Contemplative Prayer

Greetings from Miriam, Andrew and Ann from the Holy Transfiguration Community. It was a delight to spend time with the Canberra Baptist community during this last week and we were grateful to be welcomed with warm and generous hospitality, despite the very chilly weather! There were several opportunities for conversations Read more…

Mary and Martha

Dear Friends I don’t know why, but I return again and again to today’s gospel reading, the story of Mary and Martha in Luke. It is a story which teases – its full meaning just beyond my reach – and delights – as different meanings present themselves. Traditionally this reading Read more…

Uncle Graham Paulson

Dear Friends This Sunday marks the end of NAIDOC week – a week when, as Brooke Prentis reminded us, we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Someone we, as a church, would want to celebrate is Uncle Graham Paulson (pictured below with Auntie Read more…

Spirituality

The word ‘spirituality’ is a relatively recent word used to describe prayerful piety; it probably gained prominence in the 17th and 18th centuries among English Protestant and French Catholic theologians.   It is obviously derived from the word ‘spirit’, and probably from the Latin spiritus to highlight the renewing touch of Read more…

Hospitality

Today is the second in our Soul Feast series and because we are dovetailing (last Sunday, today and next Sunday) with our three church goals, we have jumped to the ‘Hospitality’ chapter to tie in with our second goal: Led by the Spirit, we will build inclusive, caring community.   Read more…

Soul Feast

Today is the first Sunday in our series on Christian spirituality and the spiritual ‘disciplines’ which help us “attend to the work of grace in our lives and our times” using Marjorie Thompson’s book, Soul Feast (By the way, I still have four copies or you can buy one – Read more…