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Dinner with Rev Prof Bill Loader
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 11:06

Glen Iris Road Uniting Church warmly invites you to dinner and a conversation with Rev Professor Bill Loader asking the question - Gay Marriage and Christian Marriage: Are they compatible? This event will be on Saturday June 23rd beginning 7 pm at 200 Glen Iris Road, Glen Iris. Please RSVP by Sunday 17th on 98858219 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Cost for the two course dinner and drinks is $45. Please remember to mention any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

 
Fifth Anniversary Celebration
Friday, 25 May 2012 12:43

The first church service held in the new Glen Iris Road Uniting Church & Community Centre was in early June five years ago. So, to celebrate our fifth anniversary in the Centre, we will be having a special morning tea after church on Sunday June 10th.  Most appropriately, Rev. Brian Carey will be leading worship on that day. You are very welcome to attend!

 
Kindergarten Open Day
Monday, 21 May 2012 11:31

The Glen Iris Road Uniting Church Kindergarten is hosting its annual Open Day on Saturday 26 May between 10 am and 12 noon. You can find the Kindergarten at the rear of the Glen Iris Road Uniting Church Community Centre at 200 Glen Iris Road Glen Iris, next door to Glen Iris Primary School. There is on site parking.

 
May PCNV Meeting
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 11:11

At Glen Iris Road Uniting Church Centre on Sunday May 27th at 3 pm "Jesus in the 21st Century: Reading Christianity through the lens of myth and metaphor". The speaker will be David Tacey.

 
ReelTime
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 10:58

If you would like to see and discuss the film 'We Have A Pope' you are very welcome to do so at the Centre on Friday May 18th beginning at 10 am. There is no charge. Tea and coffee will be provided. Bring your lunch if you wish. We will finish at 12.30 pm.

 
Introducing Alex and Gillian
Thursday, 03 May 2012 13:38

During 2012 Glen Iris Road Uniting Church is engaged in the process of seeking a new minister. In the meantime we are delighted to have wonderful supply ministers to support us. For three consecutive Sundays in late April and early May we have been thrilled to have Rev Alexandra Sangster leading worship. Alex brings to her services her warmth and passion for her faith and for people, and her pwerful gifts in music and drama. From May 13th until June 3rd we are delighted to welcome Rev Gillian Crozier. Gillian is fondly known to us both as a former minister of Hartwell Uniting Church and as a former member of the Glen Iris congregation. In particular we are very grateful for her skilled and insightful help in 2000 in developing, along with the late Mr Laurie Thorn and Rev Brian Carey, our still-current Vision and Mission statements. These continue to guide our sense of purpose and direction and can be viewed in our hall foyer.

 
To Frontier Services
Thursday, 03 May 2012 13:36

We are very pleased that the entire hiring income for a weekend in April for the use of the Centre by the Amagoa Aboriginal Modern Art Gallery has been passed on to Frontier Services to support its projects in remote Aboriginal communities.

 
At the Centre
Thursday, 03 May 2012 13:33

Have you visited the Centre? Are you familiar with the activities the church and other private program providers run here regularly?  A variety of classes currently operating in the Centre keep babies, toddlers, preschoolers and older children on their toes physically, verbally, academically,  musically, or a combination of the above.  There are also programs to enhance the health and well-being of adults, as well as those which feed the spirit, educate, entertain or offer the opportunity to socialise. Perhaps you are looking for a place to present a program of your own. Whichever category you fit into, or if you are simply curious, please check out the information on our website and contact us for a chat. We'd love to hear from you.

 
Holy Week Services
Monday, 26 March 2012 11:42

You are invited to attend Holy Week services here at the Glen Iris Road Uniting Church. From Monday 2nd to Thursday 5th April these will be held in the Wesley Room at 7.30 pm. Leading the services will be: Monday - Elizabeth L, Tuesday - Rev. Brian Carey, Wednesday - Lisa Carey, with the Maundy Thursday service taken by Rev. Ivan Poole. The Good Friday service will begin at 9.30 am and the Easter Sunday service at 10 am.  Both will be led by Rev. Ivan Poole in the hall. 

 
ReelTime
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 10:01

Have you seen The Help yet? Or would you like to see it again? Here in the Glen Iris Road Uniting Church Centre on Friday 16th March, starting at 10 am, this acclaimed film will be shown and then discussed over a cup of coffee. You are very welcome to come along on this one occasion, or to join our monthly film appreciation group. There is no charge.

 
At the Centre
Monday, 20 February 2012 13:29

Have you visited the Centre? Are you familiar with the activities the church and other private program providers run here regularly?  A variety of classes currently operating in the Centre keep babies, toddlers, preschoolers and older children on their toes physically, verbally, academically,  musically, or a combination of the above.  There are also programs to enhance the health and well-being of adults, as well as those which feed the spirit, educate, entertain or offer the opportunity to socialise. Perhaps you are looking for a place to present a program of your own. Whichever category you fit into, or if you are simply curious, please check out the information on our website and contact us for a chat. We'd love to hear from you.

