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 mornings 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 anothers 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|
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We are very pleased that Kerrie Cross and Milton Cameron will be welcomed into membership at TUC next Sunday, 5 July.
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!
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
News from Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre
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.
For all exhibition enquiries and bookings please telephone Lyndel Wischer on: 9829 0340 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.