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...
Remembering and Reforming: 500 years of REFORMATION
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.
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
Revd Dr Gordon Preece (Director of RASP) on Luther, Vocation and Precarious Work
Time and Date
Reformation Day | 2-5pm | Evensong will follow at 5.10pm.
Barbara Darling Room | St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne
Corner Flinders Street & Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Enter the Barbara Darling Room adjacent to the Chaper House Lane stairs, from the carpark.
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).
You can watch the live stream from 5:30pm here.
End of Life Choices: Voluntary Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide in Victoria
Conversation between world-renowned bioethicists Professor Peter Singer (Princeton University and the University of Melbourne) & Professor Margaret Somerville (University of Notre Dame, Sydney and formerly McGill University, Montreal).