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Seminar 7:
Looking back at the 20th century and forward to the 21st


Reflecting on the 20th century, one cannot avoid such events as the holocaust, world wars, the nuclear bomb~on a summer's morning in Hiroshima. As a new millenium dawns, there are no dominant ideologies. Communism, fascism, capitalism and fundamentalisms of various kinds, have all failed to deliver the world's potential for beauty. The idea of ideological resolution is discredited as conflict continues.

An authentic, transformative and less dogmatic spirituality should be both appealing and helpful. But can this be Christian? Can the Church be freed from its fixation with certainty, to be a humble vessel for a reconciling culture of peace? What might this look like in terms of day to day spiritual practice? Such questions confront us if we are not merely to roll the unGodly past into the future.
Conductor:Right Revd Philip Huggins, Bishop of Grafton


Australia, as a new settler society, has tended to be characterised by historians as a materialist, male-oriented culture. Yet the churches and religion have played an important part in the process of settlement and the spread of 'civilised' values. Questions to be considered in this session in an historical context include the inheritance of mateship, perceived Australian reticence in the expression of emotion, Anzac as a form of civic religion, and the recent trend towards the appropriation of Aboriginal culture and spirituality.
Conductor:Professor John Rickard, honorary Professorial Fellow, Monash University, where he is attached to both the History Department and the National Centre for Australian Studies


When women were first ordained, some Anglicans hoped or feared that it would change the church radically, others that business would continue as usual with a few more hands on deck. In 2000, feminism may no longer be centre stage, but it has not fizzled out. It is still fermenting faithfully, renewing the church from within. In this session, we will look forward more than we look back. What is happening in feminist theology and biblical studies? What are feminists doing about pastoral care, liturgy, social justice, and evangelism? How can people who have had little contact with feminism tap into some of this energy, and make use of these insights to enrich the church?
Conductor:Revd Dr Elizabeth Smith, Area Dean, Glen Eira


DateSaturday 8 July
Time10 am - 3.30 pm
VenueSt. Peter's, Eastern Hill, Melbourne
Cost$30 (includes lunch)



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