Victoria’s snap lockdown has felt endless. Now we are getting ready for the first stage of ‘snap back’, maybe even a few days ahead of schedule. But while vaccinated people will be able to get a haircut when 70% of people over 16 have received two doses, return to church requires 80%.
To be honest, I think that many of us are overwhelmed and conflicted by the prospect of the ‘freedoms’ that await. We are looking forward to gathering and connecting and doing the ordinary things we have missed. And yet we know that with emergence from lockdown will come increasing numbers of cases of Covid-19, and while many will have only mild illness, hundreds will suffer severe illness which will inevitably lead to more deaths. We worry that the violent conflict that erupted onto the streets in recent weeks will be rekindled when unvaccinated people will initially be excluded from participation in aspects of public life.
Overwhelmed isn’t a problem to be solved. Overwhelmed is appropriate. We are not in control. We recently experienced a once in 200 years earthquake. Socially we are experiencing seismic shifts every day. There are problems that can’t be solved using traditional methods. We are in a liminal time, a time to pay attention to what is emerging and to use the one power you have that has not diminished – the power to do good. In using our power to sustain and encourage others we are, in the words of theologian Carter Heyward, “participants in ongoing incarnation, bringing God to life in the world.”
We invite you to join us on Sunday to restore and rekindle your spirit with our Online Gathering and share some kindness with others in the St Michael’s community at the Zoom Cuppa at 11:15am.
Stay safe and stay kind, Margaret
St Michael's Sunday Zoom Cuppa
Gather together for half an hour this Sunday at the St Michael's Zoom cuppa. It's a wonderful way to connect with the community. When: Sundays via Zoom | 11.15am
The St Michael's AGM will be held on Sunday 28 November in St Michael's at 12:00pm. The St Michael's Council Elections will follow.
St Michael's members will receive an email with Council Election information next week.
Shining a light on asylum in Australia
With presenters: Sr Brigid Arthur & Pamela Curr OAM
Hosted by Rev Dr Margaret Mayman (St Michael’s) and Rev Alistair Macrae (Wesley) for the Inner Melbourne UCA Justice Coalition. Learn about the realities of life for asylum seekers living in the Australian community. When: Sunday 24 October | 2pm via Zoom
You can give to St Michael's online using the 'Giving' button on our website. We welcome your support via bank transfer or credit card using the online forms. Alternatively, cheques may be mailed to the St Michaels office. For regular or one-off offerings make an online deposit here: St Michael's Uniting Church. BSB: 083004 A/C: 515113338
Leila Cropley became a Member of St Michael’s in 2009. Leila was an enthusiastic participant in the life of the church community for several years and is warmly remembered. She made many good friends, enjoyed meeting others in the Hall at Morning Tea and then going to lunch, where she joined in the discussions on different topics. Leila died at the age of 88 on 8 October 2021. Her funeral service will be held on Friday 15 October at 12.15pm. The service will be live-streamed via the Springvale Botanical Cemetery.
As of January 1 2022, CAN Community Support will be governed by a skills-based Board. CAN Church Council is seeking nominations to be a part of this inaugural Board. We welcome expressions of interest for nominations to the new Board.