Although I have for a long time been seduced by the brilliance of Dickinson’s poetry, I was introduced to this particular poem when listening to a lecture on trans- feminism and theology by the Theologian Catherine Keller and I am indebted to her for much of the following interpretation. To me this poem written before…

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I have a suitcace of empty Yakult bottles I have saved because I think probiotics illustrates the symbiotic relationship between humanity, bacteria and all life.  So one day, when free to do so, I will construct a labyrinth of Yakult bottles as a Deep Ecology installation to illustrate the inter-connectedness and kin-ship of all life…

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Beginners by Denise Levertov But we have only begun to love the earth. We have only begun to imagine the fullness of life. How could we tire of hope? –so much is in the bud. How can desire fail? –we have only begun To imagine justice and mercy only begun to envision how it might…

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Fifth Sunday in June: 30 June 2019 at 2 p.m. Sophia’s Spring is experimenting with an occasional series of different approaches to church. The first such service is on the 30th of June at 2 p.m. There will not be a 10 a.m. service on that day. Come in the afternoon and bring a friend!…

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When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.                                                        …

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You cannot succeed when half of us are held back – Malala Yousafzai Last Sunday Sophia’s Spring observed the International Day of the Girl Child. Since 2012, United Nations has marked 11 October as a day to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their…

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What do a parachute, the Lectionary Text for the day and a model for pastoral care have in common? Quite a bit, it would seem. The theme for Sunday 27th May was exploring a ministry of creative care for Sophia’s Spring – the parachute was a means to link each person with those across the…

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Last Sunday, July 31, was National Tree Day. While some groups planted 100’s of trees, we planted just one: a carefully chosen Eucalyptus crenulata.  We will be able to see it from the windows in the Learning Centre and when it grows it will have beautiful decorative foliage, which enjoys being pruned.  This was our…

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This year our theme for Advent is A Journey through wonder towards Wisdom.  Inspired by the Socrates quote ‘wisdom begins in wonder’, we have taken four aspects of wonder and made them the theme for each of the weeks in Advent: Anticipating, Beholding, Nurturing and Responding.  So this week was anticipating. We used the four…

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For a number of years now, Sophia’s Spring has participated in the Season of Creation during the month of September.  Below Norm Habel tells how it came to be that many churches the whole world over set aside September to participate in this. We celebrate the season of Advent before Christmas. We celebrate the season…

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