Victoria: 2015 Launch of the annual ‘Gesher’ Journal

Gesher is the annual journal of the Council of Christians and Jews Victoria. The Council of Christians and Jews in Victoria invite you to the 2015 Launch of the annual ‘Gesher’ Journal on Wednesday, 18 November at Melbourne Grammar School. The Guest Speaker is Prof. James Haire.


Gesher is the annual journal of the Council of Christians and Jews Victoria. It promotes the aims of the Council which are to educate Christians and Jews to appreciate each other’s distinctive beliefs and practices and their common ground; to promote the study of and research into the historical, political, economic, social, religious and racial causes of conflicts between people of different creeds and colour; and to promote, for the benefit of the community, education in those fundamental ethical teachings common to Christianity and Judaism which relate to respect and understanding between people of different creeds.

Speaker: Reverend Professor James Haire AC

About the speaker: Research Professor at Charles Sturt University (CSU). He has retired as Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Director of the Research Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, and Professor of Theology, all in CSU. Prior to that, he was President of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), President of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA), Professor of Theology in Griffith University, Dean and President of the Brisbane College of Theology, and Principal of Trinity Theological College, Brisbane. He has also lectured in Indonesia for over forty years, thirteen of them full-time. During that time he was involved in interfaith dialogue, both in Australia and in South-East Asia, particularly in Indonesia, including lecturing at State Islamic Universities in Indonesia, engaging in public dialogue with H.E. K.H. Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur), President of Indonesia, and, at the request of the Indonesian authorities, being involved in the peace process and negotiations between Muslims and Christians in the Molucca Islands in Indonesia in the 2000s, which thankfully were successful. He became a Presidential Friend of Indonesia in 2010. He was a Scholar at Worcester College, Oxford, and did postgraduate study, leading to his PhD, at the Universities of Leiden and Birmingham. He has four honorary doctorate degrees, two from the UK and two from Australia, and is a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

Event Details

  • Program: Launch of the annual ‘Gesher’ Journal
  • Date: Wednesday 18 November 2015
  • Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Location Melbourne Grammar School, Wadhurst Hall Cnr St Kilda Road and Domain Road
  • Guest Speaker: Prof. James Haire
  • Cost: $10.00 including Kosher supper and a copy of Gesher. Tickets at the door.
  • RSVP: : phone 03 9429 5212; email: ccjvic@bigpond.net.au office: 326 Church Street, Richmond

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