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WellSpring Centre


4 July 2013
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WellSpring Centre
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Ashburton VIC 3147

Deepening in God, living out love

News from our Director, Ann Lock

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WellSpring community news
  • Ann Lock on Leave in July

    WellSpring Director Ann Lock will be on leave until 7 August.

    In her absence, any urgent enquiries can be directed to WellSpring Administrator, Monique Lisbon

    Any non-urgent enquiries can still be sent by email to Ann, who will respond after she has returned from leave.

  • Farewell Ross Langmead

    A special newsletter was sent out on Tuesday 2 July, letting the WellSpring community know the sad news of the recent passing of Ross Langmead. If you missed this newsletter, it can be downloaded from here.

    The funeral will be held this Friday 5 July at 11am at Collins Street Baptist Church, 174 Collins Street, Melbourne.

  • WellSpring 20th Anniversary Celebrations
    Sunday 18 August 2013

    Stay tuned for an invitation to a very special event celebrating WellSpring's 20th anniversary, to be held on Sunday 18 August.

    Please keep the date free on your diary - more details to follow soon! 

  • WellSpring volunteers are welcome!

    If you are interested in volunteering some regular or irregular time and skills to WellSpring, we would love to hear from you!

    You may like to consider assisting in the WellSpring office, helping to set up for workshops and welcoming participants, or a host of other possibilities.

    We are very open to any thoughts you might have as to how you might like to become involved. Please contact us if you wish to discuss this further.

Cancelled WellSpring workshop
  • Spiritual Direction Professional Development session
    'Inviting the Mystic, Supporting the Prophet'
    (Facilitator: Jill Manton)

    Friday 5 July 2013

    Please note that this forthcoming PD session has been cancelled.

    It may be re-offered later this year, but no date has been finalised as yet.


Forthcoming WellSpring programs
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  • Circles of Trust Network
    (Facilitators: Marg Loftus and Chris Page)
    Wednesday 17 July 2013, 10 am to 12.30 pm
    (Cost: $20)

    A ‘circle of trust’, based on Parker Palmer’s A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey toward the Undivided Life, is a place to explore one’s inner life with others through readings, poems, symbols, story and conversation. Drawn from ancient and contemporary wisdom it is a non-religious yet deeply spiritual approach to identifying our ‘inner landscape’. Throughout the year our outer landscape, such as ocean, mountain, desert, forest and the seasons will be used as metaphors and images of our inner life.

    This is an open group and all are welcome to attend without the need to attend every session.

  • Quiet Day (Facilitator: Marilyn Hinton)
    Thursday 18 July 2013, 10 am to 3 pm, BYO Lunch
    (Cost: $35)

    Quiet Days provide space for reflection and attentiveness to God's Spirit in company with others. They are spent mostly in silence. The program may include scripture, meditation, communion, silent prayer together and alone.
  • Religion and Spirituality: Do I Have to Choose?
    (Facilitator: Kaye Twining)

    Monday 22 July 2013, 7.30 to 9.30 pm
    (Cost: $35)

    How often is it said, ‘I’m spiritual... but I’m not religious’? Within this context, the term ‘spiritual’ encompasses a wide variety of meanings and practices. To live authentically in our time, does a person have to choose between the two? Or is it possible to be both religious and spiritual?
  • Eco-Spirituality (Facilitator: Paul Chalson)
    Thursday 25 July 2013, 10 am to 3 pm, BYO Lunch
    (Cost: $55)

    How are we called to ‘practice the Presence of God’ in the earthy landscapes of our daily lives? ‘The world is charged with the grandeur of God’ (G.M. Hopkins) — but how are we to respond with our living? The recovery of a practical respect for and gentle dwelling on this planet is vital to healing our disconnection with Earth, with each other, and with God. We will explore the idea that nature is not only ‘the theatre of God’s glory’ (Calvin), but essentially the place for our prayer, reflection and work on behalf of generations yet to come.
  • Shut Up and Listen: Gen Y Spirituality in an Age of Noise
    (Various Facilitators)

    Thursdays 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 August 2013, 7 to 9 pm
    (Cost: $10 per session or $35 for whole series of 5 sessions)

    Who am I? Why should I be still and listen when there is so much to see and do? How can I discover God amidst information overload? Be part of an exploration of Christian spirituality for Gen Ys.
  • Grappling with God after Childhood Sexual Abuse
    (Facilitator: Monique Lisbon)

    Closed group of 3 sessions: Monday 12, 19 and 26 August 2013, 7 to 9.30 pm
    (Cost: $90 for 3 sessions)

    Surviving childhood sexual abuse can take a lasting toll on relationships with ourselves, others and God. This series will begin with the sharing of (non-explicit) anecdotes, music and reflections by the facilitator (in DVD form). Then, in a safe and structured closed small group context, we will discuss healthy ways of rethinking our relationships with ourselves, others and God.

    NB: This is not a therapy group, and the focus is on exploring general dynamics and themes of healing, rather than sharing details of abusive experiences.

    If you wish to discuss the content or structure of this group further, please feel free to contact Monique.


Forthcoming WellSpring courses
  • Exploring the Inner Landscape through Contemplative Groups (Facilitator: Chris Page)

    Parker J. Palmer, an American Quaker scholar, has developed a model for exploring the inner spiritual life by drawing on the insights of Meister Eckhart, Carl Jung, Thomas Merton and other spiritual writers. This has been helpful in the formation of community; exploring religious and secular vocation; discernment and life decisions and the integration of the self with authentic action.
    This unit will critique both the work of Parker J. Palmer and the contemplative group approach to spiritual growth. The focus of the unit will be on the principles and practices that lead to inner spiritual development and authentic action. The student will be introduced to and taught to use, the resources of narrative, poetry, art and personal and group reflection with a goal to spiritual growth and wellbeing. These objectives are achieved through lectures, discussion, contemplative group work and a retreat experience.

    Working dates: Saturdays, 20 July, 10 August, 31 August, 21 September; Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 October (residential gathering) - NB. Some dates may be changed subject to the preferences of students.
    Course cost: $850 (auditing cost; i.e. for non-MCD-UD students) + $TBC for residential gathering (payable by all participants, both those auditing and enrolled through MCD-UD)

  • Enrolling through MCD University of Divinity

    Did you know that you can enrol for this course for academic credit through the MCD University of Divinity?

    Different costs apply depending on the basis of your enrolment, and are payable directly to the MCD University of Divinity. FEE-Help may be available for those enrolling through the MCD University of Divinity.

    For more information contact Monique by email.



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