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NSW Regional Meeting - Reflections On the Australian Quaker Centre (M Lamont)

Dear Friends,

 

I am most encouraged by the development of the Australian Quaker Centre...Even though I have not been there I support the development of a national location which nurtures the spirituality of not only Friends but also the nation in ways of depth, creativity, unity, justice.  From what I have heard and seen about the program I am inspired by the diversity of offerings as well as people's report of a beautiful and stilling place at Bungendore.

 

I have a young family and getting to the AQC is challenging so becoming part of the program is not necessarily viable at present...but I know the time will come when this is more realistic so in the mean time I am grateful for other's energy and vision in relation to a centre.  I would hope in future to contribute as participant and retreat facilitator when the time is right.

 

I recognise that the practical considerations of purchasing such a property are significant however the life giving energy that may flow from such an initiative may indeed be flowing from the Spirit.  We should also consider regional retreat type ideas however pilgrimage to a holy place which allows us, from within a loving community, to feel the silence of this great land from the ground up should not be underestimated. 

 

Finally might we also consider a 'pay the rent' type contribution should purchase go ahead that acknowledges and supports local indigenous communities?

 

Best wishes for a fruitful meeting,

Matt

 

HV Local Meeting

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Matthew Lamont
Newcastle, Australia
http://www.musingsfromthesuburbs.blogspot.com/

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