Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Culture of Safety program
Moderator – Denise
Stewart Lodge & residents
Worship Committee
Finance Committee
Compassion Ministry
BUC Arts
Synod of VicTas
Creatures of the sea

BUC News

Refugee Week
The theme for Refugee Week 2021 is Unity.   The theme raises awareness of the issues affecting refugees and seeks to promote harmony and togetherness, providing a common, cohesive message which can be promoted across the country, helping to maximise the effectiveness of awareness-raising activities.  See the Refugee Week webpage for more information.  We will be focussing on the theme of Unity during worship on Sunday 20th June.

Memorial Service
A service will be offered for Una Trigg on Sunday 27th June, 1pm at Brunswick UC. Una died on Tuesday, 22nd September 2020. Her family held a private ceremony on Monday, 28th September. We look forward to sharing this time of remembering with Wesley, Stephanie, Fiona, Jocelyn and their families.  Please be aware that numbers may be limited and this service will be live-streamed from the BUC YouTube channel.

Annual General Meeting
The AGM was held after worship on Sunday 6th June on Zoom.  The Olive Harvest (collection of Annual Reports) and Financial reports were received and the 2021-22 Budget was approved.  Congratulations to Kenna Morrison, Amelia Ware, Claire Foley, Shawn Whelan and Joel Hallinan.  They join Jessica Kvansakul, Helen Rowe, James Balsillie and Maxine Loynd on Council.  All our congregation leaders were re-elected:  Kate Scull as Chair, Saide Cameron as Secretary, James Thom and Kate again as our Presbytery reps.  Full details of the meeting are available in the minutes emailed on Friday.

Food Co-op Review
The story so far – the next chapter. A review has been established to explore the future of the Brunswick Uniting Food Co-op, its ongoing relevance, viability and alternative models of operation. The review will be conducted by Cath James from 19th May – 2nd July.  Submissions to the review are invited in writing from the congregation.  Please email your submission to Saide Cameron, JAM liaison for the review, by 12th June.  If you have any questions please contact Saide, 0407 096 743.  More details here.

Study Groups

Bible Study Group
A new group is starting up fortnightly on Tuesdays at 7:30pm next term.  The first meeting will be on 20th July at Kirsty & Martin’s home, 5 Robertson St. Kensington.  Contact Kirsty for more information, 0410 510 305

Planning is underway for our “Eco-theology Conversations series”
The series will be led by Graeme Garrett and Jan Morgan.  The style will be conversational and include journaling, spiritual practice, and a blog for participants to follow up at home. Input will draw on theology, biblical stories, literature, music, art etc. (but not lengthy ‘lectures’).  
There will be 7 sessions over a 14 week period, starting in late July.
Interested?  Which day and time will work for you?!
Please let us know so we can find a time that suits as many as possible
Register you interest with Meg Orton  including preferred day and time.

Climate Action News

Moreland Council to review zero emission targets
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”. You can support the Moreland Council in setting more ambitious targets for the community by signing this online petition organised by Climate Action Moreland.

Climate Action Group
The next meeting of the BUC Climate Action Group (CAG) will be online at 4:30pm on Saturday 12th June.  All are welcome to join this zoom meetingand support the Church Council with the implementation of the BUC Climate Action Plan. Contact Richard Arnold <> for more information about the BUC Climate Action Group.

Wider Church News

Crosslight – June 2021
This month’s edition has been delivered but we won’t be able to hand it until we return from lockdown.  Meanwhile view it online.

Red Shield Appeal
The annual door knocking fundraiser for the Salvation Army was to be held last weekend, 29th-30th May.  Sadly this was not possible for the second year in a row.  Alison Templar (Lieutenant, Brunswick Salvos) has invited our congregation to support the work of the our local Salvo neighbours.  Make a donation using this link.   Find out how many free meals the Salvos provided for vulnerable people during lockdown in 2020.  And find out here all the other ways people in our community were supported.

Sacred Edge Festival
The planning for Sacrededge September 3-5, 2021 is going well and is very exciting. If you are an artist, you are warmly encouraged to consider participating in the Sacrededge Art Exhibition. And to complete the Expression of Interest Form.  Your art might reflect on the First Nations, Refugee, LGBTIQ and Sustainability themes of the festival. Or how your art practice supports inclusivity and wellbeing for you and the wider community.  The annual Sacrededge Art Exhibition 2021 will be exhibited at the Queenscliff Uniting Church during the Sacrededge Festival September 3-5, and then through until September 21.  Please feel very welcome to submit an Expression of Interest for this exhibition by Friday July 23, using the form in the information flyer attached.

UC National News, 9-15 June

  • Six weeks of Dwelling in Prayer, for the 16th Assembly
  • Being Young and Christian, Identity series
  • Inspired preaching, Assembly National Consultant Rev Charissa Suli
  • WCC Anti-Racism Workshop, more
  • And more
    • The leading of the Spirit and God’s blessing for the 16th Assembly meeting and all members as they begin their preparation and discernment.
    • The bold leadership needed to address the climate crisis.
    • Members of the Uniting Church’s Tongan National Conference around the country who will gather to worship together both online and in-person on Sunday.
    • The Uniting Church National History Conference to be held this weekend.