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. This Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas, we are celebrating 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.
Advent and Christmas at Sophia’s Spring
We meet at the Learning Centre at CERES. We offer the following services this Advent and Christmas, everyone is welcome to join our circle:
27 November: Advent 1 10.00 a.m.
4 December: Advent 2 10.00 a.m.
11 December: Advent 3 10.00 a.m.
18 December: Advent 4 4.00 p.m. afternoon service followed by a shared meal
24 December: Christmas Eve 7.30 p.m. - an outdoor carol service in the Meditation Garden, weather permitting.
25 December: Christmas Day 9.30 a.m.
Listening for Sophia - Woman Wisdom Speaks
Over four months Sophia’s Spring met during our afternoon gatherings to go deeper in our understanding of Sophia
These service sheets can be accessed on our Reflections page and some links to the video and Powerpoint presentations and be found below
Sophia Woman Wisdom: not a feminist invention
Rev Dr. Sally Douglas reflected with us. Sally is Minister at Richmond Uniting Church and a scholar whose writings explore textual sources from our Christian tradition where Jesus embodies Woman Wisdom
Sophia – the Feminine Face of God
Sister Mary Coloe is Professor at Yarra Theological College. We viewed her video presentation on Sophia as the feminine face of God in the Gospel of John
How our understanding of Sophia shapes our practice
Sophia’s Spring liturgy, community life and decision-making processes reflect our eco-feminist theology. We continually seek Sophia in our discernment.
This Service is available on our Reflections page
Wedding Imagery in John and Gender Transcendence
Rev Dr Sunny Chen led reflection with a radical overview of wedding imagery in the gospel of John
Enquiries to Christina Rowntree- Ministry Co-ordinator 0403 197 352 or email Jan Garood Secretary- email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.