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‘Out of the depths


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in loving memory of

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Vale June Wood Details

One of the founding members of

A Nouwen Network.

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History of A Nouwen Network
and the start of Coffee Gatherings


Some of the founding members at a coffee shop, 2010.

A Nouwen Network grew out of three years of informal but deliberate networking. Brisbane people who were trying to promote mental health awareness within their different churches began to meet up in twos and threes in coffee shops. They kept linking up with others, and quickly became friends. It was glaringly apparent from these first conversations that regardless of their denomination, those who wanted to show support for mental health issues at the “grass roots” local church level often felt unsupported and very alone.

A Nouwen Network was established on 11th Nov 2009. Thirteen people gathered together, and supported by the expertise of the then Lifeline chaplains, Rev Bob Harriman and Rev Graham Beattie, began to formulate the Vision, Mission, & Values for an organized network. The planning workshops were held in a church meeting room. Once the whiteboard planning stage was done we moved out into local coffee shops. From its inception the network was cross- denominational in approach, and today it has members from many backgrounds.

Gatherings in coffee shops remain a regular activity of A Nouwen Network. At this stage they are limited to the Brisbane area but there is no reason for this to remain so. The location of a gathering is simply dependent upon there being three members in a local area who are prepared to act as hosts. They need to be happy to meet up with each other even if nobody else came – A Nouwen Network is not on about numbers, it is about hospitality and inclusion. People always come along; new people keep coming as well as the regulars.

The coffee shop gatherings are one of the ways we live out A Nouwen Network’s Values:

                   

Celebrating Life…

our unique worth

our real stories

creativity and growth

friendship

…in community




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