Join us Thursday 29 April from 6:30pm as we mark Anzac Day and St Mark’s Day with a public lecture by Professor John Moses.
John will speak on the ecumenical vision of Canon David John Garland and his hidden Christian agenda for Anzac Day.
Drawing on several decades of historical research and writing, Professor John Moses addresses the Christian roots of Anzac Day and its future prospects.
He charts the role and influence of Garland in creating and sustaining Anzac Day celebrations up to the Second World War. Looking further ahead, Moses suggests that the ‘Australian Sentimental Humanism’ that is manifest on 25th April each year needs to be radically re-functioned.
Here Moses sees a role for churches, on an ecumenical basis, in the revitalisation of this high point of Australian civil religion and reflection on national identity. Here churches must realise that they are more than “the little flock” and that they need to recover a national vision of “being there for others” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). That can only happen by a sensitive updating of the original vision.
Former Head of the Department of History, University of Queensland, and currently Adjunct Professor, Charles Sturt University
John Anthony Moses (born 10 June 1930 in Atherton, Queensland) is an Australian historian, history educator and Anglican priest. He is known for his work on modern German history, the history of trade unionism and the history of colonialism.
John earned his B.A. at the University of Queensland in 1959, his M.A. at the University Queensland in 1963 and his PhD at the University of Erlangen in Germany in 1965. He taught at the University of Queensland from 1965 to 1994, as a lecturer, senior lecturer (from 1970), and reader (from 1975). He was head of the history department from 1986. He also became a priest in the Anglican Church of Australia in 1978. He has been a professorial associate at St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra since 2007. He is married to Professor Ingrid Moses, former Chancellor of the University of Canberra.
He has written extensively, in several books and hundreds of journal articles, on: