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Seminars in SE Queensland

Hal Taussig and Michael Morwood

The following program is now confirmed:

Saturday 30th September – Michael Morwood full day program at Caloundra Uniting Church For details – contact John Everall

Monday 2nd October – Michael Morwood evening program at Redcliffe Azure Blue (UCA Village). For details – contact Ian Brown

Wednesday 4th October – Michael Morwood evening program at Holy Trinity Church, Fortitude Valley – contact Steven Ogden

Saturday 7th October – combined one day program with Hal Taussig and Michael Morwood at New Farm (Merthyr Road Uniting Church)  [See next post for details] – contact Desley Garnett 

Monday 9th October – Hal Taussig evening program at Sunshine Coast.                                    For details – contact Deborah Bird

Tuesday 10th  October – Hal Taussig evening program at Holy Trinity Church, Fortitude Valley   For details – contact Steven Ogden

We are currently identifying transport, accommodation, cultural and hospitality opportunities for Hal and Michael.

Watch for further updates on this program.



Diary marker: 7th October at New Farm.

“Christianity .….

1st Century…..
In the future”


Prof Hal Taussig,

Bio – Hal Taussig has just retired from a seventeen year tenure as professor of New testament and Early Christianity at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York where his teaching ranged widely through the New Testament and recent new documents discovered from the Christ communities of the first and second centuries. Continue reading

Common Dreams preparing for Sydney in July 2019….

Common Dreams on the Road 2017 …. coming your way (perhaps!) soon:
You will be interested to know that Common Dreams has arranged for Professor Hal Taussig, one of the leading theologians of the late 20th & early 21st centuries, to tour Australia & New Zealand in October & November this year under the Common Dreams on the Road banner.

Hal has recently retired as Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary where from 1998 he taught masters & doctoral level studies. He is also Professor of Early Christianity at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. He has also retired from 30+ years as a United Methodist pastor & now is specially assigned by his bishop as a consultant to local congregations. Hal is co-chair of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Consultation on Greco-Roman meals, & on the steering committees of SBL’s Seminar on Modern Theories & Ancient Myths of Christian Origins and the Greco-Roman Meals Consultation.

Professor Taussig is a foundation fellow of the Westar Institute & participated in that Institute’s celebrated Jesus Seminar. He is currently co-chair of Westar’s Christianity Seminar. Among his 14 published books are A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century & Newly Discovered Texts (2013); A New Spiritual Home: Progressive Christianity at the Grass Roots (2006); & Re-imagining Life Together in America: A New Gospel of Community (2002).
While in Australia Hal will visit SE Queensland, Sydney, Perth, Albany/Denmark, & Melbourne. The New Zealand segment includes events in Auckland & Wellington and at the Sea of Faith conference. Details of the dates he will be in each centre & the local contacts for enquiries are:
SE Queensland: 5 – 11 October. Contact Paul Inglis,
Sydney: 11 – 18 October. Contact, Margaret Mayman,
Perth & Esperance: 18 – 25 October. Perth contact Richard Smith, . Esperance Contact Elizabeth Burns,
Melbourne: 25 – 29 October. Contact or (03) 9571 4575
Auckland: 29 October – 2 November. Contact Glynn Cardy,
Wellington: 3 – 5 November. Contact Susan Jones,
Sea of Faith: 6 – 7 November. Contact Adrian Skelton,

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this remarkable progressive thinker & speaker.

Common Dreams 2019

This is long range advice that the fifth Common Dreams conference will be held in Sydney on either 4 – 7 July or 11 – 14 July (the exact dates will be determined when the availability of the venue is negotiated). Matthew Fox has been booked as the distinguished international keynote speaker. Matthew is a well-known writer & inspired speaker with at least 30 books to his credit. Formerly a member of the Dominican Order within the Roman Catholic Church, he incurred the ire of the then Cardinal Ratzinger which led to his eventual expulsion from the Catholic Church after which he became a member of the Episcopal Church. Fox was an early and influential exponent of a movement that came to be known as Creation Spirituality. The movement draws inspiration from (though diverges doctrinally from) the mystical philosophies of such medieval Catholic visionaries as Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Aquinas, Saint Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, Dante Alighieri, Meister Eckhart and Nicholas of Cusa, as well as the wisdom traditions of Christian scriptures. Creation Spirituality is also strongly aligned with ecological and environmental movements of the late 20th century and embraces numerous spiritual traditions around the world, including Buddhism, Judaism, Sufism, and Native American spirituality, with a focus on “deep ecumenism”.

