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CAFE CONVERSATIONS OCTOBER

It’s time again for a deep conversation on the things that really matter as we gather around a pub meal and have a chat, seeking wisdom so we can make a difference.

Yes that’s right, it’s time for:

Cafe Conversations

DATE: October 14th, 2013

TIME: 6.30pm for tea and then 7.00 start

VENUE: Hotel Sophia, cnr. King and Lt. Lonsdale, Melbourne

TOPIC: Beyond the Game: Exploring Australian Democracy Today

Sophia Think Tank has been involved in some research this past year exploring people’s attitudes to democracy. Three of the major themes out of all that work are:

1. We need to de-professionalize politics so that more rank and file people can get involved

2. We need to be a whole lot better at training leaders

3. We need to have a national vision based on the common good.

We will discuss these themes together as there is much wisdom we can gather from our various perspectives that will help us to learn and grow….. and then do something!

I look forward to meeting with you at our next Cafe Conversations.

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY: WHO CARES?

The next Urban Conversations will be on the topic of ‘Environmental Responsibilty: Who Cares?’.  It will be lead by Byron Smith, a PhD Candidate in Environmental Studies and we will have ample time for a conversation around the issues raised.  Different perspectives are more than welcome and will be listened to and learned from, as usual for an Urban Conversation event.

The Details:

October 13 at 6pm

Café Hamodava, Westwood Place, Melbourne (off Bourke St)

No Charge for entry; Gold coin donation for coffee and cake

Please RSVP to david.wilson@sophiathinktank.com

 

 

FEDERAL ELECTIONS DONE AND DUSTED: NOW WHAT?

Urban Conversations (Melbourne) this coming Sunday is a conversation with Roy Williams around his latest book ‘In God They Trust?’.  This book looks at the place of religion in the life of Australia’s Prime Ministers from Barton to Gillard.  Roy Williams will give some input that will help us look ahead in the light of his research and then we will have some hearty conversation on what this means for all of us as Australian citizens, no matter which way we voted.

Sophia Think Tank will also take the opportunity to share some of the findings from their research into Democracy in Australia Today.

It will be good to see you there.  The details:

September 22, 6pm

Cafe Hamodava, Westwood Place, Melbourne (off Bourke St)

No Charge

 

URBAN CONVERSATIONS MELBOURNE SCHEDULE

September 22 at 6pm

Café Hamodava, Westwood Place, Melbourne

‘Federal Elections Done and Dusted: Now What?’

Keynote:  Roy Williams, author of the newly released ‘In God They Trust?’, a book about the place of religion in the life of Australia’s Prime Ministers from Barton to Gillard.  Conversation will be invited around the theme of ‘where to from here’ in the wake of the Federal elections.

Sophia Think Tank will use the opportunity to share some of the findings from its research on Democracy ‘Beyond the Game’.

 

October 13 at 6pm

Café Hamodava, Westwood Place, Melbourne

‘Environmental Responsibility: Who Cares?

Keynote: Byron Smith, a PhD Candidate in Environmental studies speaking on a theological understanding of environmental responsibility and what that means for us in our everyday lives.

Panel: A group of respondents from different perspectives will help us get the conversation rolling.

 

November 21 at 6pm

Venue: City Library, Flinders Lane, Melbourne

 ‘C.S. Lewis 50 Years on’

Keynote: Dr Greg Clarke, who holds a PhD in Literature and is an expert on

 ‘all things Lewis’

Panel: A group of respondents from different perspectives will help us get the conversation rolling.

Co-sponsored with City of Melbourne Library Services

More details to follow.

 

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in News From The Tank, Public Theology

 

CAFE CONVERSATIONS

OCTOBER CAFE CONVERSATIONS

It’s time again for a deep conversation on the things that really matter as we gather around a pub meal and have a chat, seeking wisdom so we can make a difference.

Yes that’s right, it’s time for:

Cafe Conversations

DATE: October 14th, 2013

TIME: 6.30pm for tea and then 7.00 start

VENUE: Hotel Sophia, cnr. King and Lt. Lonsdale, Melbourne

TOPIC: Beyond the Game: Exploring Australian Democracy Today

Sophia Think Tank has been involved in some research this past year exploring people’s attitudes to democracy. Three of the major themes out of all that work are:

1. We need to de-professionalize politics so that more rank and file people can get involved

2. We need to be a whole lot better at training leaders

3. We need to have a national vision based on the common good.

We will discuss these themes together as there is much wisdom we can gather from our various perspectives that will help us to learn and grow….. and then do something!

I look forward to meeting with you at our next Cafe Conversations.

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The next Cafe Conversation in Melbourne is now confirmed:

WHEN?

July 15, 6.30 for a Counter Meal (very reasonably priced!) then 7.00 for the conversation proper. Leave whenever you like but we should be finished by 8.30.

WHERE?
 
Hotel Sophia, 277-287 King St., Melbourne (Corner King and Lt Lonsdale, close to Sothern Croos Station/ parking OK in Lt Lonsdale St.) Ask at the Bar for the room where Cafe Conversation is being held.
 
TOPIC?
 
Let’s get going with some basics: What is wisdom? How do we know when we’ve got it? Where does it come from? What do we do with it?
 
TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT
 
We probably don’t need to say this to you folk but we do have some terms of engagement at all of our events. These are:
 
🙂 every opinion has the right to be heard so we will listen well
🙂 every person with an opinion has the right to be respected so we will show respect for people at all times
🙂 wisdom is found in many diverse places so we will have open and enquiring minds as we dialogue together.
 
We look forward to seeing you there and entering into a robust conversation.
 
‘changing the world…. one conversation at a time’
 

SOPHIA THINK TANK IN 2013

Welcome to the journey through 2013 with Sophia Think Tank.  Last year’s research into the social environment for young people in Australia today proved to be interesting and presented many challenges which we will be picking up this year as we partner with others.  A paper on the results of the research is being completed now and blog readers will be informed of how to get onto a copy of that in due course.

One of the outcomes of that research was the deeply concerning rate of functional illiteracy in mainstream Australian society and how that plays into the social problems identified in our society such as a sense of isolation, inequality, not feeling a sense of belonging, that I don’t fit in, and problems in identity formation.  We will be picking that up as a theme this year.  More of that later, but if you’re interested please get in touch with me at david.wilson@sophiathinktank.com.

Another area of interest in 2013 will be the Federal Election with the major issues of Health, Education, and Refugees on the Agenda.  One of my interests is to challenge all of us to keep the election Federal!  There are major issues that affect the whole country and these are the issues that we need to be well informed about.  Federal elections should not be run on local issues.  A Prime Minister should not be elected on a promise to make a new passing lane on a bridge over the Dingawangwang River just outside of my town.  Again, more of that later.

Sophia Think Tank will also be attending each of the Body, Mind, Spirit Festivals around Australia this year with our message that there is some ancient wisdom that is highly relevant to the serach for meaning in our contemporary society, and that such wisdom can be found in the Good Book!

Thanks for your interest.  Let’s keep the conversation going……

 

 

TWO DAY FORUM: ON BUILDING A BETTER WORLD

Sophia Think Tank, in partnership with Partnering for Transformation and Urban Neighbours of Hope, is running a two day forum on Christian engagement in politics: ‘On Building a Better World – conversations around the passions of God and the politics of people’.  It’s shaping up to be a very good forum with a concentration on dialogue and action coming out of some challenging input.  Click this link (political brochure) for full details and how to register.  A copy of the Programme can be found here (Politics Forum Programme).

 
 
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