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On 22 November 2017, the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, announced the appointment of an Expert Panel to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion.
The University of Divinity's Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy held the second annual RASP Public Conversation. The event, chaired by former ABC host John Cleary, focused on the Ruddock Inquiry. Speakers included Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO, keynote address; Dr Sharon Rodrick, Institute for Civil Society view; and Reverend Dr Robyn Whitaker, University of Divinity view.
Jointly hosted by Ridley Marketplace Institute, Ethos and RASP. Sponsored by Reventure.
The Faith and Work Award is designed to honour Christians who over a lifetime have integrated their faith and work. This tradition has been revived by Ethos: EA Centre for Christianity & Society and Ridley Marketplace Institute to highlight the importance of faith and work integration or the Sunday-Monday connection.
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In pre-democratic, pre-modern times, religion had been at the centre of much of human life, filling the private as well as the public realm. However, in major modern democracies religion has mostly been sidelined from public life. Or has it? Religion is now legally excluded in politics, yet in increasingly post-secular societies globally, matters of faith (religion, spirituality) are no longer as stringently excluded from public life. Our dawning post-secular age is bringing something new...
A FREE public seminar, co-sponsored by Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy (RASP), University of Divinity and St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne.
Speakers include: Dr Monica Melanchthon (Pilgrim College) on Luther, Bible and Gender; Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe (Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral) on Luther, Music and Bach; Revd Dr Jason Goroncy (Whitley College) on Reformation and Secularity; and Revd Dr Gordon Preece (Director of RASP) on Luther, Vocation and Precarious Work
Revd Dr Keith Clements, MA(Cantab), MA(Oxon), BD, PhD
Taught at Bristol Baptist College and Bristol University before serving with the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland and as General Secretary of the Council of European Churches. Author of What Freedom? The persistent challenge of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Learning to speak: The church’s voice in public affairs and others.
What does it mean to be human and responsible toward a deep future?
Part of a wider project that addresses intersections of ecology, religion, war and peace, this seminar considers the concept of the ‘Anthropocene Epoch’ as a challenge to religion and ethics. Professor David G. Horrell from the University of Exeter will be among presenters who will speak to questions such as raised in Clive Hamilton’s Defiant Earth (Allen & Unwin, 2017).
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On Thursday 29 June RASP hosted a major public conversation between two world-renowned bioethicists, Professor Peter Singer and Professor Margaret Somerville. The event was chaired by John Cleary. Some 400 members of the public attended and were able to ask questions from the Presenters.