Faith & Courage:
The Pathway to Paradise and Beyond
9-12 October 2015
Sydney Academy of Sport & Recreation
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We invite you to join us at this year’s ANZURA conference as we ponder and explore the mighty role Faith and Courage play in our ascendant journey to Paradise and beyond; how these two essential components of our inner lives so effectively equip us with the strength and determination required to stay the course; the course that will eventually lead us into the very presence of the First Source and Centre of all things and beings: the one and only Universal Father.
Please join us in a gorgeous semi-bush setting on the shores of Narrabeen Lake as we come together for some uniquely qualitative time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to share our deep interest in the Urantia Revelation. We will be exchanging thoughts and ideas on how we can integrate and apply The Urantia Book’s teachings on Faith and Courage into the inner most core of our being, and in so doing become more spiritually fragrant and effective in helping others discover the true nature of God.
About the Conference Theme
Faith most willingly carries reason along as far as reason can go and then goes on with wisdom to the full philosophic limit; and then it dares to launch out upon the limitless and never-ending universe journey in the sole company of TRUTH. [Paper 103:9.7, page 1141.5]
This quote clearly sets the stage for our conference theme this year. It is our hope that participants will gain further insights into the pivotal role faith plays in overcoming those inherent animal traits of fear and anxiety which can so hinder our spiritual progress and upset our inner equilibrium. When courage replaces fear, when faith carries us beyond reason and philosophical wisdom, then the universe truly is the limit!
We will spend some time taking a close look at the faith of Jesus to see how he developed such a strong and fearless character in the face of all kinds of adversities. His watch words were “fear not” – those two words hold the key to our spiritual progress.
Jesus did not cling to faith in God as would a struggling soul at war with the universe and at death grips with a hostile and sinful world; he did not resort to faith merely as a consolation in the midst of difficulties or as a comfort in threatened despair; faith was not just an illusory compensation for the unpleasant realities and the sorrows of living. In the very face of all the natural difficulties and the temporal contradictions of mortal existence, he experienced the tranquillity of supreme and unquestioned trust in God and felt the tremendous thrill of living, by faith, in the very presence of the heavenly Father. [Paper 196:0.3, page 2087.3, our emphasis]
The Sydney Academy of Sport & Recreation is situated on the shores of Narrabeen Lake on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and backs onto the tranquillity of vast natural bush land. As the name suggests, it is designed as a sports centre with state-of-the-art sporting facilities such as an Olympic pool, an aquatic centre, multiple ovals, a gymnasium and 6 tennis courts (with lighting).
This venue is also designed to be used as a conference centre with motel style accommodation, dining room, conference rooms and plenty of space for breakout sessions. Each room opens to the outdoors and rooms vary to accommodate from 2 to 6 people. Each air-conditioned room has an ensuite, colour television, pay TV and even a bar fridge!
Conference guests may use some of the sporting facilities if available and there are plenty of walking bush tracks, fitness and jogging tracks, and lakeside activities.
By air: Narrabeen is around 30 km from the airport. There are door-to-door airport shuttle services which can be pre-booked. One quote from a company that services the Northern Beaches was $51 for one person, $64 for two people, $74 for three (with similar incremental increases in cost for more people in the group). Contact us for booking information. Alternatively there is a train service from the airport to the city and a bus service from the city to Narrabeen. The venue is a few minutes’ drive from the nearest bus stop so the organisers will provide a transfer service if called from the bus stop.
By car: the journey takes around 45 minutes from the city, depending on traffic.
There is a dining room and some outdoor eating space adjacent to the dining room. All meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch will be provided along with morning and afternoon teas.
$390 – covers 3 nights of shared accommodation with bed linen, ensuite bathroom, and all meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch.
$80 (lunch and dinner, no accommodation)
$40 (lunch only, no accommodation)
For more information contact [email protected] or phone 0481-508-782 (from within Australia) or +61-481-508-782 (from outside of Australia)