What’s been happening

What’s been happening

Walking the Talk

One issue explored by Rev Claire in July, centred around the question, “How can we share our faith with others without being weird or scary?” Recently I had the chance to find out in an unexpected way. It was a wintry Saturday morning, and bundled up in warm clothes, I walked to the pond in the urban farm near our home. I needed space to think about recent ‘happenings’, and being near water amidst trees helps me to do this.   …

Building Bridges Through Story… introducing… (part 2)

Continuing on with the amazing list of presenters, we’d like to introduce you to: Afadang AkueyAfadang (Affy) Akuey- 22 year old Activist/Nursing Student/ Director at Twich Women’s Sewing Collective.At Twich we train and employee women from migrant/refugee backgrounds, to make bags and clothes.Through my work with Twich I have used our platform and following to draw attention to social justice issues that are faced by refugees and asylum seekers, specifically focusing on my experiences as a South Sudanese woman. I…

Building Bridges Through Story – Introducing…

The team organising the Building Bridges through Story event have a fantastic line up of speakers and presenters. They would like to introduce you to: Ian GoldsmithIan goldsmith is currently the CEO of Edith Bendall Lodge Aged Care in Pascoe Vale where he has been since February 2016. Ian does a lot of volunteer work having been on the committee of management of a child care centre for 8 years, treasurer of East Doncaster little athletics club for 4 years,…

Spring Together is back…

After the huge success of Spring Together 2018 at Merricks Lodge, we will again be gathering together to grow as a community of faith on the weekend of October 25-27. Spring Together 2019 will be a fantastic time of fellowship, festivities and fun. There will be activities for everyone including canoeing, bushwalking, small group discussions, worship and importantly marshmallow toasting on the campfire. This years theme will explore the issues surrounding Climate Change and how we as a faith community…

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…

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.