Our Philosophy

Coburg Uniting Church Melbourne, Our Philosophy: Minister Ron Rosinsky making a speech in the hall

"Whenever we undertake an authentic journey of the soul, we inevitably experience success and failure, and we learn and grow from both."

Hero’s Journey Foundation

What is the Hero's Journey?

Coburg Uniting Church's philosophy is based on the Hero’s Journey (Joseph Campbell, 1904-1987).

Life is a quest, and the privilege of a lifetime is being who you really are. All of life is a search for that person.

This is the Hero's Journey. Let us be companions on that quest: the quest to live intentionally from our essential spiritual selves; from our divinity.

"When you follow your bliss, you feel the refreshment of being alive."

Joseph Campbell

What are the four foundational life searches?

"A strong wind cannot overcome a tree with deep roots."

Native American proverb

With strong roots, a person thrives. These roots are the four foundational searches of all human life:

Self

Belonging

Meaning

Hope

Everyone, whether they know it or not, is trying to fulfil these life searches (Kennon Callahan). Fulfilment of these searches is central to mental and spiritual health; to inner joy and peace.

Coburg Uniting Church's groups and activities help people in their life searches - searches to find safety and a quality of friendship rarely found in the world.

The Hero's Spiritual Quest

Fulfilment of these searches is central to mental and spiritual health, inner joy and peace. Your life is much broader and deeper than you conceive it to be here and now. These are the possibilities Jesus was speaking of when he said, “I have come that you might have life, in all of its fullness.”

The hero acts with modesty and compassion to redeem society. In doing so, they embody a God of blessing and transform the wastelands of society.

The Tree of Life

Coburg Uniting Church is like the Tree of Life: we provide shelter and help people to thrive with a sense of self, belonging, meaning and hope.

"In the middle of the garden God placed the tree of life."

Gen. 2:9

"The tree's fruit will be for food, and its leaves for healing."

Ezekiel 47:12

What brings you joy and gives depth and meaning to your life?

Coburg Uniting Church Melbourne Our Philosophy Hero Spiritual Quest image: a forest with trees and a path on a misty day in autumn