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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Pentecost 5

28 June 2015

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Still thinking – Compassion
Last week I wrote about despondency. Despondency is the feeling that there is little hope to make changes in our own lives or in the lives around us. It is a powerful emotion and can be unscrupulously manipulated to create a docile and domesticated populace.

But there is a way to counter a sense of despondency and that is through the practice of compassion. Remarkably, compassion takes you out of yourself and creates an environment in which positive personal and global change can happen. This morning’s service will focus on compassion as a vital spiritual practice in our world today.

The scholar of Religions Dr Karen Armstrong suggested some years ago that there are twelve steps beginning with "Learning about Compassion," and closing with "Love Your Enemies." In between, she takes up self-love, mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and "concern for everybody." (listed below) In her book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, she shares concrete methods to help us cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion, and provides a reading list to encourage us to "hear one another’s narratives." Armstrong teaches us that becoming a compassionate human being is a lifelong project and a journey filled with rewards.

The First Step: Learn About Compassion
The Second Step: Look at Your Own World
The Third Step: Compassion for Yourself
The Fourth Step: Empathy
The Fifth Step: Mindfulness
The Sixth Step: Action
The Seventh Step: How Little We Know
The Eighth Step: How Should We Speak to One Another?
The Ninth Step: Concern for Everybody
The Tenth Step: Knowledge
The Eleventh Step: Recognition
The Twelfth Step: Love Your Enemies
There is no denying that acting compassionately toward those who have wronged us can be a difficult thing to do. Therefore compassion like forgives will often be more a journey rather than just a single event. It is also a practice that when repeated often begins an inner transformation within us.

Christopher Page

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Diary Dates

Sunday, 28 June at 11:30am Congregation Meeting. Church.
Monday, 29 June at 12:00pm Time for Fellowship Lunch Faichney Room.
Tuesday, 30 June at 2:00pm Property Committee Meeting. Wettenhall Room.
Monday, 13 July at 10:30am Drop In Card Day. Faichney Room.
Tuesday, 14 July at noon Management Team. Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 16 July at 10:00am Morning Group & Luncheon Faichney Room.
Sunday, 23 August at 10:15am Baptism Reunion service and lunch
Sunday, 29 November at 10:15am Grandparents’ service and lunch

Previous Item Page Top Next Item In our Thoughts and Prayers
Barbara Sawyer – recovering from hip surgery in Epworth Camberwell.
Bunty Moreton – now back at Hedley Sutton.
The family of Marian Hunt who passed away on June 24th.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Felicia Cook
A service of thanksgiving for the life of Felicia Cook will be held on Tuesday, 30 June at 2.30pm at Le Pine Camberwell, 981 Burke Rd, Camberwell.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Thank you
from David, Lachlan and Heather to all the friends of Joan Watts who attended their service of interment in the Memorial Garden last Sunday. Your friendship and support were very much appreciated.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Meeting of the Congregation and Election of Elders Postponed
The meeting of the congregation, postponed from May 31, will be held on Sunday June 28 immediately after the 10.15 service.
The agenda will comprise: to elect elders and non-elder members of Church Council; to receive the annual report; to approve the financial statements for 2014. Doug Lee, Isobel Negri and Jenny Stewardson offer themselves for election as elders. Anna Field offers herself for election as a non-elder member of Church Council. The annual report and financial statements will be available from the rear of the church today or from the office on weekdays.

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 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 the office.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item John Macrae Centre
are seeking a volunteer who plays Majong to help on a Tuesday afternoon from 1.45 – 3.00pm. If you can help please ring Katrina on 9829 0320 for more details.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Baptism, Confirmation, Membership:
If you are considering one of these Christian practices please feel free to see Chris to discuss it further.
Remember there is no age limit on any of the above!

Previous Item Page Top Next Item New Members
We are very pleased that Kerrie Cross and Milton Cameron will be welcomed into membership at TUC next Sunday, 5 July.

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.
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.
The Opening was on Wednesday, 17 June from 6pm – 8pm.

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 5 July 2015, Pentecost 6
2 Samuel 5: 1 – 5, 9 – 10;     Psalm 48;     2 Corinthians 12: 2 – 10;     Mark 6: 1 – 13.
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.

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