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Happy New Year

So a hello and best wishes in the afterfeast of Epiphany. I trust everyone made it through the trials of Christmas and the ordeal of New Year’s Eve unscathed.

I’m writing for a few reasons. The first is to wish you and yours many blessings for 2010. Lots of people seem to have had a challenging year last year, so there are some reasons to hope for a lighter load in 2010. May all your wishes be granted, just as they are.

The second is to let you know that there aren’t any public services through January. People are on holidays and busy and I wanted some time to rest and rethink the way Saint Uriel’s fits together and works together to foster the growth of gnosis and fellowship in Sydney. A small group of us are working on a strategy for the year with a few new ideas which we hope you’ll like. I’ll send an email with details of all that as soon as we’re done – it will include a service schedule for at least the next six months.

This leads me to the third thing – we’d like your help with the strategy we’re putting together. We’ve put together a short survey (4 questions) which I’d like to ask you to fill in. We’re interested in your opinion especially if you’re not a regular at the weekly services and super-especially if you’ve never attended an event.

If you can spare us 10 minutes to fill this out, it would really help us in planning to better meet the needs of the Sydney community this year. It’s anonymous (unless you want to fill in your name).

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(or cut and paste this URL http://surveys.polldaddy.com/s/32A96ABA2DEB6258/ into your browser)

So, please watch this space! Some new ideas, different plans and interesting events are coming in 2010 and we can’t wait to tell you about them.

With love,

Father Tim+

Advent Eucharist

Hi folks,

I’ve just returned from spending an inspiring week in Melbourne at the Parliament of the World’s Religions – the largest interfaith gathering in the world. I had the opportunity to meet local and international people from a huge range of other religious groups, to practice explaining what the AJC is about and to hear about the core ideas, practices and beliefs of other religions.

Parliament was not just a huge encounter group for the religious, it hosted provocative sessions about groups working within and between traditions on social change: alleviating poverty, addressing indigenous disadvantage, creating sustainable communities and fostering peace. The Dalai Lama challenged all delegates to go home and use the energy we gathered over the week to create real change in our communities. As His Holiness said, “Good to talk, better to act!”

After such an inspiring week, I feel full of ideas about how to bring our work at St Uriel’s into the world in more direct and useful ways. Johannite spirituality is by nature both contemplative and active in the same breath and I believe that our work needs to take a more radical, active, participatory turn over the next few months.

Watch this space – or better, let me know ways you might like to get involved – in social action, in deepening your spiritual practice, in sharing our spiritual tradition with those who might benefit from it.

The community meets on Sunday for the first service in a few weeks. Join us if you can withstand a mad priest raving about his crazy week in Melbourne amongst the other mad people!

My blessings on your journey.

Tim+

Readings for the week

Service – 6pm
The service this Sunday will be a “Sophianic Eucharist”. The service praises Sophia or Holy Wisdom as the immanent, feminine face of the Divine and celebrates the sacred marriage between the immanent and transcendent aspects of Spirit. The service features prayer and chant and the sharing of the Body and the Blood in the form of bread and wine.

Sophia Café – 7pm
Sophia Café follows the service – stay around for tea, snacks and conversation. Each week starts with a short talk by someone from the community followed by open discussion.

Topic: “Three Shapes of the First Thought” from the Nag Hammadi library

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Services through to January

Sisters and Brothers,

Sunday services will be a little patchy between now and January, so I wanted to let you know what I’m planning, starting with this Sunday.

Sun 29 Nov
This Sunday I’m running a full day on Centering Prayer in Camperdown finishing with a Eucharist service.

If you’d like to come to this, there is still time to book at the event web page

As a consequence, there will be no service at Francis St on Sunday evening.

Sun 6 Dec
The following week, I will be attending the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne and so there will be no service that Sunday.

Sun 13 Dec
There will be a Sophianic Eucharist at 15 Francis St as usual.

Sun 20 Dec
We have been invited to join with the Unitarian Church for lunch and the Builders of the Adytum for a Christmas service and supper. I will not be celebrating a Eucharist on this day, but I will be at 15 Francis St all day and I encourage you to come and join in.

