BEING HEARD

THE IMPACT OF DISCRIMINATION, INCLUSION & JUSTICE

NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017

8.30AM-5.00PM

 

Earlybird (on sale from now to September 21): $50.00

Regular (available from September 22): $70.00

Concession (available from August 14): $35.00

 

REGISTER

PROGRAM

8.30am
Registration & Arrival

9.00am
Welcome to Country

9.15am
Plenary 1. Julie McCrossin

10.00am
Workshops

12.00pm
Lunch

1.00pm
Plenary 2. Matt Glover

“Stories from the Counselling Room.
The Impact of Discrimination ,  Justice & Inclusion”

2.00pm
Workshops

3.45pm
Afternoon Tea

4.00pm
Panel Discussion

4.45pm
Closing Remarks

5.00pm
Departure

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Julie McCrosSIn

Julie McCrosSIn

Broadcaster, Freelance Journalist, Facilitator

A committed Christian, Julie is an Elder and a member of the Church Council at the South Sydney Uniting Church.

After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten, Julie is now a freelance journalist and facilitator. She presented the radio show Life Matters on ABC Radio National for 5 years, covering countless health, welfare and educational topics with a frequent rural focus.

Currently Julie writes for the NSW Law Society Journal and facilitates conferences and seminars nationally. Julie is especially known for her capacity to guide forums on sensitive topics, such as suicide prevention, mental health, child protection and family law.

Julie has qualifications in the arts, education and law. She is a Patron of Targeting Cancer, Coastrek, Wagga Women’s Health Centre and FRANS Inc (Making Things Happen for People with Disabilities), and is an Ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation, Red Cross Australia and Adult Learning Australia.

Matt Glover

Matt Glover

Counsellor

‘Stories from the Counselling Room – The Impact of Discrimination, Justice and Inclusion’

Matt’s full-time ministry was with the Baptist Church in Victoria, before moving into counselling. Pastoral care is one of Matt’s strengths, and this has been utilised as a chaplain in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bush fires,  running a play group for homeless fathers, helping people recover from spiritual abuse, and in his extensive work with the LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) community of Melbourne.

Since leaving church based ministry, Matt has been involved with palliative care, grief and loss counselling and has now established MGA (Matt Glover and Associates) Counselling Services to do his part in ensuring as many people as possible get to experience “life to the full”.

Working towards improving the mental health of the LGBTI community is one of Matt’s passions and in July 2012 he was awarded Freedom 2b’s “Most significant contribution to increasing understanding between the LGBTI community and people from faith backgrounds”. Matt also belongs to the Australian Counselling Association.

WORKSHOPS

NOTE: Our aim is to have workshops in which the sexual and gender diversity of our movement is reflected. We are still confirming with a number of workshop leaders.

 

The RISE OF AFFIRMING EVANGELICALS

Scott Higgins

WORKSHOP 1
(MORNING & AFTERNOON SESSIONS ARE DIFFERENT)

A small but growing number of evangelical leaders are calling for the affirmation of gay and lesbian partnerships and the full inclusion of lesbian and gay people in the life of the churches. This workshop will explore why this growing call is emerging in evangelicalism, how the Scriptures are being read, and a process for helping churches work through the issues.

The morning workshop will look at the way affirming evangelicals read the Scriptures, and the afternoon session will provide a model for discussing sexuality in evangelical churches.

‘I Shall Seek Your Face – Discrimination, Justice and Inclusion’

Benjamin Oh

WORKSHOP 2
(MORNING & AFTERNOON SESSION ARE THE SAME)

What does discrimination actually look like? How is it experienced by the person directly affected? Why is there a gap between the personal experience of discrimination and what we think it looks like?

Importantly, what is true inclusion and why is it so inseparably tied with justice?

This workshop will be a powerful session for anyone in the church concerned with bringing about a truly inclusive Christian community, and for anyone who seeks to first understand before being understood.

Places are limited to 20 per workshop (repeated morning and afternoon sessions). Please indicate your interest in this workshop when registering.

Orientation Change: Myths, Harm and the Reality

Benjamin Gresham with Phyllis Gresham

WORKSHOP 3
(MORNING & AFTERNOON SESSIONS ARE DIFFERENT)

Many in the Christian church have heard of sexual orientation change efforts, and ministries claiming to help people change their orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. These are often referred to under the banner of ‘ex-gay’ ministries. The belief is widespread that these ‘ministries’ have shut down in Australia. However, a number of groups still operate under the guise of ‘supporting people struggling with same-sex attraction’.

Why are these ‘change efforts’ so damaging to an individual – and their family? What is the impact of their messages on participants’ faith and self-concept? Why do churches and pastors need to be informed?

Inclusion, the gospel, and God’s Kingdom are inseparably linked. A vision for a future church that is truly inclusive will include an understanding of the harm done by ‘othering’.

A morning session followed by an afternoon panel, sharing experiences and answering your questions. Panellists will include lesbian, gay, transgender, female and male members.

YOU CAN'T ASK THAT!

Francis Voon

This Symposium is all about Being Heard. No question is too small, too big, too complex, too basic, too embarrassing, to be asked.

‘But everyone already knows that!’ ‘I can’t ask that’.

Yes you can. Throughout the day, we’ll have an open table where you can pose those questions to our small and caring group.  We’ll have our friendly team of transgender, intersex, lesbian, gay, bisexual and ally there to hop on over and answer your questions.

And no! You don’t have to ask it out loud. Pop a question into the Question Box and we’ll answer it during Question Time just before lunch and at the end of the day.

VENUE

The entire symposium will be held in Building 6 (Peter Johnson Building, School of Design, Architecture & Building), University of Technology Sydney. Building 6 is at 702 – 730 Harris St Ultimo, right next door to the ABC’s Ultimo Centre.

Registration, keynote addresses and the final panel will take place in the Guthrie Theatre on Level 3 (street entry level). Other workshops will be in nearby breakout rooms.

To find Building CB06: http://maps.uts.edu.au/map.cfm

Access for people with mobility needs is via a ramp at the front of the building. Movement between levels is via lift or stairs – and those with mobility needs will have priority use of the lifts.

 

GETTING THERE

Via train
UTS is a 10-15 minute walk from Central Station (George St / Broadway exit). If coming from interstate Central Station is a 10 minute train journey from the Airport Station.

Driving
Nearest parking is at Interpark parking station, Thomas St (near the corner of Wattle St). The car park is open from 8am – 5pm Saturdays; weekend rate is $15.