Interfaith Event: Eremos Winter Wisdom Series, Part 1, ‘Coping With the Mysteries of Life & Death’ – Sydney, Australia



‘Coping with the mysteries of life and death’ – Gail O’Brien

Gail O’Brien has experienced deep loss in her life including the death of her husband Dr. Chris O’Brien in 2009 and her eldest son Adam who died from an epileptic fit two years later. Before he died, Chris and Gail dreamt of creating a holistic and comprehensive cancer centre at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. After his death, Gail was determined his dream would become a reality and the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse opened at RPA in September 2013. In the first of the Eremos Winter Wisdom Series, Gail will explore what she has learned of the mystery of life and death and the will to survive and thrive amidst adversity. For those attending, Gail’s story opens up the opportunity to reflect on these themes in their own lives.

Venue: Drummoyne Community Centre, 10 Cometrowe Street, Drummoyne, situated in a beautiful parkland setting with water views.

Cost: $30 ($20 for members) and $5 less for concession. Includes afternoon tea. For map and transport information to venue:

Bookings essential. Register here: by 1 July.


4 responses »

  1. I just came across this nice invitation, Brooke. Thank you, however, I don’t feel qualified to write that description. Maybe simply keeping it short and positive would be better. You’re certainly correct that there is a wide net cast with seculars! Non-theists are literally all over the map. Some are anti-theists but many of us live and work in community with people of faith we love and respect. Though I often don’t experience the same respect from most of the faith circles, I personally feel we all have to find ways to live and work together in a sadly divided and defended world. Your site offers hope of inclusion and cooperation. With appreciation, Chris


    • Thanks Chris, we very much appreciate your support of our site and always look forward to your comments. I love your new (-ish) website, especially your photography and “writing teaching and learning from Nature”… the John Muir quote pretty much sums up my own experience of the divine in Nature.

      I suspect our experiences are closer than they might at first appear – maybe not all people who experience the divine are necessarily theists and maybe some of those who consider themselves secular, experience the sacred in everyday things.

      with gratitude for everything you do in life…


  2. All the best in your cooperative work down under. I hope you include people who identify as humanist, secular, atheist and such. We share the same air (“spirit”-breath) as people of faith. Be well.


    • Thanks Chris, good to hear from you again. I meant to ask the last time we spoke through this site if you’d be good enough to rewrite/correct our section on those identifying as humanist, secular, atheist and such under the page “World Religions & Spiritual Traditions”, subheading “Secular, Non-religious, Agnostic, Atheist “, itself rather a “bucket” of labels. I re-read it after our last dialogue and you’re right, it’s not inclusive enough, or sensitive enough to the experience of breath-inspiration-spirit for millions of people who don’t identify as theist, or even “spiritual” but rather, fully-human.

      We’d be very grateful if you’d rewrite that section and send it to me at and I’ll post it with the appropriate credit.

      Peace always


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