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BUC News

Worship this week
Worship will be in person and via live stream  as usual. However due to the changes to restrictions you do not need to book to attend worship.  Please continue to wear a mask and book in when you arrive.

Join us for worship at 9.30am, Sunday 11th July as we celebrate NAIDOC week.

Forum with Peter Khalil
We will be hosting a forum with Peter Khalil to allow him to hear from faith communities in his electorate on Thursday 15th July, 7:00-8:45pm.  The format of the evening allows for targeted discussion on three important issues – Climate Crisis, First Nations-Walking Together and Asylum Seekers.  Two speakers will present a story and question per topic to which Peter will respond.
We have invited the Climate Action Group, Walking Together Group, Love Makes a Way and our ecumenical neighbours to contribute questions from which 6 will be chosen for the evening.  The remaining questions will be prioritised in the general question time.
See the An evening with Peter Khalil event for booking details.

Welcoming Ceremony
During worship on 18th July we will be offering a welcoming ceremony.  We usually do this twice a year but didn’t have the opportunity to do so during 2020.  So this service will be for anyone who has become part of our community in the last 18 months or so to to name Brunswick UC as their faith community.
Please contact Ian, 0438 547 842, if you would like to participate or find out more.

Direct Giving

Important notice
If you have a Direct Offering arrangement with U Ethical (formerly UCA Funds), please read this important notice.
If you have set up a regular direct giving arrangement directly from your bank account (typically using Online Banking), you don’t need to do anything.
Before online banking existed, many of us set up “Direct Debit” arrangements with UCA Funds (now called U Ethical). U Ethical takes the money from our individual bank accounts as per our instructions, and once a month, transfers all such offerings to BUC’s account.
On 31 July, this service will end. It’s an important cost saving for U Ethical, which will be passed on to the Synod via increased grants. If you don’t do anything, BUC will stop receiving your offerings after July.
What you need to do:
You need to set up a new direct giving arrangement, or “recurring payment”, directly from your bank account to BUC’s. Some banks will let you do this yourself using online banking (from your computer or smartphone app). Otherwise, ask your branch staff for help to set it up. The account details you need for BUC are:
BSB: 013236
BUC account number: 8687863
If you need additional information or assistance, please contact Shawn Whelan (0418 613 898).

Study Groups

Small Group Reflections
A small group for those interested in going into the Sunday reflections and readings more deeply.  Leadership will be shared, encouraging input and keeping the format simple. We will meet fortnightly during school terms commencing Tuesday July 20th at our home: 5 Robertson Street Kensington. All are  welcome.  Contact Kirsty on 0410510305

Eco-theology Conversations
‘The world is charged with the grandeur of God’
– the challenge of being Christians in a threatened Creation.
The ecological crisis is a clear and present danger in our times.  Come and be part of a lively learning community where together we will engage with our theological understanding and practice of faith in response to this challenge.
First session:  Tuesday 27th July, 7:30pm in the Youth Hall
Thence fortnightly for 7 sessions with follow up reading between sessions.

Climate Action News

BUC Climate Action Group
If you would like to become involved in the BUC Climate Action Group (CAG), which meets online via zoom on the second Saturday of each month, please contact Richard Arnold <> or you can just come along to the next meeting at 4.30pm on 10th July.

Climate Action Moreland – petitions to Moreland Council
Moreland City Council, at its recent meeting on 9 June 2021, in updating its response to the climate emergency, unanimously passed the following motion: “That Council, given that the impacts of climate change are escalating, reviews its Moreland Zero Carbon – 2040 Framework with a view to developing interim and more ambitious targets by 2030”. Climate Action Moreland has organised three petitions to Moreland Council – please consider signing one or more of these petitions: Stop Using Gas To Heat Our Pools, bring forward this zero emissions target to 2030, and to commission an independent report on Synthetic Turf impacts.

Support Indigenous Climate Activists
In NAIDOC week, 4-11 July, you may want to sign an open letter to Parliament and Stand with Traditional Owners against Fracking in the Northern Territory. Also consider donating to support Indigenous Climate Activists such as Seed: Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network (a branch of AYCC) and the Wangan & Jagalingou ongoing resistance on Countrywho are fighting against the destruction of their sacred lands by coal mining giant Adani.