Eremos 40th Anniversary Celebration
What Led to the Birth of Eremos?
There is much to acknowledge and remember as Eremos reflects on its 40 years. This event will consider Australian spirituality and spiritual practice over the lifetime of Eremos and also open up the conversation about what is emerging. We will explore, ‘What was the hunger or yearning in people/communities that led to the birth of Eremos and how is that being expressed today? What are some significant aspects of the changes in Australian spirituality and spiritual practice?’
The event will feature a panel hosted by Meredith Lake, host of Soul Search on ABC Radio National and invite the engagement of participants.
Meredith Lake is an historian, broadcaster and award-winning writer interested in how Australians understand the big questions of faith and meaning. Meredith's cultural history of The Bible in Australia won the Australian History prize at the 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Awards and the 2019 NSW Premier's History awards. She responded enthusiastically to the invitation to this event noting Eremos is just a bit younger than herself and she has a great interest in how Australian spiritual practice has changed in her lifetime.
Meredith will be joined by three Panel members:
Don Meadows was part of the foundation of Eremos in 1982 with Bruce Wilson and Colin Alcock when he was the priest at St Stephens Newtown Anglican Parish, Sydney. Don was editor of EREMOS magazine from 1991 - 1996. After 33 years in the Sydney Diocese, he moved to Melbourne where he was active as a priest until 1998. He then retrained and practised as a psychotherapist for 20 years and was the editor of the Australasian Journal of Psychotherapy. Don is now retired lives on the Central Coast of NSW.
Benjamin Oh is a community worker, organizer, advocate and adult-educator. He’s worked for the past two decades in areas such as Human Rights, Interfaith Dialogue, HIV/AIDS prevention, international aid and development, religious reform and spiritual formation alongside areas intersecting with LGBTQ+ realities and rights. Benjamin also works as a Pastoral Supervisor for religious leaders and occasionally serves as a celebrant over the weddings and life-ceremonies of his beloved community.
Celia Kemp is a writer and theologian living in Central Australia with a passion for Scripture, lay monasticism, and a theology arising from place. She holds a pattern of ‘small circles close to the ground’ which includes morning prayer, bible studies and retreats, and leads Streams in the Desert; an emerging ecumenical Christian community. She is the author and photographer of Into the Desert, Deep calls to Deep and Songs from a Strange Land and the author of A Voice in the Wilderness: Listening to the Statement from the Heart. Voice-in-the-wilderness-study She previously worked as the Reconciliation Coordinator for the Anglican Board of Mission and in Coronial and Criminal law.
The event is online to enable members and friends from across the country to participate. We hope you will join us!
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