Sophia's Spring is an eco-feminist community of the Uniting Church
that meets at CERES Community Environment Park
We also Zoom!
We bring eco-feminist perspectives and inclusive language
to enlarge, deepen and challenge traditional concepts of God/de and the church.
We are an active community of faith,
seeking new ways of understanding spirituality,
and hold sacred the earth and all creation.
Time and Place
Please join us for our Sunday Gathering at 10 at CERES and Online
We are mindful that COVID is still with us and many of us choose to wear a mask as we gather. We have good ventilation and an air purifier.
The 3rd Sunday of each month we meet at 4pm
Other opportunities to gather are:
Centring Prayer every Wednesday at 530 Online
Art Group meets fortnightly on Friday mornings at various locations
Singing for the Heck of It happens on the second Sunday of each month
Contact our Secretary for details
Everyone is welcome, hospitality is offered and all can explore their ideas and questions about faith and spirituality.
We celebrate friendship, relationship and social commitment.
Sophia’s Spring gatherings are a safe place for all people regardless of creed, age, cultural background or sexual orientation
The striking Blue-banded bee has pale opalescent blue stripes on its abdomen. Photo: Chiswick Chap CC BY-SA 4.0; https://www.friendsvic.org/2017/01/03/pollination-pathways-project/
The native blue banded bee is a beautiful and important creature. It is an essential pollinator along the Merri Creek grasslands and it is the sole pollinator of the critically endangered Matted Flax-lily.
The bee is a herald, a harbinger, a messenger of change that we need to be attuned to. It speaks of the health of our local ecosystem. The bee population is declining. This has highlighted how vital bees are to our gardeners and orchardists.
In the ancient world the bee was understood as a messenger from the gods, bringing wisdom and healing from the heavens. The bee was also an early symbol for the Sacred Feminine.
At the Sophia's Spring community we read the biblical texts, the wisdom of other traditions, contemporary mystics and muses. We listen to scientists, artists, poets and wise ones to find meaning for us, here and now, in our place in the world at CERES, on the banks of the Merri Creek.
During Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas, we celebrated the Blue Banded Bee, a symbol of peace to the earth and a messenger from heaven to herald the need to tread gently and live wisely.
Anne Elvey recently joined us to reflect on our entagled lives. She is a poet and researcher living and working on unceded Boonwurrung Country in Seaford, Victoria.
She received a PhD in Women’s Studies from Monash University in 2000 for her research on an ecological feminist reading of the Gospel of Luke. Her most recent scholarly books are Reading with Earth: Contributions of the New Materialism to an Ecological Feminist Hermeneutics (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2022) and Reading the Magnificat in Australia: Unsettling Engagements (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2020). Edited collections include Cloud Climbers: Declarations through Images and Words for a Just and Ecologically Sustainable Peace (with artwork by William Kelly and Benjamin McKeown; Armadale, Vic.: Palaver, 2021). Anne was editor of Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review from May 2012 to May 2017 and president of the Fellowship for Biblical Studies in 2011.
Her most recent poetry collections are Leaf (Liquid Amber Press, 2022) and Obligations of voice (Recent Work Press, 2021). She was inaugural managing editor of Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics, from 2013 to 2020, and was editor in chief with Melbourne Poets’ Union, from 2016 to 2018. Her research interests are in ecological poetics, ecological feminist hermeneutics, the new materialism, biblical literature (esp. Gospel of Luke) and its afterlives and unsettling whiteness. She is an adjunct research fellow in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, and an honorary research fellow at Pilgrim Theological College, University of Divinity.
Money for Mission
The following is a link to the video by Rev Mat Harry promoting Money4Mission. The Video is part of a Synod Vic/Tas’ project to encourage congregations to think creatively and wisely about use of property for the benefit of the whole church and future sustainability.” The video stars: Steve, Di, John, Dee and Jan G talking about the move from Fitzroy; it is a short slice of the history of our move from Fitzroy Uniting Church to CERES.
There are many ways to be involved at Sophia's Spring.
During the period of physical distancing and the shut down of non-essential services due to the Covid19 pandemic, we met virtually.
We are now able to meet again so...
If you would like to join us please email us at email@example.com and we will send you the information you need
We are seeking ways to include those of our community who are unable to attend physically but can participate in our gatherings online
Parking can be difficult near CERES and time restrictions often apply.
First try CERES main carpark, corner Roberts and Stewart Streets. If that is full, overflow parking is available at Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne, corner Stewart and Nicholson Streets.