Spirit in the City

Annual conference on faith, public affairs and culture

Spirit in the City 2017

Saturday 7th October 2017
QUT Gardens Point, Kindler Theatre @ P Block
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About the conference

Is faith simply a matter of the heart? Is it little more than private opinion with no bearing on the real-world? Is the notion of 'right' and 'wrong' an oxymoron, giving way to 'perspectives' and 'progressive thinking' as so many movies, books, the media, politicians et al hold? Does science or government or other hold sway for answers to all of life's questions? Could our churches and schools do a better job of equipping believers to bring faith to a world that fights it? Will the Christian faith survive unprecedented times of secular hostility? Penultimately, when the Son of God comes again, will He find faith on earth?

Spirit in the City is one of Australia’s premier Christian conferences bringing together international and local leaders to tackle the big questions facing faith, culture and public affairs.

To the big questions of life, the conference says a resounding - yes, that faith matters. YES, with Mary, the Mother of God, in obedience to God, to be fully committed to bringing Christ to the world. YES, to be beacons of faith, hope and charity to humanity that, however unknowingly, hungers for holiness and true flourishing.

Spirit in the City 2017, held on October 7th 2017, is consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima and the Feast of the Rosary.


International Feature

Fr Douglas Bazi

Where there is hatred, let me sow love: Inside the Christian genocide of the Middle East

Chaldean Catholic Church priest from Iraq, Fr Douglas Bazi, was shot and imprisoned by Muslim extremists in 2006, had his church in Baghdad blown up, and from 2014 ran a refugee centre in Erbril for displaced Christians from Mosul. Now based in NZ, he will speak about the genocide of the Christians in Iraq and the many examples of suffering, martyrdom and mercy which lie at the heart of rebuilding the nation and the Church in that tortured part of the world

Fr Bazi has raised millions in donations for Iraqis and more recently, for rescuing young disabled, Iraqis through his Project 52. He was supported in the US by Knights of Columbus and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Centre. Donations for Project 52 can be made at: http://www.trybooking.com/RBGP.

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Et Vita Fidei

Dr David Van Gend
Doctor and Australian Marriage Forum leader:
On the same sex marriage vote and beyond
Dr Ryan Messmore
Liberal arts Millis Institute Director:
Advice for a happy life: how to think about vocation, friendship and love, marriage, and children

Panel on revitalising parishes

Fr Adrian Sharp
Regional Tribunal and Moderator of Brisbane Oratory in Formation, Mary Immaculate, Annerley
Fr Lam Vu
Parish priest, St Mary’s Catholic parish, South Brisbane, Parish Administrator of Dutton Park Catholic Parish
Teresa McGrath
Youth Evangelisation Office, Archdiocese of Brisbane
Jan Heath
Evangelist and missionary, Our Lady of the Way, Petrie
Ora Duffley
Catholic Volunteer SOS Chretiens d'Orient and Teacher
Fr Douglas Bazi
Chaldean Catholic Church priest from Iraq, now parish priest at St Addai Chaldean Catholic Church, Auckland NZ