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Lecture tackles the Christian-Jewish relationship

A public lecture by Father (Dr) John Pawlikowski was held at Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) North Sydney Campus last week, on The Christian-Jewish Relationship: Current Theological and Political Challenges.

Father (Dr) John PawlikowskiFather (Dr) John Pawlikowski

Fr (Dr) Pawlikowski shared more than 40 years knowledge and experience of the interfaith relationship between Judaism and Christianity.

He specifically discussed the new scholarship and dialogue that delves into the origins of the separation between Judaism and Christianity, the ‘Jewishness’ of Jesus and the new perspectives on the life and work of Paul.

Fr (Dr) Pawlikowski is Professor of Ethics and Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at the University of Chicago, and President and Chair of the Theology Committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews.

His scholarly works include The Challenge of the Holocaust for Christian Theology, Christ in the Light of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue, Reinterpreting Revelation and Tradition: Jews and Christians in Conversation, Good and Evil after Auschwitz, and Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust.

Guests at the lecture included members of the NSW Jewish Board of Education, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, the Australia Council of Christians and Jews, the Interfaith Commission, the Columbian Mission Institute, St Patrick’s College and Waverly College.


Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church VI

An international audience gathered at Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Melbourne Campus recently for the sixth Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church conference on Politics and Religion.

Designed to facilitate a deep and constructive theological evaluation of the early church, the four-day conference included lectures from international academics and cultural activities.

Keynote addresses were given by scholars including Professor Sarah Coakley (Cambridge University, England), Professor Hal Drake (University of California, USA) and Professor Sean Freyne (Trinity College, Ireland).

The conference series is organised by the Centre for Early Christian Studies at ACU, in association with The Asia-Pacific Early Christian Studies Society.

The Very Reverend Archpriest Lawrence Cross OAM, Associate Professor at ACU, said it was essential that we deepen our understanding of the Catholic tradition.

“These conferences are not intended as an invitation to go back to the past, but an opportunity to learn from it,” he said.

Countries represented at the conference included Australia, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.


Strathfield hosts inaugural social work event

Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven and Professor Marea Nicholson, Associate Vice-Chancellor (Sydney), recently welcomed guests to the inaugural social work stakeholder event at the Strathfield Campus.

The event was held in the McGlade Gallery and attended by senior representatives from Aboriginal Affairs, NSW Health, and Catholic Healthcare, Welfare, Social Services and Community sectors.

Professor Peter Camilleri from the School of Social Work in Canberra spoke on the ‘Importance of Social Work in today’s Society’ during the evening.

Associate Professor Pat Hansen, Head of the School of Social Work, said it a great opportunity to meet people from the different agencies in person.

“Our contacts with social workers and human service professionals add immense richness to our educational programs,” she said. “We expect to have the benefit of further developments in field education and other collaborations for the School of Social Work in partnership with the agencies represented on the night.”

Guests on the night included St Vincent De Paul Society CEO John Picot, Jewish Care CEO Claire Veron, Executive Chairman of The Exodus Foundation, Rev Bill Crews AM, and Maria Merle from the Australian Association of Social Workers NSW Branch.


Brisbane aged-care symposium

Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Brisbane Campus recently hosted the inaugural Connections in Aged and Community Care Research Symposium, which bought together nursing professionals from Australia and abroad.

More than 150 guests attended the symposium, which featured an opening by Mr Murray Watt, Parliamentary Secretary for Health, who spoke about the challenges facing aged-care workers.

“On average, Australians have the second longest life span in the world … By the year 2050 the amount of those aged 65 to 84 years is expected to double,” he said.

“A challenge for the aged-care industry includes training and attracting the workforce to care for this increase.”

The symposium’s 21 guest speakers went on to discuss methods of improving this and other issues surrounding aged-care.

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