Our history and mission
The Collective of St Mary Magdalene (COSMM) is a diverse group of people committed to exploring and working for social justice in Adelaide. COSMM traces its roots back to an Anglican Youth Conference in 1989. From this conference our first members emerged with a passionate desire to do something pro-active about social justice in Adelaide. From the outset we strove to follow the example of Jesus by identifying with the poor, the sick and the outcast, strengthening their spirits and self esteem and confronting the long term cycle of alienation that they suffer. Our mission became the provision of an ‘Environment of Community and Acceptance’ for Adelaide’s homeless and disadvantaged.
The primary vehicle for our vision has been a Saturday night ‘Drop-in Centre’ in the Mission Hall of St Mary Magdalene’s Parish. Due to our strong association and partnership with the Parish in works of social justice, we soon adopted its name and operated under the banner of ‘The Collective of St Mary Magdalene’. COSMM has since evolved into a much larger organisation consisting of people from a wide variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds. The main focus continues to be the Moore St ‘Drop-In Centre’. The Centre is only made possible through the efforts of many parishes and schools who lovingly donate their time, money and labour, and provide a well-balanced meal for our friends on a Saturday night.
We have an important ongoing partnership with St Mary Magdalene’s Anglican Church and The Magdalene Centre.
Our mission is to be place of peace and community on a Saturday night by providing a meal that is good for the body and soul.
Location and meal times
We are located at 26 Moore St, Adelaide, South Australia
Meals are served on Saturday nights from 6 pm
- Jessie Edwards (Chair)
- Jayme Watson (Treasurer)
- Tony Purvis (School coordinator)
- Stephen Clark (Parish Priest)
- Ashley Durham
- Graham Green
- Michael Forwood
- Wendy Forwood
- Jeremy Hayman
- Garfield Loveday
- Karen Stott (Magdalene Centre)
- Ben Tollner-Atkinson
- Olivia Stapleton
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