2020 World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture
“Laudato Si’” is a hopeful document in which Pope Francis asks all people to enter into a “new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet”, and he draws on the wisdom of Scripture, bishops, philosophers and science to shape that conversation. But, perhaps most surprisingly, he also points to the example of young people today: “Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded”
has been the of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne since 2002. He is also Sessional Tutor at Australian Catholic University. David was a Lutheran pastor from 1992 to 2001 and was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. For many years a member of the Victorian Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission (both as a Lutheran and a Catholic), David served as Chair of the Commission from 2012 to 2015. A foundation member of the Jewish Christian Muslim Association, he served as Secretary of JCMA from 2009 to 2012. His theological interests focus on ecumenism, church history and liturgical theology. He is an adult faith educator for Anima Education, a cantor in his local parish and at the Cathedral.
The University of Melbourne
Carrillo Gantner Theatre, B-02 (Basement), Sidney Myer Asia Centre, , 761 Swanston St, Parkville, Victoria 3010
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