Welcome to the Effective Living Centre


The Effective Living Centre (ELC) is an ongoing community engagement project of Christ Church – Wayville Uniting Church, founded in 1998.

Our primary purpose is to promote living effectively in our present time and creating partnerships with members of the wider community who identify with achieving the aims of the ELC.

We seek to enlighten and empower people to take responsibility for advancing our society towards the common good. We are open to all people regardless of any social, political or religious persuasion.

The ELC is a recognised mission centre of Mission Resourcing, Uniting Church SA.


Click the link below to read a full response from ELC’s Management Committee to COVID-19, including changes that have been made.

Click here to read the response to COVID-19

Dear Friends,

Regrettably due to COVID-19 all Effective Living Centre events, including Seminary of the 3rd Age and Poet’s Corner, have been cancelled until further notice.

We have been monitoring the Government’s advice regarding COVID-19 and have made this decision out of concern for everyone involved with ELC.


Staying connected:

As a community that values connection and inclusion COVID-19 presents very specific challenges. We recognize that social isolation is very real, and being together is vital to the human spirit and psyche.

While, the Government has requested we undertake social distancing, they are actually referring to maintaining physical distance. At this time, more than ever, we need to find ways to increase our social connection while maintaining physical distance.

We will therefore increase our ability to use technology to communicate and stay connected. We will increase our communication via the use of email, the ELC website and the ELC Facebook page. Please like the Facebook page if you haven’t already.


Friends of ELC

We all hope this situation will resolve quickly and ELC will be able to resume holding events. However, in the event this isn’t the case we will contact people with ‘Friends of ELC’ memberships.


ELC Office:

The office will be closed to walk-ins and volunteers until further notice. However, Toreigh will continue to work Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. If you wish to contact the office we ask that you do so via email or phone.


Separating ourselves at this time is hard. It goes against most of what we say and do. We are about social inclusion, not dislocation and isolation. But it is incredibly important that we see these short-term disruptions as an act of love toward one another, especially as an act of love to the most frail and vulnerable amongst us and society.

Showing kindness, checking in with one another and praying are all things we need to do right now.

Thank you for your understanding.


Michaela Tiller

Chairperson ELC Management Committee


Sarah & Dave Williamson

Minister’s Christ Church Uniting Wayville.


Our programs evolve and change according to community needs or demand.

At present, they fit into the following areas.

Social Issues: Justice and Equity

Our Social Issues events and activities seek to raise awareness and propose ways forward to respond to matters of inequality, injustice and threats to life on the planet.

Sacred & Creative


Our Sacred and Creative activities aim to foster the arts as a means of enhancing life, exploring spirituality and cultivating the search for meaning.

Progressive Christianity Network SA

Hosted by ELC, the Progressive Christianity Network of South Australia (PCNet SA) aims to bring together those who seek to explore and express a Christian faith relevant to the 21st century.

Wilks Oration

The annual Wilks Oration provides an opportunity for the community to hear from a prominent guest speaker on a current social concern. These events are held in honour of Graham Wilks, a founder of the ELC.

Environmental Action Group

From 2017, the ELC has been invited to act as a centre for the Uniting Church SA Environmental Action Group.


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Get in touch with us…

For general enquiries feel free to email us to office@effectiveliving.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.



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26 King William Road, Wayville SA 5034

Office Hours & Contact Details

Our office is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 2pm.
Please feel free to drop in, call or send us an email.
Phone: (08) 8271 0329
Email: office@effectiveliving.org

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