 
February PCNV Meeting
Monday, 20 February 2012 11:34

At Glen Iris Road Uniting Church Centre on Sunday February 26th at 3 pm "Jesus in the 1st Century - Jesus in the 21st Century". The panel of speakers will include Rev John Smith (Discovering Jesus in the 1st century - the contribution of scholars), Rev Dr Lorraine Parkinson (The teaching the church forgot) and Rev Dr Chris Page (Jesus in the 21st century).

 
Our Thanks
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 16:54

A really warm thank you for the support given prior to Christmas to our Camcare Ashburton initiative. We are particularly grateful to the families of Glen Iris and Solway Primary Schools, the Glen Iris Road Uniting Kindergarten, the many people who participate in programs run in the Centre, and the congregation for their generous donation of food, money and wonderful new toys. Car loads of items were delivered to Camcare Ashburton for timely distribution to people finding it so hard to make ends meet. Please note that throughout the year we also have boxes in our hall foyer where non-perishable food items can be left for Camcare.

 
Farewell David
Thursday, 26 January 2012 16:15

It is with sadness we say farewell to Reverend David Carter who has completed six years at Glen Iris Road Uniting Church and now begins his next ministry with Koornung Heights Uniting Church. We wish him all the very best in the future. At his final service the following words were expressed by Michael, the Chairperson of our congregation:

David, you have journeyed with us as our  Minister through one of the crucial periods in the life of this congregation as we have together experienced the losses and begun to realise the opportunities of leaving High Street and moving to Glen Iris Road. You have spoken about your sense of dislocation; your frank sharing of your own pain and challenges has given us freedom to speak of ours, both collectively and individually.  You have helped us to let go of old ways and partnered with us in new ones.  Through you, we have learned to make prayer more central to our congregational life. You have encouraged us to explore how to express our faith in a post Christian world through your thoughtful sermons and services and regular study groups and meetings. We have valued your respectfulness, easy facilitative style, patience and empathy. You have shared our joys and sorrows. You have laughed with us, often in the service, when you have forgotten or mixed up our names or had trouble with the technology.  You know too much about Harry Potter and Lord of The Rings and you have bought far too many books.  Little children have been free to roam, young people have been supported and encouraged, and older people have found you a good listener. You have wept when we were weeping, leading funeral services for beloved members of our church family and their relatives, sometimes in tragic circumstances with grace, providing solace and wisdom in hard times. So often you have held the Christ light out to us and spoken the Peace we long to hear. We hope we have ministered to you in your time with us.  May God bless, disturb and guide you as you continue the pilgrimage elsewhere.

 
Helping Camcare to Help Others
Thursday, 17 November 2011 22:46

During Advent the Glen Iris Road Uniting Church will be focusing on supporting Camcare Ashburton to make the Christmas season a happier time for families in the community who are in need of some extra help. This will take the form of cash donations, the collection of non-perishable food items (particularly items for the festive season) and new Christmas gifts for children and teenagers. If you attend the Centre throughout the week we urge you and your group to consider contributing. And if you haven't visited us yet, please call in and have a chat about how you can help.

 
Invitation to Community Groups
Thursday, 17 November 2011 22:09

Now that the 2011 community groups meeting regularly at the Glen Iris Road Uniting Church Community Centre and wishing to continue in 2012 have been finalised, expressions of interest are invited from any new community groups looking for a home. Please email or ring us. We are very happy to answer your questions.

 
ReelTime
Thursday, 17 November 2011 21:53

On Friday November 18th at 10 am the film 'Evening' starring Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep, Natasha Richardson, Claire Danes, and Toni Collette will be shown and discussed over a cup of coffee. You are most welcome to attend.

 
ReelTime
Thursday, 22 September 2011 22:55

At ReelTime on Friday October 21st at 10 a.m. in the Centre the film "The King's Speech" will be played, followed by a discussion and a cup of coffee. If you would like to join us you are most welcome to do so. Please ring the Centre office or email to let us know you'd like to attend if you have not been before. We'd love to see you there.

 
Spring Study Series
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 16:00

Rev. David Carter will be leading a study called "Reading the Bible for what it is worth.." based on the book by U.K. Anglican, Bishop Tom Wright, "Scripture and the authority of God". Tom Wright is one of the foremost biblical theologians today. The study will consist of four sessions on either Wednesday evenings from September 28th or Friday afternoons from September 30th, depending on demand. You are very welcome to participate. To register your interest, phone the church office on 9885 8219 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 
September PCNV Meeting
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:55

The next meeting of the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria on Sunday 25 September promises to be a stimulating reflection on the Church and contemporary values, and a challenge to how we think about Christianity today.
TOPIC: "Struggling for Women's Equality in the Church"
SPEAKERS: Muriel Porter and Mary Williams.
WHEN: Sunday 25 September, from 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm.
WHERE: Glen Iris Road Uniting Church, 200 Glen Iris Road, Glen Iris.

