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Invitation to join an Interfaith live-in Community in Warburton.

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Invitation to join an Interfaith live-in Community in Warburton. Fr John Dupuche is a Catholic priest, pastor of Nazareth Parish at Ricketts Point, Melbourne, Senior Lecturer at MCD University of Divinity, and Honorary Fellow at the Australian Catholic University’s Faculty of Theology and Philosophy with special reference to interreligious dialogue. He is also chair of the Catholic Interfaith Committee of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. He is a member of the Faith Communities Council of Victoria as a representative of the Victorian Council of Churches. For more than 10 years he has lived in an interfaith community in the parish house in Beaumaris, near Ricketts Point. There are three members at present: Venerable Lobsang Tendar, monk of the Gyuto tradition, Karmavidya, a yogi of the Satyananda tradition, and him. There has been considerable interest in their small interfaith household. At a time when Tendar was not so busy they conducted joint teaching sessions, retreat, seminars, and ceremonies and so on. It is very enjoyable to live in a multi-faith household. He has purchased a property of 5 acres on the banks of the Yarra River near Warburton in the Yarra Valley, and would like to set up a similar interfaith community and continue in the same way, for there is particular value in the interfaith situation. Experience has shown it helps develop our understanding of our respective traditions. It purifies and expands challenges and enhances. He envisages eventually that there would be six people living on the property, two Christian, two Hindu and two Buddhist. They would spend time together in meditation; share meals; work together around the house and in the garden; study each other’s texts. There would be opportunity also to impart teaching and to conduct ceremonies. Members can continue in their working life, if such is the case, or with teaching elsewhere. They can be male or female. He is seeking Christians and Buddhists (there are already two Hindus who are interested), male or female, lay or ordained, knowledgeable in the tradition and committed to practice, who might be interested in taking part in this deeply spiritual venture. They could come for a time of discernment, if they preferred.. Enquiries are welcome. Fr John Dupuche's contact details are: Work: (03) 9589 2886(03) 9589 2886 Mobile: 0417 560 0870417 560 087 Email: jrdupuche@pacific.net.au