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Deidre Palmer - Ethics and its source - freedom. love, justice, peace

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At the heart of Christian ethics, is the call to embody God’s vision for our world, seen so fully expressed in the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christian communities are acting for justice, calling for liberation and working for peace, grounded in the radical call of Jesus for the flourishing of all people and the creation.  In this session, we will explore the source of this passionate commitment in Biblical and theological foundations. I will be exploring the topic through the praxis of the Uniting Church in Australia.  Participants will be invited to reflect on the source of their engagement in their communities and societies. We will together explore the narratives of hope, that are the source and sustaining power of our actions for love, justice, liberation and peace in our world today.

Tonight's speaker, Dr Deidre Palmer, served as President of the Uniting Church in Australia from July 2018 until July 2021. As ex-President, Deidre is continuing to teach, preach, and serve on a number of Uniting Church committees. Deidre’s theme as President of the Uniting Church, was “Abundant Grace, Liberating Hope”. She continues to listen for the narratives of liberating hope, that are expressed in the world around us and through the contemporary church. She believes the church is at its best, when its community life and engagement in the world is shaped by the generous hospitality and abundant love of God. Prior to becoming President, Deidre served as Moderator of the Uniting Church in South Australia (2013-2016).

Deidre has been involved in theological education for much of her life. She has served on the faculty of the Adelaide College of Divinity, Flinders University School of Theology and Uniting College in South Australia and Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Deidre is also a social worker. She worked for four and a half years with Uniting Communities as a counsellor with their Childhood Sexual Abuse Counselling team, prior to becoming Moderator. Deidre is a member of Brougham Place Uniting Church.

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