Index page of Videos

This page is the index to the series of videos we published in late 2013 exploring how Theology is changing, or needs to change, in the Third Millennium as well as some preliminary articles that led up to that series.

INDEX of VIDEOS

 

015 :
23 Nov 2016

HeadlineA young Aboriginal Woman writes of her love of Country... On Sunday I was privileged to be present, and to video, the launch of a book commissioned by Fr Eugene Stockton under the auspices of the Blue Mountain Education & Research Trust (BMERT). It is a hugely valuable piece of research that has been the personal endeavour of historian, Dr Jim Smith, over a period of decades. This is a piece of history of local interest to those of us who live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney but will be of more important interest to indigenous people everywhere. The Burragorang Valley is situated on the Southern edge of the Blue Mountains and is the place where at least five different rivers meet. In the 1950s this valley was flooded to provide the main fresh water supply for Greater Sydney via what became Lake Burragorang and Warragamba Dam. The Aboriginal people who had lived in the valley, possibly for centuries, and later mainly poor Irish settlers, were forced out of the valley to make way for the flooding of the Valley. Today we bring you the foreword to Jim Smith's book written by a young Aboriginal woman, Taylor Clarke – who also spoke superbly in launching the book on Sunday [I'm still in the process of editing the video of her address] – and the address by Dr Jim Tulip, a fellow trustee of the BMERT and former Associate Professor of Literature and Religious Studies at Sydney University, to explain more about the book and introduce Taylor to the audience on Sunday. ...Brian Coyne, Editor [more]

014 :
14 Nov 2016

HeadlineA Bishop who is worth listening to... This video was recorded on Sunday, 13th November 2016 at the celebrations to mark the restoration of the parish church of Our Lady of the Nativity at Lawson. In his homily, the Bishop of Parramatta, Vincent Long Van Nguyen offers the very frank assessment of a bishop who appreciates the crisis in trust the Church and its leadership are presently facing. Bishop Vincent's homily links in Sunday's Gospel prophecy by Jesus of the Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, with the destruction this community in the Blue Mountains experienced when their parish church was damaged a year ago, and to the wider crisis in trust that is afflicting the institutional Church globally. The video incorporates hi-lites of the day and includes in full Bishop Vincent's homily with captions. [more]

013 :
30 Oct 2015

HeadlineReligious Leaders call for action on Climate Change at the 2015 Paris Conference on Climate... Following close on the recent Papal encyclical Laudato Si, in which Pope Francis sketched out a Catholic vision of an ecologically interdependent world, we now have an almost unprecedented alignment of global religious leaders calling for meaningful commitments. Many Faith communities have moved over the past 20 years from being among the more sceptical on environmental issues, seeing them linked to some form of pagan nature worship, to being among those most committed to a vision of creation loved by God, which we are putting at risk, by our own failures of self interest and greed. In the last week of October 2015 there were two significant events to publicise appeals by religious leaders to the world which we'd like to bring to your attention here: [more]

012 :
13 Jan 2014

HeadlineVideo Conversation #6: Spirituality & Physical, Mental & Emotional Health... The sixth and final of our video conversations is focused on the thinking of our panellists Peter B Todd, author of "The Individuation of God: Integrating science and religion", and Professor David Tacey, author of "Gods and Diseases: Making sense of our physical and mental wellbeing". Should our religious and spiritual beliefs and practices contribute to our physical, mental, and emotional health? This conversation was recorded in collaboration with the Blue Mountain Education & Research Trust. It was recorded as part of the wider conversations with our four panellists at Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School, Lawson, NSW, on 17th November 2013. ...Brian Coyne [more] | [Original Publication on catholica]

011 :
06 Jan 2014

HeadlineVideo Conversation #5: The search for a universal theology... The fifth of our video conversations is focused on the thinking of Catholic priest and archaeologist, Dr Eugene Stockton, and the ideas he introduces in his book "The Deep Within: Towards an Archetypal Theology". This conversation was recorded in collaboration with the Blue Mountain Education & Research Trust. The first part was recorded as part of the wider conversation with out four panellists at Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School, Lawson, NSW, on 17th November 2013 and a second conversation with the publishers of Catholica, Amanda McKenna and Brian Coyne, was recorded in Fr Stockton's study at Lawson on 3rd January 2014. ...Brian Coyne [more] | [Original Publication on catholica]

