Events from Other Groups

fair trade principlesFair Trade Faith Conference

May 31- June 1 2019

Springwood Uniting Church Centre, 4 Lewin Street Springwood, NSW

With keynote speaker, John Bell, who is a prominent supporter of Fair Trade and stewardship of our world.  John will offer perspectives on Fair trade and faith which will both challenge and inform.

For more information and registration visit their website:

Learn more about Fair Trade and how it connects with your faith, meet and share with others.

Around Australia there are people in churches who are passionate about Fair Trade. Many operate in isolation with little support other than their own enthusiasm under the guidance of God to sustain their passion. This Conference focusses on Fair Trade and how it connects with ones faith. This second Fair Trade Faith Conference has the following aims:

  - To bring together Christian people who see that fair trade grows directly from the social justice dimension of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  - To encourage and develop means of sharing fair trade and ethical shopping.

  - To expand our understanding of fair trade in Australia.

  - To share ideas.


Pilgrimage to Celtic Britain & Ireland 27 April to 21 May, 2020

Led by Rev Dr Rob and Andrea McFarlane

Celtic Britain is a rich source of spirituality, theology and ways of being church. This world of stunning art, standing stones and a focus on the natural world produced a distinctive form of Christianity, with small-scale scattered missionary monasteries, illuminated manuscripts, sacred gold treasures, and unique spirituality

Travel with experienced tour leaders Rob & Andrea McFarlane on a pilgrimage to Celtic Britain & Ireland 27 April to 21 May, 2020.  Highlights include mini-retreats on both Iona and Lindisfarne (Holy Island); the Book of Kells in Dublin and the Lindisfarne Gospels in London; Glendalough Monastery in Ireland; the St Patrick Centre in Downpatrick (Northern Ireland); key sites for the Scottish Reformation in Edinburgh; major Gothic cathedrals in Durham, York, Canterbury and Salisbury; and the pre-Christian sites of Newgrange (Ireland), Stonehenge and Glastonbury.

There is an optional Oberammergau extension 21-23 May

More details: Celtic-Britain-Ireland-Pilgrimage April-2020.pdf

Deposits due 7 June, 2019


common dreams log Common Dreams Conference 2019

The Fifth Common Dreams Conference  will be held at Newington College in Stanmore, Sydney 11 – 14  July 2019 with Matthew Fox and Dr. Anne Pattel-Gray as the keynote speakers. This will be an exciting & stimulating gathering of progressives featuring leading international, Australian, & New Zealand speakers & workshop leaders. 

Matthew Fox is an internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian, Episcopal priest, and activist who and has devoted 45 years to developing and teaching the tradition of Creation Spirituality.

Dr. Anne Pattel-Gray, internationally recognised Aboriginal leader, is a descendant of the Bidjara/ Kari Kari people in Queensland. She has dedicated her life to the struggle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and she is a strong campaigner and lobbyist and deeply committed to seeking justice, equity and equal representation for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.

See the full program on their website.  Common Dreams 2019 

Registrations are now open. Early bird closes on 31 May another See   News  item for more details.


grail logo  Twilight Talks 2019

At The Grail in North Sydney

These action-oriented events provide a space to share our concerns on today’s major environmental issues and find ways in which we can each make a difference in our personal lives.

The first talk in the series – Let’s Act On…Fast Fashion is Tuesday 6 August.

Do you care about the environment but find yourself confused about recycling? This interactive session will give you the information and practical tools you need to act on the issue of waste to landfill. We'll hear from guest speaker Ryan Collins, Head of Sustainable Resource Programs at Planet Ark, followed by a session focused on take-home actions. Bring your questions, concerns and passion!

Tickets: $10 for a single talk or $30 for the entire Twilight Talks series (see flyer attached for other topics). Click here to secure your spot!

RSVP: If you would like to pay cash on the night, please RSVP by Friday 3 May via

Venue: The Grail Centre - 22 McHatton Street, North Sydney. Easy to reach via public transport. Street parking available.

There are 4 talks in the series: May, August, September and October. More details on this flyer: Twilight Talks at The Grail



hearts open artwork  Hearts Open to Love: Six Day Silent Retreat for Advent


30th Nov to 6th Dec 2019

Venue: Mercy Place, 371 Simpsons Rd Bardon, Brisbane

Guided and Directed by Catherine Hefferan rsm and Robyn Fitzgerald.

Leaning into silence, we will open ourselves to contemplation and to our deepest longing to become so one with our indwelling God that we say: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me."(Gal. 2:20).  In the beautiful setting of Mercy Place, drawing on the rich wisdom of mystics and poets, we will cultivate rhythms of slow attentiveness, preparing the womb of our hearts to receive the One child. The retreat will be directed and will offer morning and evening contemplative communal prayer, Eucharist and opportunity for spiritual direction for all drawn to it.

Live-in and live-out options available.

For more details and to register visit:   Advent Retreat 2019


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Into the Desert Retreat

4th – 10th August 2019. This retreat is full. Contact them about participating in 2020.

led by Celia Kemp with Sue and David Woods

Venue: Campfire in the Heart Retreat Centre, Alice Springs

Contact:    Phone 08 8952 6607

The retreat invites participants to explore with Celia their journey with God through Scripture, theology, and art. Celia shares her love for the Centre, brought together in the rhythm of our life of prayer and reflection at Campfire in the  Heart.


2019 Courses and Retreats  or contact

Here is a sample of some of their upcoming courses and retreats. 
  • Fri October 4- Sun Oct 6:Drinking From the Sacred Well: an intuitive journey.’

    led by Nila Chambers

    In the Celtic world, wells were seen as sacred places where pure water sprang forth from hidden depths. In this retreat we will use Celtic imagery, text, music, dance, meditation, intuitive exercises etc to help us unfold our heart’s knowing….

  • Thu, Nov 21, 2019 -  Sun, Nov 24, 2019: Listening to the Landscape: Earth's stories at Silver Wattle

  • Led by Anne Felton and Peri Coleman

This course is for people wanting to connect more deeply with the land that sustains us. Meet the soils, rocks, and landscape features around Silver Wattle, including Weereewa (Lake George).

Listen into Life is a 4 year Residential Training Program in Spiritual Direction

(4 weekends a year) offered by Barnabas Ministries led by Sue Dunbar. The weekend intensives are held at St Joseph's, Kincumber. For information or downloadable application form for 2020 go to their website.

Soul Journey Companions is a transformative Journey in Spiritual Direction Training.

Sue Dunbar and Liz Anne Smith are co-directors of this program which trains/forms new spiritual directors in the Canberra area. A new cohort begins in 2019 for this 3 year ecumenical program in spiritual direction training. More details: or; tel: 0479 119 438  or Liz Anne Smith; tel: 0409 987 401.

 More details on their website:

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