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Program for 2014

We meet at St George’s Anglican Church, 296 Glenferrie Road Malvern. We meet on the third Thursdays of the month from 10am – 3pm.

Lunch – bring your own or join us as we share lunch at a local café. Tea and coffee is available throughout the day. 

Access – there is ample parking within the grounds.  Melways reference is 59 C7.  Trams 6 and 16 both stop 170 meters from St George’s.

A donation of $20 per person per session is suggested to help cover our costs.

There is often a theme that emerges as planning happens and this year it is about
“Welcoming the Stranger” – whether that is within us or within our neighbourhood or within our country and indeed, within our Earth and the Cosmos. 

Please mark these dates in your calendar!  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there. It is your participation that makes this all worthwhile.

 

 

 

 

 

February 20: The First Path: Climbing the Mountain - Alexander Shaia will be present with us as we once again begin our year with the ground-breaking work of Quadratos. In the morning we will explore our inner and outer Sacred Mountains as images of the First Path of Quadratos/ Awakening.  Following lunch, we will consider how kataphatic (with image) is one of two time honoured contemplative practice, though apophatic (no image) is better known today.

March 20: Welcoming the Stranger Home” at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital - Michael Mosley has organised for us to visit ‘Repat’ to learn about and experience some of the spiritual aspects on offer to help with the rehabilitation of Veterans from past and current conflicts. The visit will include a talk given by one of the chaplains ministering to the patients in the War Trauma Recovery Ward and by Michael on his experiences there. In the afternoon there will be time to spend in the Chapel, Remembrance Gardens and the newly opened Labyrinth.”

April 10: Being a Daily Contemplative:  That’s Easy! Isn’t It? If contemplation is a long, loving look at the real and the real is what we are always immersed in, what is it that takes us to the shallow end of the pool and keeps us from the deep end?  Both are real and too often we only want to wade and not swim.  Let’s explore today how we can swim as well as wade. John (Jack) Stuart is back from his year in Jerusalem and is offering us a wonderful gift.  

May 15: A Spirituality of Communion: At One with Earth's Community of Life - Anne Boyd is a member of the EarthSong coordinating team, a project that offers programs in ecology and spirituality. She is also the editor of EarthSong, a 32 page full colour journal published in Spring and Autumn each year - for more information see www.earthsong.org.au

June 19: Restoration and Forgiveness - The Revd Jonathan Chambers will speak about his experiences as the Senior Criminal Justice Chaplain for Victoria.  During that time he did a lot of reflecting on issues of crime, punishment, restoration and the Christian notion of forgiveness.  His sharing will be a challenging time for us.
 
July 17: Welcoming the Stranger in “Ageing” - This day is designed to invite participants to reflect on “Ageing”, both our own and generally and to do this on our own and collectively. A reading list will be distributed before we meet.  Wendy Hudson is the Coordinator for the day.  

 August 8-10:  ANSD Conference, Sydney with Andrew Mayes - the theme is based on his new book Beyond the Edge: spiritual transitions for adventurous soul. He says the book takes you on the journeys of Jesus into risky spaces, seen through the lens of liminality: a liminal space is a place of discovery and conversion.

August 21: Reflections from the ANSD Conference

September 18: Welcoming the Stranger - The Revd Ron Browning will lead reflections on issues of refugees, asylum seekers and how we respond to their needs.  For many years Ron has been involved with Karen refugees – visiting the camps in Myanmar and Thailand as well as connecting with many families who have managed to come to Australia. 

October 16: Living Radical Simplicity without being “Grinched” - The day will look at ways radical simplicity is being lived and how ongoing discernment can help us to live simply with gratitude and generosity.  Carmel Tedesco has read widely in sustainability, spirituality and theology with a background in Ignation Spirituality.  She is responsible for the day to day running of Bass Hill Hermitage (www.basshillhermitage.com.au)
and is happiest working outside with her hands in the earth.

November 21: A reflective day focusing on the journey of the year and planning for 2015. 

 

 

 

Other events of interest 

Supervision for Spiritual Directors.
Group supervision for directors will be offered again this year, in addition to this monthly programme.  Groups will be arranged according to numbers and availability of participants.  Contact John Stewart to register your interest.  Email
john.stewart@livingwellcentre.org.au

Training for Spiritual Directors.
This course is in its ninth year.  It offers part time training over four years. It works in four lots of three days spread over the year and is designed to enable new people to commence each year.  Further information is available at Living Well Centre, St Georges’ Anglican Church, Malvern.  You can email John at john.stewart@livingwellcentre.org.au or visit the website www.livingwellcentre.org.au  
(Please note these are new addresses)

 

Contact details for ANSD Convenor
Marg Brown
0429 969 704
margbrown2012@gmail.com