AGM Event: If Still from the Desert Prophets Come
"If still from the deserts the prophets come?"*
EREMOS ONLINE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
and End of Year Gathering
Sunday 23 October, 2022, 2:00 - 4:15 pm AEDT
Workshop led by Celia Kemp
The introduction of buffel grass to Central Australia fuels fires that burn too hot, destroying what they once renewed. These burned-out hills have a sadness about them, but also a strange beauty.
When all is not well, listening to place, and the people of place, is painful. But we need to be grounded in the difficult real for life to spring up into the future. And so, when all is not well, we need to listen out for prophetic voices saying the unwelcome true thing.
Celia will draw from Scripture, First Nations and other desert voices and country itself to speak about prophets, wilderness and the state of the Australian soul. There will be time for personal reflection and small group sharing.
Celia’s presentation will begin approximately 2:45 AEDT after the AGM.
This event is open to all and free for Eremos members or $15/$10 (conc) for non members. Bookings essential. Register here (click on purchase tickets) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. If you email, please include your name, location, and phone number.
There is no fee for Eremos members registering if you are logged in.
All registrants will receive the link by email in advance.
*Event title taken from poem "Australia" by A.D. Hope.
Photo Credit: "Undoolyahills", June 2022, © Celia Kemp
Celia Kemp was one of our panellists from the Eremos Anniversary event on 5 June. She 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. She previously worked as the Reconciliation Coordinator for the Anglican Board of Mission and in Coronial and Criminal law.
Click here to watch a video clip of Celia reflecting on the desert (taken from the Eremos 40th Anniversary celebration.)
Celia was recently interviewed by Meredith Lake for the ABC Radio National Soul Search program. They spoke about how deserts shape our sense of the sacred and much more. A link to that interview is here: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/soul-search/sacred-landscapes-the-desert/14043908
Schedule for the event: (Times are AEDT and are approximate)
1: 45 - 2 pm
Connect via Zoom (Registrants will be sent the link by 20th October)
2 – 2:45 pm
Eremos Institute, Inc Annual General Meeting, including election of Council members.
2:45 – 4:10
Workshop led by Celia Kemp (see details above)
4:10 – 4:15
Blessing and close
For Eremos members
Eremos Council Members needed
Please consider joining the Eremos Council. We need your passion and interest to enable Eremos to continue to be a unique community of spiritual seekers in Australia.We now meet virtually using Zoom, approximately 4 times a year for a couple of hours in the afternoon or evening. Time for meetings is set according to Council members’ availability so anyone from any location can participant.
The time commitment is minimal, mainly attending meetings and the occasional email conversation between meetings. It is a friendly and purposeful group. Please speak to us about becoming a member or nominating someone, our contact emails are below.
If you have any matters you would like to suggest for discussion at the AGM please advise us by 1 October by email to email@example.com or phone Lindy 0429 684 402.
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