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BUC News

Worship on Sunday
We are changing the process for accessing worship from YouTube.  The service will be initially be uploaded as private and then made public with the prelude at 9:25.  This means that the service will not be searchable in advance.  Please be ready on the Brunswick UC YouTube channel from 9:25 or any time afterwards.
Join Ian for conversation after worship – 10:30am on Zoom.

Refugee Week
Refugee Week is 14th-20th June.  The theme ‘Celebrating the Year of Welcome’ will be included in worship on 14th June.  A display will be set up in the Tower Room Window next week.

World Wide Knit in Public Day – Yes, it’s ON.
Every second Saturday in June, we have a large fun all-day group in the Hall from the congregation and wider community. Boo-hoo, not this year.  BUT on Saturday 13th June we are running THREE Zoom Knit Along sessions (10am- midday, 1pm-3pm and 3:30pm onward incl Zoom ‘pre-dinner drinks’) hosted by Ann, Natalie and Linda. Links can be found on Olive Pesto FaceBook Group page here

Also, we have a pleasurable little “Challenge”  for you: the Walk, Knit, Chat in Public Activity.
This is NOT a Zoom activity.
You are invited, as individuals or with household members, to
  • go for a gentle walk around their neighbourhood, carrying a ball of wool and knitting as you walk
  • possibly using this activity as a chance to strike up a conversation (at an appropriate distance) with other walkers, or people at the coffee shop etc.
  • even if no conversations are struck, the main aim – TO KNIT IN PUBLIC – and possibly toward a KOGO item is achieved.
  • take a selfie or get someone to take a photo of you outside, with yarn and needles/ crochet hook, and post it on the OP BUC FB photo album
  • maybe carry a spare ball of wool and a set of needles just in case someone expresses an interest
  • maybe carry in your pocket copies of a link to our OP BUC FB page.
Full info is here or contact Linda on lindawannan@gmail.com

Wider Church News

Synod 2020
Church Council notes that the meeting of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania is meeting in November this year.  Nominations to attend close on Friday 19th June at 5pm.  Synod 2020 is especially keen to let ‘Adults Under 50” know that they are very welcome.  Please give this your prayerful consideration.’  For further information please read the attached information from Presbytery Secretary Heather Loader.  The nomination form is available here.

Climate Action News

BUC Climate Crisis Action Plan
After some delays due to Covid-19, Church Council is once again working on BUC’s Climate Action Plan (See our Climate Crisis web page for background and Maxine’s video message for a general update) which has been circulated via email to members of the congregation for comment. You can get involved by sending your comments on the plan to Shawn Whelan or Maxine Loynd by 19 June 2020.

Switch to GreenPower
Meanwhile, we’re delighted to announce that BUC has just taken a significant step by switching our Sydney Rd site’s electricity from 20% to 100% GreenPower. In addition to supporting renewable energy generation in Australia (through the 100% GreenPower surcharge), all of our electricity usage is now also offset through high quality Carbon Offset projects. Powershop Australia, our new provider, invests in these on our behalf as part of its standard (and price-competitive) service. Watch this space and the Olive Branch for further information about the switch, including details of Powershop’s “refer a friend” program which would give discount credits both to you and to BUC!

BUC Climate Action Group – political advocacy and action
More work is required to articulate the details for the fourth commitment in BUC’s Climate Action Plan, so you are invited to join a zoom meeting at 11.30 on Sunday 14 June to help identify a political campaign priority and strategy for 2020 as part of our Climate Action Plan.

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. The JIM cluster is keen to hear the views of Uniting Church members on what action the Synod should take on climate change. A consultation paper can be downloaded from the website https://justact.org.au/climate-justice-creation/reports/. The page also provides details on how to provide your views on what position the Synod should take on climate change.