THE NEW SEED; A NEWSLETTER FOR THE INCLUSIVE SACRAMENTAL CHURCH OF CHRIST
Sts Francis and Clare, Melbourne: 3rd Sunday in the month – November 21, at Notting Hill. 11am.
St Raphael the Healer, Brisbane: 9.30am Queensland time, on Facebook.
The Upper Room, Adelaide: Each Sunday, as advised.
Other Communities: As advised,
Esoteric Christianity: John Coles and Raymee Chau
The term “exoteric” refers to knowledge that is outside and independent from a person’s experience. “Esoteric” is the hidden side of knowledge that is likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialised knowledge or interest.
Esoteric Christianity is a variety of Christianity which features “secret traditions” that require an invitation to learn or understand. According to Anne Besant, Esoteric Christianity “is the way of the Divine Wisdom, the true Theosophy”. It is the hidden and secret teachings of Christ that were given “only to the few”. This is because it appeals only to the few who hunger for more than the exoteric teachings given them. “For those who are fully satisfied with the exoteric teachings, it is not intended, for why should bread be forced on those who are not hungry? For those who hunger, may it prove to be bread and not a stone” (Esoteric Christianity, Foreward).
Annie Besant has highlighted some Bible scriptures revealing the Hidden Teachings given by Jesus Christ to a select few:
*** And when they were alone, they that were about Him with the twelve asked of Him the parable. And He said unto them: “Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables.(St Mark 4. 10-13)
*** Jesus told His disciples: “I have many things to tell you, but you cannot bear them now” (St John xvi.12).
She has further highlighted that there are two streams of Esoteric knowledge that can be traced through history. “One was the stream of mystic learning, flowing from the Wisdom, the Gnosis, imparted in the Mysteries. The other was the stream of mystic contemplation, equally part of the Gnosis, leading to the ecstasy, the spiritual vision.”
For Christianity to survive, “it must regain the knowledge it has lost, and again have its mystic and occult teachings; it must again stand forth as an authoritative teacher of spiritual verities, clothed with the only authority worth anything, the authority of knowledge. If these teachings be regained, their influence will soon be seen in wider and deeper views of truth, dogmas which now seem like mere shells and fetters shall again be seen to be partial presentiments of fundamental realities.”
I felt in need of a good pilgrimage
So I sat still for three days
And God came to me.
The Inclusive Sacramental Church of Christ
Presiding Bishop: Rt Rev Harry Aveling. Vicar General: Bishop-Elect David Jones.
St Francis and St Clare, Melbourne:Pastor: Rt Rev Harry Aveling.Deacon: Marion Gilchrist.
Deaconess Roberta Howard; Servers: Peter Howard, (Reader); Noel Wyndom.
Singers: Robyn James; Marian Quartly.
Oratory of St Julian of Norwich, Berwick: Rev. Dr Joan Wilkinson (Priest).
Community of St Raphael the Healer, Brisbane: Rev Vicki Jones (Deacon); Very Rev David Jones (Priest).
The Upper Room Adelaide: Rev John Coles; Rev Raymee Chau (Subdeacons).
Western Australia: Rev Fr Neil Blay.(Priest)
TISCC, Auckland: Rev Jerry Sullivan (Deacon)
Lumen Ecclesia Christ, Malaysia: Mr Felix Cheah (Graduate Seminarian)