Spirit in the City

Annual conference on faith, public affairs and culture

Spirit in the City 2015

The inaugural SPIRIT IN THE CITY Conference 2015, held on Saturday 11th July 2015 at QUT Gardens Point and organised by QUT Chaplaincy concerned the challenges of understanding and applying the Catholic and Christian faith in the highly secularized cultural, political and other influential settings of contemporary Australian society.

Key Speakers included: 

  • Archbishop Mark Coleridge 
  • Fr Richard Leonard sj, Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting, author and research scholar
  • Prof. Stephen Barr (University of Delaware, USA) via Skype, leading physicist and Vatican Benemerenti Medal winner on science and religion
  • Dr Matthew Tan, Lecturer at Campion College and blogger on The Divine Wedgie 
  • Scott Stephens, theologian, author and ABC religious editor and presenter
  • Tess Livingstone, journalist at The Australian and author

The conference addressed key areas of faith including scripture, theology, and church teaching and explored how faith and action play out through media, politics, culture and art, science and technology, and other areas of public interest. These have multiple, competing perspectives, and increasingly, a “dictatorship of relativism” as coined by Pope Benedict XVI, confounding the right ways for Catholics to understand, judge and act.

Catholic Leader Article 15/05/2015: