Western Spirituality in the Pub
Clerical Abuse: the human cost to survivors/victims
Fr Kevin Dillon AM PP
7:30 pm, Wednesday, 28th November
Club Italia, Furlong Rd, St Albans between Sunshine Hospital and the Western Ring Road
“For more than two decades, Father Kevin Dillon has spoken for those who can’t speak out and acted for those who are crippled, particularly those affected by church-related sexual abuse… With strength, courage and perseverance, Father Dillon has publicly advocated for and privately counselled more than one hundred survivors and helped them to rebuild their lives. In 2013, he established Lifeboat Geelong to provide practical and pastoral support for victims of church-related sexual and child abuse. Humble and faithful to his priestly calling, Father Dillon’s work goes above and beyond the call of duty and his advocacy has at times been in conflict with the church hierarchy. A man of integrity, intelligence and fortitude, his actions have served to strengthen the resolve of many and to help pave the way towards healing, hope and justice.” - From 2016 VIC Senior Australian of the Year Nominee blurb.
Come along by yourself or with a group of friends!
Be open to having your thoughts expanded or challenged by the evening of conversation, which begins with our speakers, followed by conversation around tables and then by open forum across the room. The room opens off the Bistro area.
Support the club that supports Western SIP by dining there beforehand from 6.00 p.m. Dine on a table with other Western SIP participants by notifying us at firstname.lastname@example.org by the day before and we will book tables for all of us. Early arrival allows time to order and enjoy your meal before moving into the room we use, which is off the Bistro area. We aim to start at 7.30 p.m. and finish by 9.00 p.m.
If “the truth shall set you free”, what effect does the opposite in communication and behaviour from public leadership have on fostering trust, respect, justice and compassion in the community, let alone confidence in our institutions?
Dr Peter Frost is exceptionally well qualified to lead on this topic. Until recently Victoria’s Deputy Auditor-General, he has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor at RMIT University, Special Advisor for Public Sector Reform in London at the Commonwealth Secretariat , with experience in thirty-three countries, and Program Director for the Asian Development Bank, among other posts. His Ph.D is in Public Policy and Education from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Helder Camara Public Lecture
The Opal & the Pearl: Two kinds of perfection
Exploring a Christian spirituality for our times
Thursday 18 May, 5pm - 6.30pm Newman College, Melbourne University
Mark Patrick Hederman OSB has been a monk of Glenstal Abbey in Limerick for over 40 years. Formerly headmaster of the school, he has just completed eight years as Abbot. He has a doctorate in the philosophy of education. He studied in Paris under Emmanual Levinas and has lectured in philosophy and literature in America and Nigeria as well as Ireland, and was a founding editor of the cultural journal The Crane Bag. Flyer HERE
A Spirituality for the 21st Century
Tuesday 30 May, 6-7pm
Christ Theatre, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
Other times, dates and Locations for Brisbane, Sydney, Warragul, Adelaide & Perth in the flyer HERE
VENUE: SANDRINGHAM HOTEL,
CNR BEACH ROAD & MELROSE STREET (MELWAY 76 G9)
Separate adjacent room for SIP meeting
FOR MEAL - PHONE HOTEL : 9598 7255 SPECIFY THAT BOOKING IS FOR SIP,
SPIRITUALITY IN THE PUB GROUP Meals can be ordered individually from a
large menu with a range of prices. All are welcome to gather for a meal
from 6.00pm OR join the group from 7.30 – 9.00pm for the presentation
For further details contact VIN 9530 6004, FRANCES 9579 3920
Download Flyer Here
Selecting Bishops – Is there a role for lay people?
Marian Centre, Mother Of God School, 66 Wilfred Rd, Ivanhoe East, commencing at 7.45pm sharp.
Another Presentation by the Yarra Deanery (Neighbouring Parishes), Wednesday 5 October 2016
At this critical time for the Church in Australia a number of dioceses (6 as of 31 March 2016) are without bishops, and given Canon Law requirement that Bishops at the age of 75 submit their resignation to the pope for consideration, several Australian diocesan bishops are likely to be appointed in the not too distant future, including a new archbishop for Melbourne. What does this mean for us all?
