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South Sydney Uniting Church is ecumenical (e.g. supporting the National and World Council of Churches) and inclusive,
affirming the gifts of people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations and identities. We seek peace with justice,
and the integrity of creation. We celebrate a service of Word and Sacrament (Eucharist) each Sunday at 10am.

"We acknowledge the traditional owners of this land: the Gadigal people of the Eora nation."

56a Raglan Street
Waterloo NSW 2017

Phone/Fax: 02 9319 1373

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Rev. Andrew Collis
Mobile: 0438 719 470

Homily
Lent 5, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
April 7, 2019

Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8


‘Renewable’

Huge reserves of coal formed a quarter of a billion years ago in a country now called the Galilee. One-hundred-and-fifty years of coal mining. I’m reading about severe loss of habitat for the southern black-throated finch. The anguish of the Wangan and Jagalingou people of central-western Queensland.

The fragile Carmichael River, and precious groundwater. Corruption and tax evasion. I’m reading about institutional inertia, the “game of mates”, the fossil fuel and climate denial industries. Bleaching events depleting biodiversity along the Great Barrier Reef (James Bradley, The Monthly, April 2019).

But also divestment campaigns and dissent, faith before faith, hope after hope, and love for the last and the least. God be with you …

In January 2019, the NSW Land and Environment Court rejected an application to build a coalmine at Rocky Hill, north of Newcastle, on the grounds it would contribute to climate change.

I read: “Children and young people of all ages gathered with their supporters for the School Strike 4 Climate on Friday March 15 in every capital city and some 55 other centres around Australia. Strikes took place in more than 100 countries across the world.

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The church, hall and garden are accessible by way of paths and ramps. The toilets, sinks and shower, located in the hall, are wheelchair accessible. Please ask if further assistance is required.

The Orchard Gallery (artist run space) invites applications for exhibitions

Local healthy food. Subscribe & Pick Up Right Here At The Church
Tuesdays 5:30-6.30pm.

The South Sydney Herald Independent Newspaper

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This month – April

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, April 6, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, April 7 & 21, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, April 7, 12-1pm at the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, April 11, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

Art Class: Saturday, April 13 & 27, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, April 14, 12-1pm in the Church.

Church Council: Tuesday, April 16, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, April 20 for Elders.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, April 21, following the church service. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month and then stay for an informal and affordable lunch. There is a "lunch box" for donations to help facilitate – your contribution is much appreciated.

Worship Planning: Sunday, April 28, 12pm at the Church.


Next month – May

Wordplay Poetry Group: Saturday, May 4, 12pm meet at the Church. Bring along a favourite piece of writing and/or something you’ve written. All welcome.

Children's Activities: Sunday, May 5 & 19, 10am. During church services, activities for children.

Gospel Conversation: Sunday, May 5, 12-1pm at the Church.

Bible Study: Thursday, May 9, 7-9pm at the manse. A light supper will be served, all welcome!

Art Class: Saturday, May 11 & 25, 12-4pm in the Church Hall. Gold coin donation.

Pastoral Care: Saturday, May 18 for Elders.

Contemplation/Meditation: Sunday, May 12, 12-1pm in the Church.

Birthday Celebrations and Informal Lunch: Sunday, May 19, following the church service. After church during morning tea enjoy cake and celebrate with everyone having a birthday this month and then stay for an informal and affordable lunch. There is a "lunch box" for donations to help facilitate – your contribution is much appreciated.

Church Council: Tuesday, May 21, 6 for 6:30pm at the Church.

Worship Planning: Sunday, May 26, 12pm at the Church.