Mask Etiquette

Now that masks are no longer required in church (nevertheless, wearing them is still advised), the question arises, “Should I wear  a mask?”  What is the new etiquette?

If it were only a question of protecting oneself, the answer would be easy: I would choose to take a small risk or not.  However, the role of a mask is also to protect others.  In fact, the mask is much more effective in protecting others from you than it is in protecting you from others.  Now the question is: “Should I be responsible for the protection of my neighbour?”  This question, at least for a follower of Jesus, is an easy one to answer, is it not?

If you are completely healthy and you are certain you have not been exposed to the coronavirus, then it is quite reasonable to not wear a mask in church.  If, however, there is any chance you may have been affected, and are asymptomatic, the responsible choice is to wear a mask in the presence of others.

Perhaps we have stumbled upon a new word: Masketiquette (when to wear one). This may be the beginnings of a new glossary for the times in which we live; e.g.
Maskercise, the extra exercise gained when, having entered the supermarket, you realise you left your mask in the car:

Maskicide: causing death using a mask made out of a plastic bag;
Maskette: a face covering for an infant.
And, of course, there will be a new use for Masking Tape

Contributions to this new glossary should be emailed to Rev. Bob at bobuc2@juno.com.

Justice and Compassion for Refugees

The Queenscliff branch of Rural Australians for Refugees is currently conducting a letter-writing campaign to our politicians, and would greatly appreciate our support.  Please find out more by clicking on the links below, and see how you can help get justice for genuine refugees.

Permanent protection for Refugees

Support Labor party’s policy for refugees here

https://www.ruralaustraliansforrefugees.org.au

Although not as effective as direct communication with our politicians, you may sign a petition online by clicking on this link.

 

 

Welcome to Oz

Having recently added a function to this website that keeps track of  whence visitors to it come, we have been astounded to learn that almost 85% of our visitors live overseas, particularly the United States.  In fact, many more Americans view the website than Australians.

We would love to hear from you, so use the ‘Comments’ form (click here) to send your comments or questions.  Your comments may be published on this site unless you indicate that you wish them to remain private.

At the end of November and early December, the number of hits suddenly jumped to over 10 times normal, with the bulk of visitors coming from the U.S.A.  There was particular interest in the article on the Trinity under “Words of the Word”.  We would love to know the reason for the sudden interest in the Trinity, especially at that time of year (Advent). 

Words that Bear the Word

Yes, God’s Word is available through the Bible, but not only through the Bible.  We believe that, throughout history, revelation has come to men and women, and some of these people incorporated it in their writing… It would be folly to believe that revelation has ceased or that people have stopped communicating the fruits of revelation in writing. We continue to be blessed by God’s Word as it comes to us through modern artists. (Click here to read more)

Joan successfully completes challenge

Joan Calcutt has now completed the ‘Ration Challenge’, to help raise money for, and draw attention to, the situation in refugee camps. Given the threat of catching the Covid virus in the overcrowded situations, the lack of hygienic facilities and food and medicine shortages, etc, the life of a refugee is  more precarious than ever.

As Joan has done for a few years, she registered to represent the church’s JIM group in the Challenge. Her family and friends in both Ocean Grove UC and Barwon Heads UC have been very supportive, helping her to raise over $2700 this year for the work of Act for Peace. 

Click here to read a report from Joan at the halfway point of her challenge

Although the challenge is over, anyone who would like to contribute to Joan’s effort can do so online by clicking on the following link:   https://actforpeace.rationchallenge.org.au/joan-calcutt

The money  raised will help bring emergency food, hygiene kits and life-saving support to the people that need it most.

Click here to read a note from Joan

30 Of The Most Savage Things God Has Said On Twitter

If you didn’t know just yet, God is on Twitter. The Almighty has over 6.1 million devout fans eagerly awaiting His latest posts while He Himself follows only one account—Justin Bieber’s. The parody account is full of hilarious jokes and witty comments that will hopefully make you laugh and raise your spirits…except if you are easily offended by a bit of off-colour language and a suggestion of heresy 🙂  (Click here to read more.)

New Addition to Glossary

Progressive Christianity

Rev. Dr. John Bodycomb was certainly progressive; however, but he thought the term was needlessly smug, and preferred using “evolving” to describe the “variegated stream of thinking” (Two Elephants in the Room, pg.770) that has been spreading over Western Christianity for the last 70 years. Dr. Bodycomb characterised it as “a ‘grass-roots’ cry from members of all mainstream denominations for a faith worth living and dying for,”…  (Click here to read more)

An open, virtual door to the world