Posts from July 2019

Posts from July 2019

What are we reading from the Bible?

Just when you thought you knew about all the changes up ahead for MUC, we are soon to experience another one. It concerns which Bible passages will be read in worship each Sunday. There are good reasons for the change, which has been proposed by our Minister, the Rev Claire Dawe. The Worship Portfolio has approved the change, which will begin in September of this year. So why this change and what will it be like? To see that clearly,…

REFLECTIONS FROM 2019 VICTAS SYNOD MEETING (Part 2)

This was my first experience of Synod, which met over four mostly twelve-hour days recently. I didn’t quite know what to expect, as the general congregational image of Synod which I inherited was of a long unexciting meeting with lots of routine business to transact. I was pleasantly surprised as the program unfolded. Sure, there was a lot of reading to do as reports and proposals were made available in advance. There were approximately 43 reports and 26 proposals to…

Voluntary Assisted Dying Update

Members of the 2019 Synod of Victoria and Tasmania met to discern our response to the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation.The Synod heard a wide range of strongly and faithfully held views, from various theological and cultural perspectives In light of all this, permission was given to the relevant UCA institutions and associated hospital group within Victoria,to make voluntary assisted dying allowable for their patients, clients and residents, under the specific conditions of the legislation. For more information download:

Reflections from 2019 VicTas Synod Meeting

Bob and I along with Rev Claire and John attended the 2019 VicTas Synod meeting in early July I always return from a Synod meeting on a ‘high’ and wishing that more members of the congregation share in the same experience. It is wonderful to witness the enormous breadth of the wider Uniting Church’s work and to see the spirit of God working amidst robust debate as the blue and yellow cards of the consensus method of decision slowly give…

Pedestrian access between Wood Street and Atkinson Street

In 2015 Manningham Uniting Church (MUC) embarked on a journey to explore the redevelopment of one or more of its sites to better serve the needs of the community. The Templestowe site, between Atkinson Street and Wood Street, was chosen and after much planning and preparation the project is set to start in August. Together with diverse and flexible worship spaces, the new MUC community building will assist as a gathering and meeting place, and as a base from which…

Pet Blessing Service

Dogs, chickens, worms, rabbits were among the many that attended the Family@10 service to be blessed on Sunday 14 July 2019. Here’s a snapshot:

Aumann Grant Recipient Announced

Each year MUC, through its Mission Portfolio, provides a grant of $500 to assist a worthy young recipient in their education. The award is made possible by a donation from the Aumann family in memory of Dorothy Aumann. Dorothy was a much loved and revered member of Templestowe UC who always supported young people and would be delighted that these funds are helping a student to further their studies. A number of very worthy applications were received for this year’s…

Sharing God’s love in the highways and byways …

The doors of St Paul’s Cathedral in London were wide open, and with many other tourists we went in. While there, a message was broadcast. It was an invitation to attend the lunchtime Eucharist.   At the appointed time a group of us were led into the carved choir stalls that were adorned with red shaded lamps. As we gathered together the priest’s compassion, humility, and love embraced us all.   During the sharing of the bread and wine, the altar around which we gathered became a quiet oasis. Beyond us the footfalls and murmur of tourists to the Cathedral continued to ebb and flow.   All…
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