Meet the Writers of Season of Creation, Pentecost 2 2014
SeasonsFUSION is created by practitioners who are passionate about their ministries. Quarterly development events are held in local church communities in Australia, North America, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.
At each development event, members from the local host congregation meet with editors to discuss the lectionary passages, brainstorm themes, and share suggestions for worship and practice from their own experience.
A member of the Glen Waverley Uniting Church, I am a retired research worker with a particular interest in the mystical tradition, with a focus on, but not limited to, the three “traditions of the book.” From a “hard start” words have, since my youth, held a fascination particularly when they push beyond the everyday. Now in later years comes the recognition that we are all, each one, on a journey through this life and along the way we mark our position and progress in many and varied ways – for me it’s words of the spirit, from the silence.
Speaking of obtuse or is it paradox?
Against the Rational
When I know, I don’t know:
When I don’t know, I know.
© P G Baker
Rosemary is passionate about connecting life, justice, community, wholeness, and hospitality with our experiences and stories, grounding them in the great faith stories particularly from the Christian tradition. Rosemary’s childhood background moving from community to community, and through nursing and social work, deepened her appreciation for the struggles people experience of isolation and disconnection from community, often exacerbating mental health struggles. As an ordained Minister in the Uniting Church in Australia for over 18 years, she has a particular interest in both how women lead in difficult times, and developing Christian community as places of hospitality and hope expressing the justice-making, inclusive, life-giving God.
Rosemary is beginning a new half-time ministry with Church of All Nations, Carlton, in inner-suburban Melbourne. Surrounded by a very large housing estate of multinational migrants and refugees, and adjacent a major university campus, the small parish mission congregation has traditionally focused on social needs provision but is beginning to explore ways of engaging with vastly different cultures. Rosemary is currently undertaking Masters studies exploring the leadership of women in new mission ventures.
When I finished school, I completed a degree in Early Childhood Education. After teaching for about six years, I decided to change direction and looked at the possibility of doing Children and Family’s ministry. After a short period of discernment, I began working in this position at Glen
Waverley Uniting Church and I have been in this part-time position for three years. During this time I have been completing a Graduate Certificate in Theology.
Mark lives in Adelaide, South Australia where he works as a funeral director. Outside of work he can be seen as a lay preacher, celebrant, church elder, and playmate for his two grandsons.
Mark sees the Bible as a wonderful resource of ideas, stories and statements about God, and loves the opportunity to present these in meaningful and fun ways through drama and narratives that link into our everyday lives.
I am currently the Office Manager at Glen Waverley Uniting Church. As well as working at the church, I have always enjoyed being involved in worship, children’s activities, and pastoral care. I am challenged by the example of Jesus who lived as a true friend, met people where they were and continued to journey with them. I have always enjoyed the intense discussion that deep exploration of the Bible can bring about. I am beginning to discover the wisdom in the voices of our children and finding it amazing.
Earlier this year I have begun a Period of Discernment with the Uniting Church. I am looking forward to exploring what the future holds.
Barbara Wheeler is a member of the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist in New York City. She has worked in faith-based and social justice-focused organizations for the past 12 years, finding a true meeting of her passion and talent in writing, editing, and creating materials that inspire, encourage, and challenge people on their own spiritual journeys. Barbara is currently the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Busted Halo®, a place where 20–30-something spiritual seekers and Catholics can explore their faith. Barbara is also a member of the board of directors of the West Side Campaign Against Hunger – New York City’s largest emergency food pantry, which provides food for more than 1 million meals to hungry New Yorkers.
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