COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
Build back better
The UCA Assembly has produced an important statement, a copy of which can be downloaded from the Assembly website ( https://assembly.uca.org.au/news/item/3197-a-just-recovery-post-covid-19).
It’s time to build a resilient, sustainable and just future. As our nation moved from a time of crisis to a time of rebuilding, we recall the Uniting Church vision for a just Australia:
“The Uniting Church in Australia sees a nation where each person and all creation can flourish and enjoy abundant life. We believe the whole world is God’s good creation. Each person is made in God’s image and is deeply loved by God. In Jesus, God is completing the reconciliation and renewal of the whole creation.”
Our vision, grounded in the life and mission of Jesus, is for a nation which:
· is characterised by love for one another, of peace with justice, of healing and reconciliation, of welcome and inclusion.
· recognises the equality and dignity of each person.
· recognises sovereignty of First Peoples, has enshrined a First People’s voice, and is committed to truth telling about our history.
· takes seriously our responsibility to care for the whole of creation.
· is outward looking, a generous and compassionate contributor to a just world.
In a post-Covid-19 world, there is much that we have learned through this pandemic about who we are as a nation, our vulnerabilities, and our strengths.
We have learned:
- Australia and the whole world are not immune from major threats, and that society is only as strong and 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.
(There are 12 key actions for rebuilding contained in the booklet “Build Back Better” — these will be covered in next week’s Connection.)
A letter to the editor of The Age
Recent comment on missing Australian frontier war memorials prompts me, on the anniversary of the Mount Cottrell massacre (16/7/1836) to suggest the placing of a plaque or symbol on the crater of that extinct volcano's cone.
On the morning of that terrible day, at least ten Wathuwarrung persons were killed in cold blood, a reprisal for the murders of Charles Franks, squatter and his shepherd Thomas Flinders. The killing party of seventeen men with muskets was led by Henry Batman and Alexander Thomson, and included aborigines "Benbow, Derrymock, Ballyann, and Baitlenge" according to the letter of John Montagu, Colonial Secretary in Van Diemens Land to his counterpart in NSW (18/8/1836).
Look in your GPS, 6 km west of Rockbank. When Covid19 is done, let's make a pilgrimage, and start now to crowd fund a memorial scholarship!
Reference: <c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/colonialmassacres/detail.php?r=504> (Neil Tolliday)
Worship Plan for this week
Online worship services
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services of public worship are being held online until further notice.
Bible Readings – 2 August 2020
Genesis 32:22–31; Romans 9:1–5; Matthew 14:13–21, 44–52; Psalm 17:1–7, 15.
Rosters for 2 August 2020
Greetings: Wendy Barnes
Prayers of the People: Ken Storey
Reader: Margaret Forrester
Flowers: Harry Duckworth
Join us in prayer for
- the Australian Conservation Foundation and other organisations seeking to improve the laws regarding the conservation of native fauna and flora, and for the national and state governments that they will respond by developing better environmental protection laws and that they will police them.
- ARRCC (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change) and similar organisations that are attempting through the efforts of ordinary people, young and old, to halt the destruction of Australia’s environment and the rights of the First Nations people by inappropriate development.
NEWS AND NOTES
Our congregation: Sharron & David Inglis
Two members of our congregation are front-line health professionals. Sharron Inglis is a sonographer, working in ultrasound diagnosis (medical imaging) at Epworth Private, Waurn Ponds; her husband David is a Registered Nurse, working in renal dialysis and day-surgery theatre at the Geelong Hospital/ Barwon Health. They live in Lara, with two dogs, Charlotte and Rex.
“At this time of lock-down, we miss seeing everyone, and I appreciate the on-line services, which I can watch when I’m on call at home,” says Sharron. “And I enjoy the Zoom morning teas, catching up with everyone.”
The start of David’s childhood was at Colac, then Sunshine. Impressed by the medicos on M.A.S.H., David decided for nursing, and trained in the nursing school at P.A.N.C.H (now Northern Health).
Sharron grew up in Albury. Sharron also trained at P.A.N.C.H. (that’s where she and David met). She and David moved to Albury Hospital for work.
David and Sharron are parents of Ben (26), Isobel (22) and Matthew (19). Sharron says: “I feel passionate about sharing my Christianity, not imposing it on people. I’m open to share my faith, when someone responds to me.”
Since his experience of growing up in the country, and being in the scout movement, David feels strongly about the environment. “I love planting trees, and helping with Beach Patrol,” he says. “Here in Lara, we are close to the Hovells Creek entrance into Corio Bay.”
Let’s remember in our prayers all health professionals working under difficult conditions at this critical time. (NT)
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
The Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.