We acknowledge the original custodians, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin alliance, of the land on which our buildings of worship stand and on which we gather.
& THE COMING WEEK
|Earth’s warming crisis is not found in media headlines; it’s important to understand why this is so. Marian Wilkinson’s study of successive Australian governments’ inaction examines this question.|
Starting with scientist James Hansen’s wake-up speech to US Congress August 1988, Wilkinson probes the powerful network of climate deniers and sceptics. Led by mining and fossil fuel industries, this lobby has emasculated Australian climate policies year by year.
US oil and gas interests led by Koch Brothers and ExxonMobil conspire to deny the evidence of climate science; they provide finance to Melbourne’s Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) whose analysis is listened to by conservative governments.
The Great Barrier Reef’s extensive coral bleaching is caused by the warming of the Pacific Ocean. Climate sceptics supported by Sky News have influenced Canberra to believe the Reef is in good shape.
Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian and Herald Sun newspapers have been consistent global warming deniers over two decades.
Australia’s 2019-20 Black Summer forest fires burned over 10 million hectares; millions of native animals perished. Morrison’s government is determined to protect Australia’s fossil fuel industry, arguing that Australia’s share of global greenhouse emissions is small.
To Wilkinson’s portrayal of the undermining of climate science and urgency of the global warming crisis, this reviewer advocates a religious response; a strategy of world faiths mobilizing people to influence governments for the survival of the planet.
(Marian Wilkinson, The Carbon Club,Allen & Unwin, 2020, reviewed by Neil T)
Interested in finding out more? Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) can be contacted at https://www.arrcc.org.au
Uniting Church Adult Fellowship (UCAF)
We hope that all members have coped with the 2020 year. There will be no annual general meeting this year.
Myra has received all the Network magazines for the year. Once the December issue has been received, we will deliver this year’s magazines to you. We have hopes that we are able to meet somewhere before the end of the year. Time will tell! Meanwhile, stay safe and well. (Lorraine S)
“Magpies” (Judith Wright)
Along the road the magpies walk
with hands in pockets, left and right.
They tilt their heads, and stroll and talk.
In their well-fitted black and white.
They look like certain gentlemen
who seem most nonchalant and wise
until their meal is served – and then
what clashing beaks, what greedy eyes!
But not one man that I have heard
throws back his head in such a song
of grace and praise – no man nor bird.
Their greed is brief; their joy is long.
For each is born with such a throat
as thanks his God with every note.
by Neil T
I asked Lois C about her life in lockdown. “I miss going to church; and I miss live theatre in Werribee and musicals in the city”.
“Life in our village is quiet. I feel concerned for folk who don’t have the companionship of church.
Since the Library is closed, Lyn O’Meara and I swap books, as we have similar interests. I’m missing friends and family,” says Lois. “My son Paul and daughter Robyn are working from home, and they visit on alternate weeks as carers”.
She has three grandchildren. All are working. “I worry about my grand-daughter Lauren, stuck in Scotland. We can message and video together; she is on a two year work visa, getting casual jobs, and is homesick for Australia,” says Lois.
“Grandson Ben Cardwell has completed an internship and now is a producer with ABC radio. Grand-daughter Carly work with children and loves it”.
“I watch the Crossroads Sunday worship service; I enjoyed the blessing of the pets. Next year I hope to send in a remarkable photo of my grand-daughter’s dog “Bessie”, on the couch with someone’s denture in her mouth!”
Lois receives our newsletter CONNECTION, sent on line from Crossroads office. “I enjoy reading CONNECTION. It’s amazing how many people are introduced by means of different stories”. “I send a blessing and hello to friends at Crossroads. I’m missing you all, and look forward to when we meet again at Sunday church,” says Lois. (NT)
Samantha G’s family are emerging from the home-schooling lockdown; they started back at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College this week, after half a year of remote learning. “The kids are glad to see their friends again; it’s a trying time wearing masks but the personal contact with teachers is a good step forward”.
During the Covid19 period of online education, Joanne has gained a high distinction in engineering. Joanne has been accepted into the VET program of year 11 carpentry, which is the first step towards an apprenticeship. Connection wishes Joanne success!
Samantha began selling Tupperware during the coronavirus pandemic, to help pay the bills. (You can contact Samantha about Tupperware through Facebook—‘Come Tupp with Sam G in West Vic’)
Sam and other local residents have joined local groups called “Woodville Residents” and ”Mossfiel Residents.” Sam donated gifts with other small businesses for residents decorating their homes for Halloween. “It’s all about the kids!”
“I want to pass on my blessings to everyone at Crossroads. Don’t hesitate to look for companionship. We need to reach out to others in our church community, and know there is prayerful support,” says Samantha. (NT)
Enjoying a walk
Margaret B says: “I’m walking round my village and nearby bushland, and enjoying all the differences that all seasons bring. I’m taking the time to look around, at the natural gifts of God. I live on the boundary of the Skeleton Creek; at this time of the year the warmer days bring out blue tongue lizards. I enjoy the sound of the frogs along Skeleton Creek, and I see lots of birds, especially magpies. The natural world is beautiful around here. Covid-19 has given me time to appreciate the colours of trees and Spring blossoms”.
Keeping contact with Cyril R
To visit Cyril at Glendale Aged Care you need to book. You can book three days in advance. Go to http://glendale.simplybook.net then go to Book Now, then to Heath Room 21.
Worship Plan for this coming week
Joshua 24:1–3a, 14–25; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; Matthew 25:1–13; Psalm 78:1–7
- Greetings: Simon R
- Prayers of the People: Vivien B
- Reader: Rose G
- Flowers: Valerie M
Housekeeping & Help
Pastoral care will be maintained during these difficult days but it is subject to the rules regarding access to hospitals and aged care homes.
Please contact Rev. Annetia Goldsmith for any pastoral care needs.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
Please note that due to the Covid-19 Stage 4 restrictions the Church Office will not be attended. Please contact us via email or phone 03 9741 1084
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.