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Culture of Safety program
Stewart Lodge & residents
Worship Committee
Finance Committee
Compassion Ministry
Lenten Reflection series
Synod of VicTas
Creatures of the sea

BUC News

Lenten Activities 2019
The Discipleship & Education Committee has chosen the Centre for Theology & Ministry resource ‘Lenten Reflections 2019‘ for our focus this season.  For information about how we will be using the resource is available here.

Olive Pesto
Join crafters of all abilities on Saturday 9th March, 10am-noon, in the Youth Hall to enjoy a morning of creating together.  See the February newsletter for more information.

Carlynne Nunn has accepted a call to be the minister of the Ballarat South Congregation.  She will be ordained on Saturday 16th March, 4pm at Brunswick UC.  Stay on after the service to party in the hall with Terry Towelling and the Tank Tops.  Bring a plate to share if you can.  Email to confirm.  See all the details here.

Commissioning of Elders
During worship on Sunday 17th March we will commission our new Elders – Karlien Kok, Amelia Ware and Kimberly Fraser together with Daniel Broadstock who is returning for another year.

Olive Way Review Information Session
for the Congregation on Sunday 17th March.  After the service from 11 am to 12 noon there will be an Olive Way Information Session in the Olive Way area. We will update everyone about the recent Olive Way Review which took place during 2018. There will also be a chance to ask questions.
There will also be a Question and Answer session during worship regarding the role of the Olive Way Coordinator. Church Council has recently asked the Presbytery to make this a Pastor role and Peter Blair will be available to share how he sees this role developing.
Come along and find out all about this important mission of Brunswick Uniting Church and its plans for the future.
Pre-read the Nine Key Recommendations.

Marvellously Munchable March Dinners
It’s time to sign up to join in the fun of sharing a meal the weekend of 29th to 31st March.  You can be a guest or a host.  Everyone involved is invited to contribute to the meal.  Please check out the invitation online or pick up a copy at worship. Responses are due by Sunday 24thMarch.  Contact Saide Cameron, 0407 096 743 if you have any questions.

Welcoming Ceremony
Our first Welcoming Ceremony for 2019 will be offered on Sunday 31st March.  This is an opportunity for people new to the congregation to offer a commitment to the ministry and mission of our community and for the congregation to offer a statement of support in return.  If you would like to participate please contact Ian Ferguson, 0438 547 842.

BUC News

Holy Week Worship
The worship committee invites anyone interested in reflecting on and preparing for worship during Holy Week to our meeting on Wednesday 20th March, 7pm.  Location to be advised.  More details next week.  Save the date.

Wider Church News

Slow Spirituality
Come and explore the power of the arts to communicate the Divine in this once a month series at St. John’s Essendon, 5pm on selected Sundays.  Coming up:

Richard Johnson Lecture
Building Bridges in an Age of Tribalism
– Tim Dixon, co-founder of More in Common offers a vision for how we might reunite increasingly fragmented societies, Wednesday 13th March, State Library.

Space for story
2019 Storytelling Retreats
, four Saturdays across the year.  The first retreat The Wounded Healer with Julie Perrin and Fiona Bottcher is on Saturday 23rd March, Riddells Creek UC.

Padraig O Tuama will offer a seminar ‘Theology as Story:  Believing in the Truth of People‘, Thursday 9th May and workshop, Friday 10th May at the Centre for Theology and Ministry.

John Bell in Australia
John Bell will be in Victoria over the weekend of 11th-13th May during which time he will take part in conversations on God, Delight and Diversity, Non-Violent Peacemaking, Celtic and Indigenous spirituality.  Check out all the details here.

Community News

Climate Action
For meaningful change to happen, hundreds of thousands of us need to get active, consistently, visually, positively. People Power is the ONLY hope we have. Here are some events you can join in:

  • Global Student #ClimateStrike in Melbourne CBD at the Old Treasury Building on Friday 15th March from 12 noon to 2pm – support the young people by gathering under the BUC  banner with other people of faith from ARRCC at 11:30 am at Treasury Cafe, 1 Macarthur St.
  • Funeral for Coal organised by ARRCC – outside Bill Shorten’s office, 12 Hall St., Moonee Ponds at 10 am on Wednesday 27th March
  • Bob Brown Foundation Stop Adani Convoy is expected to be leaving Melbourne on Thursday 18th April (date, time and location to be confirmed)
  • Stop Adani Moreland – meets every second Monday at 6:3o pm, Coburn East Neighbourhood House