About the Author:
In 1935, I was born into the family of Louisa and Linton Peters, a well known
Methodist family in the Maryborough/Dunolly region within the gold-fields
district of central Victoria, Australia. I was one of five children, and each
sibling has made a considerable contribution to the life of the church and
community. I attended the local Primary and Technical schools and I remember
chairing my first adult Church meeting at the age of 14.
When I was 20, I left Maryborough to live in Geelong at a YWCA Hostel, and then
trained as a nurse at the Geelong Hospital. For many years, I was involved in
teaching Sunday School, leading Youth Groups and Christian Education in
I was married for 14 years to Stan Stott and we have two
daughters, who I eventually raised alone. They are now wonderfully mature
married women, although both have experienced breast cancer. I also have two
grandsons in their 20s.
I worship at Wesley Uniting Church in central Geelong, formally a Methodist
Church prior to the Church Union of the Methodist, Congregational and most of
the Presbyterian Churches in Australia in 1977. I have held many leadership
positions within my Parish, including being a qualified Lay Preacher.
My special interests and involvements have been with Adult Fellowship Groups
and the Pastoral Care of the church congregation, as I believe these two
commitments can become a forum for people of all interests and hobbies to
become involved in the “real life” of their local Church.
This involvement has led me in many directions, including completing a 12 month
part-time Clinical Pastoral Education Course at the Austin Hospital in
Melbourne, which led to me being requested to develop a regional training
program for lay people, to learn how to visit elderly people in aged care
facilities. This was a commitment I made for 6 years.
After that, I was appointed to several state and national leadership roles in
the Uniting Church’s mission and outreach programs. As National President
of Adult Fellowship Groups, I represented Australia at my first World Assembly
in 1986 at the “World Federation of Methodist Women”
(WFMW) and the “World Methodist Council” in Kenya, of
which I was a council member for 20 years. At that time, I was also an
executive member and National Vice President of “Australian Church
Women”, Australia’s national women’s ecumenical
In 1991-1996, I was elected the South Pacific Area President and World Editor
of the WFMW, and then elected in 1996-2001 as the World Secretary of the newly
titled “World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church
Women” “ (WFM&UCW)”.
At the completion of those involvements, I became the inaugural Board
Chairperson of the “Wesley Centre for Life Enrichment”, a
community outreach from our Parish which offered subsidised professional
counselling and educational courses.
For 12 years I prepared material for “International Bible Reading
Association” publications; and after 10 years, I continue to prepare
material for leading “Worship on Thursday”, a worship
service for people unable to attend Sunday worship, and occasionally
In 2010 I retired from all these “committee commitments” due to a
chronic, debilitating and very painful spinal condition, and concentrated on
writing “The Timeless Psalms”; and other occasional written
I have found a new joy in life with my writing, reading and gardening, and
delight in living in my own home. I consider myself to have been extremely
blessed with so many wonderful opportunities to have met interesting people; to
have extensively travelled the world for ten years; and to offer help to people
as I can.
Why the You Yangs are an inspiration to me:
The name “You Yangs” is derived from local Aboriginal words and
means “big mountain in the middle of a plain” and there are three
main granite peaks that rise up from flat volcanic plains near Corio Bay,
around which the city of Geelong is situated.
For me, the You Yangs have always had a Trinitarian aspect, alongside the
concept of the hills of Zion that surrounded Jerusalem, to which the pilgrims
gazed in hope and anticipation as they journeyed to their religious festivals.
In Jerusalem, they experienced their pivotal worship experiences which
strengthened them and their faith in God, but which had to last them for
unknown lengths of time.
As we meditate on the Psalms, we are spiritually nurtured to help us understand
that “...His purpose in all of this was that the nations
should seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him -
though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and
exist...” (Acts 17: 27-28a); until the next moments of
meditation and prayer.
Psalm 121 is always part of my meditations every time I look to the You Yangs:
“I look up to the mountains - does my help come from there? My help
comes from the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth!”
I am always reminded that although the “hills/mountains” were
places of refuge in times of struggle, but that ultimately, my help has always
come from God.