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Postponing the 2022 Smith Lecture

The Race to Change: A Case For Repentance
Tue 1 Nov 2022

The 2022 Smith Lecture ‘The Race to Change’ originally planned for 15th November has been postponed. We now look forward to welcoming Peter Gibbs and Laura Rademaker to deliver their talks addressing rasicm, in the first half of the New Year.

The Smith Lecture has been a highlight event on the Third Space calendar for many years and we very much look forward to hosting it live and online from The Art Gallery of NSW in 2023. For those who have already purchased tickets, we will provide a full refund. Alternatively, if you would prefer to retain your tickets for the future session please let us know by return email.

The new date will be announced in the coming months, so please do look out for further information. Other details for the lecture remain unchanged, as noted below.

The Smith Lecture 2023

As if we needed any reminder, the ugly sceptre of racism has entered our collective psyche. From the early settlement to the stolen generation, our own history of race relations is not enviable. In the 2023 Smith Lecture, we go beyond the slogans to consider matters of the heart.

What drives racist behaviour, even from men and women of faith? If true reconciliation and equality for First Nations People is the desire, what needs to change? Is there a path forward and is the Christian message part of the problem or the solution?

More information and tickets will be available early in 2023.


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    Thu, 29/12/2022 - 5:54pm reply

    Please send me details of the 2023 Smith Lecture

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    Wed, 24/05/2023 - 4:15pm reply

    Informative and disturbing lecture, well organised and well run. Fine speaker in Peter and a great message of finding God and continuing in faith.
    The other speakers were interesting, However, Jonathan's passion doesn't mean he sees the whole big picture in past, present and the future.
    I found the lecture a little one sided, maybe that was the intention.
    I would like to have heard from a speaker with a neutral opinion. But that could have incited anger and conflict amongst the speakers and audience.
    I am feeling and thinking is there really a case for repentance, and I am presuming from mainstream Australians to Aboriginal Australians
    I feel and know God gave us creation and this land, and yes Aboriginees were the first inhabitants and had/have many rituals and spirits which I believe are not predominately of God.
    Forcing todays Australians to conform to history is asking for rebellion.
    I find that this force is moving people away from a better connection with indigenous people and creating a greater division instead of greater unity.

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