Social Justice, the Church and the Progressive Agenda – Your Invitation

Invitation to attend

Social Justice, the Church and the Progressive Agenda – Getting on with the message: Christians challenging injustice and promoting equality for all from the heart of the gospel

Brisbane: Saturday 14th March 9:00 – 3:30; Caloundra: 12th March; Buderim: 13th March  

   Speaker:   Rev Dr Margaret Mayman

With time to explore the subject together.

Brisbane Event – Saturday 14th March:

9:00 am: Registration

9:30 am morning tea – delicious hot scones, tea and filtered coffee

10:00 am – 3 pm – we listen, we ponder, we discuss, with a lunch break about 12 noon

Rev Dr Margaret Mayman is minister at Pitt St Uniting Church in Sydney – see full bio below.

Venue: Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre

52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm

Sponsored by Common Dreams on the Road looking forward to the Common Dreams Conference in Brisbane, 16-19 Sept 2016

Connect with others seeking to live authentic Christian lives in the 21st century within and beyond the Christian expression of spirituality.

Cost: $40 including morning tea and lunch

Registration is necessary to assist with catering. Please complete registration details and remit registration and payment as indicated.

[You are welcome to attend the events at Caloundra on 12th and Buderim on 13th March. Contact John Everall – jjeverall@bigpond.com]

Phone enquiries: 0409 498 402

Email: drgarn@bigpond.net.au

REGISTRATION: Please copy this form or provide the following information.

Cost: $40 including delicious morning tea and lunch

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BSB: 334 040      Acct no: 553 948 299

Acct name: West End UC PSN

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Post registration to: PSN, PO Box 374 New Farm Q 4005

Or email details to:  drgarn@bigpond.net.au

Enquiries: 0409 498 402

Registration closing date: Wed 11th March

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Our guest speaker:

 Rev Dr Margaret Mayman

Margaret is minister at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney (since December 2013). She was born in Aotearoa New Zealand and was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister in 1983. She holds a PhD in Christian Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York where she lived, studied and taught for 12 years.

In her previous parish in Wellington, New Zealand, Margaret led a congregation that practiced a ministry of inclusive hospitality and sought to participate in the public square of New Zealand’s capital city. Margaret developed programmes that brought religious and ethical perspectives into dialogue with the issues of the secular city. She has been involved in a number of social justice campaigns presenting a progressive religious voice on issues such as Marriage Equality and the Living Wage.

In 2010 she was awarded an international fellowship to the Kettering Foundation in Ohio where she researched faith communities’ engagement in community politics.

She lives with her partner Clare who is an aged care chaplain. She has an adult son Andrew who has autism.

Margaret’s interests include ecological, economic, gender and sexual justice.

 See also: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-­?post/news/9025132/Progressive-­?minister-­?moves-­?onrds

9.00 am: check in, browse the bookstall and take time for fellowship with

9:30 – 10 am: morning tea will be served. Delicious hot scones, tea and filtered coffee

10.00am: Session 1: Presentation by Margaret Mayman followed by questions and discussion

12 noon: Lunch is served

 1:15 pm: Session 2: Presentation by Margaret Mayman followed by questions and discussion

The sessions will examine the contribution that progressive Christians can make to the public conversation about values in contemporary Australia. A number of issues will be addressed, eg. ecological justice, non-­?violence, consumerism, and migration, and equal rights. Margaret will reflect on the  historical, biblical, pastoral and ethical aspects of social justice and the lived experience of progressive Christians in these matters. Margaret’s challenge to progressive Christians is to explore the issue of  marriage equality – exploring the inclusion of lgbti people in the civil, social and spiritual ‘institution’ of marriage. Arguing that the meaning of marriage has always been fluid, the sessions will resource progressive people of faith for conversations within religious and secular communities.

There will be plenty of time to have conversation about the presentations.

Rodney Eivers will set up a bookstall where you can purchase books from a progressive Christian perspective at prices better than the regular bookshops.

The Common Dreams on the Road participants include people from Progressive Spirituality Network, PAX (Anglican), Lay Forum, St Mary’s in Exile Faith Community, Sea of Faith, Caloundra UC Explorers and other interested groups.

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