Vale Jim Tulip
We are sorry to announce the recent passing of Jim Tulip who served as one of our Trustees.
We extend our thanks for the life of Jim and the valued contributions he made to the work of the Trust
and we extend our deep condolences to his wife, Peggy, and all members of his family.
The following is an ecumenical prayer written by Jim in 2014...
An Interfaith Prayer
O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Land!
You have moved across the face of Australia
And formed from its dust a rolling brown land:
You come to us in our bright sunlight, in our blue skies
and in rain that works miracles.
We sing your praises.
Your Spirit moves from North to South, from East to West
Giving us a rich variety of life, and many surprises.
Your Spirit has moved among the first people of this land
And made them at one with their environment,
At one with their lands and waters.
We thank you for their gifts and for their challenges.
You have moved among us, prophetically, as a pilgrim people
A migrant people, a refugee people,
An asylum seeking people.
Help us to share in this land of freedom and plenty.
From cities to the outback, across the multi-cultural nature
Of our population, Your Presence is felt.
O Spirit of Holiness, we are richly blessed with strong communities
Of religious believers and worshippers.
May we come to meet one another in matters of Peace and Justice,
May we share a vision of what is Right and Fair
For all people in our land. May we uphold a vision
Of the Common Good.
Help us look beyond our own horizons to our neighbours overseas,
And accept that they are both like and unlike us, and that we are blessed
In our shared humanity.
May our love and compassion flow for all people.
Let it be as wide and as varied as our great land itself:
As full of the love and grace we find in You,
O Spirit of this land.
May we be an agency of this same love, grace and compassion. Amen.
15th November, 2014.
For more of Jim Tulip's large body of work visit his website by clicking the image or link below:
Dr Eugene Stockton
Blue Mountain Education
& Research Trust
Eugene Stockton, as a priest of the Diocese of Parramatta (NSW), was a longtime seminary lecturer and served in parish, university and Aboriginal ministries. He has degrees in Divinity, Philosophy and Sacred Scripture. As an archaeologist he has engaged in excavations and surveys in many parts of the Middle East and Australia. These varied interests have led to many publications, especially in the pursuit of an Australian spirituality.
The Blue Mountain Education & Rsearch Trust (BMERT) was legally established in May 2008, with initial capital derived from the sales of Blue Mountain Dreaming.
To date the Trust has published fourteen books and it also supports the ongoing work of the Greater Blue Mountains Aboriginal Studies Forum (established 2010) which coordinates field work in the Blue Mountains recording the history of the indigenous pre-European occupation and history of the Blue Mountains.
Read more about Fr Eugene in this article by Virginia Knight Publised in Catholic Outlook HERE.