From our Archives - MP3 Recordings from Past Eremos Events
Since its beginning Eremos has hosted thought provoking and engaging events. We are pleased to be able to offer you this small sample from our archives with more to come.
A talk by one of the Founders of Eremos, Bruce Wilson. This address was recorded in 1982.
In this talk Bruce Wilson seeks to explore how Christians, or church goers, can overcome the negative image attached to people who are “very religious”. He asks, How can Christians be both very religious and very human at the same time?
He focuses on the story of the woman caught in adultery. Did she go and “sin no more” as Jesus commanded her?
Many people get caught in a circle of receiving forgiveness and exerting will power over temptation, failing, receiving forgiveness, failing again, and so on.
Wilson says this interpretation of forgiveness ignores its spiritual dynamics. He posits the significance of ‘relationship’ over ‘rules and will power’, stating that forgiveness in the light of relationship and the love of God will eventually begin an inner transformation of the soul, by release from self deceit and loathing and by personalizing morality.
Bishop Bruce Wilson throughout his adult life has made a creative and substantial contribution to our understanding of the spiritual dimensions of life and of Australian society. He has a very engaging speaking style.
We invite you to listen to this talk, one from the very early days of Eremos, from its founder.
Download and listen to Rev Bruce Wilson's talk Power of Forgiveness
My Struggle for a Christianity of Inclusion, Love, and Equality Bishop John Shelby Spong
We will soon upload this Eremos event with the very engaging Bishop John Shelby Spong recorded in the Greenhalgh Theatre at University of Technology in 2003. Host Julie McCrossin comperes the Q and A in the later half of the recording and Bishop Spong’s comprehensive replies are entertaining as well as and thoughtful.
Bishop Spong is challenging, passionate and compassionate as he deconstructs and reconstructs some of the basic Christian tenets. Reflecting on his own journey, he addresses the issues of the prejudices of segregation (when Afro-Americans were not welcome in US churches), prejudices against women, Jews, people of other faiths (other Christian denominations and other religions), and people who are homosexual. He highlights how the Bible is used to justify these prejudices, and explains how the biblical stories and their underlying assumptions (eg 3 tiered universe) should not be literalised into our modern world, likewise the creeds and church doctrines. Bishop Spong speaks of how the experience of the eternal God is a thing to be sought and cherished, whereas the interpretation of that experience is limited, unable to be grasped completely in words that satisfy for all time. He encourages churches to portray a loving God and develop inclusive communities as well as to engage with the realities of the modern world.
The event concludes with Spong responding to a question from McCrossin about why a faith which offers clear and simple answers so appealing to many.