Clarise and Patricia Tunkin and Baker, Minma Marlilu and Kalaya Tjukurrpa, 2018. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 164.0 x 200 cm. Private collection.

Indigenous Connections

We regularly support the Indigenous Hospitality House, and a number meet as the Exploring First Peoples (EFP) group to keep issues of reconciliation, justice, and deepening understanding on our agenda.

Ecumenical connections

We have a close relationship with Pilgrim Uniting Church in Seddon, sharing special events, and meditation groups. We participate in a March of Witness every Good Friday with several local congregations.

Local Community CONNECTIONS

Westgate Baptist Community established Westgate Community Initiatives Group (WCIG) in 1989. WCIG is now an independent body, but the relationship between us continues.

Westgate Health Co-Op was also established by Westgate Baptist Community. It operates independently and continues to provide a wide range of health services for local residents. There are clinics located in South Kingsville and Newport.

We support Yarraville Village – collecting food waste from several businesses, and sharing in the annual Yarraville Festival. We are grateful for the support of Maribyrnong City Council and our local MP in financially supporting our composting, kitchen, and meals development programs.

Multi-faith connections

We have an occasional but growing relationship with the Australian Light Foundation – an Islamic community in Sunshine. We have visited each other’s special services and are seeking to deepen mutual respect and understanding.

Baptist connections

We are part of the Baptist Union of Victoria.

We support Global Interaction, the Baptist missionary agency.

We support Baptist World Aid, the aid and development agency of Baptist churches in Australia.

We support Whitley College, the Baptist College of Victoria.

We support, and have benefited from the support of, Baptcare in our community ventures.