Habitat Inspirations

The Chosen

The Chosen is a television drama based on the life of Jesus Christ. It is the first multi-season series about the life of Christ, and season one was the highest crowd-funded film project of all time. Rated 100% by Rotten Tomatoes, 9.8/10 by IMDb and 4.9/5 stars on Google reviews.

All 8 seasons are available to watch for free on its own app named "The Chosen" which can be found in the App Store for iPhones and iPads, and via the Google Play store for android users.

Watch the trailer here via YouTube.


Daffodils dance in the morning sun
rejoicing in their resurrection
glowing and gold for a risen king
their beauty a godly reflection.

Green and gold the daffodils bloom
trumpeting joy in the morning
gladly proclaiming the word of the Lord
on each day’s new come dawning.

Spring has sprung with a leap of joy
announcing summer’s nearing
autumn bears fruit that we gather to eat
thankful for God’s providing

© 2020 jmsd

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium - Marine Mindfulness

Sometimes, a little zen is necessary, and that zen is far easier to find with the help of a few moon jellyfish, floating blissfully across your screen. Sea Life Melbourne has set up an online hub to calm you with guided meditation accompanied by their slow-moving sea life, as well as several Slow TV streams.

Check-in for a few minutes or a few hours here. These are absolutely beautiful and incredibly creative, please watch and share.

Great Composers and their Music with Lana Zgoznik

Do you have plans on a Tuesday night? No? Neither do we!
Luckily Lana Zgoznik, harpist and music educator, is running a special program for the Habitat community (and beyond!), on the great composers of history.

Join Lana as she opens our eyes and ears to composers such as Bach, Brahms and Vaughan-Williams, and enlightens us about the time and places in which this beautiful music came into being.

When: Tuesdays, 8pm - 9pm
Visit: zoom.us/j/242054779
Or call: 03 7018 2005
Meeting ID: 242 054 779

Bibliotherapy with the State Library of Victoria

‘Bibliotherapy’ is derived from the Greek words for book, biblio and healing, therapeia. The word describes an age-old practice of book therapy, where the healing power of literature nourishes and comforts us during challenging times.

When poems and stories are read aloud it opens a space for us to dwell quietly, away from the noise outside. Texts help us find a way to explore feelings deep within us – and offer potent opportunities for self-exploration and positive change.

This podcast series 'Bibliotherapy with State Library Victoria' is presented by practising bibliotherapist, Susan McLaine. Each episode is accompanied by a suggested action for you, the listener, to try.
More information and each podcast can be found on the SLV website.
New episode released each Saturday at 11am.

Boroondara Farmers Market

While community markets are currently closed, many of the Boroondara Farmers Market stall holders have taken to the interweb to sell their locally made and/or grown products.

Purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, seasonal organic produce, honey, eggs, bread, olives, cakes, dips/sauces, wine, art works, pet supplies and MUCH MORE.. a great way to reduce your food miles and support small Victorian primary businesses!

Some businesses doing home delivery during lockdown include:
Sea Lark Art for canvas printed photographs and art works.
Arancini 4 All for a wide variety of Gluten Free, Vegan And FODMAP friendly, made to order arancini.
Australian Harvest for jams, seed & nut oils, chutneys, sauces, fruit pastes, olive oils, organic vinegars and functional foods.
Sticky Balsamic for Australia’s most awarded balsamic vinegar glaze varieties and recipes.
Paw Printz for all natural dog biscuits, dehydrated meat, fish or vegetarian treats, cat treats, natural pet-skincare products,
The Pastry Lounge for sweet and savoury pies, crumbles, casseroles, ribs, cacciatore, stroganoff, meatballs and more.

Browse the full range of online stall holders here.

The best books about Melbourne

Keep your mind and spirit singing. Delve into other lives, and far more exciting places!

Though we might not be able to make the most of glorious Melbourne right now, for the time being at least, we can still see her sights and hear her voices by diving into a good book.

This Place is Heaven - short video

At first glance, when seeing the village where Siyabonga lives, it is easy to assume that his community are poor. They have no access to electricity or running water. Most of them don't own a car or even a bicycle.

But as far as Siya is concerned, he has everything that he needs - he has healthy soil to grow his food, clean air and water, and a community of people around him who support and care for each other. For him, this place is heaven.

God’s Promise

God has not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways
All our lives through;
God has not promised
Sun without rain
Joy without sorrow,
Peace without pain.

But God has promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor,
Light for the way,
Grace for the trials,
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy,
Undying love!

~ Mandi Wilding

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Online Concert

Lockdown shouldn’t stop us from getting our regular musical-dose! Watch the Best of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) - Volume 1.

