Posts from April 2019

Posts from April 2019

Interview with a Refugee – JUSTACT

It is better where refugees are not seen as simply a source of information, but rather as a partner for the change. – Pacifique Ndayisaba In late January this year, MUC received an urgent request from the Uniting Church Justice and International Mission (JIM) Unit to financially assist a Burundian refugee to travel from his home in rural Victoria to Adelaide to attend the ‘Refugee Alternatives conference’ https://refugeealternatives.org.au/ which was run on the 19th and 20th of February. This conference…

Palm Sunday walk for justice for refugees

On Palm Sunday a keen group from Manningham Uniting Church joined thousands of others from churches, community groups and political parties across Victoria to protest against the Australian government’s treatment of refugees and to call on them to close Manus Island and Nauru.  Meeting in front of the State Library, the gathering heard inspiring speeches from refugee and prize-winning author Behrooz Boochani, broadcast from Manus, Nyadol Nyuon, African refugee, lawyer and community advocate, author Richard Flanagan and lawyer activist David Manne. All spoke passionately and persuasively regarding the need for…

How Best to do Mission?

I was drawn to the February article by Helen, who asked the question “What is Mission”? In the article Helen suggested that as cultures vary, so do their needs. In not understanding the culture and need we may in some cases be creating bigger problems for a community.    In 2013 Joan and I and our two girls travelled back to Zambia to the birth place of Tanya and Fiona.  It was in Kitwe a large town of 150,00 people, the site of a very large copper mine. I was working at Kalulushi Farm College,…

Manningham Connecting Communities Pop-up Kitchen Trailer

Through Emma Hanna, our Missional Community Development Worker, MUC has played a significant part in the development of the Manningham Council’s fabulous new ‘Pop-up Kitchen Trailer’. The trailer is available for use for groups and individuals within Manningham to foster community cohesion. While MUC is planning to use it at the opening of Stage 1 of our new building, scheduled for later in the year, and perhaps for other community events, we are hoping members of our congregation will also…

The Never-ending Adventure

Propped up on the bookcase in our bedroom is a picture. It’s not a picture made in the conventional way but it is crafted from finely cut bamboo. The bamboo is either straw-coloured, red, green or black, the colours the craftsman needed to create the picture. The end result of the craft person’s labours is a bird. And the bird is a crane. While one of its long legs rests on a branch the other is lifted up. The crane’s…

Persian New Year Feast a Memorable Night

Sadegh and Fouzieh’s ‘Persian New Year Feast’ last Saturday evening (30/3/2019) at Westfield Drive was a memorable night of delicious Iranian food, music and dance, enjoyed by 120 guests.  There was a talented saxophone player and then later in the night a lovely Persian dancer who entertained us. A highlight for me was seeing some of the children join in the dance with the dancer while guests clapped along with the music. Sadegh, Fouzieh and their team worked extremely hard,…

Urgent: More help needed for English Conversation Class!

The English Conversation Class has commenced again this year with a significant increase in numbers each week. Last year we regularly had at least 10-15 students each week but this year it is closer to 30 students. We do very little advertising but the word seems to have got around! While it is wonderful to see so many attending the classes it does place pressure on the small number of helpers. Can you help? The class meets each Friday morning…

A Visit from ‘The Porridge Pot Lady’

On Saturday 2 March we welcomed Robyn Casey, Founder of Mphatso Children’s Foundation, back to Manningham with an Afternoon Tea to raise funds for her work in Malawi. (The ‘Porridge Pot Lady’ was adopted by the Green Sage Ladies group who collect small change each week and give to the Porridge Pot … 5 cents provides a bowl of porridge for the nursery school children.) Robyn had some very interesting photographs to show and talk about, many depicting the appalling…
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