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Hospitality Ministry
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UCA Assembly
Creatures of the air

BUC News

In our prayers
Linda Fisher’s Mum passed away on Monday 3rd May 2021.  She was 93 years old.  May she rest in peace.
Thank you for all your thoughts and good wishes from the congregation, Linda.

Signing in for worship
Physical sign in sheets will no longer be available at worship since sign in using the QR code became mandatory as of April 23.  If you are unable to use the QR code one of our welcomers will be available to assist you with this important task.

Annual General Meeting & Election of Elders
Our AGM will be held after worship on Sunday 6th June.  The agenda will include the presentation of the Olive Harvest (annual reports for 2020-2021) and the Election of Elders and Congregation Office Bearers.  Details are available here.  Nominations for elders are now open and will close on Sunday 23rd May.  Nomination forms are available here.  The Olive Harvest and agenda for the AGM will be available on Sunday 30th May.

Pentecost Sunday
We gather for worship for our morning service on Sunday 23rd May to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Wear your favourite red clothes.

Pentecost Sunday Ecumenical service
Later in the day we gather again with our ecumenical neighbours at 5pm at the Brunswick Baptist Church. The theme, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the church and the human family.  Visit the Ecumenical Service event for more information.

INVITATION to New Study Group
Are you interested in joining a small group with others who wish to – delve into the Bible, read and discuss a book, follow up on the sermon topic, see how our social justice projects align with the teachings of Jesus, or?  If this interests you, we are having an initial catch-up after worship on Sunday May 23rd in the Hall when we can discuss frequency and venue for the group.  Any queries please contact Kirsty Brown 0410 510 305 or Helen Rowe 0423 009 813. This initiative is supported by the Discipleship and Education Committee.

Heritage Walk
BUC’s Walking Together Group is organising an opportunity to walk the Fitzroy Aboriginal Heritage Trail on Sunday May 23rd.  We’ll meet at 11.30am at the Moreton Bay Fig Tree in the Exhibition  Gardens directly adjacent to the intersection of Gertrude and Nicholson Streets. (The tree is marked on Google Maps.) The official brochure and map for the walk (available here) says this: “Fitzroy not only became the largest Aboriginal community in Victoria, it also became the social and political hub of Aboriginal Melbourne.” The full walk takes about two hours.  If you’ve done this walk before or not, consider coming along and engage some of this important history. More details will be available in coming weeks. RSVP: Geoff Thompson:

Preserves stall online
This is your opportunity to buy preserves to support FUNdraising for a hanging system for artwork in the Olive Way.
The BUC Arts committee will be curating installations of artworks in the Olive Way when the program returns to its wonderfully vibrant home space, hopefully in the not too distant future.
Check out the catalogue and email with your order.  You can collect directly from my house or after worship.

BUC News

Planning is underway for our “Eco-theology workshop 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

School Strike for Climate – 21st May
SS4C are holding a national strike for climate action on Friday 21st May with school students calling on the Australian government to #FundOurFutureNotGas. In Melbourne, students are rallying at 1pm on 21st May in the Treasury Gardens in Melbourne for the #ClimateStrike. People of faith wanting to support the young people will gather by the Fountain in the Gordon Reserve at the corner of Spring and Macarthur Streets at 12noon on 21st May. All #ClimateStrike events are COVID-safe and organisers ask that attendees follow local restrictions, bring face masks and hand sanitiser, practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres, and stay home if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.

Stop Adani RoadShow
Even though Adani’s coal mine is under construction, it can still be stopped. In fact, it often happens that projects that are under construction are stopped by people power – the Jabiluka uranium mine was under construction, the Franklin Dam was under construction, so was the James Price Point gas hub in the Kimberley. RSVP for the #StopAdani and Beyond Roadshow at Fitzroy Town Hall at 6pm on Tuesday 1st June to learn how you can join the movement. Tickets are $10 ($0 concession or $70 for a table).

Common Grace – Creation and Climate Justice Coordinator
Are you (or some you know) passionate about Jesus and justice in a time of climate disruption? Are you able to reflect theologically on complex issues, knowledge and engagement of the environmental challenges facing these lands now called Australia and have a desire to resource Christians and faith communities to respond to climatechange? Common Grace is hiring a Creation and Climate Justice Coordinator (part-time role 30.4 hrs per week, flexible location). Applications close 5pm on Friday 4th June.

Zero Carbon Moreland
Visit the Zero Carbon Moreland website and scroll down to sign up to receive the newsletter and email updates about how Moreland Council and our community are acting together for a safe climate.

Wider Church News

UC National News – 12/5-18/5

  • A welcome investment, Budget 2021-22
  • President’s Conference 2021, Wrap Up
  • Identity series, A Reign of Justice
    featuring Brunswick UC
  • Identity series, Climate Justice
  • National Reconciliation Week, get involved
  • And more
    • Our political leaders and decision-makers to continue to seek the flourishing of all people and all creation.
    • All those across the Uniting Church who are living out a commitment to seek and advocate for equality, be in solidarity with the marginalised, work for peace, and care for creation.
    • Preparations for the 16th Assembly of the Uniting Church which will be held online from 17-18 July.