At the Common Dreams conference, a conference for progressive religious thought and practice held in Sydney 11-14 July 2019, participants developed and endorsed a Common Dreams Statement of the Heart, in response to the Uluru Statement from the Heart. A group of 7 people from St James attended the conference.
The purpose of the Common Dreams Statement is to assist in challenging churches and other bodies to acknowledge not only the land of the Aboriginal Peoples but also their creation spirituality and their right to make a treaty that enshrines their voice in the Australian Constitution.
Members of St James’ evening service group will be attending the Common Dreams conference in Sydney, 11-14 July. A conference for religious progressives, its theme this year is “Sacred Earth: Original Blessings; Our Common Home”. Keynote speakers are Matthew Fox and Anne Pattel-Gray.
There will be no meditation group or evening service at St James on Sunday 14 July because of the absence of members at the conference.
On Sunday 28 July, at 6pm at St James, members of the group will be sharing reflections on the conference.
St James will be holding a second- hand book and craft stall at the Curtin Shops on Saturday 15 June from 10am to 1pm. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross (Humanitarian Settlement program) to support local refugee families. Drop in to say hi and have a look at what we have on offer.
Reconciliation Sunday will be recognised at St. James this Sunday 26th May. Our 10:30 a.m. service will commence in the park next to the church in the circle of spotted gums (seating and rugs available for those needing them). We will acknowledge country, and pay respect to the indigenous leaders of our country past, present and emerging; share a prayer; celebrate the beauty of the trees, then enter the church and gather around a symbolic campfire to share music, reflections, prayers and conversation. Reconciliation Sunday remembers Sorry Day and the covenant with the UAICC (Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress) of the Uniting Church in Australia.
The Rev Rex Hunt, a grass roots religious naturalist, progressive liturgist, and social ecologist and former Minister at St James will be returning for a special event on 6pm on Sunday 26 May. Rex will be in conversation about his progressive journey. All are welcome to attend. Details and brief biographical notes are provided below.
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