Dear CES Members and Friends
Our Winter dinner-forum last week at Belconnen showed that CES folk are not afraid to go out on cold nights.  I hope all those who attended enjoyed the evening.  Tim Costello proved  an inspiring speaker as he discussed whether Australia can afford to retain its fortress-Australia mentality.  He challenged us to decide at what point we would commit to taking a stand for a truly ethical society which does not keep "the drawbridges firmly up". 
Next CES Event
October Forum
Topic: The Next 35 Years: Protecting The Environment In Order To Protect the Economy
Speaker: Professor Steve Hatfield-Dodds - one of Australia's leading thinkers on sustainability, climate change and environmental policy
When: 7.30 pm Tuesday 20 October 2015
Where: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Corner Kings Ave and Blackall St, Barton
More information: Go top CES website (  and scroll down.
Non- CES Events 
PaperChain Bookstore  Manuka - Book event - 2.45 pm - 3 pm, Sunday 6 September
Who:  Ghada Karmi will speak about her book Return: A Palestinian Memoir
Ghada Karmi is a Palestinian writer, academic and activist.  She was born in Jerusalem, but moved with her family to England after Israel was established in 1948 and the majority of Palestinians were forced to flee. In England, she trained as a doctor of medicine.  In 1972, she established the British-Palestinian Medical Charity and she became an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute for International Affairs.  On this visit to Australia she will speak at the 2015 Melbourne Writers' Festival about her latest book 'Return: A Palestinian Memoir'.  Her earlier books include 'Jerusalem Today: What Future for the Peace Process' and the best-selling 'In Search of Fatima'.

RSVP: Ph 6295 6723 or email
National Dialogue - Can Christianity and Islam Co-exist?
Speakers:  Rev Professor James Haire AC and Professor Azyumardi Azra CBE
These two eminent Christian and Muslim public scholars will discuss key issues for a multi-cultural and multi-faith Australia. This important and timely dialogue will address Christian-Muslim relations in the Australian-Indonesian context and seek to build fresh understanding of how people of different faiths and cultures can grow together in understanding and appreciation of one another.
Facilitator: Paul Bongiorno AM
When:  7 pm.  Wednesday 9 September
Where:   Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Cnr Kings Ave and Blackal St, Barton
Free Admission
Launch of a new Alliance for Participatory Democracy
Are you concerned that our government is not seriously engaging with the social and environmental problems that lie ahead for Australia.  If so why not come along to hear more about this new Alliance
When:  1.30 pm  Sunday 13 September
Where: Radford College Hall, 1 College Rd, Bruce
Free: but you can register through the website.  Click Here:  Register
More information: Click here:  Canberra Alliance
Climate Council Report - Climate Change 2015: Growing Risks, Critical Choices
Click here to read key findings or download the report:  The Report