MK Network Victoria

the June Bulletin

MK Camp Online & a Day Trip event & a Book Review
MK Camp Online with NSW!
15th June - 26th July

Some really exciting news: the annual NSW MK Camp has gone online and VIC MKs have an invite! If you like:
  • Bible Study groups
  • Fun MK thing discussion groups
  • A weekly podcast with a Bible talk from an MK with a unique 'MK spot'!
  • Talks on spiritual disciplines with the wonderous Laura Smith
  • Activities (varied & various)
  • Weekly games and a Minecraft server
  • Time to chill online with friends, and opportunities to make new friends
Then you are in the right place because Sign Ups are Open! All the details for the online activities and events - as well as how the next few weeks will look can be found at the link below. Do note that there is a minimal registration fee. If you are 'going', are keen for some more details or have any questions don't hesitate to ring Bethany at 0401978192!
Details and Registration are all Here - Get Excited!
Saturday June 27th we have our next event - that's 2 weeks away!

If you're as excited as us about being able to catch up again (carefully and in keeping with state recommendations!) join us for a day trip down the coastal road where we'll be doing some exploring and trying to not get too wet!

This is a day-trip event so everyone's timing will be a bit different but we're planning to be on the road around 7am and going till early evening 6-7pm-ish. Pick-ups for carpooling are planned. If you need some details on transport options contact Bethany 0401978192. To minimise food sharing and max our hygiene please bring a backpack lunch and any snacks that sound yum - dont forget your waterbottle, sunscreen and some good walking shoes too!

Any Questions? Email our committee. Or....
Check out our Facebook event. Here.
Book Review Spot
Welcome to our new Book Review Spot! We've been wanting to make a space for something a little creative for a while. When we met a few MKs who were book fans this past year a space for sharing your favs seemed like the perfect match. So here we are!

Rebekah Weaich, the first contributor to our new 'Spot'  shares about a novel that touched her and helped her reflect on her MK experience (this is an older read, 18+ so please note there are some heavy themes). Thanks Rebekah!

We hope you enjoy this first Book Review. If you have a book (novel, text book, picture book, fiction or non-fiction) that you'd like to share we'd love to hear from you! 
 “The world began to forget me when I was sixteen years old…A disassociation between name and face as the register is called. My name is remembered, but the link is broken; what is Hope Arden? A scrawl of ink without a past; no more.”

In an otherwise perfectly normal universe, Hope Arden is fantastically incapable of being remembered. Twenty seconds after turning away from her, your mind does not remember that she ever existed. Your dinner bill may record two people, but you’d think you ate alone. She makes a excellent first impression – but then again, practice makes perfect, and she’s done about twenty first impressions on you so far.

Winning the 2017 World Fantasy Award, The Sudden Appearance of Hope arrived on the scene with a bang, the sharp edge of its impossible premise peeling back the layers of its chillingly possible world. And what a world it is. Crossing borders, ethics and dangerous enemies, our former (amusingly perfectionistic) petty thief cheats, steals and cuts deals with the upper echelons of money-hungry invention, chasing vengeance against an app and its maker for a crime so new it isn’t even illegal. Perfection promises to make the perfect you – the perfect of your society, culture and beauty standard. The perfect body, smile and conversation. All it needs is access to your bank accounts, messenger logs, GPS, social media, fitness apps, and it will give you the keys to the kingdom.

Hope Arden herself (answer-hungry, slightly nihilistic philosopher, clinging to her own reality with every scrap of knowledge she can scrounge) might note that the word fantasy descends from the Greek phantazein, “to make seen”.  She’d also tell you that phantazein gave us another word: phantom. The ghost the living see in flashes, in the corner of their eye; the ghost that Hope Arden has turned into. Real, but only to herself, she speaks, and it is like she is never heard. She acts, but she is not remembered. She befriends a young woman, Reina, in many first conversations, but Reina will never remember herself as anything other than continually, desperately alone, hounded by her imperfections, and hounded by Perfection.

The Sudden Appearance of Hope elevates the genre – it is fantasy that unmasks reality, in a thrill of adrenaline, with the rush of a heist and the world-spanning perspective of the rootless. Reina bint Badr al Mustakfi commits suicide, and a forgotten ghost finds that she cannot turn away. She is a woman who has no place in any society; but over, and over, and over again, she finds herself anchored to the world by individuals who lived in it; people she will remember, who cannot remember her; lives that have touched her, even if she cannot touch them back.

The 'Spot' Contributor Bio
Rebekah Weaich is 20 years old.
The nutshell: Egypt, Cyprus, Australia, India, Australia again, and now Australia: Edition Melbourne. Had to get my birth certificate translated twice before taking to the embassy, but I am officially Australian: the land of koalas and emus and eucalyptus trees; that mythical place where we’d one day get a dog.
The dog never happened.
Now back in passport country for six years and counting (a record!). Currently studying philosophy at the University of Melbourne and occasionally scribbling up book reviews for consideration by our esteemed newsletter.
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