Living in a post-Christian and hyper-secularised society it has become increasingly difficult to openly discuss many important social and cultural issues that affect us and instead to remain silent, privatising our opinions and our faith.
Such an environment is detrimental to our intellectual development as well as our faith and moral formation.
The Discourse is an initiative aimed at providing a forum to publicly discuss challenging and contemporary issues in law, politics, culture and religion.
Issues such as freedom, marriage and family, moral formation, schools and faith education, gender ideology and sex education, abortion and euthanasia and ideas and philosophies that underpin them.
At The Discourse, expert panelists will discuss these various issues and themes and engage the audience in a conversational Q&A format.
In the Christian tradition we will aspire to seek the truth with honesty and by meaningfully engaging with our current cultural context. We will also aspire to boldly proclaim what is true with humility and genuine charity.
Taking part in our first conversation:
Dr. Andy Mullins is the author of 'Parenting for Character: Equipping Your Child for Life'. Producer of 'raisedtolove' and 'Parenting Snapshot'. Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Notre Dame. Board member of Harkaway Hills College, and ex-headmaster of schools in Sydney. He is currently the Director of the Drummond Study Centre.
Dr. Eamonn Mathieson is an anaesthetist working in various private and public practises around Melbourne. He is the President of the Catholic Doctors Association of Victoria. A past student at the John Paul II Institute, he is also convenor of 'Doctors Conscience', a group that was formed to address the issue of freedom of conscience, especially in healthcare. He is married with three children.
Rev. Heather Cetrangolo is an Anglican Minister serving as Chaplain to international students at Trinity College, Melbourne University. She is also a lawyer and teacher, and is currently studying a PhD in Franciscan pedagogy. Heather is married to Adam and mum to Mary, who is five years old.
Tickets are $10 at www.trybooking.com/BDAYO
Finger food and drinks from 7pm