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The 'Christian Community' (Movement for Religious Renewal) - 'Growing with the Living Earth' : We can’t wait for things to happen, while the earth is dying.... but all of them together. 2 1/4 day forum.

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Fri, 03/09/2010 - 18:00 - 22:00
319 Auburn Road, Hawthorn


Conference in Melbourne: 'Growing with the Living Earth'
3 - 5 September 2010
“How does Christianity encompass working with the Earth?”
“Are we responsible for the wellbeing of the Earth?”
“The Living Christ and the Living of the Earth.”
“How can a Christian be a custodian of the Earth?”
“What has Spirituality got to do with the Earth?”
“Our relationship to the Living Spirit of the Earth.”
Recommended literature: 
Alex Podolinsky: 'Active Perception'
Rudolf Steiner: 'Riddles of the Universe at the Close of the Nineteenth Century' & 'The Spiritual Communion of Mankind'
Copies available at The Steiner Store, 9 Strathalbyn St EAST KEW VIC 3102,            
phone (+61-3) 9857 0111. For online orders:  http://steinerstore.com.au
Dear Friends,
We would like to invite you to this planned event in early September in our church in Hawthorn. What to expect?
We are looking into the world with great concern about the dwindling life forces of Mother Earth and how we treat her and our natural reserves. We know that we are responsible for the Earth’s life – at least, we need to give back what we take for ourselves. Once we learn that Mother Earth, as we know her, is not anymore by herself gaining forces we may change our attitude towards her. 
“Growing with the Living Earth” is the focus and the title of our conference, where we intend to come together over the next three years, to find out more, how the change towards the living forces with and in the earth are given into our own hands.
We can’t wait for things to happen, while the earth is dying. But we can be the change to make life happen for the Earth. So it is not just an economical question what we have to do, and not a matter of choice what to buy, and also not just a matter of understanding the principles of growing food in the Demeter way of agriculture, but all of them together.
Further more: we can experience the being of life sharing its body in substantial ways, through the inner activity of our being, connected with the earth.
We can find maternal forces in our soul. Individuality and nature have a common dwelling place, and this indeed finds expression in our meeting, the conference.
We have invited three keynote speakers, to share with us their life experiences. And in order to come into exchange about the keynote lectures you might find already important questions living in yourselves, regarding the envisaged themes suggested here, or more. 
Feel free to bring your questions to the conference to contribute to a lively discourse. A few questions have already been communicated on the postcard. Yet you might come up with even more distinguished observations within your personal quests.
Alex Podolinsky, from Powelltown near Warburton, is a Demeter pioneer of Australia. He will ask questions that we might have about the proper distinction of recognition of life in nature and of nature recognition through active perception. He will want to lead us to the very practical beginnings of perception, in as much as we want to encourage ourselves. 
Peter Glasby, senior science teacher and world traveller from Mt Barker, SA, will set out on a journey to an encounter with two main questions: Where we can find and how do we meet life in nature, by way of nature-scientific observation and method. On the other hand: How we relate to it with our inner being. How do we relate with our own nature to this outer phenomenal experience. We are required to do some study of the subject (as an object) of the own inner self – following the same observational method as before. 
Martin Samson, priest of The Christian Community in Adelaide, probably takes us by surprise, when we embark on the theme Observations of hidden living forces. Whether they live in natural realms around us, or experiences within our Soul: Can they be a bridge between the numinous in the outside world and the inwardly felt need of a new spiritual imagination for our working in the world. Or turning it around: Can we find ways to share our spiritual insights and riches in a fruitful way with the Earth, the Community and the World?
Further events during the Conference:
 Saturday: Performance of “Beryl Sees in the Night, or The Lost and Regained Alphabet ”, by Nelly Sachs.   
 Sunday: A panel of questions and answers. Review and Lookout for next year's conference.
For the conference preparation in Melbourne,
Gotthard Killian