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Seminar 8:
The Peacock Garden

The peacock has been a symbol of Christianity from the Church's earliest days. In ancient Greek myth it was believed that peacock meat did not decay. This idea was then taken over by the early Christians and associated with the resurrection of Jesus and eternal life. As a result, it is not surprising to find that peacocks adorn the walls of the Roman catacombs. But the most attractive and obvious feature of the peacock is its tail feathers, 'full of eyes before and behind'. In time, this came to signify God the Father as represented in the symbolism of the book of Revelation rather than God the Son.

Fr Ken Parker will explore this motif with the help of Ann Greenwood's remarkable embroidery. His presentation will also include further explorations of the garden as a paradise with reference to the Middle Eastern paradise gardens, the Medieval European gardens and cloister gardens. Mass will be celebrated as part of the program.

NB. Please BYO lunch.

Date Saturday 17 September, 2016
Time 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Venue St Peter's Church and Hall, Eastern Hill
Cost $15 (concession: $12)
Speaker Fr Ken Parker Fr Ken Parker
Fr Ken is retired from a long and distinguished parish ministry, most recently at the Anglican Parish of Castlemaine. He has always had an interest in the relationship between faith and the Arts, and has been a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Spiritual Studies.

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