fundamentalists anonymous

yesterday i met a couple of women who contacted me after reading the Age article last week. we had tea and scones at the boathouse by the river [being distracted by a snake as it swam through the river, poking its head up to look around every couple of minutes]… we launched straight into a two hour conversation about faith and spirituality, justice and hope. And music – they’re part of group called Reds under the bed. At the end of the conversation, Valerie said “so, what can you offer for us?”… and i realised that this whole project has had some kind of turning point because I know enough of what’s possible to be able to confidently talk about what will happen, rather than just potential ideas. The conversation we’d had mirrored one I’ve been having with some of the women who were part of the women’s faith group last year who are thinking its time for that group to come out of hiatus… so we’re bringing it back together, and we’re going to do a series where we talk about Jesus [their request!]. It will be a kind of fundamentalists anonymous group… God, rid us of God…

Then in the afternoon i had coffee with Stu from Solace – an emerging church community in fairfield who have been around for years and been through it all… This was a fabulous conversation that wandered around art, books, inspiration, faith… and then ended up with a conversation about the failures and fragility that are so present in all the things we do. it was so good to have a conversation that doesn’t hide from the things that haven’t worked. we’ve hatched a bit of a plan around that… more of that later…

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  1. Good to hear the conversations were real and have some hope for further direction. Thanks Cheryl for the help and hospitality you offer Melbourne and visitors like me!

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