“Glory is not an unknowable secret, but it defies closed explanations …
“To think with the weight of the earth, to welcome the glory that persists here and yet beyond ourselves, entails a humility that far from reducing human or humus to nothingness feels its connections to gravity, to the planet, to the ground …
“Glory is the trace of a divine relationship woven through creaturely life and its relationships.”
“Glory: The first passion of theology?” Mayra Rivera, inPolydoxy: Theology of multiplicity and relation, Catherine Keller and Laurel C. Schneider (eds), Routledge, UK, 2011, pp. 167-
1.1 As I sit at the laptop with material for this month’s SSH, I’m missing our friend Trevor. I’m thinking of all the questions I’d usually ask him and then there’s the matter of the High Court’s ruling against the Gillard government yesterday What would Trevor say about that? I do need to get that plaque inscribed for the narthex/foyer: “Jesus loves you.” and then “Trevor Davies, Chairperson, Elder & Editor, 25/5/195614/6/2011.”
1.2 Having said that, the new-
1.3 Thank you again to Dorothy and Elders for wisdom and various initiatives lately. Early morning prayers, pastoral get-
1.4 Thanks toHeather for cool-
1.5 Over the last couple of months there is a sense in which we have been gathered closely together. Too many kind gestures to mention. New members received. A feeling that we truly share each other’s joys and burdens. I give thanks to God for that and for the gift of resilience.
1.6 I look forward to Julie’s personal profiles for Parish News editions and, as always, Naomi’s birthday celebrations!
2.1 Lyn and I will meet (we promise!) to update Parish Roll.
2.2 to 2.4 Confidential matters …
2.5 Elders’ get-
2.6 Christology Workshop with Clive Pearson on Oct. 16 (Sunday 1-
2.8 Theology/Bible Studies on First and Second Peoples in Australia will conclude this month with discussion on Chris Budden’s text, Following Jesus in Invaded Space. One clear notion I have understood anew is well expressed by Sarah Maddison (UNSW):
“Recognising each other as distinct and self-
2.9 Jacinta, a counsellor with Anglicare in Newtown, has referred a transgender person, Stephanie, to us …
3.1 Sustaining and uplifting liturgy for all the senses! God at work with us.
3.2 Baptism of Ben Rylan Philps on August 21 (story of Moses in the bulrushes). The Philps family has written twice since the service to express gratitude to all for hospitality and care.
3.3 I am currently writing entries into theBaptism Register. I apologise for delay with that.
3.4 Weddings: Jessica and Robert (Nov. 19) rehearsal on Nov. 18 in the Hunter Valley; (Esther and Owen (Jan. 7 at Pitt St UC, in the afternoon); Belinda and Sam (Feb. 25).
3.5 Involvement of children percussion, “completing the homily” (with fuzzy felt).
3.6 Preaching on Sundays of Production Week (last Sundays of the month).
3.7 Thanksgiving for Creation (Oct. 2) Collection for Monika’s Doggie Rescue Resource: Holy Dogs and Asses: Animals in the Christian Tradition byLaura Hobgood-
3.8 Ride to Worship (Oct. 9) Miriam.
3.10 Celebrating Community (Nov. 20). Need to send invitations to choirs and music groups, artists, Cana andSSH volunteers, community partners, friends…
4. Building Matters/Projects
4.1 Storage (resolved).
4.2 Signage (artwork approved).
4.3 Church office (reorganised; computer setup, need Microsoft Office for PC).
4.4 Bathrooms (best quote for renovation and solar hot-
4.5 Painting hall (to be scheduled once plumbing is complete).
4.6 PA and mikes, with speakers (ordered, awaiting installation).
4.7 Funds and partners Julie McC., Cana (Iain Brown, Anne Jordan), ACON ($1,000), Maroubra Bay UC, others?
4.8 Plaster and paint (Dec.?).
4.9 Manse: Balcony repairs.
5.1 New issue is due for printing on Monday, distribution from Tuesday.
5.2 Distribution: Pat Clarke has been doing a wonderful job, sorting through lists of volunteers, compiling maps of various paper routes (more than 50 routes). The Census collection maps are proving a helpful resource in order to “fill in the gaps” and discern areas for expansion. Pat has been working in the Church Office twice a week. A big job!
5.3 Support/partnership: UnitingCare Ageing has offered to partner the SSH in terms of funding, distribution and content. I am in conversation with Sharon Wozniak, Manager of the Harris Community Centre in Ultimo, as well as Garry O’Toole of Sydney Region UnitingCare Ageing re. Innovative Community Grants and the possibility of a Harris Centre sponsored column in the paper. Next meeting is on Sep. 8.
5.4 Advertising Manager: Diana (0413 293 413). Keen to be involved (on commission) from mid-
5.5 Website (Esther Turnbull& Brad).
5.7 Need to liaise with Tutors at UTS (Jenna Price) and USyd (Media Communications) re. opportunities for writers Jonathan Bogais would be a good person to take along to meetings.
6. Community Projects
6.1 “Young People & the Law” (Nov. 1 at The Factory). Invites: Heaps Decent, Fr Chris Riley …
7. The Orchard Gallery
7.1 Donation of large art cupboard by Hayley and family greatly appreciated.
7.2 Memories & Observations great turn-
7.3 RAGtime subsidies for Gaylene and Bill ($350 TOTAL towards entry fees which amounts to just less than half their costs). This will enable Gaylene and Bill to exhibit their paintings in Paddington (Global Gallery) from Oct. 5. Jo Tracy is curator, and is supporting them in preparations for show.
7.4 Everyday Spirit Opening: Sep. 17, 5.30pm (Tug Dumbly to perform; The Refrains to perform; Rod Pattenden (The Blake Society) to speak/open; Hayley and Miriam have curated show). Exciting!
7.5 Life Drawing classes popular and productive activity. Next class is Sep. 17, 1-
7.6 PortraitPainting Workshops in November (Miriam Cabello). Dates: Nov. 5 & 19.
“In this course, students will learn to construct portraits from the drawing stage through the under-
Portrait anatomy and structure are studied from various points of view, with particular attention paid to the anatomical construction of its parts, ear, eye, nose and mouth. Groups of three work around one model from a variety of viewpoints: profile, full front, three-
7.8 Wordplay at the Woolpack (partnership with Woolpack art: Janelle Scheuber).
7.9 Arts Committee members (2011-
8. The Ravens
Sydney Marathon: Sep. 18 (preaching?).
9. Wider Church
Uniting Church Studies
UnitingCare Aged Care in Bankstown (keen to visit again)
Ian Pearson review (Presbytery)
Liturgies/homilies book project.
2011: Dec. 26 Jan. 22 (inclusive)
2012: London Marathon on April 22 (have applied to fundraise for Oxfam).
Grace and peace!