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FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE: Unchanging Virtues for a Changing World

As part of New College’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, the New College Lectures Trust has invited the Anglican and Catholic Archbishops of Sydney, Glenn Davies and Anthony Fisher, to participate in a landmark lecture series.

This will be the first set of public lectures jointly delivered by Catholic & Anglican Archbishops in Australian history.

The Archbishops will articulate the importance and relevance of faith, hope and love for contemporary Australian society where competing voices and institutions wrestle to define and influence the national conversation.

Rather than our traditional format, both Archbishops will present on each of the three nights, followed by a Q&A with the media and members of the community. The series will be moderated by distinguished historian and broadcaster, Dr Meredith Lake.

Faith – Lecture 1
Tuesday, 24 Sept from 7:30pm
Please also join us for complimentary canapes from 6:00pm

Hope – Lecture 2
Wednesday, 25 Sept from 7:30pm
Please be seated by 7:25pm

Love – Lecture 3
Thursday, 26 Sept from 7:30pm
Please be seated by 7:25pm

2019 Lecturers

Archbishop Glenn Davies was a school teacher prior to his theological study at Westminster Theological Seminary and Moore Theological College. Glenn holds a Ph.D. from Sheffield University. He has lectured in Old Testament and New Testament at Moore College where he was also Registrar. He also served as Canon Theologian in the Diocese of Ballarat. Glenn was rector of St Luke’s Miranda, then Bishop of North Sydney for more than ten years before being elected as Archbishop of the Sydney Anglican Diocese in 2013. His published works include Faith and Obedience (Sheffield Academic Press 1990) and Job (Scripture Union Bible Probe, 1989). Glenn is married to Dianne and they have two married daughters and three grandchildren.

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP studied a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Bachelor of Laws at Sydney University before practising law at Clayton Utz, Sydney. He is a member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) and has an honours degree in Theology (Yarra Theological Union) and a Doctorate in Bioethics (Oxford). He has held academic posts with the Catholic University, the Catholic Institute of Sydney and the University of Notre Dame. He was the Co-ordinator of World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, appointed Bishop of Parramatta in 2010 and has been Catholic Archbishop of Sydney since 2014. His most recent books include Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium (Cambridge University Press, 2012); The Healing Peace of Christ: Reflections on Illness and Recovery, Death and New Life (St Paul’s, 2017); War and Terror, Peace and Hope (St Paul’s, 2018).

Series Moderator

Dr Meredith Lake is a historian of religion, society and culture with a PhD from the University of Sydney. Her books include Faith in Action: HammondCare (UNSW Press, 2013) and The Bible in Australia: a cultural history (NewSouth, 2018). She has written for The Conversation, appeared at the Sydney Writers Festival and is an Honorary Associate of the Department of History, Sydney University. Dr Meredith Lake presents Soul Search for ABC Radio National, a program which explores contemporary religion and spirituality from the inside out — what we believe, how we express it, and the difference it makes in our lives.



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New College Lectures History

In 1986 the College set up a Trust to conduct an annual series of public lectures. This resulted in the formation of the New College Lectures. Each New College lecturer is asked to take up some important issue or aspect of contemporary society and to comment on it from the standpoint of their Christian faith and professional expertise. These lectures have become an important public event and have attracted large interest and generated much discussion. Many of the New College Lectures have been published in a variety of ways.

The inaugural New College lectures were delivered in 1987 by Professor Malcolm Jeeves of the University of St Andrews, Scotland. In subsequent years lecturers have come from Australian and overseas universities as well as the wider community. The 2005 New College Lecture series received much attention as it broached the important topic of ‘Church and State’ addressed by The Hon John Anderson, The Hon Kevin Rudd and Rev Dr Andrew Cameron (Moore College). Over 850 people attended over two nights to hear this landmark lecture series. The New College Lectures continue to grow and in 2013 the lectures were attended by more people than ever before with delegates coming from near and far to hear Professor Stanley Hauerwas. 

Lecture summaries, videos and audio from the more recent New College Lectures are available under previous lectures.