I’m very excited that we will be hosting two fantastic events in August with the Rev’d Dr John Dickson. John (PhD, Ancient History) is the author of more than a dozen books, Rector of St Andrew’s Roseville (Sydney), and a busy public speaker. He has hosted TV documentaries and is a regular media communicator. In 2007, he founded the Centre for Public Christianity. He has had lecturing and research positions at both Macquarie University (Sydney) and the University of Sydney, where he teaches a course on the historical Jesus.
PUBLIC LECTURE on Friday, August 3 (7-8.30PM), the topic will be “For the Love of God: How the church is better and worse than you ever imagined”. In this talk, John will begin to unpack the worst of what Christians have done, along with tracing the origins of Western values like human rights, charity, humility, and non-violence back to the influence of Jesus. The talk will go for 40 minutes and be followed by a time of Q&A. Afterwards, we’ll have the opportunity to chat over hot chocolate (or tea and coffee) in the foyer. This will be a fantastic event to invite friends along to, be they sceptics or believers. Cost is $5 (registrations online or using the registration forms).
TEACHING DAY on Saturday, August 4 (9AM-1.30PM), the topic will be “A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus: An Introduction to the ‘Man from Nazareth’ for believers and sceptics”. This will include three 40 minute talks each followed by an opportunity for Q&A. The day will also include morning tea and lunch. Cost is $35 ($25 for concessions) with registrations online or using the registration forms.
In the coming weeks there will be a range of ways to get involved, but the best way now is to promote the event with your friends and book your tickets today.