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BUC News

Riding the Waves – Episode 9
Our ninth story features Julie McKinnon.

Always Was, Always Will Be – Theme for NAIDOC week.
Celebrate NAIDOC week by listening to  this beautifully spoken Uluru statement from the Heart
This is the link:

An outstanding Australian document and we should all know it well. Today told by Pat Anderson, Stan Grant, Adam Goodes, Ursula Yovich & Troy Cassar-Daley, taken from THE MAKARRATA PROJECT by Midnight Oil (out now):

  • Ms Patricia Anderson AO, an Alyawarre woman and one of the first Aboriginal graduates from the University of Western Australia*
  • Mr Stan Grant, a Wiradjuri man, journalist, author, filmmaker*
  • Mr Adam Goodes Australian of the Year 2014, an Adnyamathanha man, former ALF player, community leader*
  • Ursula Yovich, Helpmann Award-winning actor, singer and cabaret artist; mother from North West Arnhemland*
  • Troy Cassar-Daley of Bundjalung heritage, country singer*

*so much more to learn and know about these people

Coming out of Lockdown update
Your Church Council COVID Reference Group is supporting the Worship Committee to trial a small worship gathering at BUC in the next few weeks.  This will initially be by invitation only as we prepare for and move towards open gatherings.  A number of friends in our worshipping community are without access to technology and have been unable to join the weekly Worship services on-line during lock-down restrictions. We hope this will be a small beginning to reconnecting in fellowship with each other as the restrictions are lifted.  We are working together to keep everyone safe.  Contact Ian Ferguson, 0438 547 842‬, for more information.

Sincerely Survivor at Melbourne Fringe
Mental Health Awareness month is here and what a great opportunity to support another amazing creative from our congregation!
Hannah Friebel is the founder and creative director of Grace Dance Company!  Sincerely Survivor explores mental health advocacy through the Arts; creating art to enable our empathy. In this work, dancers take the role of pilgrims, exploring asylums of old. We are inspired by submissions to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and seek to amplify the voices and stories of people who have lived experience of mental health.  Please join to experience this event online Melbourne Fringe Festival.  View the trailer and media releases.  Tickets can be booked at  Opening night is Friday 13th November and Closing night followed by Q&A is 29th November.

Christmas Bowl catalogue
As with most other activities our big Act for Peace Christmas Bowl FUNdraising stalls are being offered online.  The online catalogue was launched Sunday 1st November, orders close on 22nd November.  Choose from biscuits, preserves, cakes and puddings, gingerbread houses (only 1 left!), Christmas craft, home made gifts and an Art Silent Auction.  You can also donate money for a gift for a Stewart Lodge resident. Pick up or delivery 12th-13th December or by arrangement.  Place your order today. Contact Saide, 0407 096 743, for more information.

Wider Church News

Time for Remembering
You are warmly invited to join us for the 20th annual Time for Remembering ceremony on Sunday 15 November 2020.  The United Nations General Assembly designated the third Sunday in November as The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.  It is an occasion to come together to commemorate loved ones lost and injured on our roads, give thanks for those who survived and pay tribute to all who work tirelessly to reduce the road toll.  This year Time for Remembering will be on Zoom (video conferencing) on Sunday 15 November. The event is free, but you must register to receive the Zoom link.

A Christian Approach to January 26
This free ticketed Digital Seminar is being presented by Common Grace CEO Brooke Prentis, an Aboriginal Christian Leader, and descendant of the Waka Waka peoples, this seminar is an incredible opportunity for you to hear what January 26 represents for Aboriginal peoples and to hear the call to walk and work together in friendship.  Don’t miss this incredible opportunity for deep listening.

UC National News
Sometimes this Assembly email is sent out before the Olive Press which allows items to be highlighted.  If you are interested in receiving the weekly email in your inbox sign up here on the Assembly Home Page. Meanwhile here are a few of the items for this week:

Daily Advent devotionals
This year’s Common Grace Advent devotionals series invites us to reflect on  the Advent story: the lament and the hope we share.  Sign up now.

Climate Action News

Last chance to complete Climate Solutions Survey
At BUC as part of our climate crisis action plan we decided to campaign solidly on one priority this year, working with the Friends of the Earth grassroots campaign to write a People’s Climate Strategy for Victoria. In July we asked you to do a climate impact survey and in October a climate solutions survey. Friends of the Earth are still keen for more people to complete the climate solutions survey, however this Sunday 15th November is your last chance to complete it: Remember to click the DONE button at the end of the survey.

Sacred People, Sacred Earth
On Wednesday November 18 at 7pm, join fellow people of faith for a global TEDx event to kick off organising for Sacred People, Sacred Earth (in Australia hosted by ARRCC) – the biggest-ever grassroots, global, multi-faith, COVID-friendly climate action that will take place next year on March 11. You need to RSVP here beforehand.