Heads up Sydney residents. You are invited to join a public Prayer Vigil and Act of Prophetic Witness at Villawood Detention Centre on Holy (Easter) Saturday, 19 April, at noon. This will be a specifically Christian event featuring a public liturgy, although other people of goodwill will be welcome.
The first part of the action will be a public liturgy following the lament theme ...
The second part of the action will be an ‘act of prophetic witness’ ...
"Her work of art contains, from top to bottom, the following Wapirra (Trinity) Jukurrpa. As usual in the iconography used at Yuendumu, humans are represented by U-forms. Inside the brown, nearly closed arc at the top of the painting are people who live outside of the community of Christ, people who are not yet filled by the Holy Spirit. In the left center of the painting are three more U-forms; these people have begun to turn toward the Christian faith. The nearly closed circle at the bottom of the painting shows the same people as at the top, now filled by the spirit of God and living in Wapirra into all eternity. The Holy Trinity of Father, Son and the Holy Spirit is represented in the form of three brown semi-circles in the middle right part of the painting."
Well the Christmas season is over again and I find myself reflecting on what Christianity means for most Australians. I think it would be fair to say that most Australians have a place for God in their lives, a place for religion is their lives, as long as it demands nothing of them.
Many enjoy the Christmas carols, particularly the traditional ones. Many will attend a church for a Christmas eve or Christmas morning service, and some may even talk about it afterwards. But what they're looking for most of all is a tradition that is on-call when needed, but in the background when not.
Australians are not Godless, but they're not God centered either. They're more ... whatever. The options of militant Atheism and committed Christianity both require too much energy. What many Aussies seem to want, whether they articulate it this way or not, is laid back religion.
Not that I needed further convincing that Hinduism has overtaken Catholicism in our neighbourhood, it seems a Hindu Astrologer has set up business near the puja supply shop in the centre of Pendle Hill.
Promising "Protection from any Black Magic" with a "100% success" rate, it suggests there are many out there seeking "God's" protection. Few seem to be seeking it from Christian communities however, or, given my conversations, even aware that it is available.
Curiously however I have had a number of people approach me for dream interpretations this week as I prayerfully prepare for the Mind Body Spirit Festival next week. Signs of a different sort maybe.