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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Pentecost 2

7 June 2015

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Still thinking – Jesus the wisdom Teacher
 Cynthia Bourgeault Cynthia Bourgeault is an Episcopal nun who has been married and has two children. She became a nun after the breakdown of her marriage and has spent the last 30 years as a theologian and spiritual writer. The focus of her writing has included the practice of centring prayer; the wisdom teaching of Jesus and the "gnostic" gospels, particularly the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene written around 140AD. Cynthia has the courage to look beyond what the mainstream would call orthodox Christianity; although she would see herself as part of that orthodox tradition which is always open to new and fresh insights.

The person of Jesus has intrigued scholars since the gospels were written. For centuries the emphasis on Jesus was as a miracle worker, a healer, the Son of God and by the fourth century, Jesus was seen as God himself. In recent years the emphasis has moved toward Jesus being a moral teacher and a spiritual guide whose example we are to follow. But each of these ways of seeing Jesus has tended to truncate our experience and understanding of the central person in our tradition.

More recently there has been the emphasis upon the "wisdom teaching of Jesus". This has been a healthy corrective to an overly dogmatic view of Jesus’ teachings. In fact, some would argue that Jesus was not a teacher in the sense that he had knowledge and information that he imparted to his students (the schooling model we are most familiar with in the 21st century,) but rather he followed the wisdom tradition that saw each person as a reflection of the divine and therefore the role of the "teacher" was to nurture people to discover that truth within themselves.
Cynthia picks up this principle in her writings on prayer:

"In prayer we acknowledge God as the supreme source from which flows all strength, all goodness, all existence, acknowledging that we have our being, life, itself from this supreme Power. One can then communicate with this Source, worship it, and ultimately place one’s very center in it."

And so our Christian faith, while supported by theology and Biblical learning, must find its home, not so much in the mind but in the heart.

Again from Cynthia Bourgeault:
"Somewhere in those depths of silence I came upon my first experiences of God as a loving presence that was always near, and prayer as a simple trust in that presence."

Christopher Page

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Diary Dates

Monday 8 June Queens Birthday. Office Closed.
Wednesday, 10 June at 6:30/7:30 Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Sunday, 14 June at 10:15am Guest preacher Rev Dr David Pargeter
Monday, 15 June at 10:30am Drop-In Card Day. Faichney Room.
Tuesday, 16 June at 12:00pm Management Team Wettenhall Room.
Wednesday, 17 June at 6:30/7:30 Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 18 June at 10:00am Morning Group. Faichney Room.
Sunday, 21 June at 11:30am Interment of Joan Watts. Memorial Garden.
Wednesday, 24 June at 6:30/7:30 Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 25 June at 10:00am Prayers for Christian Unity St John’s.
Sunday, 28 June at 10:15am Whole Church Family Service Church.
At 11:30am Congregation Meeting. (new date) Church.
Monday, 29 June at 12:00pm Time for Fellowship Lunch Faichney Room.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Retreat

Exploring, Experiencing and Practicing
Contemplation, Meditation and Centering Prayer
The Retreat will provide personal and group reflection, meditation, silence and input through poetry, readings, reflective activities with quiet times and conversation. Includes all meals, study materials, accommodation in modern rooms.

At The Centre for Ecology & Spirituality
183 Burns Rd Glenburn Vic 3717
(Burns Rd is 2km past Glenburn on the right off the Melba Hwy)

From 9:30am Saturday, June 13 to 3pm Sunday, 14 June
Weekend Cost is $250 (Saturday only $80)

Register by Friday, 5 June by contacting:
Christopher Page at cpage@netspace.net.au (m) 0417 506 338
or Margaret Loftus at margloftuslc@gmail.com (m) 0418 375 229
 Beyond Literal Belief

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Book launch
On Thursday June 18 at 6.00pm, David Tacey will launch his latest book "Beyond Literal Belief: Religion as Metaphor" in the Toorak Uniting Church Hall.
All Welcome.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item In our Thoughts and Prayers
Barbara Sawyer who has had hip surgery and is recovering in Epworth Camberwell.
Felicia Cook is presently in Cabrini Prahran hospital.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Accommodation needed:
A young single woman who is a qualified teacher is looking for accommodation with a family or single woman in this area. If you know of someone who could help, please contact Ming Yuan on 0424 469 585 or mariaingz@hotmail.com

