Events & Retreats
Faith and Politics with the Hon Kristina Keneally
Eremos Institute has a long history of inviting conversation about complex issues of faith and meaning in contemporary society.
Ms Keneally recalls questions to her about her faith during her tenure as a parliamentarian, “Journalists asked me a couple of a dozen times ‘How much does your faith influence your political decisions?’ On each occasion I felt like rolling my eyes; by the end of my career, I probably started to do so visibly. Somewhere along the line I decided the best response to a silly question was an equally nonsensical answer: “37%,” I’d confidently reply and enjoy the poor journo’s confusion and momentary silence.”
Ms Keneally will speak from her own experience about how faith influences political decisions. As a theologian and a former politician she posits that no sensible solution to some of the most vexed societal questions – whether on national security or marriage equality – can be derived and resolved without understanding and respecting the religious dimensions of human actions.
Ms Keneally will consider how this understanding of the religious dimension challenges those who govern as well those who are governed and the consequences of the misuse or misunderstanding of the religious dimension.
Faith and Politics
The Hon Kristina Keneally
Sunday 12 March, 2-4pm
Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney.
264 Pitt Street
With a brief musical interlude by Lauren Azar.
MC will be Rev Dr Margaret Mayman, Minister of Pitt Street Uniting Church
$25 booked online by 9 March or $35 at the Door. Eremos members $5 less.
Cash only at the door. Full time students $10 (Please present your student ID).
More about our speaker
The Hon Kristina Keneally is the 42nd Premier of New South Wales (2009 – 2011) and the first woman to hold the office. She was a Member of the Parliament of New South Wales from 2003 – 2012. Kristina has a wide range of experience in public life, having served as a Cabinet minister in various portfolios.
Ms Keneally is the Director of Gender Inclusion and Adjunct Professor at Macquarie Graduate School of Management and an Anchor at Sky News Australia, where she co-hosts “To the Point”, “Credlin Keneally" and "Sunday Agenda." She is also a Columnist for The Guardian Australia.
Born to an American father and Australian mother, Kristina grew up in the United States, where she completed her secondary and tertiary education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Dayton in Ohio. She has published many articles in academic and popular journals on religion, politics and feminism.
Ms Keneally is an ambassador for Opportunity International Australia, which helps provide microfinance and other support services to people living in poverty in developing countries.
Kristina is married to Ben and is the mother of Caroline, who died at birth, and teen-age sons Daniel and Brendan.
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