10.30am Unitarian Candle Service with music
11.30am Unitarian’s Xmas lunch – all welcome
1.30pm   Any St Uriel’s members welcome to join me for a beer and a chat or a wander through the parks.
6pm        Back to 15 Francis St to help BOTA set up for their service
7pm        BOTA Kabbalistic Summer Solstice Service
7.45pm   Supper with BOTA folks

All in all a fun day. If you’ve got time to come to any of that I’d love company and a chance to see you before you head off for the season.

Thu 24 Dec
Saint Uriel’s Xmas Eve
For any people still in Sydney, I’d like to hold an evening service around 7pm followed by a potluck supper. If you’ll been around and you’d like to come, please drop me an email.

This will be a home service somewhere in the Inner West.

And from then, we will be taking a break until mid-January when people are back from holidays. I’ll send an email to let you know when things are started up again.

I hope to see you over the next month, but if we don’t meet each other before the Festival of the Incarnation, may you have a blessed and safe Christmas and may you notice the Divine dropping you a sly wink from in amongst all the glittery tat of Xmas.

With love,

Tim+

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Palamas Sunday

This Sunday we remember Saint Gregory Palamas, that great Eastern contemplative and defender of experiential theology.

Certain saints after the Coming of Christ in the flesh see this light like an endless sea flowing miraculously from a single sun, which is the adored Body of Christ.
The Holy Name contains within itself that divine energy which penetrates and changes a man’s heart when it is diffused throughout his body.

Saint Greg defended the contemplatives of the Eastern church from Roman charges of heresy. He advocated the view that the experience of Divine Light the monks experienced in meditation (a style of meditation called “hesychasm” or “quietness”) was identical to the uncreated Light of God, the light which illuminated Jesus on Mount Tabor in the event known as the Transfiguration.

Though Palamas agreed that we cannot know God in His essence, His inmost being (and who can we know that way, after all?), we can know God in His energies – such as the Light experienced in Hesychasm.

His emphasis on direct experience, diligent spiritual practice and his constant return to the theme of Light as the wellspring of our original nature makes him a Saint beloved of Johannites everywhere.

We celebrate an Eastern Rite Eucharist in his honour this Sunday at the usual place and time.

Readings for the week

Service – 6pm
The service this Sunday will be an “Eastern Rite Eucharist”. Modelled on the style of service celebrated in Eastern churches like the Greek or Syrian Orthodox, the service is ceremonial and contemplative. It features silent prayer and chant and the sharing of the Body and the Blood in the form of bread and wine.

Sophia Café – 7pm
Sophia Café follows the service – stay around for tea, snacks and conversation. Each week focuses on reading and discussing an inspirational text.

This week: “The Three Shapes of the First Thought” from the Nag Hammadi Library

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The Unitarian Centre
15 Francis St
Darlinghurst, NSW
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Rector: Father Tim Mansfield
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Trinity XXII

Just a quick note this week that the parish meets on Sunday for a Sophianic Eucharist.

We’re reviving Sophia Café this Sunday, using the time after the service to delve into some of the texts from the Nag Hammadi library that might be less familiar.

This week we’ll begin looking at Three Forms of the First Thought. I’ll bring along copies of a nice translation. We’ll take turns and read it slowly and perhaps dip into some of the passages via Lectio Divina.

It’s a beautiful, bewildering text, and it should be fun – so come along and join in.

Readings for the week

Service – 6pm
The service this Sunday will be a “Sophianic Eucharist”. The service praises Sophia or Holy Wisdom as the immanent, feminine face of the Divine and celebrates the sacred marriage between the immanent and transcendent aspects of Spirit. The service features prayer and chant and the sharing of the Body and the Blood in the form of bread and wine.

Sophia Café – 7pm
Sophia Café follows the service – stay around for tea, snacks and conversation. Each week starts with a short talk by someone from the community followed by open discussion.

