What’s been happening (Page 3)

What’s been happening (Page 3)

What about the poor

At last I was boarding my flight from Cebu to Manila in the Philippines. It was Friday night; the plane was full, and I was late returning to my unit in Mandaluyong. Sitting next to me was an American.  He was dressed in a bib and braces, a bright floral shirt, a cap perched on unkept hair. A big man, possibly 50 years old. He was holding photos in his right hand, looking intently at each. I glanced across to…

Pastoral Care in this time of Transition at MUC

What do we mean when we talk about Pastoral Care?? Wikipedia says. “Pastoral Care is an ancient model of emotional, social and spiritual support that can be found in all cultures and traditions. The term is considered inclusive of distinctly non-religious forms of support as well as those from religious communities.” OR The simple definition that says “Pastoral Care happens when each member of the Manningham Uniting Church cares for each other.” Hopefully, during this challenging time, we have all…

Climate Change – your response

This is a link to get your views heard at synod as young people about climate change.  It follows on from the zoom discussion Bradon and I held a couple of weeks ago – another is in the planning with a really good speaker who will talk to us about different climate change issues…..  I’m not allowed to spill the beans yet though.  Claire

MInister’s Message

COVID-19 continues and so does the uncertainty about what we can and can’t do. The church COVID-19 team is watching the advice carefully and following the guidance of the Victorian government and the VicTas synod. This will frustrate some of you and comfort others, but there is little we can do. At times like these, I find the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr helpful, and I know some of you do too: God, give me grace to accept with serenity…

Young People and Climate Change

At Manningham Uniting, we are encouraging our young people in a passion they have already shared with us – doing something about climate change.  Rev Claire has begun working with our young people to work out a project they want to pursue so they can share how they feel and what action they want to take and see other takes with them.  At the end of July, Rev Claire will be attending the UCA climate change conference which will include…

Follow up – Young Voice on Climate event

Last Sunday afternoon, a group of young people met with the Synod’s Bradon French and Rev Claire to talk climate change and what they want the church to do about it.  3 congregations were represented including 4 young people from Manningham.  This was Amari’s response: “Sunday’s meeting was a great opportunity to engage on the topic of climate change with the church. I really hope that if we have another meeting more people will join in and help us brainstorm ideas to…

Viral Worship Team

This unedifying name has kind of stuck since the first meeting of the group back in late March when it became obvious that we were not going to be able to meet together for worship in the usual way for some indeterminate time. Being forced to imagine other ways of doing things has forced us to re-think our priorities in all aspects of life but particularly in the way we worship. Claire has contributed an article in this month’s online…

Missional Community Development at MUC – living out our values, some great stories………

This contribution celebrates some very promising outcomes of MUC’s decision in 2015 to develop and implement a Missional Community Development Strategy (MCDS) that better connects with and serves our community. The MCDS responds to our MUC Strategic Plan ‘Our Journey Forward’ (OJF). Together with and supported by the broader MUC Ministry Team our Missional Community Development Worker (MCDW) Emma Hanna has really brought this to life over the last few years with a focus on being relational, Christ-centred, and risk-taking.…

The Woman in the Red Hat

She had seen the red hat in an ‘op shop’. As it was an expensive brand, looked new, and was being sold cheaply, she couldn’t resist buying it. It was a daring purchase for one who had become so conservative. But now she wore it with confidence, and it was a good companion for her greying hair. As well she had got to a stage in her life when she didn’t care what people thought. Maybe moving to a more…

Trust

At this time when we can’t see the COVID-19 virus, we have to trust our leaders and medical experts that it exists. Our faith requires we trust in an unseen God so perhaps this can help us. While our freedom of movement is curtailed our memories are free to roam unfettered. This allows us to double-dip into pleasurable moments we’ve experienced in the past. Recently my mind drifted back to something I’d seen last spring while walking along the footpath…

Recapping the Knitting day via Zoom

I would never have thought 5 years ago, when starting the MUC Knitters Group, that we would have had a World Knitting Day event on Zoom. But we did, and it was great! Our small group of knitters has met once a month (except December and January) for the past five years at the MUC Hub and with the help of others who couldn’t attend the meetings, have created hundreds of warm garments, blankets and soft toys, with the specific…

Acknowledging Refugee Week

This week is Refugee Week.  Usually we would be meeting in different ways to celebrate the cultures and stories of those seeking refuge or asylum in Australia, but we can’t at the moment.  However, there is still plenty we can do.   speak to members of our Connections group to find out what they need pray, pray and pray some more write to our politicians telling them we haven’t forgotten those people in detention centres despite trying to deal with this…

COVID update 2 June 2020

Dear Friends and Members of Manningham Uniting Church (MUC), The COVID-19 group continues to meet to look at the easing of restrictions by the Victorian government and how we, as a church, might respond.  The group is following the advice of the Victorian government and the VicTas synod of the Uniting Church.  From 1 June, the Victorian government is allowing gatherings of up to 20 people inside.  Along with the current easing of restrictions, all groups must adhere to the following guidelines: up…

Ministry team still meeting during lockdown

You may or may not have seen members of the ministry team on church videos each Sunday (particularly in the ‘What’s on’ segment), but please be assured that even if you are seeing less of us, we are still present in a great many ways

National Reconciliation Week – Dadirri

Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, an Aboriginal elder from Daly River talks of spirituality as a basis for listening. “What I want to talk about is a special quality of my people. I believe it is the most important. It is our most unique gift. It is perhaps the greatest gift we can give to out fellow Australians. In our language it is called Dadirri. Dadirri is an inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness. Dadirri recognises the deep spring that is inside…

National Sorry Day

There are a number of ways we can recognise and celebrate Reconciliation Week from the comfort of our own homes and we’d like to encourage us to do so.

English Speaking Classes move to online

Is English your second or additional language? You are invited to practise your English with volunteer tutors from Manningham Uniting Church in a free weekly online class. Register now to join. Places are limited. Our friendly classes will be run weekly for 5 weeks, starting on Friday 29th May. They will run from 10am to 10.40am. We would love to see you! Please fill in the form below and we will contact you with a zoom invitation: For more information:…

Access Mars

Check out the real surface of Mars as recorded but NASA’s Curiosity Rover. https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/