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.
6pm Weekend Away
Deep Joy: Rejoicing in Christ in Good Times and Bad
Deep, lasting joy can seem elusive at the best of times, so how can we do more than survive the daily grind? Over the weekend of October 13-15, join us as we gather in fellowship to learn to live above the ups and downs of life’s circumstances.
Date: 13-15 October 2017
Time: Friday evening to Sunday afternoon
Location: Kiah Ridge, 25 Bargo River Road, Tahmoor NSW 2573
Price: $165 for those earning an income e.g. workers, $145 for those not earning an income e.g. students, unemployed
Registration is now open for Basecamp, a new kids club for the Inner West! A week full of games, Bible-based teaching, craft, singing, and lots more.
- When: 10-14 July, 9am-3.30pm (with before and after care 8am-6pm)
- Where: St John's Ashfield, 81 Alt St Ashfield
- Price: $150/child for 5 days
- Ages: Primary school and those starting school next year
Contact Miles (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Bring the family for a fun filled movie night!
Activities start from 5pm, including "Troll hair" stations, where we can colour and style your child's hair to look like the trolls!
Movie kicks off at 6pm - gold coin donation appreciated.
Bring a cushion and your picnic dinner. Popcorn and hot drinks will be available to purchase on the night.
Cancer has a way of reaching and touching just about everyone. When cancer is diagnosed difficult questions often come to the surface. Why does God allow this to happen?
This evening is for those who are curious or skeptical about faith, the believer who wrestles with questions of suffering and belief and anyone whose life has been touched personally by cancer. Everyone is welcome.
We start each year with two very important, and related, events.
Vision Sunday (Sunday, Feb 5, 2017) lays out the pathway for the year that we believe, under God, we are called to, as we seek to fulfil his purpose for us.
And the Leadership Conference is an invitation to bring the gifts, skills and experience that we have to support and enable this vision.
Register at https://www.trybooking.com/OFIQ
Basecamp is a holiday kids club and a brand new program at St John's.
The first Basecamp is going ahead on 19-21 December, and it’ll run each winter holidays for 5 days as well as for 3 days before Christmas.
The team's vision is to combine excellence in quality of program along with affordability for the time of childcare - both of these are really important to Basecamp’s success.