What’s been happening

What’s been happening

Minister’s Message – October

This month, I have conducted a funeral, a baptism and a wedding and I have only done so because I am an ordained Minister of the Word. This vocation allows me access into the most intimate parts of people’s lives through pastoral conversations and listening to their stories. It is an honour that I don’t take for granted. Recently, I was in conversation with a retired minister who had originally been part of a Methodist circuit. I had never met…

E-waste Drop – recap

Over the weeks leading up to the E-Waste Drop Off Day on Saturday 21 Sep 2019, two piles of e-waste were gradually building up in size at the Westfield Drive Hub.   And on that day itself, two truck-loads were sent to the Manningham Council Depot at 620 Blackburn Road Cnr Warrandyte Road, Doncaster East.   Well done, MUC, for saving the earth from being polluted by this e-waste when thrown into the rubbish bins! And special thanks to Tony…

So what are we are reading each week? Some background and a quiz! (yes, there’s a prize)

So what are we are reading each week?  Some background and a quiz!  (yes, there’s a prize) September saw the start of the Narrative Lectionary at Manningham, a new order of Scripture readings for our Sunday services on a 4 year cycle. If this is all new to you, please refer to the read this post. I found myself pondering the importance of names in this first group of readings:the Garden of Eden and man naming all the animals after…

The Imagination Declaration

Following the Uluru Statement From The Heart, in 2019, a group of young Indigenous people have gathered in East Arnhem Land for the Youth Forum at Garma Festival (hosted by the Yothu Yindi Foundation). The forum was facilitated by AIME[1]  and resulted in a declaration for the Prime Minister and Education Minister’s across Australia – The Imagination Declaration. This message was read out by Siena Stubbs, on August 5, 10:00am, at the 2019 Garma Festival: To the Prime Minister &…

Church’s support for the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart

General Secretary, Rev Dr Mark Lawrence recently advised of a Synod resolution at the July meeting – relating to the Church’s support for the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart.  The Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, resolved (S19.4.13.1): (a) To support the 2017 Statement from the Heart made at Uluru as a consensus position of 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from across Australia as the preferred pathway towards reconciliation, and urge the Commonwealth Government to implement:    (i)…

Muffin Sale Tomorrow

There will be a selection of delicious muffins for sale after both Family@10 and Fellowship@10 services today. Choices will include raspberry and white chocolate, lemon and poppyseed, blueberry, chocolate chip and apple and cinnamon. There will be some GF options.    Cost is $3 each or 4 for $10.  Proceeds will go to supporting young people with financial constraints to attend the upcoming annual Fresh camp. More information about FRESH Youth Theatre

Postponed – Family Violence Workshop

Just a quick post to let you know that the Family Violence workshop scheduled for this coming Sunday (22/9) afternoon has been postponed. More information will be provided once a new date has been confirmed. If you know of someone planning to attend please pass on this information.

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,…