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Creatures of the sea

BUC News

We will celebrate the baptism of Joshua Whitty, son of Steph Gesling & Matt Whitty during worship on Sunday 21st July.

Merri Project Consultation
On behalf of Church Council, the Merri Project Steering Group invites you to attend the first in a series of consultations about BUC’s future mission. Please join us for the first of three congregational consultations on Sunday 28th July, 11:30-3:30More information.

Olive Pesto
Olive Pesto next meets on Saturday 13th July 10am-12 midday in the bright and sunny Youth Hall of Brunswick UC. July 13th is our mid-winter Serious Stash Reduction, with mulled-wine. We look forward to seeing you there.  Contact Linda Wannan,

Plastic Free July
The Justice & Mission committee invites you to join the challenge to live with less plastic in July.

With Love to the World Coordinator
Are you enjoying using With Love to the World as part of your routine Bible reading?
Interested in getting more involved in the life of the congregation?
Perhaps being the coordinator and contact person for With Love to the World is the right thing for you. Faye Findlay is stepping down after her time in this role and we are looking for a new coordinator. The task involves Promoting the magazine, ordering it quarterly and distributing the copies when they arrive. Faye has prepared a detailed  task list for the next person, so handover should be straight forward. Talk to Meg Orton or contact me at for more information.

Last chance to subscribe to With Love to the World this quarter
With Love to the World is a daily Bible reading guide based on the Revised Common Lectionary.
The last two copies of With Love to the World 2019 includes Creation and Advent/Christmas.
These copies cost $10. Please see Faye Findlay this Sunday. The additional order will be made the next day, July 15th. Thanks

Worship Workshop Series
Writing Prayers – Workshop 2
 is a practical workshop exploring the process of preparing and writing prayers with liturgists and prayer writers from our congregation. What are the qualities and elements and focus of the different types of prayers we offer in worship? Interested – come and join us on Thursday 11th July.
Sensory Worship – Workshop 3 is an experiential workshop exploring the way our senses bring us closer to God in worship.  What do you notice in your body when you worship? Which senses are most engaged?  Come and play and learn together on Thursday 18th July.
Brunswick Uniting Church (212 Sydney Rd.), 7:30-9:00pm with supper to follow.

Dan Whelan’s Pipe Band
I am going away soon to Scotland to play in the World Pipe Band Championships with my band, the Hawthorn Pipe Band. We are putting on a concert on Saturday 13th July to fundraise for this trip. The concert will showcase some of the band’s repertoire, from traditional tunes to modern compositions. We will be joined by the Scotch College Pipe Band, and the National Youth Band of Australia. More information is on the flyer (see website). I would love to see you all there.  Thanks, Daniel Whelan.

Safe Church Contact Person
Jane Allardice will fill in for Helen Rowe as the Safe Church contact person. Brunswick Uniting Church has a process for following up any concerns raised about the safety of our children. Please contact Jane in person or by telephone at 0419 385 544.

Wider Church News

A message from the Christchurch Anglican congregation
Dear All
It is with deep sadness that I tell you that our beloved Bishop James Grant died suddenly last night.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.  Our prayers and thoughts are with Rowena.
Kind regards, Mary E Harris

Christian Meditation
Laurence Freeman, a Benedictine monk and the spiritual guide and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation will be holding events at the National Conference of the World Community of Christian Meditation over the 11th-12th of October. There is also a special opportunity to for children and youth to participate.

Pilgrimage to Nauiyu 12-16th of August 2019
Expressions of interest
 are sought from people who would like to spend time in Nauiyu, an Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory near Daly River. The intention of the pilgrimage is to listen and learn from Elders and community members about Aboriginal culture and spirituality and in particular, the practice of Dadirri.  This is a small group journey organised by The Australian Christian Meditation Community.
For more information, talk to Leesl Wegner (0423 265 538) who participated in the pilgrimage last year, or see the attachment for more details.

CTM Exhibition
The Centre for Theology & Ministry is hosting an exhibition of hand stitched pictures of ‘The Divine Comedy’ by Dante Aughieri. John Bolton will tell stories from Dante’s epic from 6:30pm at the launch on Friday 26th July.

Community News

Climate Action
It’s difficult to sustain hope in these dark times. Christian climate scientist, Kate Marvel, talked about this in her article in On Being, called We Need Courage, Not Hope, To Face Climate Change. She wrote, “You don’t have to have hope to have courage. You just have to show up and be involved. ….. courage is the resolve to do well without the assurance of a happy ending.”

  • The Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) is making it very easy for you to make a submission to the current government review covering “the ways coal-fired power plants could earn credits” under the Emissions Reduction Fund. Submissions close on Friday 12th July.
  • The ARRCC (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change) are interested to hear from people who are planning to join peaceful faith-based actions to Stop Adani when the time is right, either to go to the Galilee Basin or at other locations in major cities (such as Melbourne). If you are interested speak with Jamie Thom or attend the next GreenFaith ARRCC meeting in Melbourne, 5.30 pm Sunday 21st July at St Philip’s Anglican Church, 146 Hoddle Street, Collingwood.
  • Stop Adani Moreland – next fortnightly meeting is Monday 22nd July at 6:30 pm East Coburg Community House, 32 Nicholson Street, Coburg.
  • The ARRCC is holding a National Conference on Faith in Action in Canberra on 8th to 10th November.
  • Thinking of switching to solar energy? Each month the Victorian government is offering rebates for the installation of solar panels on homes.