Rev. Tom Stuart: Shifting from a cosmology of self-destruction to sustainability.
Rev. Tom Stuart has focussed his ministry with the Uniting Church in Australia in rural congregations for 22 years and a further 5 years in Newcastle. For the last 10 years of his ministry, Tom has given his attention to the issue of change and our fundamental resistance to change.
Workshop brief: Shifting from a cosmology of self-destruction to sustainability.
The issue of change and our fundamental resistance to change. Change was once a central concept of Christianity but is often reduced to a requirement by Christians that everyone else change. Tom’s inquiry led him to the ancient spiritual practices of transformation that were largely lost to modern Western forms of Christianity. Most recently Tom is studying the writings of G.I.Guirdjieff who developed esoteric teachings having the aim of achieving full human potential. Tom is committed to the ancient spiritual practices and the technics described by Gurdjieff to put to the test his own capacity to change and thus gain insight into the human capacity of freedom. He considers it likely that the future of humanity is based not on our ability to change our external environment, but with our ability to change our internal environment.
Tom is trained in Spiritual Direction and leads “Quiet Days”, and other events encouraging spiritual practices, to facilitate those who choose such pathways for their own lives.
Tom’s presentation: “Shifting from a cosmology of self-destruction to sustainability”