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Seminar Series:
Introduction to the
program for 2015


A Message from the Chair

Bishop Graeme Rutherford In July this year, St Peter's will welcome the Bishop of Chelmsford, UK, for a week of 'catholic evangelism', worship and nurture. Bishop Stephen Cottrell is not only someone who has theorized and written about evangelism, he has actively engaged in it. For many Anglican Catholics, there is a cringe factor involved in the mere mention of that 'e' word! But there is no need to cringe. Evangelism is not only the prerogative of those who call themselves 'evangelical'. Sharing the 'good-news' ought to be the joyful responsibility of all of Jesus' disciples, regardless of party allegiance or denominational adherence. Bishop Stephen sees a close connection between public worship, personal spirituality and evangelism. In fact, he considers that the mass is misunderstood unless there is a missiological dimension to it. The very word mass is related to the Latin phrase: ita missa est, which could be translated 'get out and start sharing the good-news'!

We look forward to being stirred into prayer and action by the visit of Bishop Stephen, not only for a week in July but in the months leading up to that date and the months that follow.

Bishop Graeme Rutherford
Chairman of the Institute for Spiritual Studies

Program for 2015

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1. Fr Peter Martin. Lenten Quiet Day
Saturday 21st Februruary, at St James Anglican Church, Point Lonsdale

2. Fr David Moore. Evolution and Christ in the
      Mystical Theology of Teilhard de Chardin
Thursday 19th March, 7.30–9.30 pm

3. Rowan Callick & Elizabeth Braithwaite. Great Hymn Writers
Thursday 23rd April, 7.30–9.30 pm

4. Rob Walley & Stewart Sharlow. Merton: an Icon for post-monastic,
      post-theistic mysticism
Thursday 21st May, 7.30–9.30 pm

5. St Dominic's, Camberwell. Vespers for Pentecost Sunday
Sunday 24th May, 7.15–8.00 pm

6. Rev'd Dr Charles Sherlock. The poetry of Studdert Kennedy
Thursday 25th June, 7.30 pm–9.30 pm

7. Bishop Stephen Cottrell. A Week with the Bishop of Chelmsford
Sunday 19th July to Friday 24th July

8. Barney Zwartz. Religion and the Media
Wednesday 26th August, 7.30–9.30 pm

9. Fr John Stewart. Prayer and Spiritual Direction
Thursday 24th September, 7.30–9.30 pm

10. Rev'd Dr Charles Sherlock. Using the Scriptures Today
Thursday 22nd October, 7.30 pm–9.30 pm

11. Rev'd Dr Sarah Bachelard. A Conception of God in a Secular Age
Saturday 21st November, 9.30 am–12.30 pm

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