Symposium – Ways of Seeing

Using art forms – painting, drawing, journaling, writing, music, movement – as ways to spiritual exploration and expression.

Three days of Workshops: 23, 24, 25 May 2019
Carmelite Centre
214 Richardson St, Middle Park 3206

Artists in Residence

Some of the Seraphim Group members wrote their icons at the Symposium.

Discovering Contemplative Prayer with Icons

by Rob Gallacher

The purpose of icons is three-fold:


To create reverence in worship

To instruct those who are unable to read

To serve as an existential link between the worshipper and God


Taken from ‘Introducing The Orthodox Church – Its Faith & Life’ by Anthony M Coniaris, 1982, p 225


Latin, from Greek eikōn, from eikenai to resemble

No one has seen God at any time
John 1:18

Of old, God was never depicted. Now, however, when God is seen, clothed in flesh and conversing with man, I make an image of God, of the God whom I can see. I do not worship matter. I worship the God of matter who became matter for my sake …. to work out my salvation through matter.
St John of Damascus