Make a note in your diary & plan to attend what will prove to be another exciting & stimulating gathering of progressives featuring leading international, Australian, & New Zealand speakers & workshop leaders.

Dick Carter, Melbourne.



Caloundra Explorers: August ‘Gathering’ – all welcome


              GATHERING    5pm.  – Sunday 20th AUGUST 2017


How religious will the World be in 2050?

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Background: All around us rapid change is taking place.  How does the Church cope with all that is happening?   Is religion still evolving in the midst of this change or is it phasing out?        And, in the midst of this rapid change, the population of our World is increasing dramatically.

The number of Australians stating “no religion” in the Census has been increasing and now stands at 29.6%.     Is our society predominately secular and materialistic?

Does religion have a future in a Secular Age!!!

Our Leader this Gathering is Rev. Kevin Bachler: Kevin looks at this stark statistic and brings us into the reality of our current church trends.  We will be invited to explore the potential for us, that is, a group of broadly progressive, and certainly spiritual people.   We are part of that census statistic shown as “religious”.      What issues within our community will respond to the influence of these seemingly inescapable pressures accelerating around us.       “What future for religion – we ask?”       “And we discuss !”


Join with the Explorers and regional “Friends of the Explorers” as we meet at 5pm for our 20th August “Gathering” with a byo light meal and ‘progressive’ liturgy.  Explorers’ “Gatherings” maintain a safe environment and all views are respected. We encourage stimulating discussion and support each other on our individual “exploring journeys”.

Contact:  John Everall                            P: 0408624570  E:

                  Rev. Kevin Bachler               P. 5492 3420      E:

                 Margaret Landbeck              P: 5438 2789    E:

Where   :   Caloundra Uniting Church Hall           56 Queen Street    Caloundra.


A Faith And the Modern Era series                           


Invitation to a book launch


Book Launch

@ Holy Trinity

After the 6:00 pm Evensong at Holy Trinity Fortitude Valley on 20 August, join Trinity’s special guest, The Very Reverend Professor Martyn Percy

for the launch of The Reverend Dr Steven  Ogden’s  latest book

The Church, Authority and Foucault”.

Fork dinner to follow proudly sponsored by Holy Trinity’s Hospitality & Arts Consortium.

Please assist with catering: RSVP by Tuesday 15 August to

or leave a voice message on (07) 3852 1635.

Sunday 20 August, 6 pm


Coming seminars: an update


Many of our associated groups are preparing for the visit of Michael Morwood and Hal Taussig.

The dates and locations are still being settled on, and possibly more will emerge. We still have dates available for other venues. This is the picture to date:


Professor Hall Taussig:

Arrives in Brisbane – 5th October

7th October – Merthyr Uniting Church, New Farm – all day

9th October – St Marks Anglican Church – evening

10th October – Holy Trinity Anglican Church Fortitude Valley, Brisbane – evening

Departs Brisbane – 11th October

Michael Morwood:

Arrives Brisbane – to be confirmed

30th September – Caloundra Explorers (Uniting Church) – all day

2nd October – Redcliffe Explorers (Uniting Church) – at Azure Blue Residential – evening

4th October – Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane – evening

7th October – Merthyr Uniting Church, New Farm – all day.

Departs Brisbane – to be confirmed.

Enquiries: Paul Inglis



Muslims against terrorism – a presentation

From – Renee Hills, Brisbane Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

“The Queensland Iman of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Ahmed Nadeem will be presenting an ‘Introduction to Ahmadiyyat -True Islam and removing misconceptions’ during the Brisbane Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service this Sunday, 23rd July.  Ahmed Nadeem is Iman at a mosque at Jimboomba, Logan City.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community is a a sect of Islam that rejects terrorism and violence of any kind. Members practice loyalty to the government of the country in which they are living and regularly undertake community service. For example during the March floods 50 members of the Logan Ahmadiyya Muslim Community joined the ‘Mud Army’ to help cleanup after Cyclone Debbie flooding in the Logan area.

