“The world needs to wake up from the long nightmare of religion. Anything we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion … may in fact be our greatest contribution to civilisation.” - Steven Weinberg, Nobel laureate*
It’s no secret that in recent years, science and faith have appeared to be irreconcilable approaches to life. Has science disproved God? Is faith in God just a way of explaining what we don’t know? What do we do with the Bible’s reports of miracles? Can creation accounts and evolutionary theory coexist? If there is a God, why doesn’t he make himself clearer?
Join us during National Science Week 2019 for this conversation about whether it’s possible to be committed to science and have a robust Christian faith. You’ll have a chance to ask questions, or simply sit and listen to what other people have to say. All welcome.
Dr Luke Barnes – Postdoctoral Researcher in astronomy and cosmology, University of Western Sydney
Dr Natasha Moore – Research Fellow, Centre for Public Christianity
Rev Dr Andrew Katay – Senior Minister, Christ Church Inner West
Thursday 15 August 2019 | 7:30-9:30pm
St John’s Anglican Church Ministry Centre, 81 Alt St Ashfield
Cost: $12 includes drinks and nibbles.
*New Scientist, Issue 2578 (2006)
On this evening we’ll engage with important questions around what makes masculinity toxic?
You’ll have a chance to ask questions, or to simply sit and listen to what other people have to say. This event is for everyone - from the skeptically minded to the Christian believer.
9 Lessons and Carols
This is the sixth year St John’s Anglican Church in Ashfield has held a
9 Lessons and Carols service selecting from the beautiful carols which have been sung at King’s College and arranging them for our own musicians and vocalists. The additional art work revealed during the service highlights the splendour of the Christmas Story
Morning Congregations Annual Weekend In
Every year there are certain events that define our church community. The 'Weekend In' is one of them. It is one of the best ways to meet people and you'll connect deeper than ever with the others in the morning congregations. It starts with dinner together on Friday 9th November and continues on Saturday 10th November Please save the date and plan to be there.
On this evening we’ll engage with these questions
and more. you’ll have a chance to ask questions, or to simply sit and listen to what other people have to say. this event is for everyone - from the skeptically minded to the believer.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stress, challenge, tragedy, trauma or adversity. When children are resilient, they are braver, more curious, more adaptable, and more able to extend their reach into the world. The great news is that resiliency can be fostered and further developed in all children. Come hear how to nurture your child's emotional resilience and coping skills.
In Australia, it’s estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.* Mental illness has a way of reaching and touching just about everyone. Why does God allow this to happen? What resources does God offer in the face of such pain? And is, or should, there be a relationship between faith and mental health?
A series of conversations exploring who Jesus is and why he matters.
Whether you are looking for answers to life's big questions or just interested in the history and philosophy of the Christian faith, these discussion evenings will intrigue, entertain, and challenge.
Religion is widely blamed for much of the violent extremism in our world, both today and in the past. All religions declare that peace and reconciliation are their goals, yet all too often they appear to exacerbate conflicts. Does religion lead to violence? What is the relationship between extremism and God? Is the Christian faith any different? And is extremism always bad?
Do we – or should we – have the right to choose when and how we die?
Bills to change the law to allow euthanasia continue to be presented to parliaments throughout the Western world, riding a wave of overwhelming public support for “the right to choose and have a digni ed death”. Victoria recently became the rst state in Australia to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill.
On this evening we’ll engage with the current euthanasia debate and hear from a panel including Dr. Megan Best. You’ll have a chance to ask questions, or to simply sit and listen to what other people have to say. This event is for everyone — from the skeptically minded to the believer — and anyone who wrestles with the questions at the centre of this debate. All welcome.
GUEST PRESENTER AND PANELLIST:
Dr Megan Best, is a researcher, bioethicist and palliative care doctor. She currently works in the psycho-oncology department at the University of Sydney and at the Institute for Ethics & Society at The University of Notre Dame Australia.
Thursday 15 March 2018 | 7:30-9:30pm
St. John’s Ministry Centre, 81 Alt St. Ashfield
Cost: $10 includes drinks and nibbles. Pay on the night.