Posts made in January, 2017

SRG: How Julian of Norwich show us God as Mother: Tuesday 21 March 4.30-6.00pm

Posted on Jan 30, 2017

At the March Spiritual Reading Group Hugh Morrison will explore the theme of how Julian of Norwich shows that God is truly our Mother. Hugh writes, “I want to look at and think about/discuss the feminine aspects of The Divine… for truly like a mother, God forever shows to each of us Infinite Patience, Understanding and Unconditional Love, which I believe is what leads Julian to declare that God “is our true Mother… and source of all life”…and that “God the Mother is identical with the Second Person of The Holy Trinity: Christ”. My text will be...

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DREAMING OF THE BELOVED: with Constant & Maryna Mews: Tuesday 28 March, 7 – 9 pm

Posted on Jan 28, 2017

This first Library Lecture for the year is on Heloise in literature from the 18th century to the present. Why has the figure of Heloise generated such interest since the 18th century? This presentation explores the range of ways she has been imagined in English literature, beginning with an enormously popular translation by John Hughes in 1713. This was followed by Alexander Pope’s Eloisa to Abelard, a poem widely imitated in the eighteenth century. The paper looks at how poets and novelists have perceived  Heloise, as one who, within the constraints of religious life, dreams about her...

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Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence: Hugh Brown OCarm: Tues 14 Feb 7-9pm

Posted on Jan 19, 2017

Workshop to look at approach of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks to the experience of Religious Violence. Drawing on the philosophy of Rene Girard and the biblical and rabbinical traditions, Sacks looks at the issue of religious violence and how the Old Testament can offer insights into understanding this confronting reality. He explores issues such as altruistic evil, the myth of the scapegoat, the problem of sibling rivalry and the letting go of hatred. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says: “One of the reasons I wrote this book is to try to work out … what makes people kill in the name of the God of life,...

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Spiritual Direction: Conversations about your life in the light of your faith or values

Posted on Jan 9, 2017

  The Carmelite Centre Melbourne seeks to provide a contemplative space to facilitate spiritual journeys and personal growth. Spiritual Direction is one of the services offered. It is available through conversations about your life in the light of your faith or values. The focus is on your spiritual journey through the day to day experiences of your life. These conversations assist discernment of what is life-giving for you, and what is binding you or holding you back from becoming all you have the potential to be. With greater clarity and self-knowledge you can then choose the way...

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