Congratulations to Yoo Mi Park
The Banyule Network is very pleased to congratulate Yoo Mi Park who has accepted a call as Minister of the Eltham-Montmorency Uniting Church Congregation, and commenced her duties on 1 June 2020. Pending her ordination by the Presbytery of Port Phillip West, the Synod Pastoral Relations Committee has authorised her to engage in all the activities of a Minister, including the sacraments, until her ordination can take place.
We congratulate Yoo Mi and pray for blessing on her ministry.
Olive Way reopening
As most you will have heard Olive Way was poised and ready to open our doors on Tuesday 30th of June, with just a few minor things to sort out (see the hall set up here). However the latest round of restrictions has put a dampener on any potential return. It has been a bit disappointing and frustrating, but we roll with it. I will continue, however, to be down to Olive Way on Wednesdays to get it ready for an eventual opening.
We have had a couple of volunteers pull out for various reasons, so we will once again be needing to put a call out for more volunteers. If you are available or know of anyone else who might be interested please let me know on 0431193810.
Also, a tentative new target date for opening is Tuesday 21st July (at the earliest). As you will be well aware, these dates are highly subject to change in light of the current situation our world finds itself in.
In the meantime, if you are passing the church please have a look in at the wonderful paint job being done in there. Laurie is doing a fantastic job. A warm and vibrant colour scheme awaits our return (see photo 1 and photo 2).
Join Ian after worship for the weekly post worship Zoom chat at 10:30am.
World Wide Knit in Public Day
Knitters had a wonderful day on Saturday 13th June. Read the story here.
July Olive Branch
The July Olive Branch will be published on Sunday 5th July. Please email contributions – photos, stories, news, stories, reports – to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 29th June.
Wider Church News
What will normal look like?
The Synod Ethics Committee has written a thought-provoking article asking us to consider what the world may look like post-COVID-19. “When the world returns to ‘normal’, will the voices of lament be heard? Will the inequalities that existed widen further? Will the definition of ‘neighbour’ remove some walls and overcome the racial and cultural hostilities that exist across this land?”.
Disability values statement
In response to the federal Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, we have published a Values Statement and short video about people with disability in the community. Our Disability Inclusion Advocate, Rev (Deacon) Dr Andy Calder, encourages all members of the church to view these two items and distribute them where necessary.
Climate Action News
BUC Climate Action Group – political advocacy and action
The BUC Climate Action Group is working on political advocacy and action as part of BUC’s Climate Action Plan. The priority in 2020 is addressing the Victorian State Government response to Climate Change. You are invited to join the group in a zoom meeting at 11.30 on Sunday 28th June to become more informed and plan how we can become actively engaged.
Consultation on Synod’s Position on Climate Change
The Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Justice and International Mission (JIM) Cluster believes there is a need for the Synod to update its position on the urgency of addressing the causes of climate change and the actions that need to be taken in response. A consultation paper can be downloaded from the website https://justact.org.au/climate-justice-creation/reports/. The JIM cluster is keen to hear by Friday 31st July the views of Uniting Church members on what action the Synod should take on climate change (see website) and is holding two online forums on: Tuesday 21st July, 7–8pm (register here for Tuesday on eventbrite) and Wednesday 22nd July, 10:30–11:30am (register here for Wednesday on eventbrite).