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
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
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 organisation.
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”
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 preaching.
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 articles.
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
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.