Amp Camp 2013 … a report from Russ


Well, Amp Camp 2013 is over!
 
Russ leading the charge … 8 metres above ground!
Isaac from Queensland abseiling!I had the most inspiring and and amazing weekend.  There was 22 of us and some drop-ins through out the weekend.  We had a boy with NO arms fly down unaccompanied from Brisbane, a girl with half an arm fly up from Tassy, a girl with one leg from Adelaide and a party from Melbourne as well.  The rest were from NSW.
 
It is an inspiring and engaging experience.  Imagine a boy with no arms abseiling, a girl with two prosthetic legs doing the climbing wall.  A young man with half an arm, a girl with an artificial leg and an old bloke like me doing the high ropes.  Kids with one hand conquering the rock climb wall etc etc.  Have you ever seen a boy with no arms fire a bow and arrow?  I have.  We heard from Ellie Cole, a London Gold medalist Australian Paralympian.  Ellie lost her right leg above the knee when she was three to cancer.  She shared her story on Saturday night and had Sue crying.

 
I tried to instill in these young people the realisation that they have qualities in their lives that take others a life time to learn.  Suffering and hardship shape us.  We get to have a say in that shape by how we respond to it.  There is a timeless principle here where meekness, giving up the right to be what we can not be and embrace what we can be with all humility, brings a wealth that cannot be measured.  There are other qualities they have to accept by faith when they are surrounded by self doubt and ridicule – when the teasing happens or when people stare and point and they are reminded again that you are “disabled”. 

I encouraged them to hold their heads high, because they know things about life, about value and what love is that many others will never know.  They have been enabled and are rich because of this.
Ellie on the climbing wall & Joany ready for canoeing!
Russell was interviewed by ABC radio about the Amp Camp. 
You can see more information and listen to that interview on the ABC web site.

Searching the Australian Soul …

We’re hosting Cornerstone’s mid-year regional ‘muster’ … check out the info here!

An ‘immersive experience’ at Cornerstone … 1-5 July

Regional muster at Swan Hill … 29-30th June

Cornerstone open night in Melbourne … 18th April

folk @ canowindra … 24th march

This month, Folk@Canowindra will be a week earlier than usual, because of the Easter weekend.  So we will be meeting on Sunday 24th March from 4-6:15pm, at taste Canowindra in Ferguson St.  Our feature act this weekend is actually a collaboration of folk club regulars: Clare Coleman, Paul Carpenter, Steve Whitehead and Corrine King.  They are all members of Dirt Music in Orange. Paul has been singing locally for almost 25 years, most recently with the Tenpenny Bit bush band. He has brought his bass baritone voice to the open mike at Folk @ Canowindra since 2011. Steve and Corrine have been in a range of bands for many years and Clare joined their living room practise sessions last year. Clare, Corrine and Steve were a feature act at Folk @ Canowindra last year and Clare is a regular on the open mike sessions. They have combined their repertoires to bring a rich mixture of new and familiar songs to Folk @ Canowindra.

Poets & accoustic musicians are invited to perform in the open mic part of the afternoon – please contact Nerida Cuddy to express interest, or for any further information – 0429 048 603.

SUFM Bawley Point Podcast 3 – Peace

Peter Volkofsky delivered a series of talks on the fruits of the Spirit at Bawley Point SUFM in January 2013. This talk is from that series and is about Peace. Peter is the Director of Mission for Cornerstone Community. You can find more of Pete’s ideas in his blog at http://blog.cornerstone.edu.au/pete/

Easter Sunrise Celebration … 31st March

Katrina’s short stories on ABC Open

As you do

Recently I went to an ABC workshop and learnt how to write short blogs.

Each month,  ABC OPEN offers projects for people to submit short stories, films and photographs. There are some amazing people doing amazing things all over Australia. ABC OPEN is a free, creative space to tell your story, as well as receive and give feedback.

You can read some of my family’s stories about our rituals and a scary moment in the “500- word story” project.

Also, Anthony Williamson from Cornerstone in Swan Hill has submitted great photos of postboxes in the “Snapped” photography project.

Katrina Walker
Burrabadine Mission Community

SUFM Bawley Point Podcast 2 – Joy

Peter Volkofsky delivered a series of talks on the fruits of the Spirit at Bawley Point SUFM in January 2013. This talk is from that series and is about Joy. Peter is the Director of Mission for Cornerstone Community. You can find more of Pete’s ideas in his blog at http://blog.cornerstone.edu.au/pete/