Videos of Eremos Events

Video: Exploring religious conflicts in Syria and Iraq

This video recording captures the key addresses by two speakers: Dr Julian Droogan and Imam Afroz Ali at the Eremos event in early April 2016. Over 100 people attended.

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Everyone had a keen desire to learn more about the ideological and theological underpinnings of extremism and its ramifications throughout the world.

Deep insights and possible faith based responses were shared by our two speakers: Dr Julian Droogan, a Senior lecturer at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT), Macquarie University  and Imam Afroz Ali, a highly esteemed Islamic scholar and founder of Sydney based Al-Ghazzali Centre.

 

Video: Life without borders

“We need to turn things around so that we look for community … as human beings with different lived experiences.”

Australian theologian Dr Val Webb opened Eremos’ events for 2014 with “From ‘Insiders and Outsiders’ to a Life Without Borders”.

Her talk at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, on March 30, ranged over religion, politics, subjective and cultural biases, and dualistic assumptions such as good and evil, right and wrong, and spiritual and secular. She questioned the significance of simply ingrained beliefs.

The Eremos event is available here in two parts.

The first video begins with Dr Webb recalling her grandson’s efforts at colouring in and her observation that religions, and particularly the Christian religion that formed most of her audience’s backgrounds, had for centuries been about staying between the lines.

“And it seems when people have tried to colour outside the lines there is more energy expended rubbing out the wandering lines than seeing the new picture they might create.”

The second video begins with Dr Webb discussing women and embodiment. She says the message of embodiment is important to us all. “To be completely present in our bodies in relation to other sentient beings and to the planet; to experience ourselves as part of the universe, a product of the universe, joined to the universe in its beauty and pain; to be present in nature; to observe, stop and look; to wonder; to feel at home; and to return to the soil at death.”

She later says, “We need to turn things around so that we look for community as people without borders; not in beliefs that demand insider/outsider defence or in doctrines that must forever stay in place but as human beings with different lived experiences free of gradings of good, better, best.”

Dr Webb concluded quoting theologian Frederick Buechner: “Maybe it’s all utterly meaningless. Maybe it’s all unutterably meaningful. If you want to know which, pay attention to what it means to be truly human in a world that half the time we’re in love with and half the time scares the hell out of us. Any fiction that helps us pay attention to that is religious fiction. The unexpected sound of your name on somebody’s lips. The good dream. The strange coincidence. The moment that brings tears to your eyes. The person who brings life to your life. Even the smallest events hold the greatest clues.”

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