For the first centuries of our Church lay people and the general clergy were involved in the selection of bishops. Now, with the future of our church being seriously challenged, the question might be asked: is there some way that lay people today might add a their voice and discernment to the bishop selection process? Initiatives have started for the laity to play a part, but how likely is it that they will be welcomed and accepted? Why is wider participation in the selection process important? What are the possibilities and what are the facts?
Presenter, Dr.Peter Wilkinson, is a former Columban missionary priest who ministered in Australia and South Korea. After relinquishing his clerical ministry in 1976, he has worked in Multicultural Affairs, and lectured in Missiology at Yarra Theological Union, among other areas, and has a strong voice in reform of the Church. He has also managed his own company, being awarded in 2002 the Centenary Medal for his advocacy for small business.
For this Yarra Deanery event Peter will speak at the MOG School Marian Centre, at 66 Wilfred Rd, Ivanhoe East, commencing at 7.45pm. There is street parking and a public car park on the LHS of the Centre. Download FLYER
Richard Dawkins and many fellow-travellers reject religion on the grounds that the existence of God is “not provable”, and the Scriptures because they contain too many stories that are “just not believable”. Scripture scholars have developed radical new insights over recent decades, but many Christians hold fast to a literal interpretation of scriptural narratives even when they are seen to be contrary to human experience – such as the parting of the Red Sea in the Old Testament and the Virgin Birth in the New.
Could it be that both the nay-sayers and the convinced traditionalists are both wrong? Could it even be that both are making the same error? If so, what are they both missing, and how can we legitimately retain the Scriptures as a foundation for belief?
David Tacey, Emeritus Professor at LaTrobe University, is a public intellectual working across the fields of spirituality, religion, psycho-analysis, literature and Australian culture. Some of his fourteen books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Spanish and French. He will provide challenging insights regarding the above questions, by explaining the themes in his latest book, Beyond Literal Belief: Religion as Metaphor, published by John Garratt Publishing in 2015. Come along and provide him with challenging feedback!
The PUMPHOUSE HOTEL provides a spacious and comfortable atmosphere. Meals available from 6.00pm –7.30pm.
An Evening with Massimo Faggioli on
“The Catholic Church and Francis in the International Situation Today”
Where: St Carthage’s Church Parkville
Address: 123 Royal Parade,
Parkville, Vic 3052
When: Thursday 21st July 2016 at 7:30 pm
A great topic. Massimo is being brought to Australia by the NCP for their conference next month and It's believed that this will be his only public appearance in Melbourne. A crowd is anticipated. As the flyer claims, Professor Massimo Faggioli is now regarded as one of the most significant commentators on the Catholic Church in the Post Vatican II era. (Flyer here)
To honour the founder of CTC,
James Robert Cardinal Knox, fifth Archbishop of Melbourne
Monday 16 May, 7.30pm
Archbishop Mark Coleridge Archbishop of Brisbane
From Wandering to Journeying: Thoughts on a Synodal Church
Journey and pilgrimage are important themes in Scripture and throughout Christianity. They provide a background for considering Pope Francis’ election in 2013, his decision to convene two Synods in 2014 and 2015, his proclamation of the Year of Mercy in 2016 and his recent publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia – seeing all these as part of a process which is far from over.
This gives a context for the recent proposal of the Australian Bishops to move towards a Plenary Council for Australia in 2020, seeing the preparation for the Council, its celebration and implementation as part of the same process, which seeks to make the Church more genuinely synodal in the way foreseen by Vatican II and treated more explicitly by Pope Francis.
VENUE: Catholic Leadership Centre
Corner Victoria Pde & Hoddle St, East Melbourne
RSVP: Wednesday 11 May 2016
E: email@example.com or 9412 3304
Light Refreshments provided afterwards
Street parking available on Victoria Parade
Enter Centre via Victoria Parade