World Oceans Day – June 8th

A bit of cross-referencing here from my DIAKONIA website about World Oceans Day (June 8th), which includes some resources, youtube clip, hymn, prayers.

A young man expels part of his breath as he and friends duck under a breaking wave at Coogee beach in Sydney. Photographer Mark Tipple was capturing images of local Sydneysiders swimming on the first warm day of Summer. © Mark Tipple / The Underwater Project "I've always been intrigued by what happens below the surface, like what's happening where we can't see." While watching the slide-show on Mark's laptop I'm amazed at the detail of this 'other world' that's portrayed with his selection. As an accomplished documentary photographer, in the past Mark has used the ocean as an escape for some solace away from his projects. Lately, while between projects he's been "hanging out" below the surface trying to capture what happens while swimming on a slow summer's day. "Coming from a surfing background I used to wonder what happens when we're duck-diving, like, what it looks like from a different angle than what we can see. Kinda hard to explain but it has always been on my mind. I used to surf with a small video camera and housing attached to my helmet, (pauses) it worked surprisingly well but my neck couldn't take the impact and stress while trying to duck-dive and capture the right angle. Even tried to turn it back on myself to see what happens clearer but that, uh, sucked (laughs). I looked for a new approach to capture what I was seeking, which basically meant getting off the surfboard."

A young man expels part of his breath as he and friends duck under a breaking wave at Coogee beach in Sydney. Photographer Mark Tipple was capturing images of local Sydneysiders swimming on the first warm day of Summer.
© Mark Tipple / The Underwater Project

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Rev Sandy Boyce is a Uniting Church in Australia Minister (Deacon) in placement at Pilgrim Uniting Church, in Adelaide CBD (12 Flinders St). This blog is mainly to resource worship planners for our services, but of course may be useful for others. We have some great writers of music, words for hymns and liturgy at Pilgrim, so this blog also includes their words.
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