IS GOD GREEN – AND WHAT ABOUT US?: An exploration of human responsibility in the care of the Earth
Rev Dr Selwyn Yeoman, Presbyterian Minister
Thursdays 8, 15 and 22 August, 7:00pm – 9:00pmBurns 7,
Arts/Burns Building, Albany Street, University of Otago
Each Course costs $20. Please register online at www.otago.ac.nz/continuingeducation.
For further information go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/theology/news/faith-thinking.html
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Prof Noam Zohar of Bar Ilan University, Israel, will present a public lecture titled: ‘Choosing Your Baby’s Sex: Prenatal Sex-Selection – Biblical perspectives and Israeli Experience.’
Abstract: Should prospective parents be allowed to choose the sex of their expected baby – for non-medical reasons? This talk will address both the ideology and the practice of Israel’s unique response, which tries to balance individual liberty and gender equality within a multicultural society that includes both Jewish and Muslim pro-natalist traditions.
Noam Zohar, PhD
Is Professor of Philosophy at Bar Ilan University, and Director of its Graduate Program in Bioethics. He is a member of Israel’s National Bioethics Council, and also serves on the National Committee for Sex-Selection. He is author of Alternatives in Jewish Bioethics and co-editor of the multi-volume The Jewish Political Tradition
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A theological reflection on climate change communication
Dr Andrew Shepherd National Co-Director, A Rocha New Zealand
Moot Court, 10th floor, Richardson Building
This will be followed by a launch of the book Creation and Hope: Reflections on Ecological Anticipation and Action from Aotearoa New Zealand, edited by Nicola Hoggard Creegan and Andrew Shepherd
Seminar Room 5, 10th Floor Richardson Building, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]In every census, New Zealanders are asked to indicate their religious affiliation. The results seem to indicate a significant decline in religious attendance, but what is driving this decline and is it true across all demographics and faith communities?
In an attempt to ‘get in behind the numbers’, in May this year the Wilberforce Foundation published a detailed study of New Zealander’s attitudes to faith and belief. It follows a similar study undertaken in Australia. It looks at the reasons for the decline and indicates areas where faith communities are having a recognised impact.
Chris Clarke will share the study results, the comparisons with Australia, and lead a discussion on how faith communities might choose to respond.
No charge for this event[/vc_column_text][vc_cta h2=”Faith and Belief in New Zealand Study” h4=”A national research study exploring attitudes towards religion, spirituality and Christianity in New Zealand” style=”outline” color=”mulled-wine” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Read it here” btn_color=”mulled-wine” btn_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Ffaithandbeliefstudynz.org%2F||target:%20_blank|”]The 2018 Faith and Belief in New Zealand report, commissioned by the Wilberforce Foundation, explores attitudes towards religion, spirituality and Christianity in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The purpose of the research is to investigate faith and belief blockers among New Zealanders and to understand perceptions, opinions and attitudes towards Jesus, the Church and Christianity.[/vc_cta][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”29652″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_column_text]Archway 3 Lecture Theatre
University of Otago
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is committed to leading a ‘transformative’ government. This includes potentially significant changes to New Zealand’s welfare state. The agreement between Labour and the Greens, for instance, commits the government to an ‘overhaul the welfare system’ with the aim of lifting families out of poverty and ensuring that ‘everyone has a standard of living … that enables them to live in dignity and participate in their communities’.
These words echo the goals enunciated by the Royal Commission on Social Security in the early 1970s. But such goals have never been fully or consistently realized. Indeed, for more than a generation governments of varying political persuasions have tolerated a substantial increase in income and wealth inequality and significant levels of poverty and material hardship, especially among families.
To compound matters, our welfare institutions exhibit many other problems and inequities: a poorly designed and unnecessarily complicated system of welfare benefits; a lack of proper indexation of social assistance; misaligned incentives and arbitrary distinctions; inadequate investment in good quality yet affordable housing; the discriminatory treatment of sickness and accidents; a defective and unfair child support system; and inequitable access to primary health care and dental services.
September 2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the passage of the first Labour Government’s landmark Social Security Act. On the eve of this important anniversary, it is timely to reflect on the current deficiencies of our welfare state and how the vision of its founders can be renewed and more fully realized.
This lecture outlines the ethical principles that should underpin any welfare reform agenda, assesses the main policy options, and proposes an integrated and systematic plan for transformational change.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]
Wednesday 15 August
5:15pm – 6:30pm
Archway 2 Lecture Theatre
Close to the yellow circle 3 on map
Redesigning New Zealand’s Welfare State
The Case for Radical Reform
Professor of Public Policy
Victoria University Wellington
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