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
How my mind has changed
Neil T interviewed Armando A over a vegan dinner.
“My Christian life and my passion for the environment, they boost each other,” says Armando.
“At university in Bariloche, Argentina, I completed a masters in nuclear engineering. I wanted to find the truth about how the universe works. After, when I was finishing uni, my focus was on how I can make an impact on this world. How to optimize technology, and make it more efficient. I worked with several companies including aviation.”
“Then in 2009 I wanted to focus on the social rather than the technical. Working with a team of architects, environmental engineers and anthropologists, I developed ‘A Sustainable Development Plan for Salta Province, Argentina.’ Adopted by the Salta government, it is now being implemented.”
Suddenly, Luciana and I changed our plans. I accepted an offer from IBM to work in Melbourne, Australia. With Joaquin and Valentin we travelled here in 2011.
“Studying at Macquarie University for a thesis on climate change, I realised that the biggest issue for humanity is CO2 and global warming. My focus is now on the inequality and injustice of climate change. The top 10% of the world’s population cause global warming, and the lower 50% are most affected. What can be done? How can we help to mitigate global warming and how can we help the natural environment to adapt? I am convinced that nuclear fusion can reduce emissions. This is my thesis work.”
“In 2013 Luciana and I joined the Justice Task Group at Crossroads UC. I learned that God’s people are committed to work for God’s justice. The council and congregation at Crossroads have installed the new church heating system which uses 50% less gas that previously.” I also am on the Synod Ethics Committee.”
“The human impact on nature is huge. We make this planet so inhospitable. This is why I am vegan. My lifestyle is congruent with my belief.”
50 members attended, and received reports of the Council and Congregation.
Salote T, our Treasurer, presented the accounts for the year 2021 and the budget for the year 2022, which were adopted. She pointed to the 2021 deficit $13,002, which was mainly due to a shortfall in rental income.
Elizabeth B was elected, and Rose G was re-elected, to the Church Council.
Congregational Chairperson for 2022 will be Geoff G and Secretary Bev L.
Reports of our Minister, the Rev. Annetia G and various church activities were circulated on line and printed. Council Report was presented by the retiring Chairperson, the Rev. Robert R, who thanked the Church Executive for their work. Card making Group, Property Control Group, Operation Christmas Child, Pastoral Care (Audrey K), OSLO, Gardening Group, Seniors Afternoon Tea, Playgroup, Crunch, Relay for Life, Justice Task Group and Wyndham InterFaith Network reports were included.
Retiring Congregational Chairperson Ken S thanked all who contributed to the various responsibilities of the church’s life. He said “I encourage the congregation to look forward to new horizons in 2022. The church council has new activities to explore and we can once again be a thriving community in Christ here at Crossroads.”
Church Council Chairperson Wendy B moved a vote of thanks to Ken S as outgoing Congregational Chairperson. This was unanimously agreed.
Annetia will be commencing Confirmation classes after Easter. Anyone who is interested please contact Annetia or the office with your contact details. Confirmation is the reaffirmation of baptism. The classes are an excellent opportunity to explore one’s faith in greater depth leading to a public affirmation of faith.
Local fashion for work and play
During the Covid crisis, Uniting Wyndham has served the vulnerable people of our local community with emergency relief, foster care and counselling services.
Crossroads member Connie O’Toole is organising a fund raiser for Uniting Wyndham on Saturday 26 March at 2 pm, at the Werribee Bowls Club. Cost is $15 per person – book through Connie on 0400976714, or on her Facebook page Connie Castles Hair. It is a size diverse event featuring local fashions. A light afternoon tea is provided and drinks at bar prices.
Local community activist
A large gathering farewelled Harry van Moorst at his funeral in the Park Hotel, Werribee recently. Labor MP Joanne Ryan MHR, former Greens MLC Hon Colleen Hartland and VU Emeritus Professor Michael Hamel-Green spoke about their love for Harry: draft resister, academic and activist for environmental conservation.
Harry was 8 years old in 1955 when his family migrated from the Netherlands to Australia. He attended Moe High School, then at University of Melbourne he was a founder in 1968 of Students for a Democratic Society campaigning against Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. He organized several campus occupations and was co-chair of the Moratorium movement.
Harry was a leader of the 1970s campaign to defend Medibank against the Fraser government. With activists for the 1980s Campaign against Poverty, Harry participated in the “storming” of the exclusive Melbourne Club on behalf of unemployed people.
Harry lectured in Community Development at Victoria University. When the Kennett government permitted CSR’s plan to construct a toxic waste dump in Werribee, Harry helped organize the protest campaign of thousands of local people, which was ultimately successful. Committed to the anti-toxic waste movement, he rejected the notion that the western suburbs are a natural home for toxic industries.
He was coordinator of the Western Region Environment Centre until 2020. Helen Van Den Berg said Harry was an early activist concerned with global warming; he helped organize the Greenhouse Action week in 1989. “A worker for climate justice.” (Report from Neil Tolliday)
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30am Playgroup
- Wednesday: 7..30pm Church Council
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group
- Next Sunday: 11.30am Beach Patrol
Bible Readings – 6 March 2022
Deuteronomy 26:1–11; Romans 10:8b–13; Luke 4:1–13; Psalm 91:1–2, 9–16
Rev Annetia G
Jan B & Zelda C
Rev Annetia G
Sandra S & Margaret G
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.
- Rev. Annetia Goldsmith (9741 1084 email@example.com)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 firstname.lastname@example.org)
Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
The Church Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.00pm.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.