Moments between you, God and the country

The sun is setting, the camp fire crackles and the silent wilderness surrounds. As a group sit around the fire they share stories, experiences and get to know each other through honest  conversation.

The annual Wilderness Retreat, from 6 –12 August, is a week including times of solitude, sharing and exploring spirituality in the open spaces of Shark Bay.Organised by  First Third and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress WA, the retreat is a time to get away from the stresses of life and get back to basics. Continue Reading

Religion and spirituality: Finding God within

“I don’t go to church – I’m spiritual, but I’m not religious.”

It’s a phrase often heard and it’s being heard more and more. Research from the National Church Life Survey (NCLS) found that 44.6% of respondents to the 2009 Australian Survey of  Social Attitudes believed that there is something beyond this life that makes sense of it all. Of this, 24% have no religious affiliation.

So what does that mean exactly? As Dr Val Webb, theologian and author, explains, it’s a little hard to define – mostly because the term ‘spiritual’ is so full of baggage. Continue Reading