Two weeks ago, I attended the Anglican Schools Conference, held at Dilworth School in Auckland. The conference was given the theme ‘A Place at the Table’. The image used to illustrate this was the 15th century icon, ‘The Trinity’ by the Russian painter, Anton Rublev. The Trinity, such a well known image, depicts the three angels who visited Abraham at the Oak of Mamre (Genesis 18:1–8), but the painting is full of symbolism and is interpreted as an icon of the Holy Trinity. At the time of Rublev, the Holy Trinity was the embodiment of spiritual unity, peace, harmony, mutual love and humility.
One of the speakers at the conference was Fr. Richard Peers, now the Director of Education in the Diocese of Liverpool in the Northwest of England, where he has responsibility for 119 Church of England schools. Previously, Fr. Richard, as the Head Master, had used the Rublev Icon as one of the tools in transforming a challenging Secondary School in Lewisham in South London. The school in its transformation was renamed Trinity. The vision for Trinity was to be a strong Christian community in which children and adults – made in the image and likeness of God – flourish. This school was immersed in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England. At Trinity every student had ‘a place at the table’: to be seated, to listen, where all have equal value. A vision not just for one individual educational institution, but for the outworking of each and every one of us.
I finish with a quote from Julian of Norwich from her work Showings. Julian, an anchoress who lived in solitude in Norwich, England in the late 14th century, received the sixteen “showings” or revelations of God’s love in a series of experienced visions. The first version was a short text. The second, longer version was apparently written some years after the first, when she had had time to pray and reflect about the teachings God had given her. Her Revelations of Divine Love, written around 1395, is the first book in the English language known to have been written by a woman.
“I saw no difference between God and our substance, but, as it were, all God; and still my understanding accepted that our substance is in God, that is to say that God is God, and our substance is a creature in God. For the almighty truth of the Trinity is our Father, for he made us and keeps us in him. And the deep wisdom of the Trinity is our Mother, in whom we are enclosed. And the high goodness of the Trinity is our Lord, and in him we are enclosed and he in us. We are enclosed in the Father, and we are enclosed in the Son, and we are enclosed in the Holy Spirit. And the Father is enclosed in us, the Son is enclosed in us, and the Holy Spirit is enclosed in us, almighty, all wisdom and all goodness, one God, one Lord.”
The Reverend Anne Price.
- From today, a simple Eucharist will be held fortnightly at 3:00 pm at S. Michael’s. This initiative comes from a group of young adults associated with S. Michael’s and the service is open to all who wish to attend.
- Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
- S. Luke’s Spirituality Centre—Desert Mothers: A legacy of faith in the wilderness. Presenter Megan Herles-Mooar, Thursday 6:00 pm at the Knox Centre, $10.
- Saturday Breakfast: 17 June 9:45 am in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert.
- Prayer Stations: Saturday, interactive prayer stations around the church. The Youth Group is preparing these around the theme of refugees at the time of the 40-hour famine. Parishioners are welcome to explore and participate.
- Change of Venue: the Respectful Conversations on Same-Gender Relationships and Being Church will now take place at S. Saviour’s Church, 200 Colombo Street, 19 June 7:00 pm, after a shared fish and chip meal at 6:30 pm. Details on flyer.
- Bible Study Group meets next on 19 June at 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
- Needlework Group: meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
- Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
- Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
- Inasmuch basket: please continue to support