Chasing the Wild Goose

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The Churches of the City of Perth invite you to a

PILGRIMAGE FOR UNITY

Many People, One Footprint 

9-15 May 2016

Launch at Elizabeth Quay 12 noon on Monday 9 May 2016

Exploration of church denominations throughout the week

With a pilgrimage procession on Sunday 15 May starting at 1.00 pm at St Mary’s Cathedral then on to Wesley Uniting Church for 3.00 pm and to St George’s Cathedral for 5.00 pm 

All welcome

For more information contact Rev Frances Hadfield at

9275 3144 (Tuesday and Wednesday) or mobile 0410 698 595

 

Interesting Spirituality Link

Abbey of the Arts – transformative living through contemplative and expressive arts, following Benedictine spiritual guidelines.  This site has interesting links, online classes and free prayer resources.  You can sign up for their regular newsletter and submit your own poetry or art.

www.abbeyofthearts.com

Book Review – A Life of Faith, Roland Ashby

If you are looking for meditative reading, books are usually the go. They go about things with system and planning. You can learn step by step.
But for sudden insights – the detail that a writer might think superfluous but turns out to be extraordinarily stimulating, and the nuts and bolts you don’t see in the finished spiritual house – interviews are just the thing. (more…)

The Path of Contemplation

All beings are words of God, His music, His art.  Sacred books we are, for the infinite camps in our souls.  Every act reveals God and expands His being. I know that may be hard to comprehend.  All creatures are doing their best to help God in His birth of Himself.  Enough talk for the night. He is laboring in me; I need to be silent for a while, worlds are forming in my heart.

                                                                                    Meister Eckhart

 

World Community for Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation is offered by the World Community of Christian Meditation (WA Community) in association with St George’s Cathedral Centre for Spirituality.  The host, Kevin Crombie, a prominent member of the Cathedral community, welcomes participants from 5.00pm until 5.45pm each Wednesday in St Saviour’s Chapel (under the Soldiers’ Memorial Chapel).

[The world community use of the symbol (ABOVE) of two doves perched on a chalice is inspired by the 5th century mosaic in Galla Placidia in an early Christian church in Ravenna, Italy.  The dove is the symbol of the Holy Spirit in Christianity and the water symbolises death and rebirth in baptism. The birds, one looking inward and one looking outward, symbolise the active and contemplative dimension of human beings, and the harmonising of each dimension that we strive to achieve in meditation.]

Venue: The Cathedral.  For location and parking information, please click here.

 

Coffee, Prayers and Spirituality

Spirituality and Energy Security – Mr Andrew Pickford, Managing Director, ISSA Indo-Pacific

As a consultant and researcher in the field of energy, Andrew Pickford will discuss the spiritual considerations of energy. This talk will cover topical matters around our energy use and conservation, such as the ‘rationing of energy’, as well as philosophies behind political decisions related to associated infrastructure. For example, the talk will examine the values and beliefs which guide how we consume electricity. Crucially, it will ask what value our society places on energy and whether this is any different to other civilisations and periods of history.  Plunger coffee, prayers, and a presentation, with an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Time: 9.30am – 11.30am.

Venue: Friends’ Room, Lower Burt Memorial Hall, 38a St Georges Terrace.

Entry: $5.00, including coffee or tea, and muffins.

Please book your place so that we can cater for you and ensure everyone has a seat. Registrations must be with Bishop Murray by the Monday before the event you are attending. Phone 9325 5766 or email:

david.murray@perthcathedral.org

Coalition for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees Need Gift Cards

CARAD is an independent not-for-profit organisation working with people of refugee background who now live in Western Australia.  Our priorities are:-

advocating for positive change in the refugee determination process to ensure fair and humane treatment for all

– supporting community based asylum seekers and refugees with emergency accommodation and a small living allowance if they are not eligible for other funding

– coordinating a volunteer program providing English language and homework support to adults and children from a refugee background

– speaking out against mandatory detention – visiting, supporting and advocating on behalf of people held in detention centres in Perth, Christmas Island and Curtin.

We have an emerging need for gift cards to give to clients so that they can purchase food or clothing.  These are easy to get from Coles/Myer, Woolworths (Essential or Groceries only) or IGA.  Add a gift card to your shopping basket, and send it to the CARAD office (245 Stirling St, Perth WA 6000).

We recommend that the sum on the card be between $20 and $50.
Please SHARE this message -we have hungry, cold clients NOW.

Labyrinth Event

The Council of Churches in partnership with the Dayspring Centre for Christian Spirituality warmly invites you to participate in a Labyrinth Walk.  The Labyrinth will be open for two days – Wednesday 30th May from 10.00am – 7.00pm and Thursday 31st May from 9.00am – 3.00pm at Wesley Uniting Church in the City. Orientation and talks on the history of the labyrinth are available along with refreshments and a bookshop.  For mor information: Isobelle Shortreed at ecumenical@churcheswa.com.au

 

Let your God love you……

Edwina Gateley

Let Your God Love You

Be silent.
Be still.
Alone.
Empty
Before your God.
Say nothing.
Ask nothing.
Be silent.
Be still.
Let your God look upon you.
That is all.
God knows.
God understands.
God loves you
With an enormous love,
And only wants
To look upon you
With that love.
Quiet.
Still.
Be.

Let your God—
Love you. (more…)

A Father, A Son, and Two Important Questions

When Walker Brown was born in 1996, his parents Ian and Johanna knew something was wrong. Seven months later Walker was diagnosed with CFC — cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome, an extraordinarily rare genetic mutation that didn’t even have a name until 1986, or a genetic test until 2006. Estimates vary, but as few as 300 people in the world have CFC. As the months unfolded, it became clear that Walker was profoundly disabled.

As a baby he cried non-stop for hours. He has the signature facial dysmorphia of CFC. He never sleeps through the night and can’t talk. Eating difficulties necessitated a feeding tube. Significant heart and skin irregularities compromised his health. Worst of all, Walker would hit, bite, and scratch himself. Before long his medical record was six inches thick. The first geneticist that Ian Brown met told him that there were only eight other cases in the world. “Eight: it wasn’t possible. Surely we had been blasted out to an unknown galaxy.” (more…)

The Good Shepherd

 

Gospel writer John
loved a good agricultural metaphor;
(were there many other kinds
in a pre-industrial age?)
Jesus, lover of people,
welcomer of ratbags
and friend of troubled souls;
likens himself to a shepherd
who cares only for the welfare of his sheep.
Animal rights proponents would love him
because he reckons the life of the human shepherd
to be more expendable
than those of his ovine flock.
But we all know that it’s not about sheep.
It is about people,
individuals like you and me,
who, we are assured,
are loved and valued,
watched over and cared for
by the one he calls Father.
Furthermore, the metaphor implies,
we are all part of something bigger,
joined into one huge flock
of disparate humankind;
each member of which
is also loved and respected,
cared for and wept over
by that same Father;
and expected to do the same

© 2012 Ken Rookes River of Life, Loddon Mallee Presbytery, Uniting Church