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Charles Sturt University
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

Events

Associate Director of Liturgy, the Arts and Spiritual Care, Susanna Pain, is pleased to offer the following events at the ACC&C.

For more information about these events or to register your interest, please contact Susanna at spain@csu.edu.au or 0418 637 469.

Ongoing events

Christian meditation

Christian Meditation is a spiritual wisdom and a practice leading from the mind to the heart. It is a way of simplicity, silence, stillness and openness to God. It can be practised by anyone, wherever you are on your life's journey. It is only necessary to begin – and to keep on beginning.

This practice is in the tradition of the World Community for Christian Meditation. Click here for more information on this tradition.

Event details

Every Thursday, 1.00 - 1.30pm

Prayer Room in The Chapel, ACC&C, 15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600

To download the event flier, click here.

Holy Communion

The ACC&C will hold a weekly Holy Communion (Eucharist) on Tuesday mornings. It will be a simple service and participants can meet for a "cuppa" afterwards. All welcome.

Event details

Every Tuesday, 8.00 - 8.30am (this event will commence from 2 February 2016)

Prayer Room in The Chapel, ACC&C, 15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600

Film and theology nights

Film as mirror – what do you see? Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Fantasy, and Epic

Over these five sessions throughout 2016, your host and facilitator will be Nikolai Blaskow, screenwriter, Chaplain and Head of Religious and Values Education at Radford College, aspiring doctoral candidate for Religion and Theology, who is forever grateful that the nuns at St John's College Campbelltown (a former Preparatory Boarding School for St Joseph's College, Sydney) made him and his fellow boarders watch films every Friday night for three years.

Event details

Thursday 17th March - 'A Serious Man', Coen Brothers

Thursday 19th May - 'Leviathan', Andrey Zvyagintsev

Thursday 21st July

Thursday 22nd September

Thursday 17th November

The screenings will be held at the ACC&C and begin at 6.30pm sharp, finishing punctually at 9.30pm. Bring food, soft drinks and wine to share. After the viewing, there will be a discussion to which you are invited to contribute.

To download the event flier, click here.

May 2016

Praying with the Earth - A Quiet Day

Come for a day of quiet and prayer, with like-minded people, opening to God's voice, and what the earth reveals about the nature of God, in this time before Winter.

We open with a cuppa at 9am, then a Reflection 930am, and gather at various times for reflection and meditation, and a closing prayer at 3pm.

Bring your own lunch, journal, hat, and art materials if you'd like. Morning and afternoon tea provided. More information here.

Event details

Saturday May 7, 9 for 9.30am to 3.30pm

The Chapel, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, corner King's Avenue and Blackall Street Barton, ACT 2600

Registration: Susanna Pain 0418 637 469or spain@csu.edu.au.

Donation: $30

March 2016

Good Friday Contemplative Walk

For Peace and Justice

Taking Christian biblical stories of Good Friday alongside contemporary reflections and our national institutions, we walk around the Parliamentary Triangle, ending in front of Parliament House, stopping at various places along the way to listen, reflect, pray, imagine, and participate in symbolic action.

This event is organised in partnership with Barnabas Ministries.

Event details

Friday 25 March, 5.00 - 7.00pm

Meet at the front of the National Library.

Download the event flier here.

Art: boundaries and beliefs - A lecture

This illustrated lecture by The Rev'd Dr Rod Pattenden will begin with 'Home', and then include a range of Australian artists who explore boundaries, with responses ranging from controversy to inclusion. Can art help us be at home with one another?

The Reverend Dr Rod Pattenden is an art historian and theologian. For many years he has been the Chair of the Blake Prize, exploring Australian spirituality through contemporary art.

Event details

Thursday 3 March, 7.30pm

The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600

Home: between here and there - Creative workshop

Dance, movement, storytelling with art ...

This is a creative workshop responding to an exhibition by eight artists who are seeking asylum in Australia. The exhibition explores the experience of displacement and exile, the homeland left behind, and the unfinished journey to a new place to call home.

Here is an opportunity to engage with the art, our own history, and to playfully explore what home means for each one of us.

The evening will be led by Susanna Pain, InterPlay Australia CoFounder, dancer, artist, priest, and ACC&C Associate Director of Liturgy, the Arts and Spiritual Care, who loves to play and open the space for reflection.

