‘When the Heart Cracks Open,’ Rev Dr Sarah Bachelard, Eremos Annual Gathering Keynote – Sydney, Australia

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Annual Gathering 2014 will explore the intersection of ethics and spiritual practice, justice and prayer.

Although our giving is based in the desire to ‘do good’, it may also been meshed in the desire to justify ourselves and exercise a form of control over those we perceive to be ‘in need’. Sarah will explore how spiritual practice might free us from compulsions of noble self sacrifice and move us to delight in being simply human. The ethical awareness that emerges comes from a deep sense of shared humanity which is liberating for both self and other.

Sarah presented these ideas to a captivated audience at “The Edge of the Sacred Conference” held recently in Alice Springs. Sarah weaves scholarship, personal experience and a rich diversity of writers into presentations that reflect her contemplative practice, pastoral experience and academic research. You will be inspired, challenged and stimulated by this wonderful address and the conversations that follow.

Rev Dr Sarah Bachelard is Senior Associate Priest at Holy Covenant Anglican Church in Canberra and has a passion for creating opportunities for deepening theological engagement with life and faith both within and beyond the Church. As a theologian she has lectured at St Mark’s National Theological Centre, Canberra, and is an honorary fellow at the Australian Catholic University. Sarah is the author of two books: “Experiencing God in a time of Crisis” and “Resurrection and Moral Imagination”. Sarah is also the leader of Benedictus Contemplative Church and was a member of the Anglican Communion delegation to the 2014 UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York.

Annual Gathering Schedule

. 1:45-2.30: Annual General Meeting (all welcome)
• 3.00-4.30: Presentation by Rev Dr Sarah Bachelard followed by Afternoon Tea
• 4:30-5.00: Audio Visual Reflection: “On Desert Ways” by the Eremos.

Details: 1.45 – 5 pm, Sunday 2 November at Rosebank College, 1A Harris Road, Five Dock. $20 / $15 for members. Bring a friend who becomes a new member on the day and you both receive admission for just $10 each.

Bookings appreciated but not essential.
Register here: http://www.trybooking.com/FOWF
Please register by October 27.

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