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"It doesn't matter who you are" - at the Macedonian Orthodox church, Geelong

"Come, it doesn't matter who you are, or what religion. Everyone is welcome"

St John the Baptist Macedonian Orthodox Church, Geelong Australia

Ceiling of the Macedonian church - photo by Catherine Schieve

Ceiling of the Macedonian church - photo by Catherine Schieve

- This is how we were greeted by two of the church's senior founders, as they worked outdoors sealing pavement in preparation for Easter weekend (Friday through Sunday April 6,7, and 8 in the liturgical calendar of the Eastern Church). Two drive-by strangers were welcomed warmly and we were taken inside to view the peaceful whitewashed interior with its modern icons, star-studded ceiling, and religious murals. We admired the space and heard the story of all that went into the church's construction. The Macedonian Orthodox church of Geelong was founded in the 1970s and lovingly built by its community. All are invited. 

Macedonian Paschal greeting:
Христос воскресе! Навистина воскресе! (Hristos voskrese! Navistina voskrese!)
Greeting outside the church - photo by Catherine Schieve

Greeting outside the church - photo by Catherine Schieve

Pre-Easter visit by Catherine Schieve and Warren Burt; all photos by C.Schieve / April 5, 2018

The Art of Liturgical Furniture - Wood and Glass

Leon Sadubin is a master woodworker and furniture designer based in Gerringong, NSW. Over his career he has designed and built exquisite furniture for both public and private use, sourced from native Australian and imported hardwoods. Here are two of his public commissions for places of worship:

  • The Temple Desk for Temple Emanuel Synagogue,  Woollahra Sydney (2006) in collaboration with Marc Grunseit, glass artist.
Temple desk 2006, Temple Emanuel Sydney - in front of heritage listed Ark designed by Samuel Lipson (1946). Design and fabrication b  y Leon Sadubin. Taun and New Guinea walnut. Image courtesy of  http://www.leonsadubin.com.au

Temple desk 2006, Temple Emanuel Sydney - in front of heritage listed Ark designed by Samuel Lipson (1946). Design and fabrication by Leon Sadubin. Taun and New Guinea walnut. Image courtesy of http://www.leonsadubin.com.au

Below, Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins leading a service with the Torah unrolled on the temple desk at Temple Emanuel, Woolahra - the largest synagogue in Sydney. [1]

  • The altar of St James church, Sydney (1989) - a collaboration with David Wright, glass artist.
St James altar, Sydney. Design and fabrication by Leon Sadubin. Image courtesy of  http://www.leonsadubin.com.au   

St James altar, Sydney. Design and fabrication by Leon Sadubin. Image courtesy of http://www.leonsadubin.com.au 

Leon writes: "Over the years I have been engaged to design and make a wide range of items for public spaces. Ceremonial lecterns, public seating benches and furniture for places of worship are representative of my scope of work. These commissions are often collaborations with other craft practitioners and artists working in glass, silver, stone and fabrics. These works involve consultation with the client or architect and result in my own designs, specific to the intent of the space, and sympathetic to its style."  

For current updates, workshop news, and work-in-progress see LeonSadubinDesigns Instagram feed: https://www.instagram.com/leonsadubindesigns/. And, contact the artist via his website.

Leon Sadubin, master woodworker. Image courtesy of  http://www.leonsadubin.com.au  

Leon Sadubin, master woodworker. Image courtesy of http://www.leonsadubin.com.au 

"Free #6" (2007) - patinated copper, by Leon Sadubin. Image courtesy of  http://www.leonsadubin.com.au  

"Free #6" (2007) - patinated copper, by Leon Sadubin. Image courtesy of http://www.leonsadubin.com.au 

Glasswork detail, temple desk, Temple Emanuel Sydney. Design and fabrication by Leon Sadubin and Marc Grunseit. Image courtesy of  http://www.leonsadubin.com.au  

Glasswork detail, temple desk, Temple Emanuel Sydney. Design and fabrication by Leon Sadubin and Marc Grunseit. Image courtesy of http://www.leonsadubin.com.au 

[1]Temple Emanuel images from Cochrane, G. (2006). OBJECTS MADE FOR A TEMPLE. Craft Arts International, (68), 118-119.

- by Catherine Schieve / April 2018

Easter Moments in Multicultural Melbourne

A few moments from Easter Day / April 1 2018: visits to Anglican, Serbian, and Hindu communities.

1:00 pm, Melbourne CBD

The choir of St. Peter’s Eastern Hill (Anglican parish church of the City of Melbourne) just can't stop performing - outdoor rendition of Easter Carol "This Joyful Eastertide" (1894) - sung lustily in the parking lot as the congregation exits after Mass. More on St Peters here. 

After Mass the choir sings us out into the city. "This Joyful Eastertide" (ending of carol).

4:30 pm Carrum DownS

At St Steven of Dechani Serbian Orthodox church there's a party going on next door in the Serbian National Centre General Dragoljub Mihailović - feasting and dancing to super-charged high volume accordion music. Serbian Orthodox churches of Melbourne here

5:30 pm Carrum Downs

At Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple, Hindu Society of Victoria - on polished floors,  devotees move about the incense-scented, brightly lit Temple space, giving offerings and making contact with the many deities that line the walls. It's a family scene. Shoes are left outside. Priests prepare Pooja (worship) items and decorate statues with flowers. A South Indian drummer warms up for the Bairavar Abishekam (enacted prayer, manifestation of Shiva).  More Temple information here.

All photos and video by Catherine Schieve, April 1, 2018 / Melbourne, Australia.