Catch the magical performances of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, Peter Sculthorpe's New Norcia, Brenton Broadstock's And No Birds Sing, and Lisa Illean's Januaries.

This event is free and available on MSO’s YouTube channel. Read more about the program here.

Cultivating Wellbeing

Take some time-out and enjoy a 6 minute reflection by Linda Espie.
Linda is a counsellor, supervisor, educator, consultant, and author. Read more about her and what she does, here.

We're All In This Together

A short documentary film exploring Melbourne's queer history. Young queer Australians audition to retell stories from their elders who paved the way for their rights. Scripted verbatim from interviews, accounts of public protest, police brutality and isolation from queer history are retold and reimagined by a younger generation.

The project is supported by the City of Melbourne's Arts Grants Program and is now available to watch online for free. Please note this film contains mature content.

We are what our thoughts have made us;
so take care about what you think.
Words are secondary.
Thoughts live; they travel far.

~ Swami Vivekananda

A Candle in the Window - Peter Millar

Read the reflection and poetry material written by Peter Miller and provided by the beautiful Dorothy Sutherland. Youtube video link available within PDF attachment - a clip from The Sound of Music with new "lockdown" lyrics by the creative Shirley Șerban.

So, we are in the 5th month of defeating COVID-19

(These words made me laugh, although there is some truth mixed in to consider...)

- So let me get this straight, there's no cure for a virus that can be killed by sanitiser and hand soap?

- Is it too early to put the Christmas tree up yet? I have run out of things to do.

- When this virus thing is over, I still want some of you to stay away from me.

- If these last few months have taught us anything, it's that stupidity travels faster than any virus on the planet.

- Another Saturday night in the house, and I just realised the garbage goes out more than I do.

- Whoever decided a liquor store is more essential than a hair salon, must be a bald-headed alcoholic.

- Remember when you were younger and your underwear had the days of the week on them? Those would be useful right now.

- The spread of covid is based on two factors: 1. How dense the population is and 2. How dense the population is.

- Remember all those times you wished the weekend would last forever.. Well, wish granted. Happy now?

ABC Life: My story of racism and discrimination in Australia

After reading that many Australians thought racism was a problem, including those who hadn't encountered it themselves, a reader of ABC Life reached out to share their experiences.

"I've mentioned to my friends that I always count. If I walk into a pub or a restaurant, I'll be able to tell you straight away how many brown people there are.

"I'll know if it's two or three, and I'll know if it's four. I'll also know roughly the percentage."

Read their story here.

Delicious Recipes: Winter Warmers

With restrictions lifting, many of us are reconnecting with the ones we love and miss the most! Sure, enjoying conversation over a tea or coffee, or going for a walk are wonderful ways to come together. But nothing beats a warm, homemade meal shared. Find an array of ~delicious~ winter recipes for having family or friends over, or try something new for your household!

See www.Delicious.com.au

Poetry and Quotes

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ― Victor Hugo.

We read poetry because it makes use of words, to bring to life images and feelings in such a way, that words are imprinted in your mind. Poetry too, brings out a thrill when words are strung up delicately, such that bring to reality, what many can imagine only. Goodreads.com has some good reads with poems, quotes and more.

Crosslight Article - Coping with covid-19: Natalie Nixon-Monu

As part of their on-going series, Coping with covid-19, Crosslight speaks with Rev Natalie Dixon-Monu, (coordinator at BCO & Minister at Habitat Kew). Have a read, there's also a short video.

Five Stories Told, A Century Later

A new documentary produced by Rob Sutherland of Silvereye Films, explores the connections between the lives of five young Melbourne pharmacy students, the history of the profession in Australia and the modern day.

Around 200 pharmacists and 30 pharmacy students served in the War, with the students interrupting their studies to enlist. Of the 30 who enlisted, four were killed in action, and their stories, as well as the story of one pharmacy student who came back, are told in a new documentary, Five Soldiers.

Rob Sutherland may sound familiar, as he was once a member of Habitat Uniting Church and son of Dorothy Sutherland.

YouTube, ABC Australia: 'I Am Australian' Everyday Choir

You may have seen this clip on the fabulous ABC channel.

ABC set out to brighten the spirits at this difficult time so invited Aussies to a national sign-a-long. 109 people, from all over the country, contributed to this beautiful rendition of an Aussie icon. Turn it up.

Yogini Melbourne

Paula Lay shares her practice; yoga, meditation, wellbeing and healthy living for all ages and abilities. Enjoy free sessions on her YouTube channel which includes video's of "Morning Yoga", "Guided Meditation 10min", "Minimalist Yoga ~ Evening Session" and many more.. there are sessions to suit everyone.

