Julie Sheppard and Kumar Rasiah
Join us for this prayerful and reflective method of reading scripture as we meditate on the words of the Gospels. The sessions are free to attend. Click here for further information.
Reading: Falling Upward by Richard Rohr
The book chosen by the St James’ Institute Book Group is Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward. Early registration is advisable and numbers are limited. Free to attend, members to purchase their own copy of the book. Click here for further information.
Associate Professor Michael Horsburgh AM
Christians have worshipped indoors for most of their history, from catacombs to basilicas to churches of all descriptions. Does it matter where we worship? Does the location of our worship help to fashion it? Have we deliberately structured our worship spaces to achieve particular effects? Are there hidden influences? Tickets $30 ($20 conc) including refreshments.
A study on how Christians know and worship God. This six part session reveals the reasons why The Eucharist is celebrated as a memorial of Christ’s saving passion and stands at the very heart of Christian worship. Free to attend, $10 for the booklet.
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and Dr Christopher Richardson
Michael Kirby, a retired judge of the High Court, was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to lead a commission of inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea, which reported in 2014. Christopher Richardson, a St James’ parishioner and author, has completed a PhD on North Korean children’s culture. We will hear about life under communism and its impact upon religious faith in North Korea. Tickets $50 ($40 conc) including refreshments.
Gordon, a St James’ parishioner and Honorary Archivist of St James’, will explore the theology behind pilgrimages, a feature of Christian devotion for centuries, and the extent to which this theology was reflected in popular understanding. The talk will be illustrated and pay particular attention to the popular pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, important also in medieval times. $10. Click here for more.
Rt Revd Professor Stephen Pickard
The idea of slow church takes its cue from Michael Leunig’s line in Another Way of Being ‘nothing can be loved at speed’. For the church to re-engage people and Australian society it will need to attend to the needs, hopes and anxieties of Australians and especially its First Peoples. We desperately need to recover a pace of life that maximises the possibility of truly meeting others where they at, and find God in our midst. Can the church rise to the occasion? $30 ($25 conc).
Revd Catherine Eaton
Catherine is an honorary assistant priest at St Saviour’s Cathedral, Goulburn, with a particular interest in spirituality and contemplative prayer. The retreat is open to all, price includes accommodation and meals. $220 (not included in Season Ticket).
Most Australians (61%) regard themselves as Christian, and 68% believe in God or some ‘higher power’, yet only 8% attend church weekly. Why the gap? And why are we more comfortable talking about “spirituality” than “religion”? Drawing on material in his latest book, Beyond Belief, prominent social researcher and author, Hugh Mackay, will explore these issues with us. $50 ($40 conc) including refreshments.
Very Revd Andreas Loewe
J S Bach scholar and dean of St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne, Dr Andreas Loewe, presents a lecture on the work to be performed by the Choir of St James’ later that day, marking Bach’s immense contribution to Lutheran church music, on this occasion honouring the 500th anniversary of Luther’s famous theses and their place in the Protestant Reformation. $30 ($25 conc).
Fr Andrew Sempell
The Revd Andrew Sempell is the Rector of St James’ King Street. In his annual series he discusses issues facing the church, matters of theology and faith. A light meal is provided during these talks, you can attend one event or the entire series. Tickets for the series are $60 ($50 conc) including a light meal, or $20 per session.
Fr Andrew Sempell, Fr John Stewart
In this six part series we are invited to explore how we can ‘follow the way’, experiencing Christian faith not just as a set of things to believe in but as a way of life. Free to attend, $10 for booklet.