Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 04 Oct 2020-No 84
COVID 19 UPDATES
- Our Church stays alive through the contact of its people with one another. Let’s please keep in touch with each other through our groups and regularly uphold each other in prayer. We have Zoom groups for prayer, morning tea and book group. The details are all under ‘Parish News’. Thank you for also remembering and checking in on your ‘buddies’.
- If you are struggling with anything, please reach out to someone in the St Dunstan’s community. It’s good to talk to someone who cares for you. ❤️ Alternatively the following link also offers some support services https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/servicesandsupport/counselling-online-and-phone-support-for-mental-illness.
- A note from Warden John McKenzie on behalf of the Incumbency Committee.
The Incumbency Committee (CF, SC, JMcK) has had a preliminary meeting with our bishop, Bishop Geneive Blackwell. She has asked that we conduct a Parish Consultation via Zoom, with interested parishioners, with our Archdeacon, Greg Allinson as facilitator. Please put this in your diary for Wed 21st Oct, 6 to 7 pm. Archdeacon Greg has asked us to conduct a brief survey before then and we will be in contact with all parishioners on email in the near future. Given the importance of this in finding our next Vicar, please participate in the consultation and in the survey if it is at all possible for you.
Contact details of Incumbency Committee are: Chris Forte 0408894285, Sally Cirulis 0439889280, and John McKenzie 0405120133.
- Would you like to be Confirmed? Roberta will be preparing some candidates for confirmation by the Bishop, date to be announced. If you would like to join the Confirmation Class please let Roberta know. The classes will be offered via Zoom.
- Don’t forget our prayer wall in the church porch. You can use it to post prayer requests or pray for those already on there. Many people in our neighbourhood visit our church grounds and stop to read your prayers. So please feel free to add your prayer the next time you walk or drive past our church. Alternatively, email your prayers to Vicar Roberta and she will put them up on the wall.
- If you would like to join in Morning Prayer via Zoom each Tuesday and Thursday with a small group, please contact Trevor at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome!
- Zoom morning tea is on every week. Please join us for a cuppa and a chat every Sunday at 10.45am after online service.
- There are many people in need and groceries are still being dropped off to Camcare. The next time you are at the supermarket, why not pick up a few extra cans of soup or some such like for those who need it. Please drop off your donations in the donation basket in the church porch. Alternatively, you can make a monetary donation if you wish. Please visit https://camcare.org.au. Thank you to Peter Wright for his help with transporting donations.
- The Brotherhood of St Laurence https://www.bsl.org.au are also seeking donations. Many people are facing hardship, especially during this pandemic time and your donations would be appreciated and valued. You may also wish to donate to Anglicare who are also gratefully accepting donations.
- Please continue to pray for each other from our updated Parish Prayer List.
- The Diocesan Child Safe Policy is available on our website https://stdunstans.org.au/index.php/child-safe-policy/
- Important Numbers:
Child Safe Officer: Ms Maxine Farrar 0408 311 390
Child Protection: 1300 360 391
Kooyoora: 1800 135 246
- As part of our child safety priorities, we are required to make available the Kooyoora Mission Statement in our newsletter.
Kooyoora Ltd is an independent not for profit company that provides professional standards and other services to charities, including charities that are Anglican dioceses, entities, colleges and schools, to enable them more effectively to fulfil their charitable objectives. Their Vision is as follows:
“Our Vision is to enable and manage–
a fair and independent process for complaint handling and screening for par ticipating organisations tailored to their circumstances that –
respects both complainants and respondents
upholds the standards and integrity of the organization, and
promotes the safety of children and adults with whom the organization en gages.
schemes for participating institutions to provide redress through an
independent survivor focused, trauma informed, pastoral and therapeutic process.”
For more information, please visit https://www.kooyoora.org.au/
- Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page St Dunstans Anglican Church Group .https://www.facebook.com/groups/482613181793174/and bookmark our websitewww.stdunstans.org.au. We will be live streaming Sunday services at 9.30am on Facebook and soon after, the Vicar’s message will also be uploaded onto our website.
ANGLICAN COMMUNITY NEWS
The NewsStand 24 – 30 September
The October edition of The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) has been posted to parishes and subscribers, and is also available in various formats for reading online and printing. Please click here.
In this week’s TMA Newsstand:
• A Perth Anglican girls’ school’s gift of masks to Melbourne’s most vulnerable
• Why banning mobile phones in detention centres threatens dignity and decency
• C of E approves compensation for sexual abuse survivors
• “Why I hate Saturday now”: the Bible Society’s Penny Mulvey reflects that there is indeed hope even amid the hardship of Melbourne’s lockdown
• Spotlight falls on US Supreme Court nominee’s secretive Catholic “covenant community”
• and more…
Getting through the dry stage: this week’s message from Archbishop Philip Freier
NEW PODCAST OUT NOW: Waylaid by the effects of Victoria’s first and then second lockdown, diocesan podcast Angles on Science, Faith and Culture returns this month with a special episode on COVID-19 in Australia and growing through suffering, featuring pulmonologist and immunologist Dr Bruce Robinson. Download it here or search for Angles on Science, Faith and Culture on your podcast app of choice.
