Posts from October 2019

Posts from October 2019

Environment Victoria says climate change now manifest

This story looks at current environmental degradation and puts into question the survival of the planet, our only home. For over 30 years the world’s leading climate scientists have warned us that climate change is man-made, and that as it progresses, adverse weather patterns will develop and become more intense, last longer and be more disruptive. Such events are now happening all around the world. Jane Stabb, Community Organising Manager of Environment Victoria, a lobby group, does not want her…

History Snapshot – Caledonian Fair 1910

Originally published in the Reporter (Box Hill, Vic: 1889-1918) Friday 23 September 1910 on page 2. Copy courtesy of National Library of Australia. A Caldedonian fair was held on Friday and Saturday in the mechanics’ institute at Templestowe for the purpose of raising funds for the erection of a vestry at the Templestowe Presbyterian church, and to generally renovate the building. The fair was opened on Friday afternoon by Mrs. Robert Harper, who, notwithstanding the torrents of rain, motored out…

WHO IS OUR DRIVER?

Catching a bus or train earlier than was necessary was a habit of my English grandfather William. His habit caused amusement in the family as it meant he often caught a bus or train before the one he needed to. I’m glad we followed his custom when the tram we caught en route to a train station ground to a halt mid-journey. A truck involved in an accident was blocking the way. In order to determine how long we would…

Musical Memories 19 September Recap

Over 30 old-time music lovers gathered at Westfield Dive for our second sing-a-long of the year. We were grateful to again have the brilliant Dianna as pianist.  Bill, our compere, added interest with background information on the musical items. Janet and her friend Margaret also sang individual items and led the community singing. Of special note was Janet’s singing of Braham’s Lullaby in German and Margaret’s amusing rendition of the English vaudeville song “Waiting at the Church”. We completed Book…

Building Bridges through Story – a reflection

Arriving at the Ajani Centre, I was immediately confronted by a row of florescent vested people sitting at tables, happily directing me to other people with lists eager to register me.  A green band was placed around my wrist, I was sold a lunch ticket and handed a Bendigo Bank bag with lots of goodies.    Looking at the program, I noticed the first activity was a Welcome to Country with a Smoking Ceremony led by our aboriginal friend. We were invited to share in the ceremony by washing ourselves clean in the smoke created by green…

Building Bridges Through Story – Snippets

Building bridges was a fantastic opportunity to hear the voices of a range of people in our community.One take home message was that we all need to think about the things we say and do in our lives that may be unknowingly marginalising or hurting others around us.For example,by welcoming “ladies and gentlemen” to an event this may make 99% of people there feel welcome; but to that one person there that doesn’t see themselves as fitting either category, that…

USING CHURCH PROPERTY TO BUILD MISSION WORK

As published originally in Crosslight, October 2019. Article written by David Southwell. When Doncaster East Uniting Church decided to ask some tough questions about its future it could little dream the answers would lead to a new $8 million community and worship centre.In 2012, the circumstances facing Doncaster East (which later became Anderson Creek Road Uniting Church) would be familiar to many congregations.Former church council secretary Robert Bairstow said with few young people attending, the ageing congregation in the increasingly…

What can be our response as Christians in creating a ‘dementia friendly’ Church community?

The theme of the 2019 Dementia Action Week, which ran from 16 to 22 September was: Dementia doesn’t discriminate. Do you?  The CEO of Dementia Australia Maree McCabe says “Assumptions might be made about a person’s capacity to contribute to conversations, decision-making, whether they can still drive, cook or even continue to work. Friends and family might stop calling or inviting a person living with dementia to social occasions – not out of deliberate neglect but possibly out of not…

Farewell upper hall

In anticipation of the hand over of the Upper Hall to the builders tomorrow, the last event was held there today.From next week Young Explorers and morning tea will be relocating to another part of the Templestowe site.

Who could connect…

Manningham Uniting Church (MUC) is committed to building existing community relationships, to further learning from and supporting the church and local communities, and to promoting places and interactions of welcome, safety and collaboration. The major MUC priorities, also reflected in the broader Manningham community are:  Children, Youth and Families, and  The Ageing Community These are built through worship, learning and spirituality and all other church and broader community connections There is strong MUC focus on social justice broadly e.g. family…
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