Here is the March update from St Luke’s.
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Also please find the latest issue of “The Westerly”, our Presbytery update:
The Westerly No.44 3rd February 2023 – Women
If you would like to receive the weekly National Update from the Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia, you can subscribe here or read the latest edition here
You can find Lenten reflection 3 here
You can find resources for building a more inclusive church congregation here – this was mentioned in the last Assembly update and looks at ways we can include First Nations people, People with a Disability, and people of diverse genders in our community gatherings.
For those of you who like to refer to the lectionary in your devotions, the 2021-22 version is available to download from the Assembly Website here.
The Uniting Church in Australia has outlined a set of principles and key actions that will guide the way to a better future as Australia recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
In a post-COVID-19 world
There is much we have learned through this pandemic about who we are as a nation, our vulnerabilities and our strengths. Drawing upon these learnings and the values articulated in our vision, we believe we have an opportunity to create a better future where all people and all creation can flourish. We have learned:
- Australia and the whole world are not immune from major threats, and that society is only as strong and as healthy as the most vulnerable in our communities.
We need to: Build Resilient Individuals, Families and Communities
- Existing inequalities are exacerbated in times of crisis, increasing the vulnerability of individuals and the whole community. When we make sacrifices for the well-being of the whole of society, we all benefit.
We need to: Build a more equal society
- We are all interconnected. In times of fear and anxiety, racism, isolation and remoteness can lead to less healthy and productive communities.
We need to: Build a nation where everyone is respected and has a voice
- We are capable of innovative solutions and new ways of being. A crisis is an opportunity to reimagine policy.
We need: Creative, collaborative and constructive leadership to rebuild Australia
- Reducing fossil fuel usage is possible and positively impacts the environment and all living things.
We need to: Build for a sustainable future
Read more here.
The Sunday Service at St Luke’s Highton will be at 10am and we hope to Livestream to our Youtube channel
This is the Sunday (before Australia Day) where we join with our sister churches in a Day of Mourning to reflect on how God is calling us to respond to the ongoing challenges faced by our First Australians – the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We’ll be using the Uniting Church Assembly resources, with more from Common Grace who have provided resources to churches and faith groups around Australia to share in Aboriginal Sunday.
There is also a prayer service of reconciliation on Monday night (25th Jan) at 7:30pm – Victorian time – led by Aunty Jean Phillips – see www.commongrace.org.au/tunein
Some of us may gather at St Luke’s to participate.
Weekly Update Sunday February 2 2020
Here is this week’s update.
In preparation for our Covenanting Sunday on the 16th when we will commission our leaders and welcome people to membership, check out this video on who the Uniting Church is:
Here’s the update for this week. October is looking very busy for St. Luke’s, so be sure to check these dates and pop them into your calendar!
Weekly Update 22nd September 2019
Prayers for Climate Action
UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has urged all people of the Uniting Church to show support for the global climate strike on 20 September as Pacific nation leaders declared a climate crisis this week.
Leaders at the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit meeting in Fiji expressed their deep concern for the lack of “comprehension, ambition or commitment” shown by developed nations to the grave consequences of climate change facing the people of the Pacific.
In a statement called the Nadi Bay Declaration, Pacific leaders called for immediate action on a ‘climate crisis’, joining the global movement declaring a global climate emergency.
Read more here
Those of you with Facebook access may recognise our St Luke’s Congregation Chairperson in some of these photographs of the Geelong Climate Strike on Friday the 20th of September:
Patrick Callow Photos
Mental Health Month in October
See what the UCA community is up to in Kew, making a place of belonging for people with mental illness:
Stay tuned for information about our Mental Health first aid training in October at St Luke’s!
Easter Message 2019
Weekly Update 28th April
Weekly update 28th April 2019
Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer has recorded a Survival Day video message with young Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Congress leader Sean Weetra on Ngarrindjeri country in South Australia.
The observance of a Day of Mourning was endorsed by the Fifteenth Assembly at the request of our sisters and brothers in the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC). In the spirit of our Covenant relationship with the UAICC, we have declared the Sunday before Australia Day as a Day of Mourning.
Remembering our history is an important part of our journey toward reconciliation as First and Second Peoples. The service reminds us of the dispossession and violence against First Peoples, and laments that as a Church and as Second Peoples we were and remain complicit. We acknowledged this in our Church when we apologised to the Stolen Generations in 1997. We acknowledged this by revising the Preamble to our Constitution, which was approved by the Ninth Assembly in 2009. We acknowledged this in affirming First Peoples as the sovereign peoples of this land. Our declaration of a Day of Mourning allows us to stand together in remembering the truth of our history, and honouring the culture of Australia’s First Peoples, their families and the next generations.
2019 President’s Survival Day Message from Uniting Church in Australia on Vimeo.