Events for the Heart and Mind – 12 August 2009

calendar-150pxIn this issue: Opening of St Mary’s Cathedral; Waste time with God; Master your Ministry and Thrive; Dayspring Retreats; WA Week; Vose Seminary events; Saturdays at Wollaston; and more…

The official opening and dedication of St Mary’s Cathedral in Perth will take place on December 8th 2009, the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed VIrgin Mary, Archbishop Hickey has announced recently. This will be the completion of a five year project which has taken three years in its construction phase.


Wed. Aug 26th – – “Coffee, Prayers and Spirituality”
9.30am until 11.30am: Presentation: “Spirituality and … Health” presented by the Revd Graeme Manolas, Chaplain of Hollywood Hospital and past coordinator of Silver Chain Palliative Care Chaplaincy. Includes tea/Coffee/Muffins. ($5)

Registrations (catering and seating) by the Monday before the event to Bishop David Murray, Cathedral Centre for Spirituality – Phone 9325 5766 or Email:

Master Your Ministry and Thrive
Southwest Leadership Training Day
Saturday 22 August, 12:30—4:30pm
Australind Senior High School
12 Break O’Day Drive, Australind
Cost: $30

Australind Baptist Church and Vose Leadership present an exciting afternoon of leadership training. Come on your own or bring your whole team!

The Church and Community Impact with Graham Mabury
Building Teams / Raising New Talent with Monica O’Neil
Plus, choose an elective from the following:
Worship With Eliot Vlatko
Technology With Craig Tucker
Children With Mim Hosking
Leadership With Mike and Monica O’Neil
Small Groups Presenter TBC
For information on the trainers, visit and check out the Trainer Profiles under the About Us page.
Creche is available for children 3 years and over ($5 per family). Places are limited and should be booked—see registration form for details.
Register now!
Download a registration form from the Events page at, or contact Vose Leadership on 6313 6200 or
Registrations close Monday 17th August

Dayspring Retreats:
“The Springtime of the Spirit” New Norcia Friday 21st August to Sunday 23rd August 2009: contact for information
“St Francis of Assisi Canticle of Brother Sun” September 18-20 2009 Nathaniel’s Rest Mundaring contact for information

Brendan McKeague, Tony Clitheroe and Anne Courtney have been part of the development and delivery of “The Spirit and Practice of Leadership Programme” at MercyCare over the last year and we have received excellent feedback on its value for their managers. As a result, The Winding Staircase, in collaboration with MercyCare, is offering the programme to other values-based organisations in a public programme to be offered from August to November this year (three blocks of two days). Alternatively, we could also run in-house programmes for organisations and tailor it for specific needs and interests.
The focus of this programme is on developing the self-awareness and communication skills of leaders and managers so they can more effectively engage in the relationships and conversations that underpin their work – probably the most fundamental way in which we all get our work done.
The programme is largely based on:

  • Ontology (‘the way of being’);
  • the ‘spirit of the leader’;
  • a coaching approach to leading;
  • and nonviolent/creative conflict.

The Programme will be facilitated by myself, Anne Courtney and Tony Clitheroe. For more information about the Programme, the Facilitators and the organisations behind it please see attached information.
Anne, Tony and I would be pleased to have further conversations with those interested in engaging with the Programme.
Please contact any of us in the following ways:
Anne Courtney: 9227 5746
Brendan McKeague 042-944-8090
Tony Clitheroe 9528 1366

the course is 3 weekends in August, September and November.

Celebrate WA Week during 20-26 October 2009-information from

LeadershipLink Morning with Philip Gagelar: “Human Resources in the Local Church”

When: Thursday 13th August, 9:30am – 12pm
Cost: $40 (LeadershipLink Workshop)
Where: Vose Seminary
This workshop will focus on role description clarity and expectations for volunteers and staff. Philip Gagelar is the HR Systems and Policy Managaer of One Steel, a corporation of 10,000 employees, and is also HR Manager at Riverview Church.

Money Matters
When: Saturday 8th August, 9am – 3pm, with Anna Sheehan
Where: Vose Seminary
Cost: $60

Money Matters is aimed at Administrators, Treasurers, Finance Committee members, Church Bookkeepers, and all those involved in the financial administration of a church or not-for-profit group. Anna Sheehan provides practical, current information on processes and knowledge you need to have when handling church finances. See the flyer attached to this email for more info.

