Religions for Peace Victoria in collaboration with the Interfaith Centre of Melbourne will conduct a symposium exploring religious boundaries, human rights and religious practices in public spaces on December 11, at St Michael’s Church, Melbourne.
Boundaries and Balance:
Personal Freedom and Respect for the Sacred
In a culturally and religiously diverse nation, points of tension continue to emerge between religious and key social values such as personal freedom and freedom of expression.
Boundaries have been shifting in the various attempts to accommodate cultural and religious practices within the process of maintaining the balances between human rights and respect for diverse social and belief traditions.
- But where are the boundaries to be drawn?
- How are the balances to be maintained in a socially cohesive society?
This symposium will address such issues through the various controversies that have divided contemporary Australia:
- Religious practices in public space.
- Religious Law and Civil Law: Lessons from the Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal.
- Exclusive Religions and Human Rights
The symposium will be conducted on Wednesday, 11th December, 2013 at St Michael’s Church, Collins St, Melbourne.
- 5:30 pm Registration and Refreshments
- 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm Symposium
Prof. Des Cahill, OAM
Professor of Intercultural Studies RMIT University
Chair, Religions for Peace, Australia
Ms Kate Barrelle
Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Phd Candidate Monash University
(Beyond Extreme – Disengagement from Violent Extremism in Australia)
President, Cult Information and Family Support (CIFS) Victoria Inc.
Venue: St Michael’s Uniting Church Hall,
120 Collins Street, Melbourne (end of St Michael’s Walk)
Tickets: Free. It is essential to Register Online at Eventbrite
Supported by: Religions for Peace (Vic) and Victorian Multicultural Commission
What: Symposium Boundaries and Balance: Personal Freedom and Respect for the Sacred
When: Wednesday, 11th December, 2013 at 5.30pm
Where: St Michael’s Uniting Church Hall, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne (end of St Michael’s Walk)
Cost: Free, please register online at Eventbrite
More information: Rev. Helen Summers, ph 9650 7163
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This event is supported by Interfaith Centre of Melbourne, Victorian Multicultural Commission and Religions for Peace Australia, Victoria Branch