Living Memory Online Seminar

To whet peoples' appetites for our rescheduled conference, 3 – 5 March 2022, Ancient Futures: The Renewal of Religious Life in the Australian Church, a one-day online seminar, Living Memory: Learning from the Legacy of Australian Religious Communities was held on Saturday 6 November 2021.

The standalone event provided food for thought for all those attending the three-day conference in March. The program included three 90-minute sessions, including a combination of worship, talks, small group discussions and plenary feedback. The speakers were Rev Dr Tim Watson, Associate Professor Katharine Massam and Eileen Glass, with morning prayer, Bible studies and worship led by The Francis Project. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, gave an encouragement to Australian religious communities which was played at the beginning of the seminar.

Encouragement from Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, gave an encouragement to Australian religious communities which was played at the beginning of the seminar.

Session 1

In the first session, The Francis Project led morning prayer followed by Rev Dr Tim Watson's talk on the conference theme, The Renewal of Religious Life in Australia.

Session 2

In the second session, The Francis Project's Rev Heather Cetrangolo gave a Bible reflection Matthew 10.1-15 before Associate Professor Katharine Massam spoke on “Learning from the experience of 19th century pioneers".

Session 3

In the final session of the day, Kirsten Waid led worship in song before Eileen Glass concluded the day's event with her address on  "New communities from the 1960s to the present: opportunities and challenges”.