Calendar for Second Semester 2010

Events for Second Semester 2010

MONDAYS beginning 2nd August : a BIBLE STUDY will be held (with a mid-Semester pause): Theme ‘DISCIPLESHIP’
WHEN: 1.05-1.55pm
WHERE: Chaplaincy Rooms , 3rd floor, Union House
Led by Chaplain Wes Campbell. (Contact detail below)

WEDNESDAY lunch hour prayers: recommencing 28th July, 1.15–1.45pm, Old Physics, Room 2 (south of Union House across Deakin Court)
A service of daily prayer each Wednesday lunchtime taking the Bible readings set for Sunday as our guide.. We pray for the university, people in need and the wider world. Led by Wes Campbell (chaplain).

, a silent vigil held on the ‘concrete lawn’, east of Union House. We hold placards remembering Hiroshima Nagasaki and all victims of nuclear weapons, calling for an end to the weapons.


A Thursday lunchtime series hosted by the Ecumenical Chaplaincy.
In contrast to the view that faith is non-political (or apolitical) we understand that faith is always political. The faithful question is what sort of politics does faith shape? This is a pressing question in the light of the global challenges we face.
The series focuses on:
• why and how people of faith should engage with politics;
• the way in which ‘faith’ of one kind or another informs (or distorts) politics.

While the phrase ‘people of faith’ in this discussion relates primarily to the Christian tradition our discussion is open to other religious and non-religious perspectives. In addressing global issues it is essential for us to consider our contribution in and from Australia.
VENUES: Lunchtimes: John Medley Room, 5th floor
Later Forum: Old Arts Lecture Theatre B

Each session will involve a presentation followed by Q and A and discussion (with smaller audiences there will be more scope for discussion). In the later session we expect to include a formal respondent.
Host: Ecumenical Chaplain Wes Campbell (contact details below)

Topics and speakers
Thursday, 5 August, 1-2.
Why and how should people of faith be involved in politics?
Professor Tony Coady, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne)
Thursday, 12 August, 1-2.
Faith and politics in Australia – historical perspectives
Professor Graeme Davison, Professor Emeritus, History, Monash University
Thursday, 19 August, 1-2. Economics after the global financial crisis: Are Christian perspectives relevant? (
Professor Ian Harper, Professor Emeritus at Melbourne Business School, now at Access Economics; Professor John Langmore, Professorial Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne

Thursday, 2 September, 5.30-7. Old Arts Lecture Theatre B
Does humanity have a future?
Professor Joe Camilleri Followed by a response.
We are posing the question in the light of the many threats to the planet. We want to explore how ‘faith’ assists us to look realistically at the threats, and provides the energy and hope for action toward preserving the planet.
(Professor Joe Camilleri, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for Dialogue, Latrobe University; co-author with Jim Falk of the recently published Worlds in Transition: Evolving Governance Across a Stressed Planet, (Edward Elgar, 2010). Prof. Camilleri is well known for his involvement in peace and anti-nuclear movements, and for his role in dialogue between people of differing culture, belief and spirituality.)

Thursday, 7 October, 1-2. Social policy: What is the relevance of Christian involvement, theological and institutional?
Professor Brian Howe, Professorial Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, and former Deputy Prime Minister
Thursday, 14 October, 1-2. Title: Faithful Politics? Political Faith? Rev. Dr Bruce Duncan, Lecturer & coordinator of program in social justice studies, Yarra Theological Union; Rev. Dr Wes Campbell, Ecumenical Chaplain, University of Melbourne
For more information: :
Wes Campbell (Revd Dr) 8344 6034;   This entry was written by wesblog and posted on 18/05/2010 at 12:37 pm and filed under Aboriginal Land & Theology, Art, Bible study notes, calendar, calendar for 2010, faith & politics, Resurrection, Thursday Forums. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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