SOFiA Newsletter 171 April 2024
Exploring Values, Meaning and SpiritualityImage of dover beach
Limestone cliffs like those at Dover, scene of the poem “Dover Beach”

We've Lost a Gentleman Warrior for the Environment
Rod Oram had a heart attack while cycling. He came off his bike, was taken to hospital, but died three days later. He was 73. His family said that he “passed peacefully” surrounded by family. More…

A Realistic Scenario
Norman McLean told St Andrew’s Church that he would give the Reflection on 14 January 2024.  Sadly, this was not to be, as Norman died on 1 December.  Beverley Smith was asked to take his place for the service and provided the following.  More...

On Being Mortal
Article by Laurie Chisholm

Given that most of us in SOFiA are in our 70s or 80s, it seems strange that death and mortality play such a small role in our writings. In what follows, your Editor attempts to fill this void and to come to grips with the fact that we are not immortal and that life will come to an end for us all. The aim in this review is to build up a picture of what it means to be mortal, by surveying what literature, medicine, psychotherapy and modern theology have to say about it.  More…
With luck, the next issue will look at what medical doctors and psychotherapists have to say about death. 

Remembering Normal Maclean

On December 11th, 2023, the hall of Gisborne Boys High School was in overflow with those whose lives had been touched by Norman Maclean; teacher of Art and the Classics, artist, writer – Fiction and Non Fiction. In 2009 he won the $10,000 Ashton Wylie Annual award for an unpublished work in the Body, Mind, Spirit genre.

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