Goulburn sisters enjoy a weekend together in Young
On July 4 and 5 the Goulburn Congregation gathered in Young, NSW to explore further their Chapter Call and to prepare to complete the recent survey on reconfiguring. Sister Shirley Garland RSM (Local Communications Facilitator, Goulburn) reports.
On July 4 and 5 the Goulburn Congregation gathered in Young, NSW to explore further their Chapter Call and to prepare to complete the recent survey on reconfiguring. We were very grateful for the assistance of Sister Anne Boyd CSB from EarthSong on the Saturday as we developed our understanding of our relationships within our universe and with each other.
On the Sunday in the first part of our day together, we exchanged ideas and discovered interesting details about our history, especially with the help of Mrs Nancy Clarke, who with many others, has been volunteering her time while we make preparations for our sesquicentenary celebrations.
For the rest of the day we probed the ins and outs of the reconfiguring survey, encouraging ourselves to bring to light our ideas around a possible structure for one congregation. We are grateful to Sister Lauretta Baker RSJ for the help she have us with this.
Some highlights of the Saturday included a revisit to our last Chapter Statement, which among other things, states: “We commit ourselves to right relationships with ourselves, all others, and the earth itself.” It was in developing the meaning of this statement that Anne led us through a reawakening to an appreciation of the Earth as our home in an ever expanding universe, and an awareness that it is through strengthening right relationships with all of creation that we can move forward in our mission to transform the world.
Anne moved us through this process through prayer, music, film and image, creating an ambience of reflection and wonder. One significant part of our reflection was taking The Cosmic Walk – a journey celebrating cosmic ‘moments of grace’.
On Sunday we began by taking another step in preparing for our sesquicentenary. Mrs Nancy Clarke entertained us with some highlights from our congregation history. We were introduced to items which will be part of the travelling exhibition going to towns with which the congregation has been associated over the past 150 years.
If you would like to be part of our sesquicentenary celebrations visit the EVENTS section in the Mercy Members’ area of the MERCY WEBSITE to see how. There are three relevant entries – October 25, November 5 and November 11.
We found the time we spent on the survey most helpful. Once again Lauretta assisted us as we clarified for ourselves the format and scope of the survey. In exploring the questions and listening to the comments of others we had the opportunity to become familiar with the questionnaire in readiness for making our personal response.
From: Sister Shirley Garland RSM (Local Communications Facilitator, Goulburn)