morepraxis gathering 2012
MPG12 – The power of Partnership
Think, pray, play and meet with more of your tribe who long for a Christian spirituality that interconnects social action and theological reflection.
Been waiting for this? Good, so have we.
When: Sept 14-16
Where: Clifford Park Scouts camp site – Clifford Rd, Wonga Park VIC (Melways 24 J6)
45 mins from Melbourne
This year theme is linked to our special guest Pastor Berlin – Why? Because without the ‘power of partnership’ of our church he would not be with us.
Cost: Adult Day Visitors $40
Kids Visitors $15
Dinner Guests $35
Accommodation and catering cost options are per person for the weekend.
Cabin $45 (Sleeps 4 or 6 – min 3&5 in room)
Catering $25 Adults & $15 Kids*
The food option is a separate cost to allow people to select the food needs of their family.
*Does my child need to pay adult food rates or child or just leave them off?
“Well from my experience babies tend not to eat anything much but some 6-8 year old’s hold their own with the group. – you are the parents you can decide.” – Adrian Greenwood
Online Registration here – live and ready to take your details
Following the three processes of praxis Think Act Reflect we have three morning workshops to help set the course of our gathering and challenge our walk.
Guest input from…..
Think: Pastor Berlin Guerrero from the United Church of Christ in the Philippines – The Power of Partnership
Act: Just Act – Jill R – Advocacy & Justice is gospel
Reflect: Lucy Graham – Songs of Hope & the Kingdom
Dinner Speaker: Pastor Berlin Guerrero from the United Church of Christ in the Philippines – I would not be here without you?
Last year: The adventure course was again popular, we had more frisbee, board games of Earthoploy carbon trading game was interesting & of course our conspiring conversations went deep. Lightning talks & Alt worship were again a highlight with challenging input from in the Think Act Reflect workshops. Big Al was in good form for the dinner & we even had a thanksgiving service on the sunday as part of the final alt worship.
last years program etc http://mpg11.eventbrite.com/
You have been preparing all your life to lead a conversation on something – come prepared to engage that conversation but don’t stress on the preparation.
‘lightning talks’ are back and are your 5minutes of fame to spark more conversations.
Past topics include reflections on liquid church, community work in, out and with the church, activist strategies, talisman actions, politics, disabilities and the church, Am I going to hell if I own a iphone and a ipad? …. to name a few.
So get thinking about what you can share.
Also, there will be a space set aside for participants to propaganda/promote their group, cause, next action, t-shirt, study, book…. you get the idea. (byo for your promo space)
Should we come? Yes
If you are at a junction where you need to think and chat about your vocation and the direction of your life with active, prayerful and wise mentors and co-travelers … there will be a bunch at MPG to bounce ideas with.
If you are a family that is interested in connecting social justice and spirituality then this gathering has space for your needs. The site is well equipped for free play and organised chaos
About Pastor Berlin
We are honoured to have with us Pastor Berlin Guerrero from the United Church of Christ in the Philippines who I consider a modern day Mandela. Many of us wrote letters and kept Berlin and his family in prayers after his illegal abduction, arrest and torture in the Philippines in 2007. Berlin spent just over 15 months as a political prisoner before his case was finally quashed and he was released.
UCCP has been the hardest-hit Church in the Philippines when it comes to human rights violations and extra-judicial killings, with many church workers and members being harassed, abducted, and killed. People may remember NCYC2009 with Amie Dural speaking of Pastor Berlin’s imprisonment and the situation in the Philippines, and even the ongoing threats that Berlin was facing after being released from prison.
This is that person we raised in prayer & advocacy as the Church.
Pastor Berlin is with us today because of the power of partnership because the church believes in a world that is round and borderless and filled with the beloved community of God. Almost 5 years to the day after being abducted, Berlin was granted asylum in Australia, and in May this year began his “new life” as a permanent resident of Australia.
In January he participated in About Face and because he was seeking to be a resident here asked Elders of Indigenous communities if he had permission to seek a home here? Such an amazing embodiment of sovereignty & grace in action.
Basically, Berlin is a generous soul with good humour and a understanding of justice, grace & partnership that we all will enjoy getting to know.