Go to: Muslims help the Mud Army in Brisbane

The sect is ostracized and persecuted by other Muslims in many countries. There are approximately 4000 members living in Australia, many from Pakistan, with mosques in Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Ahmadiyya Public Relations spokesperson Ibraheem Malik said:

‘Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to present the True Islam – which is just Peace, Love & Respect to all Humanity. We all have to stand up for any kind of evil and support goodness. Together we will be stronger & fight the evil and the people who tries to divide society for their personal gains.”

Please join us in welcoming members of this community to our Fellowship and feel free to invite other interested members of your networks to hear this presentation.

We meet at Brisbane Theosophical Society Rooms, 355 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill at 10 am.”

Enquiries: Renee Hills


Getting ready for our notable visitors – an update

Coming in just over two months time – Hal Taussig and Michael Morwood

The picture is starting to become clearer about the location and times for seminars in South East Queensland for Hal Taussig (left) and Michael Morwood (below).








Confirmed venues dates and times:

Michael Morwood

Caloundra Uniting Church Saturday 30 September – full day

Redcliffe Monday 2 October – 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Holy Trinity Fortitude Valley –– Wednesday 4 October – 7.30pm – 9.30pm

New Farm, Brisbane – Merthyr Road Uniting Church – Saturday 7th October – all day

(Subject to changes and additional venues)

Hal Taussig –

St Marks Buderim  to be advised

New Farm – Merthyr Road Uniting Church – Saturday 7th October – all day

Holy Trinity Fortitude Valley – Tuesday 10th October – 7.30pm – 9.30pm.

(Subject to changes and additional venues)

Note: The seminar on 7th October will include Michael and Hal in a series of presentations. More details on location of venues, all topics, ticket prices, programs and other details will be available soon.

Other groups wanting to engage either speaker at their venue should contact Paul Inglis as soon as possible.



Contemplative Gathering on ‘Acceptance’

Hosted by West End Uniting Church and West End Explorers

Sunday at 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Uniting Church West End

Vulture St, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Enquiries: Kris Maslin

Free Admission


Our guest, Lucy Lopez, will facilitate a guided contemplation on the theme ‘Acceptance’.

A bit about Lucy:
She has trained in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn) and has also trained in MBSM (Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation) with Ian Gawler, Australia’s own former athlete, veterinarian and cancer-survivor. She is a fully Accredited Meditation Teacher with Meditation Australia.
Her professional portfolio includes High School and Tertiary teaching, Consultancy in Human Resource Management, Retail Assistance, Research, Mentoring, Counselling, Teaching Meditation and Transpersonal Workshopping for individuals and groups.
Her website is Get Enlightened Today (
and her Facebook page is Get Enlightened Today (

more about Lucy’s direction for Sunday night; she explains:

“I recently ran a mini survey with my Facebook friends most of whom I have never met in person. I asked them some questions about ‘Acceptance’ as it pertains to personal issues such as loss, disappointment and illness as well as to more global issues such as war, social and financial inequity and racial and religious extremism and intolerance.
The responses seemed to me to be very thoughtful and honest expressing familiar ides, beliefs and values. Two or three of them were refreshingly ambivalent. (The true seeker, I have come to realize, is willing to accept that he/she does not know :)).
One answer, however, stood out from the rest, both by its simplicity and by its crystal clear ring of truth. I shall use it as the basis of our contemplation on ‘Acceptance’.”

A bit more about Lucy:

Lucy has a Bachelor of Science honours degree from the University of London, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Hong Kong and completed 80% of her Masters of Education degree before switching to a research degree toward a PhD. She chose not to complete that after spending approximately 5 years part-time researching and reading in the area of Cognitive Psychology where her particular focus was on the impact of beliefs on our wellbeing. She continues, however, to research independently.

She has done courses (and in some cases worked) with Lifeline Australia, Volunteering Australia and the remarkable visionary, scholar and researcher, Jean Houston (a student of Joseph Campbell), as well as the enormously successful, heart-tuned, smile-inducing Mike Dooley, author of Notes from the Universe.