Olive Press during August

Daniel Broadstock will be responsible for editing and publishing the Olive Press during August.  Please email all contributions to: daniel.broadstock@gmail.com

Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Church Council
Olive Way program
Pastoral Care Committee
Justice & Mission Committee
Sunday Morning Program
Roster participants
Non-Violent Direct Action
FUNdraising Committee
Presbytery of Port Philip West
Creatures of the land

BUC News

With Love to the World – The Times they are a changing
Once upon a time, when you wanted to buy something you needed cash. Now there are only two places I regularly go that still require it.  One of those is the car park for the Nova Cinema,  and the other is my local Thai take-away shop.  I don’t even need cash for the parking meter anymore.
As a mark of this changed financial world, there  will now be ….
New ordering arrangements for With Love to the World subscribers.
Collecting cash, writing cheques and hand delivering booklets was normal once,  but it is no longer the best use of a volunteer’s time.  After the current edition, With Love to the World will revert to individual subscriptions.
If you are a current subscriber, the details  you need are on the back of the booklet or go to the website  www.withlovetotheworld.org.au  to either download the form or order by phone.

Julian Hamilton visit
Our favourite Irish Methodist Chaplain at Trinity College Dublin, Julian (Jools) Hamilton will be the guest preacher at Brunswick Uniting on Sunday 4th August. We are hoping to have a lunch after church for young adults (18 to 35), where Jools can share a bit more of his wisdom about faith, life, the Bible and all things good.

Bring a Plate to Share Morning Tea
On the first Sunday of August & September you are invited to Bring a Plate to Share for morning tea.  This will both help to ease the pressure on our regular morning tea providers with a few taking a break and give us all an opportunity to share our favourite treats in a low stress kind of way.  The Morning Tea Helpers will arrive just that bit earlier to help set things up ready.  Please bring your plate to the kitchen before worship on Sunday 4th August.

Samuel Wells visit
Rev Dr Samuel Wells is also visiting Brunswick UC on Thursday 8th August and the CTM on Saturday 10th August.  Sam is a preacher, writer and theologian. He spent seven years as Dean of Duke University Chapel in the US. He is currently priest at St Martin-in-the Fields, London, and visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College London. He has published 30 books exploring Christian ethics, social mission, liturgy and faith, and four collections of sermons. Find out more.

Olive Pesto
Next meet-up Saturday 10 August 10am-12pm. Meet-up to yarn and work with yarn in the warmth and camaraderie of the sunny warm BUC Youth Hall, behind the Brunswick Uniting Church. Enter from Merri Street driveway. Bring along completed items for the KOGO table and work on your current project. Advice and help is always available. More info.

Out and About  August activity
Join us on Friday 16 August to visit PMI (Prahran Mechanics Institute), 39 St Edmonds Road, Prahran. Arrive from 10.30 am. A Special History Showcase exhibiting a number of historical, family history and special interest societies from around Victoria. For transport options and further information contact Helen Rowe 0423 09 813

Let the earth speak
Save the dates – The BUC Arts committee together with the Justice & Mission committee is delighted to invite you to join us for a Visual Arts Exhibition and program of events at Brunswick UC, 27 September to 6 October 2018, 212 Sydney Rd Brunswick.  Find out more.

BUC News

New cleaner and room bookings – Information for BUC Members, Committees and Groups
BUC engaged a new cleaning contractor commencing 1 July.  The cleaner carries out his duties on Mondays and Fridays during the day.  Any queries or concerns about cleaning may be directed to Shawn Whelan who is the liaison person. A reminder for any BUC group or individual wishing to use the rooms and spaces at BUC please make a booking through our Property Bookings Officer via email at bucpropertybookings@gmail.com   

August Olive Branch
Following distribution in both print and electronic versions further edits have been made.  Read the most up to date version here.

Wider Church News

On the Edge
Facilitated by Graeme Garrett and Jan Morgan, these interactive workshops29th August, 12th & 26th September, will offer a contemplative space for exploration, meditation, silence and practicing attention in nature.  No cost. Bookings required.

Christian Meditation
Laurence Freeman, a Benedictine monk and the spiritual guide and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation will be holding events at the National Conference of the World Community of Christian Meditation over the 11th-12th of October. There is also a special opportunity to for children and youth to participate.

Community News

Climate Action

Monday, July 29 was Earth Overshoot Day, by that day in 2019 humanity, in just under seven months, has used more from nature than the planet can renew in the whole year. If everyone on the planet lived like Australians, it would have been on 31 March!

So we are challenged to take action on our own environmental footprint as well as taking social action to change how our nation addresses the climate emergency.

  • At 12 noon on Friday 2nd August here will be a protest organised by Stop Adani Melbourne outside the engineering company GHD Group’s head office (180 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) to demand it cuts its ties from the disastrous Adani Charmichael coal mine. This will be followed by a multi-faith meditation and bearing witness from 1.30pm to 2pm. Please bring a sign that asks GHD not to work with Adani and mentions your faith, and if you’re planning to meditate bring something to sit on.
  • Stop Adani Moreland – next fortnightly meeting is Monday 5th August at 6:30 pm East Coburg Community House, 32 Nicholson Street, Coburg.
  • Global Climate Strike, Friday 20th September. This is more than a Students Climate Strike. People from all walks of life who care about a safe climate future are being asked to strike from their usual work and join large gatherings in numerous locations around Australia.
  • The ARRCC (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change) is holding a National Conference on Faith in Action in Canberra from 8th to 10th November.