At the Waterhole

Waterholes depicted by Australian Indigenous artists are often shown as a series of concentric circles, lines radiating out, radiating in – connecting the water in the centre to the life around. The image of the waterhole reflects something of how Benedictus seeks to be – a place of refreshment and replenishment, an open sanctuary in the midst of our city. Everyone, from whatever background or tradition, is welcome to come sit awhile in the garden, join us for meditation or participate in gatherings that offer a chance to rest, reflect and be returned to daily life replenished.

Advent Discussion Series – Jesus the Forgiving Victim

On 3 December ADVENT bursts upon us. The Season when the future breaks in upon the present inviting us to reflect upon the adventure of Faith.
Come and join me, Nikolai Blaskow, in the last of the DVD series of James Alison’s Jesus the Forgiving Victim, Listening for the Unheard Voice: Unexpected Insiders.Over 3 sessions, we will explore what awaits us as we stand on the cusp of two realities: a fading past folding in and collapsing into an emerging future with the Cosmic Christ.
When: Thursday 7, 14 and 21 December, 7 – 8.30pm, Zoom link is here.

Book Launch – Heather Thomson, ‘No Sense of Entitlement’

We are privileged to be launching the new book by Benedictus member and theologian, Heather Thomson. No Sense of Entitlement, is a collection of Heather’s published essays and involves a rich reflection on her journey to becoming a feminist and liberation theologian.

When: Sunday December 10, 2.30pm followed by afternoon tea

Where: The Hall @ St Ninian’s

Notorious Nietzsche and Religion- A lecture series with Nikolai Blaskow

Nikolai Blaskow, Benedictus’s very own Nietzsche scholar, is commencing a series of lectures which seek to:

  • introduce Nietzsche in a fresh way to those readers familiar with his writings, those new to them but wanting to know more, and to scholars curious about a different way of reading him
  • dispel the misconceptions which perpetuate the myth
  • provide through his theology of suspicion, exciting ways of approaching religion and life into an AI dominated 21st and 22nd century

Lecture 1: The God Killer – Text and Audio
Lecture 2: The Christ Denier
Lecture 3: The Life Affirmer

Lectures 2 and 3 will be offered in 2024 (dates TBC).
Lecture is free, but RSVPs are appreciated to