The Community of Aidan and Hilda in Australia

Basic information about the Community of Aidan and Hilda in Australia can be found below, but for further news and updates visit their website aidanandhilda.org.au

Healing fragmented people and communities

One of the objectives of the Community is healing fragmented people and communities. You can see an example of this from Australia on You Tube here and an explanation below:

In Australia there is a long history of denial of the brutality and injustice of the frontier wars at the time of first settlement and systematic mistreatment of the Indigenous people since. It has been our practice for some time to research our local and family histories in order to make appropriate and specific apologies for past mistreatment of Indigenous people.

We have done this in the area where we live, and have made pilgrimages to places where we or our ancestors have lived in the past in order to do this. We are now being asked by Indigenous people to pray for the healing of the land in places which are perceived to be troubled or a massacre has occurred. When we have no personal connection with the place we help the locals prepare their own liturgies including saying sorry, sometimes in small informal gatherings and sometimes in a sorry service in a local church to which the wider community is invited.

We welcome the participation of anyone with the same intention, and help prepare a suitable liturgy with each group. There is a role for everyone in the process including old Australians, new arrivals, and the Indigenous people.


Contacts and News from Australia

For details, visit our news page.


Resources

Rod Kennedy has created a new website providing related resources http://www.fortheway.org It is well worth visiting.


Thoughts for Australia

A NEW YEAR MESSAGE

From an ignorant guy who loves Australia, God and you lot.

Greetings from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

This time last year I was with you. You are much in my thoughts. I have been working through notes with the possibility of an Australian version of 'Church of the Isles' in collaboration with Brent Lyons-Lee. What follows are a few reflections and prayers.

What is fading?

The masculine spirit that is natural to Australia is sunny disposition, straight talking and sportive strength. A religious spirit that is not natural to Australia is the second hand, second rate, head-without-heart, rigid mentality that disconnects the part from the whole. Its imported religion reflects the 19th-20th century settlers who hover round the edge of Australia, fearing to embrace heartland roots and vaster destiny.

Prophetic words?

  • Early European explorers searched for ‘terra australis incognito’ (the unknown south land) believing that there would be great riches on this mysterious continent. As far as we know, the first explorer to discover and name this land was the Spanish sailor Pedro Fernandez de Quiros. On the Day of Pentecost, 14 May 1606 he wrote: “Let the heavens, the earth and waters witness that in the name of Jesus Christ I hoist this emblem of the holy cross . on this part of the south .which from now on shall be called the southern land of the Holy Spirit.” Was this prophetic? Did this reflect something of the eternal designs of God that transcended the cultural confines of the man who spoke it?
  • The Lord spoke to Moses face to face as one speaks to a friend . and said “My presence will go with you.” In this way Moses´ people became distinct. He sent the young Joshua to be with him. Is God is calling for Australian Joshuas today?
    Exodus 33:11
  • Moses people had to be stripped of inessentials and impediments. Those who hardened their hearts never made it. Is God calling Australians to strip away imported, unnecessary, ego-based things?
  • Moses met God through creation (first a bush, then clouds by day and by night). Is God is calling Australians to become fully present to Him in Australia?
  • God took Moses up into the darkness of a mountain. Is God is calling Australians to embrace their Shadow?
  • “Is Australia my dear child? The child I delight in? I am deeply moved for him. I will surely have mercy on him?”
    Jeremiah 31:20
  • “Make guideposts. Consider the road by which you travelled. How long will you waver? Return to your Source.”
    Jeremiah 31:21

Christianity as a road for Australia to travel - the role of the Community of Aidan and Hilda

We are an international movement of people who seek to restore Christianity as a way of life, and to earth this in a way that is indigenous to each land. We seek to weave together God-given strands in Christianity which have become separated. We believe Australia has an opportunity to pattern a Christianity which weaves together eastern and western strands and offer hope to the world.


