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Coming up at EarthSong: our film circle returns!

We’d love you to join us on TUESDAY 4th August, as we continue to celebrate the International Year of Light by exploring the film Sky Whisperers Ranginui. This film calls us to connect more closely with our stars, moon, sky and air. Stunningly beautiful and gently challenging, it holds a freshness and integrity rarely experienced.

Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville. Tuesday, 4th August, 7.30-9 pm. 

Gold coin donation appreciated

Celebrating Earth’s Wisdom in August

Sophia’s Spring is an eco-feminist community of the Uniting Church at CERES Environmental Park. This month, you are invited to their series of ecology workshops, which focus on exploring Earth’s Wisdom and our connection with creation.

 Saturday 1st August 2015 – Reflecting on our ecological journey

Exploring deep ecology and reflecting on our journeys.

These workshops are held at CERES (Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East, 3057), from 2 – 4 pm. $20 donation. Contact or register by contacting Jan on 0402 774 883 or emailing sophias-spring@ceres.org.au

For more information, check out the website here: http://sophias-spring.unitingchurch.org.au.

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Exploring Ecospirituality: Faith, Earth Ethics and Professional Life

A free seminar hosted by the Australian Earth Laws Alliance

Ecospirituality has different meanings for different people.  At its essence it encapsulates a belief about the deep and sacred interconnectedness of all life and life supporting systems on earth. If you are interested in ecospirituality and the role it plays in modern life, you are very welcome to attend this seminar, which focuses on the role of ecospirituality in fostering Earth ethics and Earth centred professional practice at a time when our environment faces great challenges.

The event is part of a national seminar series called “Exploring Ecospirituality” hosted by AELA and their partners around Australia.

Tuesday 18th August at Ceres Van Ray Centre (Corner of Stewart and Roberts Streets, Brunswick East). Please come at 5.30 for a 6.00pm start. Registration is essential. Please visit AELA’s website for more information.

In Annie’s Garden: a reflection by Oliver Cassar

We invite all those involved with EarthSong to share reflections of their experiences of connection with the Earth. Oliver wrote the following beautiful reflection many years before he became associated with the teachings of Thomas Berry and EarthSong:

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During a Thich Nhat Hanh retreat in Warburton we were taken to Annie’s Garden, an extensive bush property at the foot of the range. There we were told: Meditate on a tree which attracts you.

I chose to observe and be open to a giant gum tree across the valley but as I watched and watched my chosen tree, I started to get a strong feeling that my attention was being disregarded.  This is what happened, what I felt, what spoke to me:

“You behold me, you behold my majesty

But  I’m not alone,    I    a m   n o t    a l o n e !”

Swirling tracery of dark branches brandished on a smaller tree

beckoned,  …  beckoned my attentiveness.

A sister tree, nursing under the canopy of a sturdy mighty brother ….

My chosen giant gum tree.

One sheltering, the other protecting … being, loving, uniting

Looking, observing,   b e i n g   t h e r e

to previous garden strollers,

past gardeners, path builders.

Accepting reverence, giving inspiration

communing with indigenous women, indigenous men

Always harbouring, sheltering, giving, p r o t e c t i n g:

Insects, birds, reptiles and mammals

As it lives, living and dying …. l i v i n g   a n d   d y i ng ….

With others,  … for others.

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If you would like to share a reflection with us, please email pat@earthsong.org.au

The EarthSong Library

Have you paid a visit to our library before?  We hold around 900 books exploring the fields of cosmology, evolutionary science, spirituality, earth-ethics, eco-theology, sustainable living, planetary trends, earth based education, nature writing, poetry and ritual, among others.  Subscriptions to magazines dedicated to similar fields enhance this body of knowledge. These resources are available for borrowing from the EarthSong office.  Feel free to come and browse the collection, or email pat@earthsong.org.au if you are seeking a particular text. You can find out more and access a list of some of the resources through our resources page.

July eNotes

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