I attended the Church Council retreat, which was a day of reflection, worship and throwing around of issues/planning. Although the Council consists of individuals with diverse outlooks and personalities, it functions really well. The day provided an opportunity to identify and think about a wide range of issues, under the inspirational leadership of our energetic Minister, Kylie.The retreat took place at St Julian's Retreat Centre operated by the Community of the Holy Name at Cheltenham. I was not previously aware of this community of Anglican Sisters, yet they have been living, praying and ministering in Melbourne for more than 125 years. The centre is a lovely building containing an impressive chapel and other suitable amenities, situated in extensive and peaceful grounds.