Have you ever thought about meditation? You have probably heard of it just as a way of de-stressing or lowering your blood pressure. But meditation is also an ancient form of contemplative prayer, found throughout the ages of the Christian tradition… It is a prayer of silence, stillness and attention. It is also referred to as the prayer of the heart. In meditation we allow the mind and body to become still and silent so we can be in the presence of ‘Christ in us’. (Laurence Freeman OSB)
A weekly meditation group meets in the Cathedral at 6:45pm every Tuesday night. It is preceded by a shared meal in St Martin's House at 5.30pm. Each session will involve a short teaching segment using talks from spiritual leaders before a period of silent meditation. The group is open to both those who already practise meditation and to those who have never before explored this form of prayer. For more information and to register, please contact Sue Wilton on [email protected] or Ph: 0413 108 584 (mob); (07) 3835 2219
For more information about Christian meditation, go to wccm.org
Sunday Conversations usually occur on the 1st Sunday of each month, 3.30pm to 4.45pm in the Darnell Room. This group provides a space for enquiry and exploration. It exists to assist those who wish to explore their spirituality and the link between faith and everyday life. The sessions also open to those who wish to explore Baptism, Confirmation or Reception into the Anglican Church. For more information please talk with The Dean.
On the second Wednesday of each month we hold a Contemplative Eucharist in the Sanctuary, gathered around the High Altar. This service provides a way of holding space for each of us to contemplate the Great Mystery embodied in the bread and wine, and allows us to meet God in the depths of quiet and stillness.
It begins with silent meditation at 5.30pm, then transitions into the Eucharist at 6.00pm.
mystics, theologians & god-botherers
The Rev'd Jonathon Inkpin speaking on John O'Donohue @Evensong, Sunday 2nd April, 6pm
Down the ages there have been those who enlighten us with a fresh vision of God. These are the voices that stir our imaginations; shake our comfortable perceptions and whose lives witness to the Spirit in their time. Continuing this series from 2016, we seek to revisit the teachings of some of those who have shaped our tradition in radical ways and see how they may speak afresh to us today. After the service we gather in the West End of the cathedral to share a discussion with the guest preacher over refreshments.
Priest, Poet, Philosopher and Visionary Grounded in a profound connection with the mystery of being in silence, word and creation, John O'Donohue (1956-2008) helped enflesh Celtic spirituality for the contemporary world, thereby touching the lives and imagination of millions, many estranged from the Church. His emphasis on the mystical flame of faith and inclusive theology contrasts with what he saw as the 'manufactured coherence' of so much that passes for religion and its 'frightened functionaries'. In doing so, his work continues to challenge us to receive beauty, seek depth and express love in language which resonates with body, mind and soul.
Wasting time with god
Dr Rhyl Hinwood: Carving a Meaningful Artwork Wednesday 5th April 9.30-11.30am
Dr Rhyl Hinwood is a professional sculptor with over 40 years experience, which have included many prestigious commissions, such as the ceramic Australian Coat of Arms for the House of Representatives Chamber in the new Parliament House, Canberra. Rhyl has carved several portrait heads in the benefactor’s gallery of St John’s Cathedral, and is the designer and sculptor of the thirteen monumental statues for the West End façade. Rhyl has executed many works with religious themes, and will talk about her art and the meaning-making process of sculpture. The morning begins with a time of prayer and reflection in the North Chapel.
Debate the Preacher
The next session for Debate the Preacher will be in 2017
More details to come.
pilgrim: A course for the christian journey
Turning to Christ: Every Tuesday during Lent, 10.30am - 12pm Commencing 7th March
Pilgrim is a course which explores the great issues of faith not through persuasion but participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion in the company of a small group of fellow travellers. This course will explore the questions baptismal candidates are asked, and over six sessions, Turning to Christ aims to help you discover your own answers to these questions, wherever you happen to be on your faith journey. All resources for this course will be provided at no cost. Contact Sue Wilton for further information.
The Journey Deepens
Throughout Lent we have the opportunity to explore how the Big Story is touching and shaping our lives through the use of The African Bible Study Method. Each week we will explore how the Sunday Gospel reading is touching our lives and inviting us to live the faith more deeply.
Each week is a stand alone experience. You are welcome to dip into this program as you can.
Sundays March 5, 12, 19, 26. April 2 and 9
3.30pm to 3.45pm Darnell Room
Wednesdays March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 12
7.30am to 8.30am Cathedral
10.00am to 11.30am Darnell Room
(N.B April 5 replaced by Wasting Time with God)
Silence. Song. Bread. Wine
Wednesday 8th March, 6:00pm
On the second Wednesday of each month all are welcome to share in a contemplative Eucharistic service featuring music, poetry and silence. This year guest musicians will play at each of these services to allow the gift of music to enhance our worship as we encounter God in the stillness, and in the bread and wine. The theme of the March service is God’s story, Our story and will again feature the music of Taize with guitar accompaniment. The service commences at 6pm, but those who would like to meditate before the service are welcome to arrive from 5:30pm to enjoy the silence in this beautiful space .
St John's Cathedral
373 Ann Street, Brisbane, Qld, Australia. Open for visitors from 9.30am-4.30pm daily. +617 3835 2222