Articles and Talks


Contemplating Consumption

On Saturday 14 October, Benedictus hosted a seminar to explore how a contemplative perspective might help shift our personal and societal compulsions to over-consume and over-produce, and imagine new models of economy.

Listen to the talks -

Linda Chapman (environmental advocate and contemplative)
Peter Martin (economics editor for Fairfax Media)
Sarah Bachelard (Benedictus Contemplative Church)

Marriage Equality

Contrary to the claim made by defenders of so-called 'traditional' marriage that marriage has 'always' been ordained by God to involve one man and one woman, it's clear that understandings and practices relating to marriage have a long and varied history.

As I understand it, the heart of Christian marriage is that those who marry vow to embody the very movement of self-gift and love for the other that is manifest in the self-giving love of Christ for God's people. It's this dynamic of life-generating communion between persons which gives marriage its sacramental character - that is, its capacity to participate in and reveal the Trinitarian love of God.

This possibility of self-giving, unconditional love, which transforms lover and beloved and gives life to all, is evidenced as much by committed gay unions as by straight. As such, I believe they are equally sacramental signs of God's love for the world, and for this reason, I intend to vote 'yes' in the postal survey concerning amendments to the marriage act.

Marriage and the Sacred: Fragments Straight and Gay


Aliens and Strangers


Sarah gave the bible studies at the Perth Anglican Diocese Clergy School in June 2017. The text of the three talks are available here:


Talk 1 - From One Degree of Alienation to Another

Talk 2 - Citizens of Heaven

Talk 3 - Seek the Welfare of the City: Living as Aliens and Friends


Practising the Vocation of Ageing


Sarah and Neil gave this talk at the Meditatio seminar on Meditation and Ageing in Sydney, 19 November 2016.


Download Practising the Vocation of Ageing talk


Exiled from Country: Deep Listening to the Spirit of Place


Sarah spoke at the conference 'Exiled from Country: Deep Listening to the Spirit of Place' in Alice Springs in July 2016. A story about the conference featuring an interview with Sarah was broadcast on The Spirit of Things, on Radio National.


The Spirit of Listening


Risking Delight


This public lecture was delivered at St John's Anglican Church, Camberwell in Melbourne on March 3, 2016.


Risking Delight: Yearning for Joy in a World of Pain


Meditation in the Monastic Tradition


In July 2015, Sarah gave three talks at a conference, Meditation in the Monastic Tradition, organised by the World Community for Christian Meditation and the San Anselmo Benedictine Monastery in Rome. The text of the three talks is available here.


Talk 1 - Stumbling into Grace Towards a Contemporary Theology of Prayer

Talk 2 - On Not Knowing How to Pray

Talk 3 - Lex Orandi_Lex Vivendi