Talk on inter-church and inter-faith developments Down Under

Friday October 16th 2009

James Haire.Anyone interested in learning about inter-church and inter-faith dialogue and developments in Australia, Indonesia, and beyond is invited to a talk by the Rev Prof James Haire.

This will take place at the Inter-Church Centre, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast, on Monday October 19 starting with a sandwich lunch at 12.45pm.

James Haire is Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (National Australian Christian Centre), Professor of Theology of Charles Stuart University (CSU), and Director of the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre (PACT), all based in Canberra.  

From 1987 to 2003 he was Professor and Head of the School of Theology at Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Professor of New Testament Studies and Principal at Trinity College, Brisbane, and Dean and President of the Brisbane College of Theology.

From 1972 to 1985 he served as a Minister and Theological Lecturer and Professor in Halmahera, Indonesia, as a Missionary of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. He served as President of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA), and was Chairperson of the National Heads of Churches of Australia, from 2000 to 2003.   He served as President of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) from 2003 to 2006.

Professor Haire has been active in ecumenism, and was from 1992 to 2004 Co-chair of the National Dialogue between the Uniting Church in Australia and the Roman Catholic Church in Australia.   Since 2002 he has been a member of the Joint International Commission between the Vatican and the World Methodist Council.   Since 2005 he has been on the Executive of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA). Since 2006 he has been a member of the Network of Theologians of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches.

To book lunch or for further information please ring 028 90 66 31 45 or e-mail [let us know any dietary needs].

This event is organised by the Board of Overseas Affairs, Irish Council of Churches, with special thanks to Christian Aid. Anyone interested welcome.

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