Prayer Points

Black Lives Matter movement
Moz’s Calling Party
Climate Action Plan implementation
Preparations for Season of Creation
Christmas worship planning
Olive Arts on Zoom


BUC News

Worship News
This week our worship service will focus on respecting and honouring the First Nations people of the land on which BUC stands and connecting with the local First Nations community, particularly the Wurundjeri – Woiworong Tribe, in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. You are invited to bring some eucalypt leaves or twigs or a rock or anything else that connects you to the land.

Moz’s calling party – Phones are a lifeline
Can you imagine living in lockdown without access to your friends and family via the internet on your phone or computer? The refugees detained in the Mantra and Kangaroo Point hotel prisons will be facing living in solitary confinement with no outside contact if Alan Tudge gets his way.
Julia Stuart and Mostafa Azimitabar are hosting a calling party on Tuesday 1st September and encouraging everyone to contact Alan Tudge’s office to let him know that Australians will not stand for the removal of phones from refugees in detention.
See the Facebook event for all the details and be ready to make a call.

Accommodation needed
Do you have room in your home for a mother and her 2 year old son for a couple of months? A mother from the Philippines has become stranded in Australia with her son by the pandemic. She is a victim of family violence and is currently in in the care of Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre. She is looking for accomodation while she gets back on her feet. If you are able to help, please contact Ian.

Hands that help; hands that heal; hands that bless
Colin Hunter created the beautiful sculpture that bears this name.  Read the story, enjoy some photos here.  We look forward to a time when we can all gather again and have the opportunity to truly appreciate this artwork which Colin says has been ‘created to touch’.  Thank you Colin.

September Olive Branch
This month’s edition will be available by email on Sunday and will be posted out to those who prefer a printed copy.

Climate Action News

Climate Action Group
The BUC Climate Action Group (CAG) will meet at 5pm on Saturday 5th September via zoom to continue implementing parts of the BUC Climate Action Plan recently adopted by the Church Council.

Australia Institute: A Plan for Planet A
Register here to attend this Australia Institute webinar on Wednesday 9th September at 11am featuring Craig Reucassel in conversation with Richie MerzianAlso catch up via ABC iView with the three part ABC series Fight for Planet A – Our Climate Challenge.

Wider Church News

UC National News
Check out this week’s newsletter from the Assembly including:

  • A new season of caring – this September, Uniting Church members join other Christians around Australia and across the world in worship and advocacy to care for creation.
  • NYALC Online – Dr Deidre Palmer has invited young adult leaders across the Uniting Church to join her online to connect and reflect on being Church now and into the future.
  • Covid’s bitter harvest – Frontier Services’ National Director Jannine Jackson has told SkyNews that, despite recent rain, farmers are struggling to get their produce to market due to border closures and labour shortages.
  • DDA is our DNA – UCA Disability Inclusion Advocate Rev Dr Andy Calder says supports for people with disabilities need to meet the highest possible standards.