welcome

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.

Sunday Gatherings

We gather for reflection, discussion, liturgy and music

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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

Time & Place

Please join us for our Sunday Gathering at 10 at CERES and Online

The 3rd Sunday of each month we meet at 4pm

Centring Prayer on Wednesdays at 530 Online

Last week, Sunday 18 July at 4pm
Garry Worete Deverell and Christina Rowntree lead our Gathering

The Uluru Statement from the Heart says, in part,

‘We call for a First Nations Voice, enshrined in the Constitution’.  Read more here https://uncommonprayers.blogspot.com/2021/07/the-prophetic-voice-of-country.html

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(More) Events to Inspire

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Searchers Program:
Six stand-alone sessions exploring
Prof Marcus Borg Beyond Belief from
Living the Questions.
Join one, some or all of them.
When: Session 1: Wednesday 7 July
via Zoom | 7.30pm.
Duration: Approximately 1 hr 15mins,
including discussions.
Register with St Michael's Uniting Churchat office@stmichaels.org.au
Together in One Place
Together in One Place: Conversations across feminist concerns

Pilgrim College is excited to host more than 15 international scholars who will present their works, and provide a learning and conversational space to consider a range of feminist concerns, including (but certainly not limited to): bodies, children, ethics, nationhood, and liberation.
This event is for everyone from academics and theologians to artists and activists and is an exciting opportunity to learn from some truly distinguished voices in the field.

A group of international scholars present their work on a range of topics, in preparation for a forthcoming collaborative publication.
Mark Brett (Whitley College), Stephen Burns (Pilgrim Theological College), Steed Davidson (McCormack Theological Seminary, Chicago), Danna Nolan Fewell (Drew University, Madison, New Jersey), Emmanuel Garibay (Manila), Jione Havea (Trinity College, Auckland), Scott Kirkland (Trinity College Theological School), Tat-Siong Benny Liew, (College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts), Rebecca Lindsay (Flinders University, Adelaide), Katharine Massam (Pilgrim Theological College), Janice McRandal (The Cooperative, Brisbane), Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon (Pilgrim Theological College), Rod Pattenden (The Blake Prize/Uniting Church in Australia, Newcastle), Adele Reinhartz (University of Ottawa), Miguel de la Torre (Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado), Grace Tsoi (Chinese Theological College of Australia, Sydney), Gale Yee (Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts)
On Saturday 7 August 2021 at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tickets: $40 Lunch/light refreshments will be provided
Location Pilgrim College
29 College Crescent, Parkville, VIC 3011
Submit an enquiry about presenting a paper
“While post-Christians … conclude that there is no possibility of redeeming Christology and that the notion of a male saviour must be abandoned, Christian feminists offer a wide range of positive proposals for rethinking classical Christology, including regendering models of Christ, rethinking the relationship between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith, decentring the significance of Jesus or Christ within a wider understanding of God or Trinity, and a variety of other possible positions…” –Nicola Slee, Seeking the Risen Christa (London: SPCK, 2011), p. 5.
All of the above, and more, is welcome at a seminar day on feminist Christologies in Australia, hosted by Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies and The Cooperative. Post-Christian perspectives are warmly welcome alongside others that may be confessional, First Peoples, queer, native, intersectional and otherwise diverse—the crucial criteria for inclusion being that contributions must be intentionally feminist-informed. Events will be held concurrently in-person in Melbourne, Brisbane and online.
Presentations may be either 20 or 30 minutes, followed by discussion. More information to follow. At this stage, please send enquiries and expressions of interest to Stephen Burns at Pilgrim Theological College: Stephen.Burns@pilgrim.edu.au
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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 sophias-spring@ceres.org.au and we will send you the information you need

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We are seeking ways to include those of our community who are unable to attend physically but can participate in our gatherings online

All gatherings held in the CERES Learning Centre, along the path from the Lee Street entrance, CERES Environmental Park in East Brunswick. See google Google Map and the site CERES site map

Parking

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.

We'd love to hear from you

Please get in touch to learn more about Sophia's Spring

You can email our secretary Jan G sophias-spring@ceres.org.au or our Ministry Coordinator: Christina 0403 197 352 christinatree@ceres.org.au

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CERES Mosaic

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CERES Community Environment Park in East Brunswick is worth a visit.

https://ceres.org.au

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