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St Andrew’s Bendigo

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St Andrew’s Axedale

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UCA 40th Anniversary Celebration

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Creative Living
    June 26, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Meeting Room

     

  • Uniting Threads
    June 28, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Small Hall

     

  • Social Justice Group meeting
    June 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Merl's Room

     

  • Meditation Group
    June 30, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Chapel

     

  • Worship Service
    July 2, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    St Andrew's Bendigo

     

  • Holy Communion Service
    July 2, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    St Andrew's Axedale

     

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Welcome to St Andrew’s Uniting Church Bendigo-Axedale

A message from our minister Rev Di Esbensen …

I have been struck in recent days by what seem to me as expressions of
‘over-reactions’ juxtaposed with others’ reactions of life, love and
compassion. It’s hard not to over-react when we perceive our way of life, our
way of doing things, even our way of thinking about things, as being under
threat. And yet our very act of over reacting can fuel the thinking and feelings
of those who are being violent and cruel. It takes so much more courage to
stand, speak and act in ways that are about life, love and compassion, in the
face of any threat to the freedom to be ourselves in our own spaces.

Violent and terror-inducing acts are always wrong at whatever level they
occur – in homes, in our streets, at a national or international level. Keeping
the vulnerable safe must always be the first and the last response. And in the
in-between times we need to be searching for ways to live with respect, and
inclusion, acknowledging the rights and responsibilities for all, and adopting
an openness that allows for others not thinking, believing, or behaving the
same way as I do.

I am finding that as an attitude of exclusion and alienation of those different
grows, so does my commitment for inclusion, befriending and welcoming
those who are being alienated because of race, creed, culture, sexuality,
gender, politics and/or whatever else it is that seeks to build barriers and
bollards between me and others who choose to call our nation and our city
home.


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