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BUC News

Sydney Road Street Party
As always we will have a presence at this massive community event on Sunday 1st March.  Our theme will shaped by the Climate Crisis.  Find out all the details here.  Please see the list for volunteers to find out how you can be involved – we still need more volunteers.  Contact Saide, 0407 096 743, to make your offer.
Join Love Makes A Way’s impromptu choir by singing for just and compassion for people seeking asylum – 1pm, 2pm & 3pm (15-minute blocks on the hour) during the party.  Details here.

Freedom through Movement
BUC Arts along with Tonia Beggs are pleased to offer you an opportunity to Dance with Olive Way.  Continuing Thursday 5th March at 10.30am in the Main Hall – fortnightly.  All ages and abilities welcome.  Bring clothes you can move in and join us to experience the joy of dance.  Contact:  Tonia, 0417 135 830 or Leanne, 0449 912 092

Reflections during Lent
The Discipleship & Education committee invites you to a series of Lenten reflections after worship, 11:30-1:00, on 8th (Youth Hall), 15th & 22nd (West End) March.  These are stand along sessions, no need to commit to all three.
The second of the Lenten Talk Faith groups will be held on 26th March, 7:30pm in the Youth Hall.
For more information contact Meg Orton, 0427 052 790 or Valentina Satvedi Leydon, ‭0456 099 448‬

Holy Week Worship Planning
The worship committee is hosting an open planning meeting to plan and prepare for worship during Holy Week.  Please join us for a light meal on Tuesday 10th March, 6:30pm in the Olive Way.  RSVP to for catering purposes.  The lectionary readings are available here for pre-reading.

Mechanics of the Eye
Mechanics of the Eye” life drawing classes are back by popular demand. Led by Priscilla Manthey, artist and art teacher extraordinaire, each class will explore a different theme over 6 weeks.  Paper and pencils are available or BYO. West End Hall at the church. $10/$1-$5 concession per class. “Mechanics of the Eye” Life Drawing sessions will be taking a two week break for the next two Sundays, 23rd February and 1st March. They will resume again 8th March at 12 noon., 11.45am – 2.15pm (includes prep and tidy-up).

Congregational roles
At the Annual General Meeting after worship on Sunday 23rd February the following people were elected:

  • Congregation Chair – Kate Scull
  • Congregation Secretary – Saide Cameron
  • Presbytery Representatives – Jamie Thom, Kate Scull

The minutes of the AGM will emailed separately.

The Olive Pages
The Olive Pages (Directory of contact details and other useful information) will be updated over the next two weeks.  Please respond to the Olive Pages email to be sent out on Monday with any changes or additions.  If you are new to the congregation and wish to be included in the Olive Pages please email with your details.  If you have any questions please call Saide, 0407 096 743.

Accomodation needed
Karlien Kok, member of our congregation, is seeking accommodation from April onwards.  Please contact Karlien, ‭0403 709 197‬, if you are aware of any share housing or other options that might be suitable.

Climate Action News

BUC Climate Crisis Action Plan
In November 2019, the congregation declared a Climate Crisis and committed to developing a Climate Crisis Plan by May 2020. The Church Council needs help with drafting, and then implementing this Action Plan!

  • email your suggestions for the plan to Shawn Whelan or Maxine Loynd,
  • contact Richard Arnold to get involved in the BUC Climate Action Group, or
  • come to next meeting of the BUC Climate Action Group at 11.15am on Sunday 8th March, in the Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre

Portraits of Change
This photographic exhibition connects young people from Australia, Bangladesh and China through positive-themed photographic storytelling around climate change and environmental issues. Wednesday 26th February 10am – Saturday 29 February5pm. Venue: Mada Gallery, Monash University, Caulfield East.

Moreland Climate Fair
Come and meet the many climate groups from Moreland and surrounds and find out how you can get involved at the Moreland Climate Fair at the Brunswick Bouldering Wall in Sydney Road on Saturday 14th March 10am-2pm. Whether you are interested in urban farming, human signs, writing letters or joining direct actions, find the local activity or group that suits you.

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change
ARRCC is a multi-faith network of people committed to climate change, GreenFaith ARRCC – next monthly meeting is Sunday 22nd March 5.30-7.30pm St Philip’s Anglican Church, 146 Hoddle Street, Collingwood. Help ARRCC plan and carry out major projects:

  • adding our weight to the next School Strike for Climate(Friday 15th May) by ringing bells/sounding the shofar/other cultural sound, hanging signs and increasing our visible presence on the day. If you would like to help ARRCC with the climate strike (irrespective of whether you can come to the monthly meetings), then please have a look at to register your willingness to help.
  • dissuading potential sub-contractors from working on the Adani Carmichael coal mine.

Wider Church News

Sacred Edge Festival
Diving Deep into Diversity – arts, music, stories focussing on Refugees, Indigenous, LGBTI, Wellbeing, and Sustainability – the Sacred Edge Festival is hosted by Queenscliff Uniting Church from 1st-3rd May. An Early Bird ticket costs only a little more than a full day ticket – so book before the end of February and have the flexibility of full-weekend access.
The annual Sacrededge Art Exhibition 2020 will be exhibited at the Queenscliff UC during the Sacrededge Festival May 1-3, and the through until 20th May.  If you are an artist, you are warmly encouraged to consider participating in the Sacrededge Art Exhibition.  Your art might reflect on the Indigenous, Refugee, LGBTI and Sustainability themes of the festival. Or how your art practice supports inclusivity and wellbeing for you and the wider community.  Please feel very welcome to submit an  Expression of Interest for this exhibition by 20th March.

Council of Christians & Jews Events
Sunday 15th March – Paul Forgasz will present ‘In the Footsteps of Spanish Jewry:  From “Golden Age” to National Disaster at 3 pm, venue to be advised.