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BUC News

Riding the Waves – personal reflections on living through COVID
We are initiating a project to share our experiences of the pandemic. As a way of gaining insight to what is happening for different members of our community, we have asked Peter McKinnon to make contact and interview some of you with a view to writing up your stories. We would then publish these in our church publications, on our website and through our social media groups, and invite responses from others.   See the story here for all the details.

Lemon Butter
A limited supply of Jenny Hunter’s famous lemon butter is available.  Contact Saide Cameron, 0407 096 743 to reserve a jar or two.  Contactless delivery and payment.

Act for Peace Ration Challenge
A message from Hannah Denison – Hi folks, in the midst of this disheartening situation we find ourselves in this year, I have joined the Act for Peace Ration Challenge as a way to contribute something positive to the world, find new ways to feel part of a community, and learn to get by with a little less.  The challenge runs from 13-19 September, and if you’d like to support my efforts I’d be very grateful.  Donate here.

Season of Creation
The worship committee will offer a Season of Creation beginning on 20th September.  We’ll be focussing on celebrating creation and responding to the Climate Crisis.  You are encouraged to read our  Climate Action Plan.

Recording Christmas Carols
The worship committee is planning ahead for the Christmas worship season.  A big part of our plan is to record 12 Christmas Carols before the end of November.  If you would to lend your voice to one or more of these recordings please respond to the Christmas Carols Survey Monkey.  One of our music coordinators – Natalie Sims, Elaine Potter, Alistair Hunter, Shawn Whelan – will give you a call.

October & November roster
The invitation to participate in our next roster will be offered next week.  If you would like to offer a Bible reading please call Saide, 0407 096 743.

A new Book Club
Do you want to share the joy of reading with others?  Claire Foley would love to hear from anyone who wants to join a daytime group, meeting at the Church (eventually). If there is enough interest the group may make a start online before we can physically meet.  The format will involve bringing a book of your choice to share and discuss with the group.  Contact Claire for more information or to express your interest in joining, 0419 988 972.

BUC News

Black Lives Matter
Following on from worship last Sunday, 30th August, Jenne Perlstein has provided a comprehensive list of resources including websites, documents, books, religious communities, documentaries, films, videos, groups and organizations that will aid us in become allies for First Nations People.  Please contact Jenne, 0414 650 727 if you want to discuss any of these resources with her or simply to have a chat about her lifelong passion for justice as an ally of 35 years.

Climate Action News

Climate Action Group – People’s Climate Strategy for Victoria
The BUC Climate Action Group (CAG) will meet at 5pm on Saturday 19th September via zoom to continue working on our advocacy campaign around a People’s Climate Strategy for Victoria as part of the BUC Climate Action Plan.

Powershop “switch a friend” bonus now available!
BUC has taken a significant step by switching our Sydney Rd site’s electricity from 20% to 100% GreenPower. You too can switch to 100% GreenPower, see details of a deal that will also credit both you and BUC with $75 on the BUC Climate Crisis webpage.

September 25 – Global Day of Climate Action
See https://www.schoolstrike4climate.com/buildourfuture for details of actions across Australia on the theme: Fund our Future Not Gas.

Wider Church News

UC National News
Check out this week’s newsletter from the Assembly including:

  • September’s Season of Creation continues with a prayer from our President and a bounty of opportunities to raise our voices for life on Earth
  • The Assembly’s new website – uniting.church – includes a new section Shaped by Jesus which explains the Uniting Church’s approach to Jesus’ transforming ministry. The sections includes some illlustrations of Bible scenes too.
  • Putting Children First – It’s National Child Protection Week and our National Safe Church Unit has released a new poster illustrating the 10 Principles of a Child Safe Uniting Church.