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BUC News

Riding the Waves – Episode 10
Our tenth story features Jim Kilpatrick.

Mulling in the Park
The next gathering for the Mulling Group will be held on Sunday 22nd November, 3pm at Princes Park (near the fountain/bowls club). Discussion will reflect on lockdown, feelings of place & community, climate change and the BUC action plan with Richard Arnold.

Coming out of Lockdown update
As restrictions ease the worship committee is providing opportunities to gather for worship onsite.  This week’s service is by invitation only for people who have not been able to access our online services.  But in the weeks to come we will open up to more people. See weekly updates on the website, Olive Press and Facebook.  Contact Ian Ferguson, 0438 547 842‬, for more information.
The COVID Reference Group is meeting on Tuesday 24th November.  If you have questions or concerns you would like the group to address please email Helen Rowe,

Advent Worship Packs
The worship committee has created worship packs to bring us together during the season of Advent.  We have one week to deliver them and would welcome any assistance from people willing to deliver or be a pick-up point.  Find out more or contact Saide Cameron, 0407 096 743.

Calling all angels
The Christmas pageant is being filmed online this year, and our Director Caitlin would love a few more “angels” to join in one scene. We are filming it via zoom on Tuesday December 1 at 7pm. If you are interested, contact our Children and Youth Pastor Dave via our website.

Christmas Bowl catalogue
Sunday 22nd November
is the last day for ordering delicious biscuits from the Act for Peace Christmas Bowl catalogue.  The online catalogue.  You can continue to order preserves, cakes and puddings, Christmas craft and home made gifts up until 6th December.  And remember to place your bid in the Silent Auction of four watercolours offered by Ann Soo.  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.

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 Survivorexplores 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 Novemberand Closing night followed by Q&A is 29th November.

BUC News

Invitation: Pastoral Care Review Open Meeting
As part of our Pastoral Care Review process you are invited to come and join in a ZOOM conversation with Anne Mallaby and the Review Team – Thursday 3rd December 7:30pm
How do you experience care in our community? What is there to celebrate? What could we do better?
In preparation you might like to reflect upon this discussion document (link here)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 951 6589 8395 Passcode: 200645
Anne is a Baptist minister and recently retired academic dean of Whitley College where she lectured in pastoral studies and ministry formation. Anne is working with a small team from within the congregation including Ian, Gwen Arnold and Jane Allardice to conduct a 5 year review of our Pastoral Care structures.

Climate Action News

Green Faith International: Sacred People Sacred Earth campaign
We are united by a fundamental belief that all people, all living things, and the Earth are sacred. As we consider the state of the world today, our hearts overflow with concern. We are frightened and frustrated by the damage that COVID-19 is inflicting on our communities. The pandemic has revealed cruel injustices. The vulnerable suffer the most severe impacts. We know about this injustice. We have seen it before. These same communities are disproportionately and catastrophically affected by the accelerating climate emergency. Grave threats are at our door as the world shelters in place. As faith communities, we need to make our voices heard. Green Faith International is aiming for tens of thousands of signatures from people of faith. You can sign up here:
There will be the biggest ever grassroots multi faith Global Day of Climate Action on March 11 2021. ARRCC is organising in Australia, so join this zoom meeting on Wednesday November 25 at 7pm if you want to help

Victoria, Tasmania: Living the Change
Celebrate LIVING THE CHANGE on Sunday 6 December 2020 3-5.30pm where you can be working together towards creating a flourishing world for all. Gather as members of diverse faith communities and those who care for our planet to share our stories of change, transformation, and regeneration. The event offers a chance to talk about our individual lifestyle changes in the areas of transport, diet and/or energy use, and to share what inspires us, our triumphs and struggles. Religious leaders will speak about their efforts to reduce their own carbon footprint. Living the Change is brought to you by Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, Religions for Peace Australia, Cultural Infusion and United Religions Initiative. Book here:

Wider Church News

UC National News
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