The following is an edited excerpt from a recorded conversation between Common Grace CEO Brooke Prentis and Christian ecological ethicist Dr Byron Smith, facilitated by Common Grace’s Creative and Communications Director, Brigitta Ryan. It is titled 2020, the Year of Disruption: COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and the Climate Crisis. Listen to the full conversation here
BROOKE PRENTIS: Every time I speak, [about Aboriginal justice] I always say “there’s places I’ll never be able to reach.” And so I hope that those who are listening to us in conversation together take one thing out of what we’ve said and have a conversation with your own friends, your own family, your own faith community, so that we do create that ripple effect [of change].
It’s true, together we feel less tired and less alone. We’re not doing this by ourselves. We’re surrounded by community. But let’s keep building community upon community. And you know the best place you can have your conversation is around your dining table, if you are privileged enough to have a dining table. To actually sit together and to talk about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander injustice, creation and climate justice.
Start with your own friends and family and make sure that we continue to have these conversations. It’s a long term conversation. It’s not just one time. Keep having the conversations.
DR BYRON SMITH: Can I ask another question? That can be pretty daunting: the idea of sitting down round a dining table with others in your household or with friends who have different ideas to you and, you know, are probably gonna raise things you don’t have answers to. Do you need to have worked at all those answers?
BROOKE PRENTIS: No, you don’t. And I think as I’ve traveled around the world, actually, it’s a very Australian cultural thing to need to have the answers.
And so, that’s part of my faith journey. That the mystery of God and the Holy Spirit and Jesus together — that helps to deepen faith. We’re not meant to, as humans, have all the answers. God is the only one. And so why do we have to do that in our individual conversations?
BRIGITTA RYAN: Christian and author Rachel Held Evans wrote “If the biggest story we can imagine is about God’s loving and redemptive work in the world, then our lives will be shaped by that epic.” And I think that sums up what you’ve both touched on as we’ve had this conversation — that if there is a fear of not having all the answers, well, we still know of God’s redemptive work and we can tell that story. To wrap up, what’s the story that you want to be telling five years from now, about 2020?
BROOKE PRENTIS: The story I want to be telling is that, in 2020, peoples in these lands now called Australia, woke up. And around the world, they (peoples) woke up and we built a different future together. It’s not too long ago we had the bushfires and the death of the trees and the plants and the animals. We’ve lost so much in 2020. But that loss drove us to the action to create a different future for all where all flourish. Not just a few.
DR BYRON SMITH: I think I just want to say “amen”. What a beautiful story that we would seize the moment that God has given us today to repent once again about ongoing complicity in the stories that are driving the planet into the dust and grinding so many of our neighbours underfoot. And that we would bathe ourselves in life-giving nourishing stories and live that out in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth who gave himself for us.
As we finish up our Season of Creation journey take time to reflect on Brooke and Byron’s discussion on how we faithfully and courageously seize this moment that God has given us.
Over the past weeks we have been challenged to see how, in this moment of reset and reorienting, our discipleship requires personal, social and ecological repentance, as Byron states, of our ‘ongoing complicity in the stories that are driving the planet to dust and grinding so many of our neighbours underfoot’.
We have been challenged to wake up, and stay awake to the calls for justice we hear as our world grapples with the COVID-19 crisis and faces an increasingly urgent need to act for a safe climate.
We have been encouraged to take time to listen and learn from our neighbours and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as we find new ways of being and doing. We have been invited to seek life-giving stories that help inform our witness and work as Jesus’ love in action in His world.
As Brooke powerfully reminds us this week, we don’t need to know all the answers to step out in faith and have conversations to encourage change.
Pray that as we listen to our neighbours that we will be faithful and courageous in our responses — boldly speaking with our communities and dedicating ourselves to uphold God’s intention to see all of creation flourish. Pray and act so that our faith communities would be communities that embody Jesus’ good news for His world, reflecting Paul’s appeal to us in Romans 12:9-12.
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
Take action: Join a Grassroots Electorate Group
If you are looking for opportunities to faithfully and courageously seize this moment that God has given us please consider joining Christians Together for Climate as part of a Grassroots Electorate Group. We are currently searching for people in priority electorates to collectively engage their local Federal parliamentarian or State Senator on matters of creation and climate justice.
This is an opportunity for you to play a critical role in seeking federal support for a ‘bold and credible national climate plan’ to make the transformational shifts required to reach our Paris Agreement commitments.
Grace and peace,
The Common Grace Creation and Climate Justice Team
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