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Meeting of the Congregation and Election of Elders Postponed
The meeting of the Congregation scheduled for May 31 has had to be postponed as the financial statements are not yet ready for distribution. The revised date of the meeting will Sunday 28 June directly after the service.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Time for Fellowship Lunch
The Time for Fellowship Lunch will be held on Monday, 29th June from 12noon in the Faichney Room. The topic for discussion will be ‘My mother said....’.
All welcome. No need to RSVP. Lenore N. & Jean A.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Encounter - Engagement - Enhancement -
Congregation Elders and Church Councillors Retreat on Saturday 1 August we will be holding a special one day workshop where we will explore our theme of Engagement. In the morning we will learn about the practices of Contemplation, Meditation, and Centring Prayer including a quiet pilgrimage around the grounds of our church.
In the afternoon it will be movie time, discussing a current film and its relevance surrounding the deeper issues in life. Everyone from our church community is invited to attend this inaugural event where we can engage with one another and celebrate the multi-faceted and vibrant community which is TUC.

Workshop from 10:00 to 3:30 with lunch provided at a reduced cost of $15. If you are only able to attend either the morning or the afternoon session you will be most welcome and encouraged to be a part of this new event. Please feel free to invite a friend from our wider community to see what TUC is all about. Engagement!

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Funeral planning
Are you interested in lodging a funeral plan with the TUC Office? It can give as little information as the hymns that you would like sung, or be as detailed and elaborate as you like. If you would like to investigate the possibilities, please contact the office on 9829 0300 or email us: ToorakUC@bigpond.net.au

Previous Item Page Top Next Item News from Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre

Kinross House Gallery is normally open Tuesday to Friday 10:00am – 3pm.
Closing today
7 June
Gallery 1
 Surreal Encounters Surreal EncountersSarah Clark

About the artist:

Sarah Clark has always had creative flare. Her early artistic work was as a picture framer and leadlight window designer.
Currently, Sarah loves working with alcohol inks on Yupo paper because it creates joyous colours and a high sheen surface.
Some of her art uses complimentary colour schemes to make a bold statement, whilst others use analogous colour schemes to create a serene design which mesmerises the viewer.
Please come and enjoy this special evening with the artist.
The Opening of the Exhibition was on Thursday 7th May; 6pm - 8pm

Enquiries to: uat@toorak.unitingchurch.org.au; tel 03 9829 0340

Open 8:30am - 3:30pm Monday to Friday.

17 June
31 July
Power & Purpose Ceramic Exhibition – by the Stables Artist Co-operative
A group exhibition of ceramics by women experiencing mental illness. Each artist has been mentored by professional ceramic artist, Ann Ferguson.
Generously supported by Stonnington City Council, Toorak Uniting Church and Boroondara Community Outreach.
Opening on Wednesday, 17 June from 6pm – 8pm.

21 June
3 – 4:30pm
Kinross Poetry Reading – With Henry Dobson & Lawrie Groom
The brilliant poetry readings by Henry and Lawrie are back in 2015.
Listen, discuss and enjoy!
Gold Coin Entry.
23 June
Tour of Duldig Studio, Museum and Garden – Malvern East
A tour of the fascinating and rare art collection of the Duldig family featuring sculpture and painting by Karl Duldig.
Tuesday, 23 June from 10.30am–12noon, $20 per person. Followed by morning tea.

Manse Gallery Café
The café is filled with light, warmth, flowers on the table and good food. Please call in for great coffee, hot soup or delicious cake. It has a wonderful atmosphere with outstanding meals and coffee. Why not meet up with friends or conduct your next meeting there? The Café now has EFTPOS – no need to remember to have cash.
For enquiries and (group) bookings contact Raz Psonis on 9829 0341 email: meetatmanse@gmail.com
Raz and her team will make you very welcome. Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am – 3:30pm.

Gallery Contacts: For all exhibition enquiries and bookings please telephone Lyndel Wischer on: 9829 0340 or email: uat@toorak.unitingchurch.org.au or visit the Kinross House page on the TUC website. You are also welcome to call in to the Kinross House Office which is normally attended 10 am – 3 pm, Tuesday – Friday or by appointment.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Lectionary Readings for 14 June 2015, Pentecost 3
1 Samuel 15: 34 – 16: 13;     Psalm 20;     2 Corinthians 5: 6 – 10, (11 – 13) 14 – 17;     Mark 4: 26 – 34.
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.

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