 
August PCNV Meeting
Thursday, 04 August 2011 22:53

The next meeting of the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria has special interest as it explores insights from Progressive Judaism and features an outstanding speaker.

TOPIC: 'What can progressive Christians learn from progressive Judaism?'

SPEAKER: Rabbi Fred Morgan, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth Israel, St Kilda, one of Australia's largest Progressive Synagogues.

WHEN: Sunday 28 August, 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

WHERE: Glen Iris Road Uniting Church, Glen Iris Road, Glen Iris

 
Let's Talk About Mental Health
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 12:20

Do you know that one Australian in five is affected by mental illness. It is time for us to learn about mental illnesses and how we as a community can reach out to those in need. Glen Iris Road Uniting Church invites you to a dinner and panel discussion about mental illness, with information, personal experiences and a time for questions. Speakers on the panel include:

Indigo Daya who is Project Manager of Prahran Mission’s Hearing Voices Network, Voices Vic, an innovative consumer—led mental health program. This program lies within a network of programs called “Discovery”.

Ian Stephenson who is an active Christian and an employee of Eastern Health working in Adult Mental Health.

James Godfrey who is a Mental Health Chaplain in a partnership ministry of the Presbytery of Yarra Yarra and EACH Social & Community Health.

Date: Saturday 6 August at 6.30pm
Cost:  $30 for dinner and panel discussion.
RSVP to 9885 8219 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Wednesday 3 August.
Where: Glen Iris Road Uniting Church, 200 Glen Iris Road, Glen Iris

 
Proceeds to Frontier Services
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 12:10

Thank you to the good people of AMAGOA (Modern Aboriginal Art) for the loan of one of their beautiful aboriginal artworks during a church service in July.The entire proceeds from AMAGOA's four-day hire of the Centre have been donated to the Uniting Church in Australia's Frontier Services to assist their Aboriginal women's health initiatives.

 
2011 Baby Needs Appeal
Saturday, 14 May 2011 10:53

Throughout May and June we are focussing on Wesley Mission's 2011 Baby Needs Appeal which supports families with tiny children living in great hardship during this particularly cold season. Donations of baby clothing, disposable nappies, baby wipes, baby bottles and baby toiletries are urgently requested. Although much needed, for health regulation reasons soft toys, baby food and formula cannot be accepted. However donations of money will allow food items to be purchased by Wesley Mission. Please drop any donated goods into the boxes provided in the hall foyer at the Centre. Donations of money should be taken to the Centre office. Thank you as always for your generosity.

 
Surprised by Resurrection
Saturday, 23 April 2011 20:43

The three major celebrations of Christian faith plumb the depths and potentiality of birth, death and what the Gospel writers call resurrection.

Christian creeds revolve around these three experiences, two of which are simply human experiences and the third is is the arena of unbelief, for no one has experienced resurrection.

You may have had the experience of giving birth, or being present at a birth.  You may have sat with a family member, or a friend through the portals of death. In very different ways these are profound moments of life, times of grace.

But resurrection? There is nothing in human experience which enables us to make sense of this experience which Christians believe was the experience of Jesus the Christ.

It is non-sense. It is impossible. It doesn’t fit human experience one iota. The gospel witnesses don’t try and make it fit. Jesus’ resurrection is a new creation, an impossible possibility.

The Easter story is not about a ghost. It is not evidence that human beings survive death, or have immortal souls. The Easter gospel is that in their darkest hours women and men  experienced the impossible, the battered body of the crucified Jesus was not destroyed, but transformed.

I am agnostic about whether this was a bodily or a spiritual experience. People spend books debating these matters, and each marshals powerful arguments. Living in a society with a strong bent towards materialism makes believing in the Resurrection even harder. We like to be in synch with what we think others believe.

However, this story is not about an individual. It’s not a con job designed to trick the world.

This story is about us - our birth, our living, our dying and whatever lies behind that reality.

The United Church of Canada has a contemporary creed which invites us to say ‘in life, in death, in life beyond death we are not alone. God is with us.

It is St Paul who calls Jesus the second Adam. Drawing on the myth in Genesis in Adam all people are born to die. The victory of resurrection is that in the second Adam death is defeated. This is a gift for the whole world, what the Bible calls the new creation.

Can we prove it? No. Can we live it? Yes. The Resurrection story is continued in the book of Acts, and is continued in the world wherever communities choose to live in the paradoxical belief that Love always trumps death.

Alleluia. Christ is risen!

 
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