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Magazine No 140 [ September 2017 ]

In this issue, David Woods and Celia Kemp respond to the recent Uluru Statement from the Heart.

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Inside this issue

EREMOS: DESERT OF LIFE by Bruce Wilson
WHAT MAKES US PRIVILEGED? by Colin Alcock
PHILIP (PHIL) MOLONEY RETIRES by Frances MacKay
JOSIE McSKIMMING'S 'LEAVING CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISM AND THE RECONSTRUCTION
OF IDENTITY' reviewed by Linda Turton
LISTENING TO THE ULURU STATEMENT FROM THE HEART by Celia Kemp
ULURU STATEMENT: A RESPONSE FROM THE HEART by David Woods
EXPLORATIONS IN FILM AND THEOLOGY by Katherine Rainger
EXPLORING QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS IN A GIRARDIAN KEY by Sarah Bachelard
A PASSION FOR JUSTICE: MY EXPERIENCE WITH L'ARCHE by Annie Patterson

Editorial

The 35th Anniversary of Eremos is an opportunity to reflect on our shared story. We begin with articles written by two of its founders in the 1980s. (Our third founder, Don Meadows, has promised to choose one for the next issue.)

Bruce Wilson’s ‘Desert of Life’ (first published in 1986) suggests the Zeitgeist that led to the original vision of Eremos, as well as the excitement of those early years.

Bruce speaks of the need for an ‘adult faith’. What might an adult faith look like? For Colin Alcock, it includes a capacity to reflect honestly and creatively on the personal and political aspects of our lived experience in the light of the Sermon on the Mount. Hopefully, that search for authenticity and integrity, with its prophetic edge, is still a feature of Eremos. I think you will agree with me that Colin’s article is amazingly contemporary in its social and political critique.

For many, finding an adult faith involves an escape from fundamentalism. In her review of Josie McSkimming’s Leaving Fundamentalism and the Reconstruction of Identity, Linda Turton also reflects on her own journey towards a more liberating and fulfilling faith – a journey in which Eremos has played a significant part.

Over the years, Eremos has also sought to explore Aboriginal spirituality. You may remember that our December 2016 issue was devoted to papers from The Edge of the Sacred Conference, Exiled from Country: Deep Listening to the Spirit of Place, held in Alice Springs last July. Several spoke of Aboriginal spirituality, particularly dadirri (deep listening), as a gift we are reluctant to receive. In this issue, David Woods and Celia Kemp respond to the recent Uluru Statement from the Heart. They suggest the possibility of something new emerging in the way of healing and reconciliation – if we are prepared to listen.

Katherine Rainger’s ‘Exploration in Film and Theology’ continues the Aboriginal theme through her account of her research journey involving three films The Tracker, Ten Canoes and Charlie’s Country. Her passion for a creative dialogue between theology and film also touches on another ongoing Eremos interest: the exploration of culture and spirituality through the arts.

In ‘Exploring Questions about Jesus in a Girardian Key’ Sarah Bachelard refers to James Alison, who is to be the keynote speaker at our Annual Gathering. (See Info section at the back for further details.)

Alison has of course been profoundly influenced by René Girard. Annie Patterson’s story of her journey with L’Arche reminds us again of the gifts that marginalised people – in this case those with a disability – have to share. The message of ‘changing the world one heart at a time’ is much needed at a time when we can feel overwhelmed by what is happening in the world.

I still remember my gratitude and excitement when those EREMOS magazines reached me in regional NSW (Armidale) in the 1980s. They were a lifeline. And I am still discovering what an adult faith looks like. How about you?

Frances MacKay

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