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MEDITATION GROUP

Tuesdays @ 6.45pm

Have you ever thought about meditation? You have probably heard of it just as a way of destressing 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.

From October 2017, members of the Community of Practice for Non-Violent Living will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm following the meditation group.

To find our more or to register, please contact Sue Wilton by email to swilton@stjohnscathedral.com.au or phone 0413 108 584 (mobile) or (07) 3835 2219 (work).

For more information about Christian meditation, please visit wccm.org

CONTEMPLATIVE EUCHARIST

Second Wednesday of every month

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.

WASTING TIME WITH GOD

Take time for something important: first Wednesday each month

We, as modern people, spend our time in so many different ways. The demands of life can seem hectically varied at times, and can feel difficult to get some time to ourselves, let alone make time for nourishing our faith.

Our Wasting Time with God series was created with the intention of providing a regular time to come and “waste” our time on something revitalising – taking a morning out each month to simply spend time with God, and to be introduced to the various ways God is at work in the world. Each session starts in the Cathedral with a time of prayer and quiet reflection, before a shared morning tea and an inspiring discussion with someone who is working with God in some way.

For enquiries about WTwG in general, please contact Sue Wilton by email to swilton@stjohnscathedral.com.au or phone 0413 108 584 (mobile) or (07) 3835 2219 (work).

SUNDAY CONVERSATIONS

Spiritual discussion (and podcast recording) – bring your questions!

Sunday Conversations usually occur on the first Sunday of each month, from 3.30pm to 4.45pm in the Darnell Room. This group provides a space for enquiry and exploration and exists to assist those who wish to explore their spirituality and the link between faith and everyday life. These sessions also open to anyone wishing to explore Baptism, Confirmation or Reception into the Anglican Church.

During 2017, we have been expanding our program of recorded podcasts during Sunday Conversations. With the theme “On the Way” this is a series of recorded conversations exploring the deeper mysteries of faith, meaning, and beauty that people from all over the world are able to listen to on their smartphone or computer.

The podcast invites others who are also “on the way” into conversation; seeking a transformative spirituality and inclusive faith that speaks to real issues of today. Together in dialogue and storytelling we seek to make meaning and articulate a Christianity that expresses the liberating and life-giving message of the Gospel in our time.

The Sunday Conversations will provide the opportunity for us to explore together the themes raised in the podcasts.

For more information on the Sunday Conversations podcast recordings, please refer to the monthly editions of CCN (Cathedral Community News) or talk with the Dean, or contact Sue Wilton on swilton@stjohnscathedral.com.au or telephone Sue on 0413 108 584 (mobile) or (07) 3835 2219 (work).

MYSTICS, THEOLOGIANS + GOD-BOTHERERS

Exploring Christianity’s Great Mystical Condition

The Mystics, Theologians and God-Botherers series occurs on the first Sunday of each month from January to November during the 6.00pm Evensong. Each instalment features a guest preacher presenting the life and teachings of one of Christianity’s Mystic figures.

The range of personalities and topics is eclectic, entertaining and enlightening, with wine, cheese and discussion to follow each presentation. All are welcome to join us and details of each month’s M,T + G-Bs can be found in the CCN (Cathedral Community News) editions.

STUDY GROUPS

Occurring regularly throughout the year

Throughout the year we hold regular study groups. Sometimes these coincide with particular church seasons such as Lent or Advent. Other times they occur in ‘normal time’ and are a great way of engaging one’s faith regardless of season.

More information in the monthly editions of CCN (Cathedral Community News) or on this website.



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