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Fool me once, shame on me

What happens when your search for answers to life's big questions hits a dead end

Have you ever started a new activity and hit wall? Whether it’s a new diet, exercise regime or management technique, change is hard. No one likes to fail but when things get tough and we don't see the results we wanted it is hard to keep going.

Over the last few episodes we have been thinking about the wisdom of Proverbs and how it is good for life. But as we've looked at the good life Proverbs holds up and compared it with our own lives, the contrast can be disheartening. We might agree that wisdom is good but it is hard to keep going.

A friend in need

Friendship is important but how can we do it well

Did you know that a recent survey suggests loneliness is a pervasive experience of the Australian population? Or that loneliness has a well established impact on health and longevity in adults? It has led some claim that we are in the midst of a loneliness epidemic. Friendship might be more important than you think.

Live at peace

Can there be peace in our time?

We live in an age in which politics has become suddenly alarming and fascinating all at once.

With the election of Trump, the rise of One Nation, and the Brexit referendum in the UK, many people feel a growing sense of uncertainty and alarm. The extremes in politics seem to be becoming more powerful. We’ve lost the ability to disagree with one another; and there’s profound disagreement about the future shape of human societies. Instead of working out compromise, we now simply shout at, ban, boycott, shame, hound, and harass those with whom we disagree.

Vulnerable but valued

Friday October 19th, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

For social Darwinists like Herbert Spencer, the life of humans in society is a struggle for existence ruled by 'survival of the fittest'.

Is he right? In our corporate world driven by profit maximisation, is there a place for 'caring of the vulnerable'? Why should we care? Whose responsibility is it to care for the weak and the vulnerable? Should we take into account ethical and moral considerations when dealing with the disability insurance schemes?

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Reel Dialogue - Ladies in Black

A special pre-screening + panel

The evening will include a screening of the latest Australian release from Sony Pictures and then a panel who will hope to unpack the themes presented in the film.

Synopsis of the film: Set in the summer of 1959, when the impact of European migration and the rise of women’s liberation is about to change Australia forever, Lisa, aged sixteen, takes a holiday job at the prestigious Sydney department store, Goode’s. There she meets the “ladies in black”.

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God and politics

A political manifesto for Christians

We live in an age in which politics has become suddenly alarming and fascinating all at once.

With the election of Trump, the rise of One Nation, and the Brexit referendum in the UK, many people feel a growing sense of uncertainty and alarm. The extremes in politics seem to be becoming more powerful. We’ve lost the ability to disagree with one another; and there’s profound disagreement about the future shape of human societies. Instead of working out compromise, we now simply shout at, ban, boycott, shame, hound, and harass those with whom we disagree.

What does real success look like?

How do we understand and pursue real success?

So much of what we strive for, think about, aspire to and gauge our success by, is governed by the validation we receive. Whether it’s from our families, our friends, our colleagues or our social, cultural and political tribes, we constantly measure our success by what others define as successful. Why do we do this? How do we do this? What does this tell us about ourselves?

Markets, Materialism and the search for meaning

For many, success in life is the acquisition of greater wealth, pleasure and power. Is there a better way?

For many, success in life is the acquisition of greater wealth, pleasure and power. As Oscar Wilde famously said, "The god of this generation is wealth. To succeed, one must have wealth!" Yet, in spite of this seemingly universal quest for validation through wealth – and it’s apparent success as we grow wealthier than ever before - the markers of human flourishing seem to continue to go backwards. Why?