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.


Living in a multicultural society

Wyndham InterFaith Network provides opportunity to make friends with people of other faiths and ethnicities.
Shemsiya W of Muslim faith brings her vibrant smile to Network meetings. She is Oromo from Ethiopia, a region whose Oromo people have been fighting for independence over many years.

Her story begins in the village of Ande on the outskirts of the market town of Asaasa, where her family raised goats, cows, chickens and sheep. The farm animals were in danger from packs of hyenas at night. Her school experience to Grade 3 was minimal. “My treatment was bad,” she says. Shemsiya’s father had two wives, so she was one of twenty siblings.
When the time came for her to travel to Australia, she travelled by bus for 12 hours to the Addis Ababa airport. At Melbourne airport she was welcomed by her husband Adam, who had been a refugee in Egypt for two years.
Learning English, in order to get work, was the most difficult task for Shemsiya in her new country. She picked up spoken English from watching Hollywood shows on daytime TV. She and Adam moved from Clayton to Ascot Vale, then Wyndham Vale, and their four children were born during this time.
Shemsiya began studying at Wyndham Community and Education Centre, where she was encouraged to get involved in local groups, including the Western Bulldogs “Daughters of the West.”
Mayor Henry B selected Shemsiya for the Wyndham City Cultural Diversity Portfolio and she was guest speaker at Citizenship ceremonies. For 5 years now she has been a mentor and leader for women and young people. Overcoming her fear of police, she joined Richard Dove’s “Walking through Justice” program.
This year 2022 Shemsiya published her story in a book “Untouched Gold.” She says: “You can become whatever you want to become. Through
the Wyndham InterFaith Network I am able to understand others’ faith.” (NT)

Book review: Wounded Country

On a recent visit to Mildura, I recalled the connection between Werribee River historic park and the diversion weir, where the C Brothers attempted an early irrigation scheme, and the brothers’ more successful empire on the Murray River, where thousands of hectares are now under fruit tree and grape vine cultivation.

The 200 year story of European exploitation, Aboriginal dispossession and development of Australia’s premier food bowl is told by author Quentin B in Wounded Country – The Murray-Darling basin: a contested history, available for loan at Wyndham Libraries.
We need to reflect on the ‘dangerous environmental mismanagement and the plunder of indigenous society.’ (Charles M) For indigenous people, water is sacred.
Members of Crossroads Congregation who are descended from early pioneers of this land are aware of Australia’s ghastly war on nature. To the end of the 20th century, millions of trees were removed which was followed by calamitous drought, soil erosion and dust storms. Millions of kangaroos, koalas, emus and wombats were hunted. A “shameful mix of shambolic management, greed-driven graft and political corruption” continues to this day, as interstate politicians jockey for control of scarce water.
The tragedy of a Murray-Darling Basin Plan, manipulated by irrigation water users and unravelled by political stalling by the agricultural industry in New South Wales and Victoria is a salutary lesson in power.
Uniting Church people understand humans are caretakers for God’s creation, harnessing scientific knowledge for healing the ‘wounded country.’ (NT)

O.S.L.O. Occasional Sunday Lunches Out

Our next lunch will be on Sunday 26 June. We are booked into Club Laverton at 12 midday. They have senior meals. Please contact Elaine 013 before Thursday 23 June for catering purposes. Everyone is welcome!

Vale Marie Q

Marie, a long-time member of Crossroads Uniting Church Werribee, died recently. Her funeral was at this church, conducted by the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith. Members of her family spoke, and displayed symbols of her passions—gardening and golf. Bev C says: “I first met Marie in 1981 when we were both involved in Beta Sigma Phi, women’s group. We shared a love of fashion and shopping, and we both loved our gardens. She was a beautiful lady, modest and generous.” (NT)

What is “Progressive Christianity”?

For several years now, a movement within the Christian faith known generally as Progressive Christianity has grown across many Western-type countries—the USA, Britain, Europe, and Australia. Its adherents can be found both within and without the traditional church structures and include well-known names such as the late Bishop John S S, and the former and current ministers of St Michael’s Uniting Church in Melbourne, Dr Francis MacN and Dr Margaret M. The following is a summary of some of Progressive Christianity’s core beliefs.

  1. Believe that following the path and teachings of Jesus can lead to an awareness and experience of the Sacred and the Oneness and Unity of all life.
  2. Affirm that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience the Sacredness and Oneness of life and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey.
  3. Seek community that is inclusive of all people, including but not limited to conventional Christians, questioning sceptics, believers and agnostics, women and men, those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and those of all classes and abilities of people.
  4. Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe.
  5. Find grace in the search for understanding and believe that there is more value in questioning than in absolutes.
  6. Strive for peace and justice among all people, and strive to protect and restore the integrity of the Earth.

(More information to follow in later editions.) (RR)

“The task of religion is not to turn us into proper believers; it is to deepen the personal within us, to embrace the power of life, to expand our consciousness, in order that we might see things that eyes do not normally see.”

(John Shelby Spong)

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: Queen’s Birthday holiday
  • Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Crossroads)
  • Friday: 1pm Sew ‘n’ Sow (Crossroads)

Bible Readings – 12 June 2022

Proverbs 8:1–4, 22–31; John 16:12–15; Romans 5:1–5; Psalm 8.






Morning Tea: 





12 June

Rev Annetia G 

Margaret G

Paul K

Margaret F & Julie H

Jennie K

Gina L

Mary D

Neil T

19 June

Rev Annetia G 

Jan S

Noel S

Jan S & Liz B

Lorna H

Wendy B


Margaret B

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:

Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.


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.