Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 13 Sept 2020-No 81
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 Vicar Roberta:
Dear Friends at St Dunstan’s,
“This morning I am announcing my retirement from parish ministry at the end of the year. The parish of St Dunstan’s has been a most wonderful place to minister, and I want to thank you for the privilege of being your Vicar for the last four years. As a parish you are loving, supportive and incredibly generous in every way. I will leave you with great sadness.
I am returning to NSW to be close to my family. I plan to do some more study and am looking forward to tending my beautiful garden.”
September is the season of Creation so the next few weeks will have a Creation focus. Following is a note from Vicar Roberta on Creation/Jubilee:
Common Grace is a growing movement of thousands of Australian Christians passionate about Jesus and Justice. Common Grace focuses on four key justice areas – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice, justice for people seeking asylum and refugees, domestic and family violence, and of course, creation and climate justice.Â Common Grace invites us to celebrate this season by spending time in prayer, considering ways to inhabit our common home sustainably, and lifting our voices in the public sphere.
Jubilee is a time to renounce overconsumption and economic systems based on constant economic growth at the cost of the Earth and those experiencing injustice. Jubilee is a time when those who have consumed the most must make restitution to those who have suffered the most. Jubilee is a time of rest for the land from constant exploitation, to restore ecosystems and peoples.
The concept of Jubilee is rooted in the holy wisdom that there must exist a just and sustainable balance between social, economic and ecological realities. When one variable is exploited to maximize growth of another, the whole system will eventually suffer. When one part of the Earth community is stressed, every part is affected. In 2020, the global pandemic has demonstrated this reality on a global scale. While the experience of living with COVID-19 points back to this need to maintain justice, the lessons that we learn may point us towards the need for a Jubilee and motivate us to restore balance to the very systems that sustain life. Brooke Prentis (edited by Roberta Hamilton.)
- 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. It’s a great way to be connected to each other while we are physically apart. Please feel free to add to these heartfelt prayers 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.
- A massive thanks to Charles Povey who has been working with the Bendigo Bank to secure 3 iPads for our parish! Thank you Charles! These iPads will enable parishioners who have been unable to connect to our services or morning tea to be able to now do so. Wonderful!
- Mother’s Union garden is looking so beautiful adorned by these purple blooms.
- Please continue to pray for each other from our updated Parish Prayer List.
You’re invited to mix your craft skills with your enthusiasm for climate justice and Knit For Climate Action.
This new, year-long Creation & Climate Justice initiative brings together knitters from across Australia to knit 101 beautiful scarves that follow the pattern of 101 years of climate data, that will be gifted to church and political leaders next winter.
We can all work together to create 101 beautiful, science-led works of art that will inspire our communities and leaders to take immediate and drastic actions to preserve and restore God’s beautiful creation in the midst of this climate crisis.
Register as a knitter
It doesn’t matter if you’re an accomplished knitter or a recent beginner, you’ll be supported with resources to complete your scarf. Register your interest in knitting a scarf and you will receive a Knitter’s Handbook to download. We ask that you also consider who else in your community would be interested in knitting alongside you and invite them to register too. Register Now
- 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 September edition of TMA is now available online (see http://tma.melbourneanglican.org.au/this-months-tma), and print copies are on their way.
This edition includes:
· How Anglicans are supporting people in need during the lockdown
· “Everything else can be taken away from you in lockdown except encounter with God and encounter with self …”: a report on Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell’s message to locked-down Melbourne in a webinar offered by St Peter’s Eastern Hill last month
· How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange (online) land? Some of the ways composers and parishes are approaching church music during the COVID-19 restrictions
· A report on this year’s SparkLit Australian Christian Book of the Year awards
· In our viewpoints section, the Revd Rob Culhane explores how the church might look in a post-pandemic world, and Robyn Andréo-Boosey, Manager of the diocese’s Preventing Violence Against Women Program, writes about breaking free from stereotypes this Father’s Day. Also, in the first of three articles for TMA, the Revd Dr Gordon Preece, chair of the Social Responsibilities Committee, warns against “sleepwalking into the future” as Australia responds to coronavirus
· The Revd Dr Graeme Garrett writes of how significant encounters with God can emerge from situations of disruption and chaos
· More reports from COSAC 2020 (the 12th Conference on Science and Christianity, organised by ISCAST–Christians in Science and Technology), including an interview with Dr Christine Gobius and Katherine Shields from mission agency Interserve Australia about the transforming power of grief in an age of eco-anxiety
The NewsStand 3 – 9 September
The September 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:
• Leading local Anglican joins campaign to house detained refugees
• Cathedral at heart of ABC’s take on how life has changed under lockdown
• The Christchurch testimonies
• How technology is changing the way we grieve
• Archbishop of Canterbury urges support for Anglican Communion’s ‘Together in Unity’ COVID-19 appeal
• and more…
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.
