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BUC News

Worship this week, Sunday 7th November
We are holding two services this Sunday in order to balance the call of our faith to welcome all and Government vaccination requirements. With the COVID virus in the air, it is simply not safe for us all to meet together in one gathering. So, we trialing holding two services at 9:30 and 11:30.  Bookings are now open.  See Moving Towards Covid Normal for all the details.

Join us for a Visual Arts Exhibition and program of events from 5th-15th November.  Emergence is being offered across in person (5 Open Days and Performance Event), on Zoom (Launch Event and 3 Artist Spotlights) and as a Virtual Exhibition.  Check out the Emergence Calendar for a quick & easy summary.
Volunteers needed – We’d love to hear from anyone who is available to volunteer to support the Open Days, contact Courtney, 0448 233 321.

Statement from the Heart
The second session exploring the Statement from the Heart will be held via Zoom on November 8th at 7.30pm. This series of discussions is being hosted by the BUC  Walking Together Group. All details can be found on this flyer.

Small Group Reflections
After many months of waiting the first gathering of this small group will be hosted by Kirsty & Martin Brown on Tuesday 9th November, 7:30pm at their home, 5 Robertson St., Kensington.

Olive Pesto
The Olive Pesto Group is looking forward to meeting in the hall on Saturday 13th November from 10-12pm.

Olive Way Operations Co-ordinator – One week to go
In response to the recent Olive Way review a new role has been developed.  See Future Directions for details.  Applications are now called for the role of Olive Way Operations Co-ordinator.  Applications close on 14th November.  The three year position commences on 1st January 2022.  Please share this opportunity with your network.

Climate Action News

COP26 climate summit
The UK is hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. Despite 30 years of climate diplomacy, urgent and aggressive action is needed to halt global warming. Nature explains what success looks like, and what’s on the line: COP26 climate summit: A scientists’ guide to a momentous meeting.

Praying for COP26
In consultation with the Interfaith Liaison Committee to the UNFCCC, Bishop Philip Huggins and Ms Sarwat Tasneem invite people of faith everywhere to offer prayers and silent meditation for a successful COP26. Many of us believe such prayers, offered with faith, can be transformative. If this is you, these offerings may help. They include a beautiful Quaker prayer written by Linsey Fielder Cook.

In addition the Anglican parish of Queenscliff/Lonsdale in Geelong, Victoria, is offering a 30-minute midday meditation during COP26 from October 31 to November 14. They will be in the church and on Zoom.  The meditation will begin at 12noon with the ringing of the church bell. Join here

BUC Climate Action Group
Would you like to become involved in the BUC Climate Action Group (CAG) which meets online via zoom on the second Saturday of each month? All are welcome to come along to our next  zoom meeting at 4.30pm on 13th November. To find out more about climate action at our church click the earth button on BUC website.

Moreland Climate Cup Demands
Race to Zero emissions, locations @ Brunswick, Coburg, Newlands, Saturday 6th November, 10:30am.  See the Moreland Climate Cup demands here.  The protests are part of the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice and will have a street theatre element and will only go for one hour.  Details on Facebook here.

Wider Church News

UC National News, 3-9/11

  • Getting grounded with the Basis of Union
  • Exploring the Basis of Union, 50 Years on
  • COP26, Heeding the groans of creation
  • Royal Commmission, People with disability 
  • All of this is us, ‘Weaving a new sound in our churches’
    • Those involved in the search and rescue of Cleo Smith. We give thanks for her safe return to her family.
    • The COP26 meeting as it continues. We pray for the world leaders and those involved in negotiations to be courageous, for more ambitious targets to emerge and for actions to back the pledges and promises.
    • For the Uniting Church as we consider together how our identity and foundations are guiding us into a faithful future.