Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill: A Community Briefing
18 Janaury 2021
The Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies and University of Divinity partnered with Brave Network and SOGICE Survivors to present a community briefing on what conversion practices are, an overview of this legislation, a theological response, and how to be an effective advocate from theologians, academics, policy experts and survivors. The event was hosted by Chris Csabs and Katecia Taylor.
Speakers included: Cath McKinney, Robyn Whitaker, Beth Barnett, Abanob Saad, Nicole Mugford, Patrick McIvor, Nathan Despott and Alix Butler.
HORIZONS: Eggshells, Landmines, Faultlines: Dangerous conversations about gender and violence
16 September 2020
Simply existing as a transgender person is to share a dangerous vocation. For humanity constructs its worlds with a multiplicity of constricted shapes and identity lines. Some give life but at the cost of violence. Altering forms thus inevitably involves conflict, even lateral violence between different identities struggling for liberation. In this HORIZONS conversation, the Revd Dr Josephine Inkpin and Dr Cathryn McKinney discuss the violence and danger faced by trans people and the significant gift of wisdom and liberation that trans people and theological perspectives offer for us all.
HORIZONS: Churches, Women, Families, Pandemics
19 August 2020
The many lives of women have been profoundly affected by life in a pandemic. In this HORIZONS conversation with Dr Janice McRandal and The Revd Sharon Hollis, we discuss just a few of the worrying dynamics unfolding around us, within our churches, at our universities, and from our government.
HORIZONS: Theological Animation in the Watershed
15 July 2020
From the catchment areas of the drinking water our lives depend on, to the globally wide-reaching impacts of climate change and COVID pandemic, how can our discipleship and practice in feminist theologies be informed and inspired by leading voices at the front lines of church, academia, activism and economics?
In this ‘climate of change’, how can we work and advocate for environmental justice in the months ahead, committing our hope to a better future than is offered by a ‘return to normal’. How do we invest our resources: money, time, bodies, voices in a horizon more hopeful and what might that look like?
Women are more adversely impacted during disasters – first bushfires and now COVID – they are more likely to be unemployed, more likely to be doing unpaid work as carers, more likely to be working in essential worker frontline roles such as in health care, the aged & disability care sector, in early childhood education, teaching, cleaning and retail and instances of domestic violence can increase. If the impacts of disasters are gendered, how can our response be gendered as individuals, churches and organisations? There is an opportunity presented by this global disruption to transform Australia into a more resilient, inclusive and equitable society.
For this inaugural HORIZONS event, Talitha Fraser (Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies) is in conversation with Maria Tiimon Chi-Fang (Pacific Outreach Officer, Edmund Rice Centre, Pacific Calling Partnership), Thea Ormond (President, Australian Religious Response on Climate Change), Dr Di Rayson (Academic, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle) and Jon Cornford (Director, Manna Gum).
Sex and Politics
22 May 2019
On 22nd May 2019, the Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies were pleased to present Alana Harris, visiting scholar from Kings College, UK, who delivered a lecture in relation to her own work: The history of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain (1967). Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Ro Allen, responded from the context of local issues around the status of conversion therapy and the political interventions that are presently underway here in Australia.