Mustard Seeds of Action and Hope

Stories to encourage us to be people who challenge violence,
injustice and oppression, and work for peace and reconciliation.

Saturday 29 February 2020

Venue: Ararat Parish Hall
32 View Point Street, Ararat (car park)


Lunch is available for a small cost.


No Bookings required. However, if you require further information please contact:
Rev’d Robyn Shackell  |  m. 0419 365 824 | e.


9.30am Cuppa

9.45am Welcome

Short Bible Study
A Biblical Character who made their faith credible.
+ Garry

10.30am – 11.00am
Small Group Discussion
Who are the people who have challenged violence, injustice and oppression or worked for peace and reconciliation, and inspired me?

11am – 12noon

Joan Grace OAM and Rev’d Hayden McKellar – St Francis of Assisi and The Francis Foundation. (The Francis Foundation is a Not for Profit organisation based in Warrnambool that Joan established to assist people with mental health issues back into mainstream society.)
Fr Constantine Osuchukwu – Etty Hillesum (WWII diarist / mystic. Executed at Auschwitz)

12noon -12.20pm
Small Group Discussion
What inspired me during the presentations?
What can my parish learn about how we can challenge violence, injustice and oppression and work for peace and reconciliation?

12.20pm Eucharist

1pm Lunch

1.45pm – 3.15pm

Fr Glen Wesley – Thomas Merton OCSO (Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist, and scholar of comparative religion)
Sister Elisa Helen CSC – Mother Emily Ayckbowm CSC (founder and first mother superior of the Community of the Sisters of the Church)
Chris Wells – Rev’d Henry Matthews (A Martyr of PNG, born in Ararat Parish)

3.15pm – 3.45pm
Small Group Discussion
Are there similarities in these stories?
How do these stories relate to our theme?
How do they call me / my parish to action?

3.45pm Closing remarks and blessing.
+ Garry

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