Location: Ithacan Philanthropic Society, L.2, 329 Elizabeth Street.
Date: 12 June 2014, 7:00pm
Presenter: Nick Trakakis
The Orthodox Church has a rich history and tradition, and today constitutes the third-largest Christian denomination in the world.
But the recent spread of Orthodoxy to secular and technologically advanced countries like the United States and Australia has introduced many challenges. How has the church fared? How has it met the challenges of a modern and postmodern world?
In this presentation I will identify some of the challenges now faced by the Orthodox Church, including a perceived incompatibility with the values of democracy, the prevalence of nationalism, ritualism and a patriarchal culture, and the lack of social engagement.
In light of such problems, many within the Orthodox Church are calling for renewal and reformation.
Nick Trakakis is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University. He works primarily in the philosophy of religion, and in this area his publications include The God Beyond Belief: In Defence of William Rowe’s Evidential Argument from Evil (Springer, 2007) and The End of Philosophy of Religion (Continuum, 2008).
He has also published four collections of poetry, the most recent being From Dusk to Dawn, and has edited Southern Sun, Aegean Light: Poetry of Second-Generation Greek-Australians (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2011).
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In October 1916, the Ithacan migrants of Melbourne established the ITHACAN PHILANTHROPIC SOCIETY "The Ulysses", with an inaugural membership of some 153 members. This was in response to pleas for aid from their loved ones in Ithaca who were suffering deprivation during the First World War.
Over the years, however, the Society has been much more than just a philanthropic institution. It has been a constant in the lives of the early Ithacan migrants replacing the homeland which they had left.
The Society takes an active role in the cultural, social, educational and quality of life interests of the Ithacan Community. The Society, as part of its philanthropic role, also makes many monetary contributions to worthy causes, including those outside the immediate Ithacan community. The Society celebrated its 90th Anniversary in 2006.