This is EPIC

No sooner had I ventured out of Melbourne (well, almost), than there is a change of Prime Minister. You can’t turn your back for a moment. At least this one I have met in church. They say practice makes perfect so as this is Mr Rudd’s (‘call me Kevin’) second go at it, I trust he will make a strong showing between now and the election – whenever that is now going to be – am still hoping for 14 Sept as we have booked our halls in for use by the AEC that day.

Meanwhile…..

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this is my room at the Wycliffe Conference Centre at Kangaroo Ground, north-east of Melbourne. Yes, there are kangaroos to be seen at dawn and at dusk, though they don’t generally come over as far as the Centre itself – not so far anyway. My room is the one behind the ‘No parking’ sign, and is shown below –

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It is sunny in the afternoons and well heated. The conference is part of the Diocesan EPIC program – ‘Equipping Priests in Charge’ and we are learning about different styles of functioning and how to develop a effective team comprising a mix of people with different styles. It is very interesting and well conducted. I missed this session in my first year at Surrey Hills as it conflicted with a Diocesan meeting. This time round it is a three-day session, so they really got me there.

As usual there is a trail of devastation whenever I attend such events. A few years ago at a conference at Pallotti (near Warburton) someone suffered a broken ankle, last year we stayed in a motel in Knox and someone had to go home sick. This time someone fell over and cut themselves and had to retreat for repairs, so our prayers are with him. I must say the poor lighting of the grounds here is an OH&S nightmare. Then again, the slippery wet grass at Palotti is no joy either, though the food here is a substantial improvement. [Note to self: bring a torch next time – am too scared to use my iphone in case I trip and it goes flying off somewhere].

Must go to bed as I am leading Morning Prayer tomorrow at 8.30am.

One comment

  1. I’ve missed Father M insights, and chuckled at the trail of devastation that accompanies you. But yes, torch is good idea.
    I went to Ron Dowlings funeral yesterday at St John’s Finch St. If the conference included many of the diocese, they were there. The church was packed with A/bishops, Bishops, Priests of all areas, all for this sometimes grumpy but always approachable man. He was George L’s Curate and I think that George was really feeling this event keenly. Ron once came to my home in Malvern and saved me from doing foster child Deborah a harm by taking her to one side while I cooled off. I will always be grateful to him.
    While this last 6 months has been huge, reflecting on that now gives me insight into my strengths.
    Thanks Ron.

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