Guideposts: Our way of life

We will live a rhythm of prayer and action, mind and body, justice and simplicity. We will apply the ‘can-do’ attitude of ‘the Battlers’ to spiritual as well as physical dimensions of life.We will practise awareness of God in the elements. We will heal the land, model justice, build community and speak truth to power - all in the love of Christ.


Our Logo: The circle and the cross

Those who make promises to follow the Way of Life wear a wooden cross with a circle. This represents the integration of primal realities with God’s all-embracing mercy. Christ's sacrifice was intended to transform the whole of creation and the whole of life. The circle is a primal symbol that embraces all creatures and all people. The flag of Australia's Aboriginal People contains the circle of the sun, a unifying factor that gives life. In a quite different way the circle of the sun has been a unifying factor for settler Australians: it has produced a sunny disposition, an enjoyment of the outdoors and an out-going attitude. The cross is a universal symbol that speaks of forgiveness, hope and life rising from the ashes of wrongs and weakness. The official flag of Australia contains the cross. This is currently in the form of the British union flag. Many Australians wish that, if there were to be a republic, an indigenous form of the cross would be included in any new flag. Why not the circle and the cross?


Healing the land

Modern Australians cannot connect with particular places in the way Aboriginal peoples did: but we can embrace our connectedness. We cannot have their dreams: but we can learn to dream. We cannot just back-pack away from the places were we live and work: but we can learn to renounce possessiveness and travel light. We cannot act as if mental processes have remained unchanged: but when there are silences we can enter into and not abort them


Prayers rising up in light days

I arise today in the wisdom of the One who brought to birth the giant plains, the water and the first beings. I arise today in the brightness of the One who created the blazing sun, the shining stars and the twinkle in our eyes. I arise today mercy of the One who gave us dreams and memories and hearts.


Prayers rising up in dark days

I arise today in the Eternal Flow of Mercy who was here when the land began to breathe, when the first tribes began to roam, and when the colonists came to settle. I arise today in the Eternal Flow of Wisdom who is dimly perceived in the stones, the stories and the studies of all our peoples. I arise today in the Eternal Flow of Life who seeps through land, and limb and love.


Sorry

Sometimes we take earth for granted. For this we are sorry. Sometimes we take those who were before us for granted. For this we are sorry. Sometime we take those who have come after us for granted. For this we are sorry.


Declaration

You are a God who hurts when we hurt others. You are a God who does not hold this against us. You are a God who teaches us through our reaping what we sow. You are a God who shares our life.


Response

Things touch my heart. This brings tears. This makes me say “I forgive”. And it is love that flows. I wish you and yours a Happy New Year.


Advent Night Prayer for the Southern Hemisphere

Leader In longest days we pray, may the Light of Lights come to us
All We wait for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning
Silence, confession, or meditative singing followed by one of these readinngs
Reader Psalms 4; 17:1-8; 139:7-12; or Isaiah 45:2-8; 55: 6-11; or psalm 119:113-20 (4th week)
Leader We wait expectantly, longingly for God the True Sun to shine upon us
All Come, O God Most High
Leader As we journey with the unborn Christ towards the light of birth
All Come, O God Most High
Leader As darkness flees and the Dawn from on high appears
All Come, O God Most High
Leader As you spoke to Joseph and the Magi in dreams and speak still to us
All Come, O God Most High
Females O God of life, bring to us your light
Males O God of life, open to us your joy
Females O God of life, soften to us your anger
Males O God of life, crown to us your goodness.
A candle is lit
Leader Christ is the light that comes into the world
All A light that no darkness will quench

There may be singing, such as the following, to the tune Bunessan


  • Christ as a light illumine and guide us
  • Christ as a shield protect us from harm
  • This night draw near us and be within us
  • Guarding our sleep and lighting our dawn.
  • Christ in the lonely, Christ in the hungry
  • Christ in the sleepless, Christ in the worn
  • Christ as a light illumine and guide them
  • Christ as a shield protect them from harm