Tuesday, July 19, 2016

An evening of discussion 2nd August 2016

The ANU Chaplaincy invites you to
an evening of discussion

Is Australia really a ‘post-God nation’?
Was God ever here?
When and how did we lose God?
Do these questions matter?

to be led by
Roy Williams

author of Post-God nation?
how religion fell off the radar in Australia
and what 
might be done to get it back on (2015).

Roy has also written:
God, actually: why God probably exists,
why Jesus was 
probably divine and
why the ‘rational’ objections to religion 

are unconvincing (2008)
and In God they trust? 
the religious beliefs of Australia’s Prime Ministers, 1901-2013 (2013).
He will have copies of all his books
available for sale and signing.

All welcome and free

Burgmann College chapel, Daley Road, ANU
8.00 p.m. Tuesday 2 August 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

Welcome to 2016 and to the ANU Chaplaincy. This coming week is a very special one for the christians of the world. Through Holy Week they approach Passiontide and Easter. Not (only) Hot Cross Buns (on Good Friday)  and Easter Eggs (on Sunday), but a whole drama of events that tell a deeply mysterious and wondrous story. If you want to know more, pop into the chaplaincy. Kevin, Isaac, David, Geoff, Arto and Dennis will welcome questions! But are also good listeners. I can be reached at St Philip''s O'Connor, (down the road from Uni).  Linda

Monday, August 3, 2015

Why would Pope Francis write to everyone?

Why would Pope Francis have something to say about climate change?

What new ideas are to be found in Pope Francis' letter?

The ANU Chaplaincy is sponsoring an evening of commentary and discussion on the recent Papal Encyclical, Laudato si'.
Burgmann College chapel, Daley Road, ANU
8pm Wednesday 5th August 2015

Speakers will include Professor Frank Brennan SJ, and Rev Dr Jason John 

All welcome!


The chapters most likely to be relevant to this discussion are chpter 2 'The gospel of creation' and chapter 3, 'The human roots of the ecological crisis.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

ANU/The Canberra Times meet the author event with Frank Brennan

The Australian National University

Thursday, 16 July 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (AEST)

Theatre 3
Manning Clark Centre
Union Court, ANU
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601

Thursday, 16 July 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (AEST)

From one of the leading thinkers of our time comes a landmark book on the case for constitutional reform – No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia by Frank Brennan.

Saturday, June 20, 2015






Monday, March 24, 2014

Rev Prof Józef Niewiadomski

Hello any readers of this blog! Finally a post. Even if you can't get to the seminar, it is worth reading Prof Niewiadomski's research issues on the web. (See my note below).

The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

Charles Sturt University


Rt Rev Prof Stephen Pickard invites you to a

Lunchtime Seminar

12.30pm-2.30pm Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Boardroom (upstairs), George Browning House (the brown building)

15 Blackall Street, Barton

Rev Prof Józef Niewiadomski

Faculty of Theology, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Just a Scapegoat? Victim and Sacrifice in

The Mimetic Theory of René Girard and

the Dramatic Theology of Raymund Schwager


Fr Niewiadomski was the teaching assistant & is now the successor of the late Raymund Schwager SJ, the Austrian Jesuit who was the first major theological interlocutor of René Girard. The publication of their correspondence reveals the extent of their mutual influence. Fr Schwager was the author of several books garnering the insights of Girard for mainstream theology, including Must There Be Scapegoats and Jesus in the Drama of Salvation. The theological category best suited to interpreting Girard's work, according to Schwager, is the theological dramatic theory most typically associated with Hans Urs von Balthasar—though, unlike von Balthasar, Schwager is entirely confident that Girard's vision is compatible with orthodox Christianity.

A lunch of sandwiches is provided, with juice, wine, tea and coffee.

Please RSVP (for seating and catering purposes) by midday on Tuesday 25 March (at the latest) to Rev Canon Dr Scott Cowdell (scowdell@csu.edu.au).

Enquires to Fr Cowdell on 02 6272 6207

doing  a search yielded this page:


"...However, it is just due to the various challenges of the religious renaissance mediated by the media and above all the dangers hidden in it that the academic public should no longer suppress the question about the rationality of religions (their truth claim) and thus also about the scientific character of theology. The answers given by the Enlightenment have to be reconsidered by secular sciences, too. However, they must not be thrown over board if our (also European) world is not to fall back into the epoch of religious wars. If the university does not want to lose even more of its social relevance, it consistently has to work on a reorientation of academic culture and regain those aspects of reason that make it possible to creatively integrate all areas of life of modern people (and thus also their religiousness). For theology this does not mean at all that it only has to be "picked up" by the other disciplines of human or natural science (especially in view of the crisis) and enthroned into its previous role. The future role of theology actually has not yet been determined at all. The answer to the question how significant its role will be in the academic (and sociopolitical) context also brings up the problem of the adaptability of theological methods and ways of thinking; it depends on the question if theology will be able to express - also under the given standards of rationality - its genuine closeness to the Jewish-Christian revelation and to the tradition of the church, both in a dialogue held with secularized science and the secularized public, and consequently to make a contribution to the determination of these standards, too."

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Nelson Mandela (from The Elders)

notice the last paragraph! Nelson Mandela from Kofi Annan (of The Elders)

Dear friends,

I last met with Nelson Mandela, together with my fellow Elders, three years ago in Johannesburg. This week we returned to South Africa to say farewell to our founder, dear friend and guiding voice.

Many of you have offered moving tributes to Madiba's courage and humanity, describing how he has influenced and inspired you. I hope you will continue to share your thoughts and messages with us.

For me, his most important lesson was that he never sought power for the sake of power. Time and again, he invested his authority in strong, democratic institutions that would actually outlast any individual leader. Even founding The Elders was an expression of his belief in an idea that was larger than himself.

I believe that we can honour him best not by searching for 'the new Mandela', but by realising our own potential – as men, as women, as citizens – to build the just, equal societies that he fought for.

Best wishes,

Kofi Annan