Beyond 400: Vose Seminary Conference
When: 27th and 28th August
Where: Vose Seminary
Cost: $120 both days / $70 one day

The 400th Anniversary of the Baptist Church raises questions not only about Baptist futures but also about denominational distinctions in a postmodern world. With Key-note speakers Rev Dr Nigel Wright, Rev Dr Martin Sutherland, and local and interstate presenters. See the flyer attached to this email for more info.

The Chaplain as Prophet
When: 21st and 22nd September, 9am – 4pm
Where: Bethanie on the Park Function Centre, 2 Plantation St, Menora
Cost: $100 both days / $60 one day

This two-day training seminar with Rev Dr Alan A. Niven, Vice Principal of the Victorian Churches of Christ Theological College, is held in conjunction with The Bethanie Group Inc. Visit for more info

For more information on any event, visit the Events page at or contact Monica or Katherine.

In this workshop on Recovering from Rejection we will use the statements of Jesus from the Cross as our resource. His experience was the ultimate rejection. Rejection is not a possibility. It is an inevitability. Rejection is the antithesis of acceptance which all of us pursue with amazing intensity. We will look at various forms of rejection.
Each Statement by Jesus opens up a process:

  • My God, why have you forsaken me – Why Me?
  • Father forgive them – Forgiveness is a process not an event or just a statement.
  • Jesus’ statement to the thief – our own rejection qualifies us to come alongside others who are rejected.
  • Jesus’ statement to his Mother and John – how do we relate to those nearest and dearest in our experience of Rejection
  • It is finished – what has finished in the context of our experience of rejection?
  • Into Your hands I commit my spirit – there is a new day following our experience of rejection.

This workshop will help people reflect on their experiences of rejection in marriages, families, churches and community.
This workshop will be led by Robert Drown

Family and Relationship Counsellor
Saturday 15th August, from 9.30am to 3.30pm in the Wollaston College Chapel
Cost $40 (Concession $35) including lunch

What heals us? Love that comforts the heart and wisdom that transforms the mind.
This workshop examines healing of the personality from an Enneagram perspective looking at particular expressions of love and wisdom that are therapeutic for each of the nine different personality types.
There will be a general introduction to the Enneagram followed by a presentation of the core conflicts that give rise to difficulties for the types.
The workshop will then present psychological knowledge and spiritual practises that promote the open heart and understanding mind that brings healing.
This workshop will be led by Steve Runciman
Clinical Psychologist
Saturday 19th September, from 9.30am to 3.30pm
Wollaston College Chapel
Cost $40 (Concession $35) including lunch

A day away from the usual routine of life, safe in the company of women, to explore, refresh and delight in one’s relationship with God.
Further details will be included in the next Newsletter

This day will be led by Tess Milne and Phyllis Genge
Saturday 17th October, from 9.30am to 3.30pm
Wollaston College Chapel
Cost $40 (Concession $35) including lunch

postal: Maria Hann 9286 0270

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Pitting organisation against organisation, workplace against workplace, the Sustainable September 2009 Committee is issuing the challenge to organisations in WA to see if their organisation can be the one to reduce their electricity consumption by the greatest percentage during September.

Earning the glory of being the greatest saver in the competition, will require organisations to show great commitment and creativity – and everyone will benefit from taking up the challenge.

To find out more or to register your involvement in the competition, please go to the NEW Stop Watts blog
Spark your workplace into action and become sustainable this September!

Sustainable September demonstrates sustainability in action and celebrates the people who are making it happen. The theme, ‘The Climate is Right for Sustainability’, makes the link between the practices we employ and the consequences on climate change and our quality of life.
The Calendar of Events for 2009 is being complied to bring experience of social, environmental and economic sustainability in action. Many will be free to attend.
Sustainable September is an annual campaign in Western Australia that highlights the many different threads that are necessary to weave a sustainable future.
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Renowed author and journalist David Marr will be speaking at a combined CARAD and CASE for Refugees Fundraiser on Monday 31st August 2009. Entry is free and there will be opportunities to donate to both organisations. It proves to be a great night and we hope to see you there. Details are:

Date: Monday 31st August
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Christchurch Grammar School Centre for Ethics, Queenslea Drive, Claremont