan, and Josephine at the St Francis Congregation, part of Trinity College in Gawler.

Bishop Tim Harris

Anglican Bishop Missioner to the City of Playford.

Ian Hamilton

Ian is a registered Architect in South Australia with over thirty year’s professional experience working in private practice in both Australia and the UK. He established Arcuate Architecture in Adelaide in 2016 to pursue his passion – to work with church congregations and their buildings.
Ian’s past experience includes:
• Head of the Conservation Architecture Group at Page \Park Architects, Glasgow.
• Registered Architect in the UK; Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland; and, former President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects.
• Senior Conservation Architect with the State Heritage Unit for South Australia
• Senior Heritage Architect with Grieve Gillett Andersen, Adelaide.

Dr Ruth Powell

Dr Ruth Powell is Director of NCLS Research, a research centre that focuses on church vitality and community spirituality and wellbeing. Ruth has worked with NCLS Research since 1991 and became Director in 2007. She also holds a position as Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University (CSU).

Major projects for NCLS Research include the five-yearly National Church Life Survey, which commenced in 1991 and forms the basis of one of the largest, most comprehensive databases on church life of its kind in the world. NCLS Research provides resources to every local church that participates as well as local and wider church leadership. These are aimed to assist churches identify and build on their strengths.

Michael Queale, B Arch (Hons) Adel, MCultHeritage

Michael Queale, B Arch (Hons) Adel, MCultHeritage (Deakin), is a current executive member and past Australian Vice-President of Australia ICOMOS. Michael is a registered Architect and Senior Heritage Conservation Architect at the South Australian State Heritage Unit in Adelaide, with over twenty-five years of acknowledged expertise in heritage assessment, advocacy and policy; South Australian architectural history and conservation management - in Australia and abroad. Michael was a member of the South Australian Heritage Council and has practiced as a Heritage Adviser in South Australia and Victoria. He is a lecturer in South Australian Architectural History at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Adelaide. Michael also has overseas experience in cultural heritage management in Indonesia and Thailand. Michael was co-convenor of the recent Australia ICOMOS conference Fabric 2015. He has presented papers on adaptive reuse, heritage value, contextual design and heritage advisory service models.

Deacon Tim Grauel

Tim Grauel is a deacon in the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide. For the last 3 years he has worked in the Office for Renewing Parishes, which supports and encourages the renewal activities of parishes, schools and communities. A recent emphasis of the Office has been the parish-school relationship, which involved visiting each of the 90+ Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. Tim collaborated with Catholic Education South Australia in writing a working draft, ‘Being Church Together: A Theology, Vision and Guiding Principles for the Parish-School relationship’ (October 2018). He worked previously as a senior manager for ACH Group implementing strategic business improvement systems. He holds Masters degrees in Theology and in Social Science (Counselling). Tim is married to Carolyn; they have two adult children.

Dr Janette Young

Dr Janette Young, from the University of South Australia, has background in social work, program development and more recently academia. She always maintains a focus on finding out and then seeking to best facilitate people being able to live rich and meaningful lives, especially as we age. She has been part of her local church community for many years and lives with two small dogs and one husband giving her a personal connection to two of her core research interests - church engagement and pets.

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384 Portrush Road,(corner of Fisher Street) Tusmore.


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