140902 Guest Speaker-Rev. Ali Wurm
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140902 Guest Speaker-Rev. Ali Wurm

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Ali has been in Whyalla for 2 years as the Priest at St Martins Anglican Church. She shared with us her experiences as Parish priest at St Bede’s Semaphore. Her Rotary connections were extensive having with her brother attended RYLA and an older sister being an exchange student to Germany. She found her inspiration from her father and mother who were both very spiritual. Her mother was a refugee from Poland who was stripped of all she was, but she never lost her faith. Ali sees her role to encourage faith in humanity and be a broker of goodwill. Mental illness is very prevalent in our society and there are many vulnerable people with chronic mental illness. At St Bede’s the community supported many of these people with a drop in centre and providing breakfast twice a week as well as starting a community garden and art projects to decorate the hall at the parish. With their community garden three Rotary clubs in the district helped with funding a rain water tank to provide water to water the garden. They also held a community market. It sounds very much like the church coming to the people to broker good will.

Item Code: 02 Sep 14

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