MtE Update – May 16 2018


  1. After church THIS WEEK May 20 we’ll build on our last conversation about our worship, with a focus on the prayer of the church, as it is found in Sunday worship.
  2. Following worship on Sunday June 3 we’ll have another of our hymn-learning sessions.
  3. For those interested in some background commentary to the readings for this Sunday May 20, see the links here (we’ll hear the psalm and the gospel for the day, and continue with our focus 1 John, picking up some of his reflections on the Spirit (for Pentecost) : 1 John 4.1-12, on which some comment can be found here.).
Other things potentially of interest

Dear friends

Please find attached a brochure from the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce that you can use to take action advocating against the removal of basic financial supports for up to 12,000 people over the next year.  The issue is rather urgent in that the first cohort of people to be removed from financial supports (possibly up to 3,000) will be in June.  They anticipate 12,000 being removed from these supports over the next year.  Any removal of financial supports will result in destitution and homelessness for many of these people and we are also entering winter which is a particularly difficult time for homelessness.  We are aware that faith based agencies are likely to be the ones who will have to do their best to fill this gap.

The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce is encouraging people of faith to respond to this issue because this is a breach of human rights to cause people to be destitute who are lawfully going through a refugee protection process.

Further resources on this issue can be found at:

Thank you in advance for your action on this issue,

Mark Zirnsak

Senior Social Justice Advocate
equipping Leadership for Mission
29 College Cres Parkville 3052
t  (03) 9340 8807  | f  (03) 9340 8805  | m  +61 (0) 409 166 915



You are warmly invited to a public lecture on the relationship between Western Philosophy and Indian Thought by Professor Françoise Dastur (Emeritus, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis) at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne campus.

Wednesday 30 May, 2018

5.30 – 7.00pm

ACU Melbourne Campus,

115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy

Room 404.G.09 (Mercy Lecture Theatre)

About the lecture

Until recently, the matter of the relation between Western philosophy and Eastern traditions of thought had been largely neglected by European philosophers, especially in France. It is the depth of the ignorance of Indian philosophy in Europe that was highlighted by the French philosopher and journalist, Roger Pol-Droit, in his 1989 book The Oblivion of India: A Philosophical Amnesia.

India has been a place of prodigious development in mathematics, astronomy, philology and philosophy since ancient times. However, it was only at the end of the 18th century that Europe began to discover the importance of Indian literature and philosophy, beginning in Germany where writers and philosophers chose to look in the direction of the Orient. In this talk, Professor Dastur will explore the many points of convergence between Western philosophy and Indian thought, suggesting that these need much further analysis and development.

About the speaker

Professor Françoise Dastur taught philosophy in the University of Paris I from 1969–1995, in the University of Paris XII from 1995–1999, and in the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis from 1999–2003. She taught also as a visiting professor in the universities of Mannheim, Rio de Janeiro, Caracas, Warwick, Essex, De Paul (Chicago), Boston College, and North Western University (Evanston).

Professor Dastur was, as honorary Professor of Philosophy, attached to the Husserl Archives of Paris (ENS Ulm), a research unit affiliated to the French National Center for Research (CNRS) until June 2017.  She was a founding member and the President of the École Française de Daseinsanalyse, of which she is now honorary President. She has published many articles in French, English and German, and is the author of several books in French, five of which have been translated into English.


For further information, and to register to attend:

Campus Map:

Old News

Friends of Vellore Victoria invite you to a Recital of Choral and Organ Music in QUEEN’S COLLEGE CHAPEL on Sunday, May 20th 2018 at 3 pm, 1–17 College Crescent, Parkville.

David Agg will perform organ works by Pachelbel, Bach, Vierne & Stanley. The Queen’s Chapel Choir will sing 19th century English choral works. The FOVV will also launch their annual appeal for 2018, followed by afternoon tea in Eakins Hall.

Further information from David Runia 0419 419 766 or Viviane Harangazo 0429 933 780.



Outreach Ministry

Make it Messy! Training Day Saturday June 2 Parkville 

Make it Messy! will assist those already engaged in Messy Church, churches contemplating beginning a Messy Church and people genuinely curious about the Messy Church phenomenon take the next step in their Messy journey. Join with others from churches across the state for a day of active engagement, stimulating discussions, encouraging stories and helpful electives that will empower your ministry in your local context – whether you are already engaged with Messy Church or not!. Across the day you will have the opportunity to connect with experienced Messy Church leaders and engage with…

Introducing Messy Church                                                                    

Starting a Messy Church                                                                        

Extreme Craft for Messy Church                                                        

Opening the Bible in Messy Church 

Growing discipleship in Messy Church

Exploring what makes Messy Church church                                

Messy Church beyond the monthly gathering                                             

Activities and games for building Messy community                 

More information and registration: e-mail or Make it Messy 2018 (live from May 1);  for more on the ‘messy church’ idea:

Please let Craig know if you’d be interested in being part of an MtE group attending this workshop