Topic: The text “Three Forms of the First Thought”

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The Unitarian Centre
15 Francis St
Darlinghurst, NSW
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Rector: Father Tim Mansfield
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Centering Prayer one day intensive

Friends,

I’ve just returned from a leadership retreat in contemplative prayer in New Zealand and I’m interested in acting while what I’ve learnt is fresh.

I’ve been practicing a Christian meditative practice called Centering Prayer for a while and it seems to me that it’s effects have been, as advertised, transformative, healing and fairly profound. As a
consequence of my own experience and encouraged by what I’ve recently learned, I really want to to share the basics of the practice with anyone who’s interested.

The usual way to do this is via a one-day intensive and I am, in these matters, a traditionalist. The day consists of a certain amount of teaching of the background and method of the prayer and a couple of opportunities to practice the prayer and ask questions.

If you’re interested in exploring Centering Prayer, this day is an ideal opportunity to learn the basics and try the practice. The cost of attending will be $30 to cover venue hire and a basic lunch.

Please consider joining me and sharing this delightful, simple, profound practice.

With love,
Father Tim Mansfield

Centering Prayer One-Day Intensive
Date: Sunday 29 Nov 2009
Venue: Buddhist Library, 90 – 92 Church St, Camperdown

Bookings essential – RSVP here

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All Saints Day

Tonight is Halloween, or to expand the name a little, All Hallows E’en (or Eve).

Tomorrow is the first of the days of the dead, All Hallows or All Saints, in which we remember the forebears of the tradition – all the members of the Communion of Saints. Those enlightened spiritual presences who continue in the eternal realm to provide guidance and assistance to those on the path.

On Monday, All Souls Day, we remember the spirits of our own ancestors and give thanks for them and to them for the choices they made that have enabled our own lives.

Tomorrow at St Uriel’s we’ll say a prayer to commemorate both All Saints and All Souls. If you can’t make it along, please consider remembering those dear to you – both spiritual guides whose books or teaching you’ve appreciated over your life and ancestors whose choices have had a big influence on your life. Bring them to mind, thank them for their help and offer a prayer for their continuing rest.

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis.


Grant them eternal rest, O Lord,and may light eternal shine upon them.


Readings for All Saints
Readings for All Souls

Service – 6pm
The service this Sunday will be the “Johannite Gnostic Divine Liturgy”. The service alternates engagement and stillness, provoking a meditative attitude and the cultivation of deeper perceptions. The service features prayer and chant and the sharing of the Body and the Blood in the form of bread and wine.

Conversation, hot drinks and snacks follow the service. Please stay and mingle.

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Rector: Father Tim Mansfield
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Serenity

The theme for this week’s readings is “Serenity”, a word forever slightly tainted for every Australian by the 1990s movie, “The Castle”. Whenever I read the word, Michael Caton’s character Darryl appears unbidden in my mind, looking out over his backyard next to Melbourne airport, murmuring “The serenity!”.

It’s a commonplace to fret about our busy lives, the chatter of Facebook and Twitter, the unbalance of work and life, busy business folk faxing from the beach, texting from the marriage bed. Take time away – advise the vacation ads, Find inner peace – spruiks the local meditation school, Develop a calm mind.

We’re a little obsessed with serenity, to be honest. Entire industries seem to trade in it and offer to sell back to us what  modernity seems to have bought: peace, quiet, silence.

I had the great good fortune to attend a Centering Prayer retreat with Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault last week and she told a story of running a retreat above a school. She was leading a meditation session as school let out, fifty or so kids and parents talking, laughing and shouting just below the room where the retreatants were trying to surrender their thoughts and rest in the presence of the Divine Beloved. At some point, kids starting singing “Happy Birthday” to someone and the whole class took up the tune. The retreat room, possibly sensing this as the last straw started to collectively chuckle, it built up a little energy and, just as suddenly, died away as the participants surrendered even their laughter.

Darryl was on to something, I suspect, able to stare at a 747 taking off from the main runway at Tullamarine and still pronounce with no trace of irony, “the serenity”! Later in our retreat, Rev Bourgeault noted that she had seen Father Thomas Keating, one of the founders of the practice, take his meditation in a crowded airport several times.

