A Message from Rev Dr Gary Stuckey
One of the strong images of our faith is that of journey. We can think of God’s call to Abraham to leave his home country to go to a place that was not yet apparent. There is the journey of the Exodus. We might think of the journeying ministry of Jesus or the missionary journeys of Paul. Movement seems to be a constant reality for the people of God.
As you are no doubt aware, Stillpoint is on the move. As a continuation of the ministry in Christian Spirituality that has been a part of the Uniting Church in SA for around 30 years, the Stillpoint Centre has continued that work from the beauty of the Nunyara site at Belair. Over these last 10 years at Belair, the Centre has been a very special place for many people. As a place for rest, renewal and retreat Stillpoint has encouraged many on their own journeys of faith.
But the time has come to move on. In the 2015 Annual Programme brochure I quoted T S Eliot. I do so again, but with a different quote. From Little Gidding: “To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” Stillpoint at Belair will end with the conclusion of my placement on 31st December 2016 and the closure of the Stillpoint House by 31st January 2017. But as Eliot reminds us in his poem, the end is where we start from…