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Jun 9, 2018

Cultivating Curiosity

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From Richard Rhor's Daily Meditation. (https://cac.org)

In his book Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi writes:

Each of us is born with two contradictory sets of instructions: a conservative tendency, made up of instincts for self-preservation, self-aggrandizement, and saving energy, and an expansive tendency made up of instincts for exploring, for enjoying novelty and risk—the curiosity that leads to creativity belongs to this set. We need both of these programs. But whereas the first tendency requires little encouragement or support from outside to motivate behavior, the second can wilt if it is not cultivated. If too few opportunities for curiosity are available, if too many obstacles are placed in the way of risk and exploration, the motivation to engage in creative behavior is easily extinguished. [1]

How might we cultivate curiosity, openness, and the ability to change our minds (the meaning of the Greek word metanoia, usually translated as “to repent”)? A contemplative practice is anything that helps us open heart, mind, and body to union with God—the source of creativity. And so nurturing curiosity can be contemplative!

Jun 3, 2018

Lord of the Sabbath

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Many years ago when I was a Bible college student in New Zealand, I taught a group of upper primary school children in a country parish Sunday school. One Sunday we were exploring how to do individual “quiet time” or devotions, and we were looking at a passage from Mark, about Jesus teaching in the synagogue. We were using the Scripture Union material for children which has a Bible passage for the day, then a suggested list of questions to encourage the reader to think through the passage and its meaning. The questions included, “What does this passage teach us about Jesus”.

Are you one of those people who can do maths? Do you have any idea how much time I have spent envying you? After I escaped the trauma that was my school maths
career, I got much more into maths. These days, I can cheerfully say that I quite like numbers, and sometimes even maths. Now that I get to teach maths to other people, I have learned to see it more as a dance than as a horror show. There’s something rather wonderful in watching a problem turn into a solution, or even in getting something wrong but being able to articulate why I got it wrong. And numbers themselves – they can be fun. Numbers – birthdays, anniversaries, remembrances.
These numbers matter. They mean something.  

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Quote for today

...But you know Him, for He lives with you, and will be in you. John14:17

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Our faith community began in 1975 as a small ecumenical gathering of people who settled in the new Canberra township of Tuggeranong. We have grown with the Tuggeranong Community, and our parish centre is the hub for our work, as a place of worship, of gathering, fellowship and ministry.

We come together for authentic and Christ-centred worship. While we worship in a variety of styles, we share a common focus on faithfully listening for God’s Word and sharing His kindness and compassion with others. We express our love for God and others through a range of ministries, and connections with our community.

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