This week’s readings appeal to an inner understanding of serenity. Rather than finding it in the outer places of solace: holidays, the couch, some fantasy locale embedded in peace and quiet; we look for a more real, more intimate and more authentic sense of serenity: within our hearts.

May the peace of God which passeth all understanding be with you this week and draw you into the arms of the Beloved and the serenity which is never truly departed.

Father Tim.

Readings for the week

Service – 6pm
The service this Sunday will be a “Sophianic Eucharist”. The service praises Sophia or Holy Wisdom as the immanent, feminine face of the Divine and celebrates the sacred marriage between the immanent and transcendent aspects of Spirit. The service features prayer and chant and the sharing of the Body and the Blood in the form of bread and wine.

Sophia Café – 7pm
Sophia Café follows the service – stay around for tea, snacks and conversation.

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The Unitarian Centre
15 Francis St
Darlinghurst, NSW
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Templar Sunday

This Sunday we comemorate the destruction of the public form of the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (better known as the Knights Templar) and the execution of hundreds of the brothers and then Grandmaster of the Order, Jacques de Molay.

There is lots said and alleged about the Templars. Arguably, Dan Brown might not have a career without them. Some find them Saints, others villains.

In the AJC and in many Gnostic churches, the Order is regarded as the guardian of the apostolic lineage of Saint John the Beloved and the baptismal initiation of Saint John the Baptist. For this reason, we recite the Litany of the Sovereign Pontiffs in abbreviated form at most public services.

On Templar Sunday, we recite the full litany – the name of every grandmaster of the order – as well as the Insititutional Narrative, the grand story of the lineage which we inherit from the Johannite Church of Primitive Christians found in the 19th Century as a part of the French Gnostic Restoration. We light memorial candles to recall their sacrifice and their witness to the truth of gnosis.

Please join us for this haunting, solemn service which illustrates a core aspect of our spiritual lineage.

Readings for the week

Service – 6pm
The service this Sunday will be the “Johannite Gnostic Divine Liturgy”. The service alternates engagement and stillness, provoking a meditative attitude and the cultivation of deeper perceptions. The service features prayer and chant and the sharing of the Body and the Blood in the form of bread and wine.

Conversation, hot drinks and snacks follow the service. Please stay and mingle.

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Rector: Father Tim Mansfield
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St Michael's Day

Just a quick reminder, this Sunday is Michaelmas when we recall the presence of the archangel Michael in our lives. Michael is a presence we invoke in every Eucharist service “Lord of Fire and Prince of the Legions of Heaven”.

If talk of angels makes you squirmy, you might prefer to reflect on times in your own journey when you’ve noticed flashes of what you might call “fierce wisdom” – perhaps you’ve become terminally impatient with unfortunate habits, or with an inability to be disciplined, you may have experienced frustration at how little you know. Sometimes this kind of mental energy is turned outwards – fury at inane television or puerile pop music, frustration at habits in social groups or in society itself that seem to limit you, or that keep us all separate.

As gentle-hearted mystic folk, of course, we may imagine that we will never get angry (an illusion that some of us manage to sustain for years), but I think anger sometimes has a bad rap. If we reframe some of this anger as “fierceness” and note whether there is wisdom in our fierce reactions or whether we are simply reacting, I think we can develop a more refined understanding of Michael’s gifts.

St Michael represents, on one level, our spiritual capacity for fierce wisdom, our mental ability of discriminating intelligence and our emotional capacity for tough love.

So whether you are at church on Sunday or not, offer thanks for St Michael’s continuing presence in your life and take some time to marvel at his positive influence.

Readings for the week

Service – 6pm
The service this Sunday will be the “Johannite Gnostic Divine Liturgy”. The service alternates engagement and stillness, provoking a meditative attitude and the cultivation of deeper perceptions. The service features prayer and chant and the sharing of the Body and the Blood in the form of bread and wine.

Conversation, hot drinks and snacks follow the service. Please stay and mingle.

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The Unitarian Centre
15 Francis St
Darlinghurst, NSW
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Rector: Father Tim Mansfield
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