DAN E-NEWSLETTER | NOVEMBER 2009

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY:  PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR TERM 1 2010 

In these practical seminars, Ernie Christie (A/Director, Catholic Education Office, Townsville) and Richard Browning (Director of Community, Radford College, Canberra) offer complimentary approaches to Teaching Stillness and Silence for Teachers of all Years, Chaplains and Teachers of Religious Education & Values.
 
Part 1: Teaching Christian Meditation to Children - Ernie Christie
* A rationale for Stillness & Silence
* The contemplative tradition: Meditation as an inclusive, educational, spiritual practice
* A practical experience of Christian Meditation
* Fruits of Stillness & Silence

Part 2: Icons, Metaphor and Artful Play in the Classroom - Richard Browning
* Drinking in imagination: An affirmation of the childhood inclination
* A meditation on time using the Onkidoo Icon
* Spontaneous explorations of metaphor and nude drawings of the Tree of Life

Participants should expect intelligent contemplation, unhurried participation and creative reflection.
 A teaching CD will be given to all participants.

 
We progress by stopping - Meister Eckhart

 
 
 
22ND ISSUE DIALOGUE AUSTRALASIA JOURNAL
 
By now you should have received your copies of the 22nd issue of Dialogue Australasia journal and a 2010 Membership/Journal Renewal.  If you haven't, please contact the DAN EO.

 
 
DIALOGUE JOURNAL SPECIAL!
 
Until the end of the year, we're offering a special on issues of Dialogue Australasia Journal printed before 2009.

For only $5/journal (incl. postage), this is a great opportunity to fill in the gaps in your collection.  

See the Contents of those Issues we have back copies available for.

To order your copies, Email the DAN EO with the Issue # and your contact details.  An invoice will be sent with your journals.
 
 
A couple of suggestions for Christmas Holidays Reads/Listens....
  • BOOK - The Case for God:  What Religion Really Means by Karen Armstrong (The Bodley Head, 2009). In arguably Armstrong's most accessible book, she argues that historically atheism has rarely been a denial of the sacred itself but has nearly always rejected a particular conception of God. During the modern period, the Christians of the West developed a theology that was radically different from that of the pre-modern age. Tracing the history of faith from the Palaeolithic Age to the present, Armstrong shows that until recently there was no warfare between science and religion. But science has changed the conversation. The meaning of words such as belief, faith, and mystery has been entirely altered, so that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God - and, indeed, reason itself - in a way that our ancestors would have found astonishing.
  • BOOK - Sum: Forty Tales from the afterlives by David Eagleman (Canongate, 2009).  What happens to us when we die?  And what does that tell us about being human?  Neuroscientist Eagleman offers 40 wonderfully imagined tales, challenging traditional notions and offering a provocative lens through which to see ourselves here and now.  A great read with endless possibilities to generate conversation in the classroom!
  • PODCAST - Meditation:  Falling Awake - An insightful exploration of mindfulness and meditation with Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn (Founding Director of the Stress Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School) and Brother Satyananda, a monk of Paramahansa Yogananda's Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) monastic community.  
  • PODCAST - In Defence of God - Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey weighed in recently to the God/Religion conversation with a talk at The Sydney Institute where he argued that the world still has much to gain from belief in God.
  • VIDEO TALK (TED.com) - David Deutsch:  A new way to explain explanation -  For tens of thousands of years our ancestors understood the world through myths, and the pace of change was glacial. The rise of scientific understanding transformed the world within a few centuries. Why? Physicist David Deutsch (author of The Fabric of Reality) proposes a subtle answer.
 
3-9 December 2009
Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions - Online Registration extended until 29 November 2009
Includes Educational Professional Development Day on Monday 7 December
 

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY BLESSED AND JOYOUS CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR!  

Over and out until early 2010!   

 

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