Posts from August 2019

Posts from August 2019

What she makes is keeping her in poverty

This story reveals very disturbing information about avarice (i,e. greed for gain), lack of compassion and distain for human dignity and life. Jesus would condemn the slavery it recounts if alive today, because it fails the test of a just and fair society abominably. In India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and other developing countries, women work in exploitative conditions to make clothing which directly connects us to Australia’s 23.5 billion fashion and clothing industry. Big clothing brands pay as little as 62…

Compassion’s role in bringing in the kingdom

The Emerging Church meeting on Sunday 18 August, entitled “What would the Kingdom of God feel like?” crystallised the notion that the salient feature of Jesus’ ministry was his commitment to teaching us to be compassionate. In the era when he lived, compassion was most often a scarce commodity. In today’s world, two millennia of striving by the major religions as well as by enlightened free thinkers, to elevate the notion of kindness, has made a vast improvement in the…

Shovel Ready…

As published in Manningham Leader, 12 August 2019 By Andrew Rogersandrew.rogers@news.com.au A house of worship for four Uniting Church congregations to call home is being built in Templestowe. Parishioners at Doncaster, Doncaster East, Templestowe and Box Hill North agreed to a merger in 2012, forming the Manningham Uniting Church. But without a suitable central location worshippers continued to attend services at each church. The Uniting Church has now sold their Doncaster and Doncaster East properties, with the Box Hill North…

What might be…

What might be the outcomes and relationships that flow from the Manningham Uniting Church (MUC) and community priorities and development of the new building? MUC exists as part of a much larger community. As a Uniting Church it reflects the UCA vision of ‘seeing a nation where each person and all creation can flourish and enjoy abundant life’, as expressed in seven foundational areas: A First Peoples Heart Renewal of the Whole of Creation A Welcoming, Compassionate and Diverse Nation…

Climate Action – Coral not Coal

The social justice action group has installed the large banner on the exterior wall of the Templestowe church building – visible from the car park – in an effort to communicate to the wider community our great concern about the climate change emergency. You may have seen the article and photo in the Manningham Leader last week.  Notwithstanding the coal developments up north, we believe that our focus must be on a carbon neutral economy and fully renewably energy, including…

Can we make a difference

The teachings of Jesus are all imbued with service to others and righting injustices. The prophet Micah asks “What does the LORD require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” In attempting to alleviate the injustices we see at home and overseas, do you sometimes get frustrated at the immensity of the task and ask yourself how can my puny efforts really help? Of course, we can always write letters to…

Sod Turning Ceremony Recap

On Friday 4 August, a collective of congregational members, Uniting Church representatives from the Synod (State level) and Presbytery (Region level), along with FPPV Architecture, Harris Constructions and the wider community gathered at the momentous Sod Turning ceremony to mark the beginning of building works.

Binding up the earth’s wounds

How does reading ancient text from the Bible, guided by the commentary With Love to the World, have a bearing on my daily life in the 21st century?  One morning as I read from the book of Amos 7:1-17, I was challenged. Amos was a herdsman and fig-grower, nevertheless he was chosen by God to speak to the leaders and people of his day about the need for justice.  Justice is a word I’ve shied away from. There are so…

It’s all Happening

It’s cold and dark and I am surrounded by boxes in my office at The Hub. I can’t find anything, the internet is intermittent, and my computer won’t recognise the printer so I can’t print off anything for tonight’s meeting. I feel like I’m living out of a couple of shopping bags as I’ve taken all my files home for safe keeping. We are on the move and isn’t it a pain! I have moved house many times during my…