Understanding faith. Enriching society.

We are a Canberra based ecumenical forum which seeks to engage with the ethical challenges of the contemporary world, locally, nationally and internationally.

Members of the forum are from Christian community and beyond and are committed to inclusiveness, justice, and harmony in a sustainable world.
The Christian foundation of the forum draws upon the prophetic tradition of the Bible which calls both religious and secular leadership to respect the whole created order, especially global humanity, giving voice to the voiceless and dignity to the down trodden.

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CES works in close association with the
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.

The CES AGM was held on Wednesday 7 September 2022 at 3pm in the Boardroom, George Browning House, ACC&C.

You can also send comments and suggestions for consideration at the AGM to secretary@ces.org.au

Click here for the annual report from the Chair.

CES Annual Dinner 2024

By | Blog, Current Forums, Upcoming Forums

TUESDAY 20 AUGUST 2024 at 6:00 pm for 6:30 pm

Hellenic Club
1 Matilda Street Phillip ACT (Google Map location)

Social Welfare and the Church

Lin Hatfield Dodds will reflect on the role of the churches in the alleviation of poverty from the first years of colonisation through the development of the welfare state, the outsourcing of human service delivery to non-government organisations and the entry of profit driven enterprises into the system to today’s increasingly consumer directed care environment.

What is the role of faith-based service provision now and into the future?

What should the church’s role be in shaping the systems that either trap people in poverty or enable them to thrive?

If we are serious about communities in which everyone can connect, contribute, belong and be valued, what’s the role of the church in that, and what’s our role as people of faith ourselves?


Lin Hatfield Dodds

Lin is the CEO of The Benevolent Society, a charitable organisation that has been providing support services to Australians and advocating for positive social change for more than 200 years.

She has extensive experience in social policy, systems leadership, and cross sector social innovation, as well as a wealth of operational expertise.

Lin’s previous roles have included Associate Dean at The Australia and New Zealand School of Government, Deputy Secretary, Social Policy, in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2016 to 2019, and National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

She has also worked as a counselling psychologist with families and young people at risk. Recognition of Lin’s contributions include, ACT Australian of the Year, a Churchill Fellowship to study anti-poverty strategies, and an ACT Chief Minister’s International Women’s Day Award.

Current Forums

Each year CES establishes a theme. The 2024 theme is “Important Ethical Issues”. Forums are held generally bimonthly and are available to attend in person and via Zoom. Past forums are available to view online.

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Past Forums

Access our extensive archive of past forums. Content includes a stream and download of the audio file of the Forum presentation – Transcript if available – Questions and Answers – Presentation supporting material

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Address: Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture, 15 Blackall St, BARTON ACT 2600

Email: secretary@ces.org.au