Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Culture of Safety program
Moderator – Denise
Stewart Lodge & residents
Worship Committee
Finance Committee
Compassion Ministry
BUC Arts
Synod of VicTas
Creatures of the sea

Personal News

A personal announcement from Ken Morrison
Hi Everybody,
I’ve got a big personal announcement and request to make, but first a few lines of background.
For a very long time I’ve struggled with depression and generally feeling not “right”.  Eventually, a bit over 18 months ago, I gained a sudden understanding of my unease.  In spite of presenting to both myself and everyone else as a man, at a fundamental level, I realised that my natural identity was that of a woman.  Thus, I am transgender.  This was a big surprise to me!
While I quickly felt confident in my genuine gender identity, I’ve spent a lot of time with prayer and introspection as well as multiple sessions with a specialist psychologist, all confirming my initial insight.
I’ve “come out” to a handful of people, including my family, Ian and a small support group from the church.  It’s now time for me to be presenting full-time as the woman I am inside.  So from now on, I’ll be grateful if you could address me as Kenna rather than Ken and use “she/her” pronouns.
I’m happy to engage in further positive discussion by email, phone, or on the BUC Facebook page, where Ian is posting an equivalent version of this.
-Kenna  (formerly Ken)
You might also like to read the UCA’s Uniting Network statement on Gender Diversity.

BUC News

Worship chat
Join Ian after worship at 10:30 on Zoom.   See the Facebook event or simply join here.

Worship news
We welcome Fiona Bottcher as our preacher on Sunday 16th August while Ian enjoys a weekend off.  Fiona is a chaplain at Sunshine Hospital and a member of our congregation.

Virtual Preserves
Need a bit of cheering up? – contact Saide to arrange local only contactless pick up or delivery (when you are already out shopping or exercising) of Saide’s preserves and even more excitingly Jenny Hunter’s famous Lemon Butter ($3-$4).  FUNdraising for the Olive Arts.  Call 0407 096 743.

A triple letter dinner with a twist
The Community Team invites you to join in the fun of Fabulously Fancy Feasts within your own households any time during August, any day, any meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Create a menu, dress up, decorate your table, light some candles, make it fabulous.  Invite another household or two to join you by Zoom.  Zoom connections are free for 45 minutes for 3 or more connections and unlimited for two.  Make it fun and most importantly take photos.  Share them on the FFF Facebook album.

Climate Action News

Climate Action Group
The BUC Climate Action Group (CAG) will meet at 5pm on Saturday 8th August via zoom to discuss implementation of aspects of the BUC Climate Action Plan recently adopted by the Church Council.

ABC: Fight for Planet A – Our Climate Challenge
The ABC will be airing a 3 part series starting at 8.30pm on Tuesday 11th August showing us how we can all be part of reducing our collective carbon emissions, by understanding where our energy comes from, how transport and travel emissions affect our health and understanding the carbon footprint of the food we eat. The series is hosted by Craig Reucassel from The War on Waste and The Chaser. You’ll be able to watch the series through ABC iView

Climate Justice with and for Children and Youth in Churches: Get Informed, Get Inspired, Take Action
This toolkit developed by the World Council of Churches provides resources for churches, church-run schools, and summer camps to support inter-generational climate and environmental justice and promote care for children by stopping further global warming. All churches are encouraged to promote education and action to address climate change, reduce CO2 emissions, and protect the environment in their activities for and with children and youth.

People’s Climate Strategy for Victoria – Climate Impacts Survey
BUC CAG is encouraging members of the congregation to fill out the following short survey to assist Friends of the Earth with your local to write a People’s Climate Strategy for Victoria:

Stop Adani 

Want to help Stop Adani, but tired of working alone? Come along to an ARRCC (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change)  zoom letter writing party from 1.30-2.30pm on Friday 14 August and add your voice to those urging the Korea Investment and Securities and the Industrial Bank of Korea to walk away from financing Adani’s coal port in Queensland.

Wider Church News

Build Back Better
The UCA Assembly and Uniting Justice have released the vision statement ‘A Just Recovery Post-COVID-19‘.  Please take some time to read the document and share your reflections with a member of the Justice & Mission Committee – Richard, Gwen, Kirsty, Abi, Leanne, Anne, Saide.

Community News