Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

Projects

Current Projects


Ancient Futures Conference

We are pleased to announce our upcoming conference "Ancient Futures: the Renewal of Religious Life in the Australian Church".  

“Ancient Futures” will bring together ecumenical representatives from a wide range of traditional, new and emerging communities across Australia, in order to:

  • Reflect on the distinctive role played by religious communities during the first two centuries of Christianity in Australia
  • Assess the history of new communities in Australia over the past 50 years: founding charisms, missions, relationships with church hierarchies, sustainability over time
  • Consider how God may be calling 21st century Australians to various forms of religious life, and what ecclesial conditions (e.g. vision-casting, theology, resourcing, oversight, ecumenical collaboration) are now required to enable what the Holy Spirit is doing.

Draft programme:

Thurs 5 Nov 2020 (pm): opening keynote, worship & fellowship                                                                   

Fri 6 Nov (am & pm): a day for practitioners – lectures, workshops, worship & fellowship Sat 7 Nov (am & pm): an open conference on the theology and practice of religious life

Sat 7 Nov (am & pm): an open conference on the theology and practice of religious life

You can register here (scroll to bottom of page)

The Bible Garden

The Bible Garden

The Bible Garden is located within the precincts of the Australian Centre of Christianity and Culture.

It was established with a benevolent grant from The Bible Garden Trust, a perpetual trust established by the late Mr Gerald Hercules Robinson. The purpose of the trust was to create and maintain gardens that feature the botany that is described in the Holy Bible, and through this activity to educate Christians, particularly young Christians, in the Scriptures.

Further information on The Bible Garden can be found here.

Indigenous Reconciliation

Indigenous Reconciliation

A commitment to Indigenous Reconciliation has been part of the vision for the ACC&C from the beginning. An ecumenical centre serving the people of Australia meant that the First People had a key place in the Centre's engagement with Australian culture.

Our work in this area will continue, as we focus on developing knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spiritualities and Ministries and finding new creative ways to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage.

Further information on Indigenous Reconciliation can be found here.


Previous Projects


8th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality

The Colloquium for Ageing Perspectives and Spirituality (CAPS) as part of ACC&C is hosting the 8th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality on the theme of 'Changing Cultures of Ageing and Spirituality' will be held in Canberra at Old Parliament House on 27-30 October 2019.

Further information on this Conference

Spiritus Short Film Prize

Spiritus

The Spiritus Short Film Prize is an initiative of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture as part of its commitment to promote the lively interaction between arts, sciences and culture; one of the Four Pillars of the Centre’s work and mission. The Centre believes that there is wisdom to be found in such an interaction which can contribute to a vision of hope and the common good for Australia.

The biennial prize began in 2015 as the Religious Short Film Prize but was renamed as the Spiritus Australia Short Film Prize in 2020 to better reflect its purpose and aims. Entries to the prize opened in February 2020 and close June 2020. For full information visit about.csu.edu.au/spiritus

International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism

The Centre for Ecumenical Studies as part of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (CSU), together with The Australian Catholic University's Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry and the Research Centre for Public and Contextual Theology (CSU) are pleased to invite you to the 4th International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism, 6-7 November 2017 in Canberra.

Further information on the Conference

Public Dialogues

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The Centre promotes dialogue across a range of areas – ecumenical and interfaith religious dialogue; civil society issues such as asylum seekers, climate change, Indigenous Reconciliation and education. These dialogues take a number of different forms: public forums and Q&A type events; public presentations; seminars.

In 2015 the Centre will host a major public dialogue in Australia on Islam and Christianity. This dialogue will take place in various capital cities.

Further information on Can Christianity and Islam Co-Exist? A National Dialogue can be found here.