Morpeth Lecture

The Morpeth Lecture was established in 1967 to celebrate the partnership between the University of Newcastle and the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle. The name of the Morpeth Lecture comes from the College of St John the Evangelist at Morpeth, the previous ministry training and education centre of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.

2014 Morpeth Lecture


Two-Faced, Two Ways 

History shows relationships with First Australians have been two-faced. There is another way.

What sort of relationship do we all want and need with the First Australians? How can we heal together, and progress from an infantile relationship to one more positive?

The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, The Right Reverend Greg Thompson, spent seven years as Bishop of the Northern Territory, and previously 10 years working in community organisations and parish ministries in the 'top end'.

Bishop Greg reflected on his experiences in the Territory, exploring the concepts of 'closing the gap' and reconciliation for First Australians. 

He argued that leadership isn't always about knowing the answers, but about working together to find a common pathway and move forward.

Presented in collaboration with the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, the 2014 Morpeth Lecture was held on Wednesday 23 July in Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle.

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Theology between Religion and Politics 

Dr Tim Stanley delivered the Morpeth Lecture on Tuesday 29 May 2012. 

Dr Stanley, lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle, spoke on theology's place in current debate about the resurgence of religion in contemporary political life.

Why Believe?

Professor Graham Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University, delivered the 2013 Morpeth Lecture Why Believe? on Tuesday 23 July.  

To have beliefs is a characteristic of being human. In this lecture Professor Graham Ward examined the nature of believing itself, the signs of its origins both in human prehistory and contemporary investigations into neuroscience. He also examined the way this anthropological condition relates to religious traditions and faith, emotional life and social organisation.