Welcome to Production week. This week on Wednesday to Friday we have three nights of our 2017 Production Calamity Jane. I am sure there will still be a few tickets at the George Jenkins Theatre. Sessions start at 7:30pm.
In a report in The Age last week (5 August), it was suggested that our “waste management is becoming a serious problem”. In 2015-16, Victorian produced 12.8 million tonnes of waste. At the College, we acknowledge that we can accumulate a lot of waste. At times, this rubbish is around the school rather than in the bins. Being mindful of our rubbish, this Friday 11 August we are attempting to have a rubbish-free lunch. While this is a one-off, we certainly want to reduce our waste and maybe this is something that may become a regular occurrence as we assist our students in becoming good stewards of this planet.
In reflecting on our rubbish issue, I do wonder if it has something to do with the prevailing ideology of our day. I speak, of course, of consumerism. From a young age we make meaning, create our identities and participate in life through consumerism. Think for a moment of the key celebrations of life. It is hard to get away with a celebration be it a birthday, Christmas, an engagement, Mother’s Day without buying stuff, and often much more than is needed. I would also suggest that many people buy to make themselves feel good - that is, going shopping in search of happiness when they feel down or saddened. Through advertising, we are presented a story of life. We see examples of the good life, the way things could be if we buy! As consumers, we are able to buy, use and discard! This is not the message of the Gospel. For those of us who follow Christ, our identities should not be connected with our abilities to buy, go on trips or on what we wear! Rather, our identities should come out of our relationship with our God who loves us and encourages us to live in ways that are different from those around us. Each day, we have a marvellous opportunity to live in ways that honour God as we interact with each other and the world. As it is written:
"Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither - whatever they do prospers."