Bring a journal, an open heart, and comfy clothes.

Click here for more information on the Home: between here and there exhibition.

Event details

Wednesday 2 March, 7.00 - 9.30pm

The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600

Cost: $30 - bookings essential via susanna.pain@gmail.com or 0418 637 469

February 2016

Home: between here and there - Quiet Day

A contemplative quiet day with art ...

This is a Quiet Day engaging with an exhibition by eight artists who are seeking asylum in Australia. The exhibition explores the experience of displacement and exile, the homeland left behind, and the unfinished journey to a new place to call home.

Here is an opportunity to engage with the art, and our own history, to explore what home means to each one of us, and to listen for the call of the One who is 'at home' in us.

The day will be led by Susanna Pain, spiritual director, retreat leader, dancer, artist, priest, and ACC&C Associate Director of Liturgy, the Arts and Spiritual Care.

There will be a reflection at 9.30am. Times for silence, meditation and sharing. 11.30am meditation and reflection. 2.00pm meditation. 3.30pm closing reflections and service. The day ends at 4.00pm.

Bring a journal, your lunch, an open heart. Morning and afternoon tea provided.

Click here for more information on the Home: between here and there exhibition.

Event details

Saturday 20 February, 9.00am - 4.00pm

The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600

Cost: $30 - bookings essential via susanna.pain@gmail.com or 0418 637 469

For more information on the Quiet Day, download the flier here.

Retreat In Daily Life (Lent 2016)

Integrate spirituality into your daily life, discern and make difficult choices, share your hopes, struggles and losses, develop a sensitivity for justice and concern for the poor by attending the ACC&C's Retreat in daily life on Sunday afternoons during Lent 2016.

For many it is impossible to retreat away, so this program provides an opportunity to reflect, prayer, meditate and listen, as well as meet with a spiritual companion while still continuing normal daily activities through the week.

The retreat is run by a team of qualified, experienced Spiritual Directors/Companions.

Event details

Six Sundays, 14 February – 20 March, 3.30 – 5.00pm

The Chapel, ACC&C, 15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600

For more information on Retreat in daily life, click here.

January 2016

Rituals for healing and transformation

Led by Shirley Campbell and Susanna Pain

We are thrilled to be collaborating on this project for the Summer. Shirley brings her wisdom and skills as a Dru Yoga and Meditation Teacher and teacher trainer. She is passionate about supporting the local community to live well and be healthy through yoga, meditation, music and shiatsu.

Susanna is a spiritual director, InterPlay leader, Retreat leader, and priest who enjoys awakening the creative spirit in others, and offering experiences of depth and delight.

Time together to move the body
still the mind
open the heart
Time to let life in, let love out
Welcome the year with the spirit
of heart-inspired adventure!

Event details

Commencing Thursday 7 January, 7.30 - 9.00pm (and then each Thursday evening throughout January) PLUS Tuesday 12 and 19 January, 7.00 - 8.00am

Meet at the Labyrinth (behind the George Browning building), ACC&C, 15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600

Cost: $20 casual, $100 for the course - bookings essential via spain@csu.edu.au or 0418 637 469

To download the event flier, click here.

December 2015

New Year's Eve Labyrinth Walk for Peace

Labyrinth Prepare for a new year by joining this spiritual, meditative walk for peace - whatever your age, creed, race, gender or religion.

Event details

Thursday 31 December, 4.00pm - 7.00pm

The Labyrinth (behind the George Browning building), ACC&C, 15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600

To download the event flier, click here.

November 2015

Campfire reflection

Campfire During the month of November 2015, each Thursday evening you are invited to gather under the evening sky for a simple shared meal and conversation on a particular topic. Inspired by Campfire in the Heart in Alice Springs, the act of sharing our story helps us to acknowledge and celebrate the simple things of our life.

The event will commence at 6.00pm and the meal will begin at 6.30pm. Each person brings something to share. Conversations on the topic for the night begin around the fire at 7.30pm. 

All are welcome.

Event details

Commencing Thursday 5 November, 6.00pm (and then each Thursday evening throughout November)

The Place of Meeting, ACC&C, 15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600

To download the event flier, click here.