Religious Freedom: Unity and Diversity

Religious Freedom: Unity and Diversity

Religious Freedom: Unity and Diversity


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
15 Blackall Street, Barton, ACT

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In partnership with St Mark’s National Theological Centre and the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, we are assembling a group of experts representing various religious convictions, and none, to discuss issues relating to religious liberty in our multicultural and socially diverse Australia. Such issues include belief; education; teaching and preaching; medicine and social services.

The Religious Freedom Review, chaired by the Hon. Philip Ruddock, delivered its report to the former Prime Minister, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP on May 18, 2018. Anticipating the release of this report, this panel has been assembled to discuss the ability of all Australians to live according to their religious convictions in both their professional lives and the wider public square, and to contribute to the common good.

The participants include: Assoc. Prof. Keith Thompson (University of Notre Dame Law School, Sydney), Prof. Pauline Ridge (ANU College of Law), Prof. Asmi Wood (National Centre for Indigenous Studies, ANU), Dr. Chris Hartney (Department of Studies in Religion, University of Sydney), Prof. Stephen Pickard (Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture) and Assoc. Prof. Andrew Cameron (School of Theology, Charles Sturt University).

Shireen Morris of the Cape York Institute, when writing about Australia Day, argued for the need to “better include all Australians”, to “bring together our Indigenous heritage, our British inheritance and our multicultural character”. But for many Australians, this kind of national unity seems only more elusive given our social diversity.

Our hope with this moderated panel is that it will move the discussion of religious liberty matters forward and consider how religious freedom can contribute to the common good for all Australians, but also one where our speakers can seriously discuss the challenges faced here. We want to have a panel that presents different perspectives and not just those of one faith tradition and one which is respectful but rigorous.

Come and join in the discussion! We are offering half price ‘guest’ tickets to make it easy to bring your colleagues and friends. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are limited.

Tickets:  $12 Regular, $6 Your guest, $6 Concession

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