Posts from August 2020

Posts from August 2020

The City over the hill

Rev. Peter Aumann has recently written a fascinating paper on his recollections of the early years of Templestowe Presbyterian Church (Templestowe Uniting/Manningham Uniting) which he has generously made available for our members to read. It is to be published by the church Historical Society but can be accessed on here if you would like to read the full text.

Aumann Education Grant

This grant was instigated as a result of a bequest given to the former Templestowe Uniting Church by the Aumann Family in memory of Dorothy Aumann, a much loved and revered member of the church who always supported young people. As a result, MUC awards $500 each year to a person who has been nominated by a church member, then selected by the Mission Portfolio, to assist with their studies. This year there were three worthy nominations for the grant,…

From Little Things Big Things Grow

I have been reflecting on our practice of acknowledging the original custodians of the land on which we worship – their elders past, present and emerging.    Standing tall at the Woodhouse Grove property is a large silver leaf stringy bark tree. It was a small seedling in the year 1820. In that year, an old woman, an Elder of the Wurundjeri peoples rests beside a campfire, its lazy smoke rises gently, then lost in a large tree canopy standing on…

Intergenerational Pilgrimage – Walk 4

Pilgrimages are religious journeys which people take to learn more about God and faith. Whilst we are not currently able to go very far and can only leave home for an hour, we can still go on pilgrimages. Why not decide on a pilgrimage walk and invite someone else or another family to do the same walk. Even though you are not able to walk it together, you can share what you discovered and talked about afterwards.

Intergenerational Pilgrimage – Walk 3

Pilgrimages are religious journeys which people take to learn more about God and faith. Whilst we are not currently able to go very far and can only leave home for an hour, we can still go on pilgrimages. Why not decide on a pilgrimage walk and invite someone else or another family to do the same walk. Even though you are not able to walk it together, you can share what you discovered and talked about afterwards.

Intergenerational Pilgrimage – Walk 2

Pilgrimages are religious journeys which people take to learn more about God and faith. Whilst we are not currently able to go very far and can only leave home for an hour, we can still go on pilgrimages. Why not decide on a pilgrimage walk and invite someone else or another family to do the same walk. Even though you are not able to walk it together, you can share what you discovered and talked about afterwards.

Intergenerational Pilgrimage – Walk 1

Pilgrimages are religious journeys which people take to learn more about God and faith. Whilst we are not currently able to go very far and can only leave home for an hour, we can still go on pilgrimages. Why not decide on a pilgrimage walk and invite someone else or another family to do the same walk. Even though you are not able to walk it together, you can share what you discovered and talked about afterwards.

Communion during COVID-19 – the wandering continues

A few months ago, I shared a theological reflection on communion during COVID-19. I said then that I had wrestled with this and spoken to colleagues, some of whom were celebrating communion online according to the Assembly guidelines and some of whom, like me, felt deeply uncomfortable doing so. Theologically, I view the church as a body – not a new or original idea! – a whole body with different parts which work together, not apart. At the time of…

Hope for the Homeless

There’s nothing like a pandemic to create changes! There is surely not one homeless person who doesn’t dream of change. Perhaps one of the good things that has been highlighted by COVID-19 is the plight of those without permanent shelter. Since March, the Victorian government has provided $15 million to homelessness organisations to find temporary accommodation in hotels for people who were sleeping in the streets. A further $9.8 million has been provided to keep them there, in the short…

Reflection from a Veranda…

When we first moved into our home, in an older suburb, I noticed that many people had put chairs on their verandas. Some of the chairs were old and sagging, others more modern. Most were accompanied by a table. We put a sturdy wooden coffee table on our veranda with a wooden chair either side. Our veranda makes a good place to sit, so one afternoon during the lockdown, I went and sat on one of the wooden chairs. The…

Quasquicentennial

A 125-year anniversary is called a quasquicentennial. This word is pronounced ‘kwos-kwi-sen-ten-ee-uhl’ and it may be used as a noun or an adjective. Thanks to Wikipedia. The Templestowe congregation of the current Manningham Uniting Church was established in July 1895 and the historic weatherboard church that is currently undergoing restoration was built and opened in 1896. So, 2020 is the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Manningham Uniting Church in Templestowe as the Templestowe Presbyterian Church, as a new…

Service of Remembrance

Recently, Rev Claire and Megan led a Remembrance Service on Zoom for those who had lost loved ones during the time of COVID-19, those who were revisiting past grief and bereavements, and those who were present to support and care for others. Rev Claire described it as a sacred time, a time that would not replace a funeral service, but a time of prayer which might bring comfort at this difficult time. To help those who do not have internet…

WALKING IN GOD’S CREATION

With the current enforced isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many families possibly having some spare time, walking may be an enjoyable pastime and provide some well-needed exercise. We are BLESSED in the City of Manningham with its many parks and local walks associated with the Yarra River and associated streams. We can thank the City Council and Parks Victoria for the upkeep of these wonderful parks. Did you know you can walk (perhaps cycling would be better) from…
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