Indigenous Issues: Religion and Social Policy
On Thursday 8 December, Dr Graeme Blackman OAM officially launched the Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy (RASP). The new Centre will provide a means of engaging with the issues of the contemporary world - by stimulating research and engagement activity across the whole institution and by building external partnerships.
The event, held at Collins Street Baptist Church, was attended by over 60 members of the University of Divinity and associated organisations and included a short series of presentations on Indigenous Issues: Religion and Social Policy by Dr Mark Brett (Whitley College), Naomi Wolfe (Australian Catholic University) and Gordon Preece (Director of RASP).
Dr Mark Brett, Professor in Old Testament at Whitley College Theological School, opened his key-note address with an acknowledgement of the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people, their elders and families past and present. Professor Brett pointed to the significance of the venue fondly recalling attending an event in the church a decade ago when Aunty Marg Gardiner (Wurundjeri) and Aunty Carolyn Briggs (Boon Wurrung) led a dialogue on “Spiritual Pathways to Reconciliation.”