Posts from 2022 (Page 2)

Posts from 2022 (Page 2)

Together@10 – Refugees & Asylum Seekers

The Together@10 service on 31 July was led by the MUC Connections group with a focus on Refugees and Asylum Seekers. The service was inspired by Refugee Week  (19-25 June 2022) which had as its theme: We’re happy you’re safe. We’re happy you’re free. We’re happy you’re here. The guest speaker was Rev Rod Horsfield who spoke of the amazing project that sprang from one person at Pilgim Uniting Church in Launceston to commemorate the sinking of the SIEVX. This…

Sankofa #7

A few of you have told me that you like my last Wednesday musing on death. One of you said, “it was timely”. And I said that I would muse more on how our faith help us in living into death.  Over the years I have observed that people find it difficult to talk about death. Some live in denial of death. We refuse to talk about it. It’s uncomfortable, and so we avoid the subject, and that avoidance increases…

Silent Auction

In conjunction with the MUC Trivia night and to raise funds for ‘Act for Peace’ Ukraine Refugees there are three amazing items to bid for. Drop into the Manningham Uniting Church & Community Centre and place your bid, or give us a call on 9846 2012 and we’ll register your bid for you. What is a silent auction?A silent auction is when the bidders ‘silently’ bid by writing their offer on the bid sheet for each item. THREE ITEMS TO…

Sankofa #6

“God I am all ready but I am not in a hurry.” – Swee Ann ☺ Several months after I arrived at Mt Martha Uniting Church (my first placement) I discovered that I was having difficulty accompanying a member who was dying. I felt uneasy. I told myself that I can’t feel this way if I want to continue my ministry as a Minister. What did I do? I took a course on Bereavement Counselling for two years. Before the…

LEADERSHIP

Introduction At my first conversation with the Joint Nominating Committee, I was told that MUC has a ‘flat’ ministry team (no designated leader) and how do I feel about that? I remember replying: “I have been in ministry for over 30 years. I don’t think I have a fragile ago and I am not looking to be the ‘kingpin’. However, it’s important that we recognise each of us bring different gifts and have different roles and responsibilities.” For me leadership…

THE GREENING OF THE OFFICE

Just when you thought there weren’t going to be any more ‘Wow’ moments in our new Church and Community home, along came ‘Team Spratling’ . . . Hugh and Margaret . . . to add a whole ‘rain forest’ to the ‘Upper Room’ in the form of forty-five lovely indoor plants which have filled all the holes, designed to hold greenery, which are part of the office filing furniture. Hugh and Margaret are much-loved members of the Church community and…

Sankofa #5

I am writing this Musing at 4.30am. I have been awake since 3am. I was lying in bed reading and reflecting on the final chapter of ‘A Meal with Jesus’.  The Ministry Team spent yesterday together in a small room at Wesley Place in Lonsdale Street. We spent time sharing and reflecting on BOUNDARIES and SELF-CARE. We also had conversations on the ‘Needs, Concerns and Opportunities’ of MUC in the next six months. And by the time I reached home…

Biscuits and Cheese and a Cup of Tea

I woke to the sound of falling rain on the tent. Quickly dressed, I unzipped the tent door. The clay pan we had camped on, wet and slippery, the rain steady.  A sand dune emerged in the early morning light, the sky black, foreboding.    Suddenly, I realised those travelling with us were beginning to leave our camp site. I looked around.  Tents, stretchers, camping gear were being loaded into vehicles in the predawn. It was June 1999. We were…

Sankofa #4

Last Saturday the Church Council, with some members of the Portfolios and committees met to reflect on how to renew leadership within MUC. I am a big believer in getting people together for conversations. There was also a lot of time spent in listening, clarifying, and challenging of certain assumptions. We all make assumptions. We make them all the time. It can be about anyone and anything. If we are not careful in assuming, then we may get badly trapped…

Getting to know Jonathon Welch AM

How did you first get started in your musical career ?I was very fortunate to go to Melbourne Boys High School and had many amazing experiences, opportunities and wonderful teacherswho mentored my passion for music and singing. I then began my career as a professional singer in 1980 singing with the Victorian State Opera Chorusand went on to tour with the very first production of ‘Pirates of Penzance’ at the end of 1983 for 18 months, where I eventually landed…

Sankofa #3

Glad that the Synod 2022 is over. This will be my last Synod. I won’t be going to the next one in 18-months’ time. I wonder how many of you can tell me our vision. As you know the Church Councilhas been reviewing our governance, polity, and structure. Recently I decided to takea closer look at our vision: “Inspired by God and seeking to emulate the life ofJesus we will identify and reflect God’s love by creating, participating in and…

Sankofa #2

Thank you for the positive feedback for my first Wednesday musing. Some of you like the word, Sankofa. Last Saturday and Sunday there were two significant events in the life of MUC: Community Mural Opening (26 June) and the Final Service in the Woodhouse Grove building (27 June). I know that Emma, my colleague provided inspirational leadership (with contributions from her team) for the Mural Opening event. By the time you read this second musing, some of you might have…

Mural Opening Speech

How exciting it is to be here, in celebration of this wonderful and powerful community public artwork. I wish to acknowledge and thank the funders of this project, the Uniting Church Asset Strategy Program, the Manningham City Council Community Grants Program and the Kirk Robson Theology and Arts Memorial Fund. I especially thank Peter and Natalie Robson for being here today it is an honour to host you and we hope we have honoured Kirk’s memory through this project. There…

Final Worship in the Hall at Woodhouse Grove

Around 60 people including friends and family and ex- members of The Grove and members of wider MUC gathered on 26 June to celebrate the 166 years of worship at The Grove and to mark the closure of worship at this site. The service was led by Rev Swee Ann Koh with an inspiring reflection given by Rev Fred Webber.

Sankofa #1

What isSankofa: Wednesday Musings with Swee Ann?In my previous three congregations we had a weekly pew-sheet where I had the opportunity to write something weekly. It was a good way to share stories, concerns, observations, and news. It was a good way also for me to keep in touch with the members and friends. After speaking with a few members who affirmed it’s a good idea, I have decided to write a weekly musing. You will receive this through your…

A Meal with jesus

Today we commenced looking at A Meal with Jesus (by Tim Chester) – part 1 in a 6 week study. In worship and the study following the service (which included a fantastic lunch) we looked at setting the table, grace and what is looks like to be invitational. Click here to read the reflection prepared by Rev Swee Ann Koh

The Community Mural project

The Mural team is excited to report that, following our consultation workshops with Katherine Gailer our artist, she has submitted her concept drawings for the four murals. Representatives from most of the groups, as well as the Mural team were present when she presented her drawings. We were all delighted with Katherine’s dramatic, colourful – sometimes confronting and emotional drawings. A few tweaks were suggested and incorporated by Katherine. Now it’s up to the painting! Follow the progress of the…

Farewell Megan

A special lunch was held to celebrate Megan’s contribution to our Ministry Team in her position as Seniors Ministry Coordinator over many years. The lunch is to say “thank you”, not “farewell”, as no doubt Megan will continue to be amongst us as her friendly, caring self and so will continue to contribute to our church in non-official ways. Megan, your influence on our faith and faithfulness will not leave with your departure.

Maundy Thursday Service – Feet Washing

As the idea of such passion week celebrations spread to other areas, various local rites and customs were incorporated into the Maundy Thursday celebration. Doubtless the best-known of these customs is foot washing, an old monastic exercise inspired by Christ’s example in the upper room and associated with the “new commandment” of love recorded in John 14 (hence the familiar name Maundy Thursday, “maundy” being an English corruption, via French, of the Latin  mandatum: “commandment”).