A Night of Better Conversation: Religion
Due to COVID-19, we are cancelling all public and business events until the end of April - in both Melbourne and Sydney, from 16 March. Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our community and we would like to do our part in being a part of the solution.
Join The School of Life for a social and meaningful night of better conversation about religion.
A Night of Better Conversation is a chance to engage with minds molded by forces different to our own, and to go beyond our comfort zone by taking risks in what we are willing to share. Whatever your feelings are about religion, spirituality and faith, join us for an evening of open and curious conversations, as we explore our beliefs, our questions and the world of religion today.
The night will be broken into theory and practice. You will begin by learning a specific technique for better conversation and then invited to practice the technique with a small group of other people. As we explore the art of conversation, we will venture into the theme of religion. Have your ideas around religion changed over your lifetime, and if so, how? Do you speak about religion with others or avoid it, and why? How can we think and talk about religion and spirituality differently in everyday life?
6.30 pm Doors Open
7.00 pm Welcome & Introduction
7.15 pm Key Idea 1 & conversation
7.45 pm Key Idea 2 & conversation
8.15 pm Key Idea 3 & conversation
9.00 pm Event Concludes & Venue Open for Continued Conversation
'There is a devilishly direct relationship between the significance of an idea and how nervous we become at the prospect of having to think about it.'
- Alain de Botton
This event is proudly presented in partnership with The Old Clare Hotel.
The Old Clare Hotel and The School of Life have a commitment to providing enlightened hospitality to its customers. Our shared mission is to create events and environments where meaningful connections can flourish.
About A Night of Better Conversation
Our lives are so often filled with superficial talk, from office chitchat to commentaries on last night's television. How can we have conversations that inspire us to think in new ways, that stimulate our curiosity and that prompt us to say things we've never said before?
A Night of Better Conversation has been designed to help us enjoy rich and memorable conversations about things that really matter in life, inspired by the ideas of great thinkers and philosophers.
This interactive and social evening is split into equal parts facilitated and presented content and group conversation. Participants will be encouraged to meet and converse with as many different people as they can to explore and interact a diverse range of ideas and ways of thinking.
Dr Tim Dean is a freelance philosopher and award-winning writer and teacher.
He has a Doctorate in philosophy from the University of New South Wales on the evolution of morality, and specialises in ethics, critical thinking, the philosophy of science and philosophy education. He is also an experienced science writer and was the Science & Technology Editor at The Conversation.