We need a Catering Manager
Orama is also looking for a Catering Manager to join our Christian community before our current manager heads off in December. We will begin formal advertising for this position shortly but in the meantime if you have strong catering skills and experience, and would like an opportunity to combine your faith with a passion for people and wholesome food, and feel yourself being called to a role that involves cooking and managing all aspects of our commercial kitchen then please apply here.
Each week as a community we reflect on some aspect of our shared spiritual journey. Last week Caroline Leys presented a series of devotions on the Reign of God. Here is a synopsis of what she said.
Orama will be offering a series of residential Guided Spiritual Retreats this year as part of its Making Room programme. The retreats are open to 5 participants and will be held at Orama Oasis in August and September.
The retreats will conducted by well known Anglican priest and spiritual director Rev Caroline Leys. Further details are available here. If you are interested in attending any of these events please get in touch.
A Day with Brad Jersak
On Friday 20th July 2018 about 60 people (including members of the public, church leaders, educators, counselors and a mix of Orama staff, trustees, members) attended the Brad Jersak workshops at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral. The workshops were awesome and followed a 2 day visit by Brad and his wife Eden to Orama earlier in the week where we were able to get to know them better and have the opportunity to chew on theological and spiritual topics over the course of four sessions. Following Brad's visit to Orama he had this to say:
"My experience of Orama is that it’s a community that embodies the hospitality of Christ. While I believe Christ has opened the heavens to all, people who go to Orama seem to experience God in a unique and profound way. I think the reason is that the community treats everything they do there as a sacrament. They know it's not only when they’re worshipping or praying that they’re connecting with God—they’re mindful of how their work on the land or on the water or in the cafeteria is a way to connect with the love of God. They participate in God's work, mediating the love of God to the people who are visiting. Because they’re mindful of that, it feels a bit like what the ancients called a "thin place." Visitors are able to lay aside attachments to the busyness of the world system and experience the open of the skies, the wonders of ocean sailing and the company of rare birdlife—the whole property becomes a living sacrament. Orama also offers a way of seeing God that’s all-inclusive. So, while not everyone is aware of what Christ has done for them, the community is aware that everyone they welcome has been included in God's love, and should be treated with that kind of dignity and love."
Orama is offering star gazing opportunities on most clear evenings from the beginning of March hosted by our onsite Dark Sky Ambassador Stephen Leys . Cost is $50 per person with a minimum group size of 5. If you are interested in participating please get in touch.