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Spiritual Resources

A few words to ponder and in the Related Documents section on the right, some inspirational resources...

Matthew 13:31-33

Holding BibleJesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard
seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches."

33 He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough." 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:  "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world."

 

The Dandelion:
A modern, European, city, mustard seed?
Growing seeds of Justice and Joy.

 The Dandelion is a flower of hope, spreading nurturance and joy even in hard places. Often perceived by adults as a weed and children as a bouquet, the Dandelion has small determined seeds very like the mustard seeds with which Jesus compared the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 13:31&32). We hope the life and work of our Community will be like Dandelion seeds; carried in the breath of the Spirit to grow justice and joy in our lives and world. 

 

Coffee, Cake and Conversation

The Coffee, Cake and Conversations gatherings will generally be on the fourth Tuesday evening (7.30-9pm) and the fourth Thursday afternoon (1.30-3pm) of most months:

2015

Tues 24th Mar 7.30-9pm    Topic

Thurs 26th Mar 1.30-3pm   Topic

Tues 28th April 7.30-9pm    General Conversation

Thurs 30th April 1.30-3pm  General Conversation

Tues 26th May 7.30-9pm   Topic

Thurs 28th May 1.30-3pm  Topic

Tues 23rd June 7.30-9pm   General Conversation

Thurs 25th June 1.30-3pm General Conversation

Tues 28th July 7.30-9pm OUTING

Thurs 30th July 1.30-3pm OUTING

Tues 22nd Sep 7.30-9pm    General Conversation

Thurs 24th Sep 1.30-3pm    General Conversation

Tues 27th Oct 7.30-9pm     Topic

Turs 29th Oct 1.30-3pm      Topic

Tues 8th Dec 7.30-9pm      General Conversation

Thurs 10th Dec 1.30-3pm   General Conversation

For the sake of knowing how much cake to provide, it would be extremely helpful to know if you are interested in participating in these gatherings and which dates you would hope to attend. Please send Fiona an email (minister.auc@gmail.com) to let her know of your interest.

 

Eco Prayer

Creating God, your name is written in every leaf, every bird, every river, every stone, every living being.

Thank you for calling us by name.

Thank you for your continued creating power in moisture, rivers, forests and oceans.

Make us attentive to the wounds of the earth and willing to work for the healing of the whole creation.

Let our children enjoy an abundant nature and live a long life on earth.

 

Excerpt from “Baking Bread: in the Oven” by Jo Clifford 

© Jo Clifford used with permission www.teatrodomundo.com 

I don’t really know what it was that rescued me.

To get to her house from ours we’d have to walk up a path by the little river that flowed along the bed of the valley. And that when we came was dry after the summer.

But one morning, when we’d even forgotten we’d wanted the water to flow, we woke up to a strange new sound: water splashing over the stones.

We’d never known what it was that had made the water come. We had no memory of rain. And we didn’t want to question it. It seemed like too much of a miracle.

Maybe that’s how it was. I just gave up trying; and that somehow set my creativity free.