Surfing through some of the comments on The Spirit of Things website I learned that The Sunday Assembly, described by a member of the Atheist Society as "a Hillsong for non-believers", has set up a daughter organisation in Melbourne, Australia.
Following this up I found this article by local founder, comedian and writer Pippa Evans which I'd recommend you have a read of.
I find it curious that while many are seeking God without church, this crowd is seeking church without God.
The annual New College Lectures will be presented in 2013 by Professor Stanley Hauerwas from Duke University. The overall theme of the lecture series will be ‘The Work of Theology: Thinking, writing and acting politically’
In the series he will reflect on his own life and development as a theologian set against the work of other theologians, literary theorists, philosophers and ethicists.
The three lectures are:
‘How I Think I Learned to Think Theologically’ – In this lecture he will explore the character of practical reason as an exemplification of the kind of reasoning that is intrinsic to the theological task.
‘How To Write a Theological Sentence’– Drawing on Stanley Fish’s book ‘How to Write a Sentence,’ he will explore how difficult it is to write a sentence that expresses what we should say theologically about God.
‘How to (Not) Be a Political Theologian’ – In this final lecture Professor Hauerwas will show how politics has been at the heart of the first two lectures by drawing attention to current developments in political theology and the ways he does not consider himself to be a political theologian.
The Lectures will be held at New College within the University of New South Wales on the 17th, 18th and 19th September at 7.00pm each evening.
Having just arrived back from an interfaith conference and opened my waiting email in-box, I find this news report from the Sydney Morning Herald about Jamie Cavanough:
A candidate for Bob Katter's fledgling political party declared his preference for buying ''guaranteed non-halal meat'' so his money does not ''go to the Muslim community''.
Jamie Cavanough, who is standing for Katter's Australian Party in Sydney's most marginal federal seat, Greenway, is under fire for the apparently divisive comments he made to a community forum in one of the city's most ethnically diverse areas.
Jamie, Jamie, Jamie. That's no way to introduce yourself to a Greenway resident like me. Particularly since I'm one of the Christians you're expecting to vote you in. Particularly since a good friend of my son is a Muslim. Particularly when his Dad, who is also a Muslim, is the well respected head of the P&C committee for the local public school which my son attends. Particularly since I've just came home from an Australia Day weekend where I met a wonderful Muslim woman who was kind hearted, curtious and every bit the exemplary Australian citizen. Particularly since our local church only recently staged Christmas carols where halal options were served as part of the free BBQ in celebration of the giving season. Jamie Cavanough, it looks like you and some of us voting Christians from Greenway need to have a talk.