Facing the next hill this week’s message from Archbishop Philip Freier
The following is an edited excerpt from a recorded conversation between Common Grace CEO Brooke Prentis and Christian ecological ethicist Dr Byron Smith, titled “2020, the Year of Disruption: COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, and the Climate Crisis”. Listen to the full conversation here
On the topic of Jubilee, the theme of this year’s Season of Creation, in the context of the global pandemic:
BROOKE PRENTIS: To think about Jubilee for the Earth and Sabbath for the Earth, rest was one of the first things I kind of noticed during COVID-19 restrictions. What’s happened with COVID-19, simply by the fact that there’s less planes in the sky, you can hear the birds more loudly, you can hear the wind through the trees more loudly. You see more things that are around you. And so I think that’s a good reminder to us of how we need to reflect about what’s happening around us in the world, in our neighbourhood, in the community, in the nation and in the world. All of those are interconnected, and the thing that is central is God’s creation and how we’re caring for that creation.
If we were to go back to what is considered normal, [it’s about] remembering that this has never been normal for Aboriginal peoples. We had economies before the colonisers came and those economies were in harmony with creation, not disruptive to that creation. And so there’s still so much that we can learn from each other.
And so I guess that’s what my hope, through that rest, is that it brings reflection and learning and different ways of being and doing.
DR BYRON SMITH: I don’t see the pandemic as a sabbath or as a jubilee. I see it as a crisis and a tragedy that brings the possibility of seeking new paths and the possibility of repentance. And so while there are, unexpected blessings even in times of trial and difficulty — and some of them are that we can hear the birdsong and that there is some space some people have had to rest and reflect — actually for most of the oppressed people in the world this has not been a time of rest and reflection.
Now in that crisis, there are opportunities that arise. Opportunities to seek a Sabbath for the Earth, according to the theme of this year’s Season of Creation, the Jubilee for the Earth. Jubilee is like the ‘Super Sabbath’, where there’s like a reset on economy: where the land is returned to the traditional owners, where debts are forgiven, where those who are in bondage are set free. And where the place of the economy within society and within a broader ecological reality is reaffirmed.
So the practice of Jubilee, as outlined in Leviticus 25, is really an affirmation that the economy is the servant of society, which takes its place within a whole living world. Ultimately, it’s a moment where there’s a chance to reorient those things and to avoid that temptation that we all face of seeing the economy as first and foremost what it’s all about, and the making of profit as the prime goal of our politics and our corporate life and our… [well] Jubilee is a challenge to that kind of idolatry. We have the opportunity, here in this moment of planetary crisis with COVID, to repent of that idolatry. And that’s what I see as the opportunity that opens here.
In this week’s discussion, Brooke and Byron reflected on the crisis of the global COVID-19 pandemic as providing a crucial moment to reset. In the midst of our ecological emergency, we now have the opportunity to examine and restore just relationships between our economic, social, and ecological systems as reflected in the holy wisdom of God’s call to Jubilee.
A moment for repentance
Take time this week to reflect on Byron’s challenge to us to recognise and examine our collective and personal idolatry of the economy. Read through 1 Timothy 6:6-11 and consider the warnings against our cultural values and aspirations in the pursuit of profit. How could a reset and reorienting of our economy as a ‘servant of society’ bring healing and liberating justice to our world and personal lives?
Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. But as for you, man of God (Timothy), shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.
1 Timothy 6:6-11
A time to listen and learn from each other as we find new ways of being and doing.
Spend time praying through Brooke’s call for us to use this moment as a time to listen and learn from one another as we work to restore balance to the systems which enable the whole of God’s creation to flourish. Pray that as we find new ways of ‘being and doing’ that our attitudes and actions reflect God’s deep love for his people and all creation.