Posts from January 2019

Posts from January 2019

A Move towards Reconciliation

At MUC’s Service of Mourning for First Peoples. Heather from our Family@10 service shared this personal story My great-great grandfather, Reverend Freidrich Hagenauer, was born in Bavaria in 1829 and came to Australia to undertake missionary work with Aboriginal people. This resulted in very bad treatment of many of our First Peoples. There was a complete lack of any appreciation of their culture, social structure, spirituality, language or relationship with the environment. I have had great regret about this for…

Day of Mourning Service in Westerfolds Park

Sunday 20th January 2019 was declared a Day of Mourning by the Assembly of UCA and all congregations were encouraged to hold worship services that reflected on the effects of colonization on Australia’s First Peoples and our identity as a nation. The Day allowed us to stand together in remembering the truth of our history, and honouring the culture of Australia’s First Peoples. Manningham UC decided to hold its service as a combined service at Westerfolds Park on Sunday 27th…

Day of Mourning photos

Sunday 20th January 2019 was declared a Day of Mourning by the Assembly of UCA and all congregations were encouraged to hold worship services that reflected on the effects of colonization on Australia’s First Peoples and our identity as a nation. The Day allowed us to stand together in remembering the truth of our history, and honouring the culture of Australia’s First Peoples. Manningham UC decided to hold its service as a combined service at Westerfolds Park on Sunday 27th…

Fresh Youth Theatre

Fresh Youth Theatre is back again starting on 11 February with the production on 31 May and 1 June.  FRESH theatre engages young people in a workshop environment with two seasons a year. Each season comprises an original play created by the team at FRESH and workshopped by the young people themselves. Each play addresses a particular theme identified as an issue facing young people in society today. The young people are given the opportunity to engage in the vital…

Ministry to Seniors – The Year Ahead

The Ageing Community Short-Medium Term: To enhance the skills, resources (people and facilities) and structure within MUC to be able to understand and build upon the current church responses and to develop new initiatives in supporting people who are ageing within MUC and the wider community, to achieve our 10 year vision. The Ageing community ministry is supported by a focused ‘Think Tank’ group of six people who work with the Aged Ministry Coordinator. With other interested volunteers this year…

Marriage and same-gender relationships

The Assembly, the national council of the Uniting Church, has been considering the issue of marriage and same-gender relationships. This long conversation over almost 30 years in our Church has been a difficult one, as it has been for many people of faith. In July, 2018 members of the 15th Assembly meeting voiced a wide range of strongly and faithfully held views. Deidre Palmer is the President of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly (National body of the Uniting Church…

2019 Justice Dates for your diary

The Justice and International Mission Unit of the UCA Synod of Victoria & Tasmania (state body) has produced a comprehensive list of dates for 2019. Check it out and add the events to your diary

Christmas at Westcare

With the room and tables beautifully decorated, the members arrived at 11am where Rae served our morning tea. Lots of joyous chatter filled the room until 11.30am when we commenced our Christmas Service. Honouring Joy’s suggestion, our Service was compiled around each member’s chosen Christmas carol. With Lauris playing the piano, most carols commenced with an explanation of why they were chosen then sung with great gusto. Interspersed with some biblical verses to set the scene and prayers for others,…

Aboriginal Spirituality

Thirty two people from Manningham Uniting Church were privileged to hear Dr Jim Poulter, Secretary of Reconciliation Manningham, speak to us recently about Aboriginal spirituality. I, for one, am really pleased that Jim dispelled an Australian history myth, that Indigenous people had no God, did not worship any deity in any way and were therefore ripe for conversion to Christianity by missionaries. As mentioned before, Christianity is about 1,700 years old, Judaism is around 3,000 years old, give or take…

Christingle Christmas Eve Service

For a second year, we shared the Christmas Eve service with the Methodist Church which meets to worship at Atkinson Street on a Sunday afternoon. We shared prayers, readings, carols and friendship centred around the birth of Jesus – MUC members sang and spoke in English and the Methodist church shared in their first language. This year, we celebrated in a packed church with a Christingle service which is a service of light. The Christingle is a way of celebrating…
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