Events for the Heart and Soul – 10 March

In this issue: Earth Hour 2009; Black Politics; Workshop – The Art and Heart of Creative Conflict; Pace e Bene – Non-violence in the Mainstream; Centre for Christian Belief, Spirituality and Australian Culture – Exploring Men’s Spirituality; St George’s Cathedral invites you to waste time with God; Easter Music – Voices in Praise.calendar-150px1EARTH HOUR 2009

At 8.30pm on 28 March 2009, cities across the world will turn off their lights for one hour, sending a powerful global message that it’s possible to take united action on global warming. WWF and Earth Hour supporters around the world aim to reach 1 billion people in 1,000 cities and we hope your church can be part of this historic achievement.
There are many ways churches can support Earth Hour in 2009, from turning out the lights in their buildings/facilities on the night through to encouraging church members/supporters to join the Earth Hour initiative.
The following information can be found at:

BLACK POLITICS:  Inside the complexity of Australian political culture
A gathering to celebrate the publication of Sarah Maddison’s book – Hosted by:  Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Senator for WA
Speakers include:  Dr Sarah Maddison, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW and Indigenous leader:  Pat Dodson.
WHERE: UCIC Centre, 1st Floor, Queens Building, Cnr Murray & William Sts Perth (enter via William St next to Wittner’s Shoe Store)
WHEN: Tuesday, 31 March 2009
TIME: 6.00PM – 7.30PM
Refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP to:


The Winding Staircase is hosting a workshop for personal and community capacity-building in creative and constructive conflict transformation. Participants will be provided with opportunities to:

  • Recognise how their own experience influences the way they see the world of conflict
  • Understand the influence of destructive conflict in the systems within which they live and work
  • Reflect on dominant styles of communication during conflict
  • Identify and practice the skills of staying connected with others during conflict, through personal presence that evokes empathy and compassion
  • Remain faithful to their own truth while choosing not to violate the truth of others
  • Cultivate and sustain personal energy for inspirational conflict

WHEN: Thursday, March 12
WHERE: A Place To Just Be, 4a Preston Rd, East Fremantle
(behind Catholic Church – fronts onto Canning Highway – near Stirling Highway end)
COST: $220 plus GST
All enquiries to:

Every day we are equipped with the vision of skills of nonviolence, the more capacity we have to sustain a commitment to the daily practice of peace in our lives.  Every day people face the challenge and consequences of violence and injustice.  Some people confront violence with violence.  Others remain passive.  Neither approach is sustainable.  Each often fails to address the root causes of violence or stop the cycle of destruction, resentment, and retaliation that violence and injustice create.
Pacé e Bene will be holding a residential retreat in 2009 at St Joseph’s Retreat, Penola By the Sea, 27 Penguin Rd Safety Bay.  This retreat will commence on Friday 19 April until 24 April.
For registration/information please contact any of the following people:  Brendan McKeague at:, George E Trippe:   or Stacie Chappel at:

Centre for Christian Belief, Spirituality and Australian Culture-Exploring Men’s Spirituality

Who challenges, encourages and inspires you as a man?  How are you that for other men?
This is an invitation for men to join together in exploring and discovering an authentic spiritual way for men with Steve Runciman, John Dunnill and Michael Pennington.
Saturday 28th March 2009 9.15am for 9.30am start and finishing at 3.30pm
Wollaston College
Cost $40 (Concession $35) including lunch.
Contact Maria Hann at Wollaston College for information.
Michael Pennington
Phone: 9332 7221


Wednesday 11 March:
9.30am until 2.45pm – A Day in the Spiritual Life of the Cathedral  will include a range of spiritual experiences including “A Journey into Wilderness (Lent)”  with the Precentor, Canon Tony Murray-Feist and Poetry of Wilderness with Professor Christopher Wortham.  Includes morning tea on arrival, lunch and arvo tea. [$12]

Wednesday 25th March;
9.30am until 11.30am – Coffee, Prayers and Spirituality  offers “Spirituality and …. The Economy” with Jim Freemantle of Perth Diocesan Trustees, Anglican Community Fund management committee and Swan River Trust. Jim was CEO of Home Building Society and is a member of the Cathedral congregation. [$5)

5.15pm until 6.15pm  –  Worker’s Coffee and Spirituality   [$5]
15 April    –  Christian Spirituality  — Bishop David Murray
22 April    –  Spirituality and Religion — The Revd Dr Nigel Leaves
29 April    –  Spirituality  & Henri Nouwen — The Revd Canon Frank Sheehan
6  May    –  Spirituality and Silence  —  Archdeacon Paul Cannon

EASTER MUSIC  – VOICES IN PRAISE at Mount Pleasant Uniting

Voices in Praise will present the 8 part ‘Crucifixus’ written by Antonio Lotti along with Hallelujah from Judas Maccabaeus and other lovely selections of Easter music.
WHEN: Wednesday, 7 April
TIME: 8.00PM
WHERE: Mt Pleasant Uniting Church, Cnr Reynolds & Coomoora Rds.
Please come and join us on this reflective Easter journey – All welcome