City Sanctuaries: essential to forming ‘new modes of neighbourliness’

Former Congregational Church building and site of Colony 47 on Davey Street (centre) looking across from St David's Park, Hobart, Tasmania.

Former Congregational Church building and site of Colony 47 on Davey Street (centre) looking across from St David’s Park, Hobart, Tasmania.

CITY SANCTUARIES  is a community heritage project, presently being undertaken by Wesley Hobart Museum and Arts Tasmania to foster public appreciation of Hobart’s significant and diverse urban sanctuaries and its spiritual landscape.

Having an interfaith and broad public focus, City Sanctuaries is working to identify common ground that is able to support and nurture a shared appreciation of the different and distinctive features of the city’s sanctuary places.

What do we mean by city sanctuary?

We use the term “city sanctuary” to refer to urban places where sacred forms are given expression in ways (e.g. through art, architecture, word, ritual and mundane practices) that are conserved, remembered and made accessible to city inhabitants and their visitors.

Yet sanctuary is appreciated not only as place but also as welcoming, revitalizing and neighbourly relationship.

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Being Christian in the light of the News

Or

Responding to the news in the light of being Christian.

From David Reeve.

On Sunday 4th November 2012, the worship leader read a statement issued by Uniting Justice at Hobart North Uniting Church: “Labor should be Ashamed of Push to Change Migration Zone”. Its strong terms included words like “shameful abdication of moral responsibility”, “race to the bottom”, and “appalling”.

Members of the congregation sat up and listened. Some objected to this instance of “politics from the pulpit”. Others nodded and grunted approval. People chatted afterwards, and it was decided to convene a short-term discussion group to explore further this and related issues. Continue reading

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Slow time in a fast world

I think this is a great article to add in the Advent/Christmas season, though it’s not just applicable to now.  Simon Carey Holt is Pastor at the Collins St Baptist Church in Melbourne.   This appeared on his blog quite some years ago, but I still read it from time to time and find it helpful.     Simon’s current blog writing can be found here: “Simply Simon”

Rod Peppiatt

Slow Time in a Fast World: A Spirituality of Rest

Simon Carey Holt

Originally published in Ministry, Society and Theology, vol. 16, no. 2, 2002, 10-21.

(Used here with kind permission)

 

In Michael Leunig’s delightful series of correspondence, The Curly Pyjama

Letters, the itinerant and restless Vasco asks Mr Curly a pressing question,

“What is worth doing and what is worth having?” Mr Curly’s reply is simple: “It is

worth doing nothing and having a rest.”1 The simplicity of Curly’s wisdom is

compelling. The more I ponder it, the more I suspect there’s a theology here

worth exploring: that doing nothing could be a worthy pursuit, that rest could be

virtuous. I’m intrigued. Continue reading

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The Uniting Church congregations of central Hobart are joining in partnership to serve the city, encourage and support one another in faith and worship.

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