Still Thinking G.K. Chesterton
Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born on 29 May 1874 and died at the age of 72 in 1936. He had a long literary career and was one of the most influential English writers of his time. His prolific and diverse output included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction The Father Brown series, presently on Television.
Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox." He wrote in an off-hand, whimsical prose which produced many "quotable quotes." For example, "Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it." As a Christian apologist he is widely admired throughout religious denominations, and by many non-Christian writers. As a political thinker, he cast aspersions on both Liberalism and Conservatism, saying, "The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected." He routinely referred to himself as an orthodox Christian and came to identify with Catholicism more and more, eventually converting from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism.
I have enjoyed reading Chesterton over the years, he was a prolific writer who ranged over most areas of literature. He was witty and never afraid to give his opinion, in fact he was often very opinionated. Both his religion and his politics are intriguing. Like other English literary masters he found his spiritual home in his later years in the Roman Catholic Church. The high drama of the Mass; the theology of mysticism and the longevity of the Roman church offered him a refuge from the modern world.
Chesterton is at times claimed by both theological progressives and theological conservatives, partly because his religion as well as his politics was never that consistent. Chesterton tended to adapt his writings to both the audience he was writing to and the genre he was writing in. So what he produced made the reader sit up and take notice.
Chesterton believed "absolute consistency" is often over-rated. Life demands a more flexible and perhaps even paradoxical approach to religious and political debate. Unfortunately, we will not get that in the shrill of our modern political forum. But we can offer a more measured response to the present issues we read on the front page of our newspaper if we listen to both sides and not collapse into the rhetoric of either. So often in polemic writing both sides will claim the evil intent of the other and both will deny any evil within themselves. As Chesterton said: "People do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable."
Welcome to Toorak Uniting Church
|Sunday, 15 November 9:30 12:00:||Church Fundraising Stall.|
|Wednesday, 18 November at 6:30 & 7:30pm:||Pamela Brown Handbells.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Thursday, 19 November at 10:00am:||Morning Group.||Faichney Room.|
|At 7:30pm:||Church Council Meeting.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Wednesday, 25 November at 6:30 & 7:30pm:||Pamela Brown Handbells.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Thursday, 26 November at 10:00am:||Prayers for Christian Unity.||Church.|
|Friday, 27 November Sunday, 6 December:||Food for Friends Collection.|
|Sunday, 29 November at 10:15am||Grandparents service and lunch.|
|At 10:15am:||Launch of new TUC website|
|At 3:00pm:||"Music for David" concert.||Church.|
|At 7:00pm:||TEC Advent service.||St Johns.|
|Monday, 30 November at 12 noon:||Time for Fellowship Lunch.||Faichney Room.|
Chris Page is leading a retreat this weekend at the Spirituality and Eco Centre at Glenburn. We welcome Rev John Edwards who will lead our services this morning.
Church Fundraising stall
TODAY until 12.00. Please come and purchase! Donations of cakes and produce very much appreciated.
Lyn McA & Lenore N.
In our thoughts and prayers
Graeme Baldwin, in hospital following surgery on a broken hip, and Annette.
A celebration for the life of Joyce Hill will be held in the Faichney room on Wednesday, 25 November from 2pm 5pm. All welcome, but please let Glenda Benness know if you are coming (for catering purposes).
Food for Friends
The annual Food for Friends appeal takes place from Friday, November 27th to Sunday, December 6th. "Food for Friends" is an ecumenical appeal that asks Safeway customers to donate a purchased item which is then passed on to one of a number of frontline ecumenical charities. Last year, the appeal raised approximately $40000 worth of goods for needy families. The success of the appeal lies in the volunteers who stand at the entrance to the Safeway supermarkets in Hawksburn and the Toorak Village and hand out leaflets informing shoppers about the appeal and then receive donated goods in a prominently positioned trolley. If you are able to volunteer your time, please contact Barbara McKinnon (ph 0405987890 or Barbara.email@example.com) and let her know your availability. Alternatively, you can add your name to the sign up board at the rear of the church. Volunteers are sought for the following timeslots:
Woolworths Toorak Village
|Fri 27th Nov||9am -11am||11am -1pm||1pm - 3pm||3pm - 5pm||5pm - 7pm||7pm - 9pm|
|Sun 29th Nov||
||12pm - 2pm||2pm - 4pm||4pm - 6pm||6pm - 8pm|
|Wed 2nd Dec||9am -11am||11am -1pm||1pm - 3pm||3pm - 5pm||5pm - 7pm||7pm - 9pm|
|Sat 5th Dec||
||1pm - 3pm||3pm - 5pm||5pm - 7pm||
|Sat 28th Nov||9am -11am||11am - 1pm||
|Mon 30th Nov||9am -11am||11am - 1pm||1pm - 3pm||3pm - 5pm||5pm - 7pm||7pm - 9pm|
|Thurs 3rd Dec||9am -11am||11am - 1pm||1pm - 3pm||3pm - 5pm||5pm - 7pm||7pm - 9pm|
|Sat 5th Dec||9am -11am||11am - 1pm||
The Persian Princes "The Road to Shangri La"
Time for Fellowship Lunch
.Is on Monday, 30 November, 12-2pm. Topic is "The future of the Fellowship Lunch". All welcome.
Shares 2015 Christmas card range is now available.
Each pack of 10 cards is only $8.50.
A mixed pack of 10 cards, containing two of each card, is also available.
To order call 1800 668 426.
Sample cards on display in the office.
Postage and handling charge: $7.50-10.00.
Attention kitchen users
Please take care with freezing food, gently moving the drawers and ensuring that the freezer is securely shut before you leave. Thanks.
News from Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre
Sunday, 15th November
Tuesday, 15th December
Corner of our Eden Solo exhibition by Tea Ercoles
The works on show are paintings and a large outdoor mosaic inspired by my garden.
This exhibition is mounted as a fundraiser for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Friends Celebration Morning Tea
With refreshments provided by UAT and entertainment by Colin MacLeod playing Scottish Fiddle.
End of Year Raffle: Raffle Prizes include original art work by visual artist Barbara Bateman and jewellery donated by Filitsa Giannopoulos.
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 22 November 2015, Christ the King
2 Samuel 23: 1 7; Psalm 132: 1 12 (13 18) or Psalm 93; Revelation 1: 4b 8; John 18: 33 37
The liturgical colour for Christ the King is White.