On August 1st, 2017, those still able to travel the distance greeted each other with genuine longing to be together, ready to embark upon the hard work needing to be addressed. I felt a sense of connection with all, past and present, who had journeyed with us in former years, but who can no longer physically manage to join such gatherings. The familiar surroundings of Baulkham Hills Spirituality Centre greeted us on arrival, its beauty promising to sustain the reflective energy levels of our group. This time together cemented the commitment that each RSCJ has for moving forward as a Australia New Zealand Province during these times of change. The process had begun earlier when all ANZ RSCJ had been offered the opportunity to reflect and contribute on various issues we have identified as in need of conversation, in the light of our lived experience. Each one’s valuable contribution painted a collective picture of fruitful realism and vitality. These three days allowed for further discussion around how the next five years of our journey might evolve. It was a time for collating a springboard of ideas which will enable the next phase of the process.
Thank you to our skillful facilitator and to the staff who, as usual, offered superb hospitality and nourishment.
Susan Ross, RSCJ