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You are all to be congratulated in limiting the COVID-19 corona virus.  Here in Australia, we have done better than most in facing this major crisis that has spread throughout the world.  We need to continue our diligence as lockdowns are gradually eased because, as Peter Doherty (Nobel Prize for Medicine 1996) recently said, with proper measures we can hope to avoid a resurgence in the virus and limit the virus to local spotfires.  The lockdowns and widespread loss of employment affected many in our community and while there have been important mechanisms of support for those affected by the crisis, many have been left out.  We can play our part by providing physical, mental and spiritual support to our families, neighbours and friends as many of the effects of this crisis will continue for some time to come.

We are all feeling isolated, but we must keep in contact with each other whether by phone or skype or just over the back fence, giving each other the support that will allow us to get through this together. Many people are in need locally nationally and internationally: the parable of the Good Samaritan has never more appropriate, we need to see the needs of our “neighbours” where ever they are and do our part in either meeting their needs directly or helping to see that their needs are met.  God bless everyone as we stick together helping one another at this time of need.

The 2021 theme for the CES forums continues 2020’s “Values and Voices in the Public Sphere”. The first forum was Political Propaganda, Freedom of Communication and Truth on Social Media with speaker Professor Seumas Miller, held on 10 February at 7.30pm. The next forum will be “Is it just me,” asked the frog, “or is the water getting warmer”, with speaker Right Reverend Dr George Browning and will be held at the Chapel at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 7-9pm, 9 June.

Under “Past Forums”, there is also a contribution from Kasy Chambers, CEO of Anglicare: “COVID-19, An opportunity to reshape Australian society and its values”

For details of previous forums and related materials, please visit our Past Forums page.

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“Is it just me,” asked the frog, “or is the water getting warmer?”

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7-9pm, 9 June at the Chapel at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, corner of Kings Avenue and Blackall Street, Barton, 2600.

“You do not believe anything unless it makes a difference to the way you live your life”. – Bishop Leslie Newbigin. With science ‘settled’, indeed with anecdotal measurements proving more severe than science initially predicted, what is the roll of the community of faith in teaching and action? Yes, there is reason for hope. What is that reason? Science has reasonable grounds for expecting the Church to provide a rationale – or get out of the way. Science gave us a path way out of the pandemic. Science is providing a pathway in face of Global Warming. Faith and science must inform one another. This address contributes to that conversation.

Speaker: Right Reverend Dr George Browning. Respondent: Dr David Hunter. Chair Professor Stephen Pickard.

About the speaker:

Right Reverend Dr George Browning, PhD, DLitt, is the current convenor of the ACC&C Ambassadors, having the overseen the partnership with Charles Sturt University which established the Centre as well as the founding of St Mark’s National School of Theology. He was Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn from 1993 to 2008 and Inaugural Chair of the Anglican Communion Environment Network from 2001 to 2006.

His doctoral thesis, Sabbath and the Common God: Prospects for a New Humanity, examines the biblical concept of Sabbath as an ethical framework for a response to the challenge of climate change.

In 2000 he was awarded the Centenary medal for his contribution to the community and in 2007 a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) for his contribution to education.

About the respondent:

Dr David Hunter, BSc, MSc, PhD, is President of the Orthopterists’ Society, a worldwide organisation of over 300 scientists and practitioners from 60 countries working on locusts, grasshoppers and related insects.

He is also a consultant to the Asian Development Bank as “Climate Adaptive Pest Management Specialist” in the face of climate change, locust attack, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the forum flyer.

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A Zoom link will also be available on the 9th of June.