Be Still my Soul – Just Breathe

In the four-minute film Just Breathe, kindergarteners talk about coping with emotions and using meditation and breathing techniques. Filmmakers Julie Bayer Salzman and Josh Salzman created “Just Breathe” with their son, classmates, and family members one Saturday afternoon. The film is entirely unscripted, what the kids say is based purely on their own neuro-scientific understanding of difficult emotions, and how they cope through breathing and meditation.

The Sexualisation of Women

If women were truly equal, and treated with equality and respect, such treatment would be unthinkable. They wouldn’t be objectified, sexualised, and treated as fodder for the twin industries of prostitution and pornography. The second class status of women makes all this possible.

A Nation that Destroys its Soil Destroys Itself

We are dancing on the grave of an indigenous wisdom that farmed wildlife beautifully and was balanced and free of greed. Aborigines have been looking after the country long before the Brits rocked up in their ridiculous garb. But old British habits die hard (Rachael Treasure). Tuesday Talks: A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself

Crystals and Sacred Stones: Not so spooky

Many seek deeper power and cleaning from the stones; however, the Sacred Tests suggest that when we look through the stones and into the light, we are actually being led to see the face of God, in all its beauty and healing power. It concludes that it is God who created the balance of mind, body and spirit and who channels healing into the soul.

Friday Arts Day: with Esther Oakley

God is always challenging me to see people and situations through his eyes, not my eyes of judgement and insecurity.

He loves me so completely that I am free to love others completely.

We are carriers of light and hope everyday. We don’t have to be perfect, just willing. Esther Oakley

Barriers to Reconciliation: Pastoral Concerns Merging

Reconciliation begins when we find the courage to take ownership of pain and suffering; including our own. Reconciliation begins when we ‘lose ourselves’ in this ownership: no longer do we deny the conditions of trauma but instead we embrace difference through partnering, together, in the search for transformation. Dr Jehan Loza

Thursday Theology: Radical Teachings of Jesus 1 & 2

Being a disciple of Jesus is a lifelong journey towards conforming ourselves to the image and way of life that Jesus taught. Return to the Gospels and begin to reshape your faith and life around the way and teachings of our Master, Jesus. Brandan Robertson

Characteristics of Pastors who make the distance: Spiritual Disciplines

Silence is ‘the royal road to spiritual formation’ (Nouwen). It is not just the absence of noise, but an opportunity to listen to the still small voice of the Spirit. ‘Meditation’ is a way for Scripture to be internalised not merely (as in Transcendental Meditation) a technique to ‘calm down’. by Rowland Croucher