Paula loves the mantra that ‘less is more' – the art of learning how to strip away anything that is not necessary in our lives to make it richer and more fulfilling in a true and authentic way.

Habitat is now active on Facebook!

Give Habitat a LIKE on Facebook to see our latest posts, links, quotes, videos and inspirations ❤️

Australian National Portrait Gallery

Browse the impressive art at the Australian National Portrait Gallery. There are several categories to choose from via the link; such as Topical, Portrait Stories, Donations, Self Portraits and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and more..

Take a virtual trek through Australia's famous Outback region

Experience the beauty of the Outback, specifically the sacred area known as Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

FREE Online Puzzles, Quiz's & Trivia

For those who want some mind-stretching games and fun, check out Lovatts Puzzles for trivia, crosswords, code crackers, sudoku and more.. Happy puzzling!!

A Network for Grateful Living

Gratefulness.org is a global organisation offering online and community-based educational programs and practices which inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and catalyse the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility. If you wish, you can subscribe to their monthly newsletter or just browse their featured content including articles, videos, audio clips and more. Light a candle here.

Ways to Relax from ReachOut.Com

If you’re looking to wind down or get your mind off everything that’s going on at work or around us now, watching some of the most relaxing videos on the internet could be great for you. Whether it’s how Lego is made, where rubber bands come from, beautiful cake decorating, cute and funny animal videos, watching artists at work such as candle making, furniture making, Bob Ross painting landscapes, and so much more.. there’s something for everyone!


It’s so easy to get caught up in thinking about things you wish you could change. But that’s not always the most productive use of your energy. Instead, take a break from thinking about what you’d change, and focus on what you love, enjoy and appreciate!
Write them down onto post-it notes and stick them on your mirror. Make sure you read them every morning. That way, you can start every day with a smile.

Artwork and more.. by Felicita Sala

Felicita is a self taught illustrator. She graduated in Philosophy from the University of Western Australia. She has worked on several animation projects along with husband Gianluca, but her passion is making picture books. Have a browse of her beautiful images on her website which include full picture books, animations, food illustration, recipes, her blog, shop and more..

30 Images of the World's Happiest Animals

Have a browse at images of some of the happiest animals on the internet here. Their cheeky faces are sure to put a smile on your dial!

"You've got a friend.. in Pitchface" Facebook video

Some iso loveliness for your eyes and ears.. Pitchface, a denim-clad womens choir in Melbourne’s inner west, decided they would all try to sing "together" in isolation. The only way to do that right now is through some editing wizardry.

A hearty thanks to the members of Pitchface for putting themselves out there. Singing by yourself into a camera is pretty confronting, just quietly - especially when you're used to blending in with everyone else in the group. Enjoy!

My Smart Garden

Use this time at home as an opportunity to get out into your garden. My Smart Garden is a free program that will help you grow food, shelter your home from the sun and wind, create homes for local wildlife, use water wisely and recycle wastes.

The Louvre

With a range of online tours, you can visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries without leaving the comfort of your own couch.

Zoos Victoria is live streaming

Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo are now live streaming inside the animal enclosures to allow us all to enjoy #AnimalsAtHome while their zoos are currently closed to the public. Animal enclosures with live cameras include: penguins, echidnas, tree-kangaroos, snow leopard cubs, zebras, giraffes and lions! Enjoy here.

Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Recital Centre are taking a range of live musical performances online for you to enjoy in your own home. Tune in Live from Melbourne Recital Centre.


Join ACMI every Wednesday for a weekly movie night with their virtual Cinematheque. You can enjoy a selection of classic and contemporary films selected by ACMI's Film Department and the Melbourne Cinematheque Committee.

Michael Leunig Cartoon Gallery

Have a browse at the fabulous, creative cartoons from Michael Leunig here. A good laugh and incredibly insightful.

Explore Melbourne Museum from home through virtual tours!

If you're feeling like a cooped up critter or a nervous numbat, we can relate. Whilst Melbourne Museum's doors might be closed, there's still a whole lot of magic going on. They've curated their best exhibitions online for you to enjoy from the couch - zero crowds guaranteed!

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Are you a fan of classical music? If so you’ll be pleased to know that the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is performing weekly, live from Hamer Hall and streamed FREE onto YouTube!

Kindness is contagious too!

Be inspired by this gallery of people showing kindness to others.

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Habitat Uniting Church Office
2 Minona Street, Hawthorn VIC
phone 9819 2844

St David's Centre
2 Mont Albert Rd (cnr Burke Rd)
Canterbury VIC

Habitat Spirituality Centre
SWell Centre (Ex Augustine)

2 Minona St, Hawthorn VIC

Kew Uniting Church
23 Highbury Grove