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imageFrom A Closed Shop To An Open Heart – Special Guest Dr Keith Mascord

Dr Keith Mascord spent his whole life in conservative Christianity, culminating in 15 years as a lecturer at Moore College – the bastion of increasingly rigid theological thinking, a position promulgated by Sydney Anglicanism and still so harmful in the lives of many LGBTI people from faith backgrounds.

But…Keith has broken ranks and changed his understandings, documented in his recent books: ‘A Restless Faith: leaving fundamentalism in a quest for God’ and ‘Faith without Fear: risky choices facing contemporary Christians’.

At our meeting in October, Keith will be our special guest and share something of this journey of change and help us understand why he is now a ‘straight ally’.  The way he asseses possible change of attitude within the church is fascinating. Be ready to ask some probing questions to a wonderful, extremely practical, thinker.

WHEN: Friday, October 7th 2016
TIME: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
WHERE: ACON Building, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

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After the talk, please join us for a drink or dinner at the nearby Royal Exhibition Hotel.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME. STAY AS LITTLE OR AS LONG AS YOU LIKE.

For more information, please contact Shane on 0413374650 or email [email protected]

Posted by Shane Cathcart on September 13, 2016

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Please Join us for the last formal meeting (in its current format) to be held at Melbourne Freedom2b. We are thrilled to have Anthony Venn-Brown (co-founder of Freedom2b) as our guest speaker. As we go back to how it all how it all began.

Anthony writes:

“One of my favourite memes is of a grey haired, rather wrinkly lady, probably late 70’s early 80’s, sitting in a university lecture room surrounded by disinterested youth. Her hand is raised. The meme reads ‘Corrects history professor. Remembers being there.’

I’m working on my next book “The Rise and Fall of Conversion Therapy” It is commonly believed that religious gay conversion programs began in the US. This is not true.  I was one of the first in the world to go through this in a religious context. I asked myself the question. “Why was I in a program to change my sexual orientation in Australia, 1972, four years before Exodus was founded and eight years before a residential program existed in the US?” As I  began to research I found the source of the philosophy. I’ve joined dots that have never been joined before. Essentially this work will be rewriting history.”

Anthony is looking forward to sharing some of those discoveries with you at our October meeting along with other exciting news.

A night not to be missed!

Event Location:

Victorian AIDS Council Building,
6 Claremont Street, South Yarra.
The entrance is at the side of the building. Just ring the door bell and we will come and let you in.

We welcome you to also join us afterwards at La Porchetta, Toorak Rd South Yarra, to continue the conversation.

7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. For more information or any queries please email [email protected] or call Michelle 0403987723

 

Posted by Linda on September 27, 2016

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