010 :
30 Dec 2013

HeadlineVideo Conversation #4: A, or THE, most critical question facing Catholicism today... The focus of this conversation is on one of the most critical, if not THE most critical question facing Catholicism today: Can the Church be revived merely by presenting Jesus Christ as some "good guy — some model for just and honest living" — or do we have to go back and re-examine some of the most basic questions of our theologies? Do we need to start right back re-examining the foundational story about why Jesus came into the world and what he really offers to humankind? Do we need to start again right back at the Genesis story we inherited from our Jewish religious forebears? This is the critical question facing Catholicism raised by Dr Kevin Treston's book: "Emergence For Life Not Fall From Grace: Making Sense of the Jesus Story in the Light of Evolution". This conversation was recorded in collaboration with the Blue Mountain Education & Research Trust at Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School, Lawson, NSW, on 17th November 2013. ...Brian Coyne [more] | [Original Publication on catholica]

009 :
16 Dec 2013

HeadlineVideo Conversation #2: The challenges to religion posed by rationalism, atheism and science... This is the third of our video conversations recorded in conjunction with the Blue Mountain Education & Research Trust at Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School, Lawson, NSW, on 17th November 2013. The focus of the panellists in this conversation are the challenges facing the institutional Church and traditional expressions of religion coming from religious and political fundamentalism ...Brian Coyne [more] | [Original Publication on catholica]

008 :
09 Dec 2013

HeadlineVideo Conversation #2: The challenges to religion posed by rationalism, atheism and science... This is the second of our video conversations recorded in conjunction with the Blue Mountain Education & Research Trust at Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School, Lawson, NSW, on 17th November 2013. The focus of the panellists in this conversation are the challenges facing the institutional Church and traditional expressions of religion coming from what we're learning from the sciences, and the challenges posed by the neo-atheists and rationalists who reject ideas about the numinous, the spiritual or God. ...Brian Coyne [more] | [Original Publication on catholica]

007 :
02 Dec 2013

HeadlineVideo Conversation #1: Where has God gone in people's lives today? After months of planning we are pleased today to launch the first of our series of extended cyber conversations essentially discussing the future for religion in a world where most people seem to have lost interest, at least in the developed world. We hope this will not only be a conversation between experts — they're here to stimulate the conversation — but we want to hear your responses and opinions as well. To set the ball rolling, we recently recorded a series of video conversations with four authors who have published recent books with incisive insights into some of the challenges being faced by the institutional Church today. The conversation is facilitated by journalist and broadcaster, Stephen Crittenden, and we well future it will be most stimulating to many of our readers. ...Brian Coyne [more] | [Original Publication on catholica]

006 :
05 Nov 2013

HeadlineBeyond Literal Thinking in Religion... In this commentary Dr David Tacey presents a view that will challenge many of your traditional ways of understanding sacred scripture and our concept of religious "faith". This commentary is part of a series preparatory to the videotaping of a number of conversations between four writers, Eugene Stockton, David Tacey, Peter Todd, and Kevin Treston who have been exploring fresh ways of thinking and talking about the Numinous and Theology/Spirituality today. We will be recording those conversations on Sunday, 17th November here in the Blue Mountains, and we are extending an invitation to readers of Catholica who would like to be part of the studio audience for the recording. ...Brian Coyne [more] | [Original Publication on catholica]

005 :
28 Oct 2013

HeadlineA response from Peter Todd to Eugene Stockton... Today's commentary by Peter B. Todd is, in part, a response to ideas presented in Fr Eugene Stockton's essay from last Monday [LINK]. Be warned this is a pretty heavy conversation about concepts that require a bit of concentration. These commentaries are preparatory to a series of videotaped conversations between four writers, Eugene Stockton, David Tacey, Peter Todd, and Kevin Treston who have been exploring fresh ways of thinking and talking about the Numinous and Theology/Spirituality today. We will be recording those conversations on Sunday, 17th November here in the Blue Mountains, and we are extending an invitation to readers of Catholica who would like to be part of the studio audience for the recording (Click the banner at the bottom of this commentary if you'd like to be involved). By way of introduction to today's essay, the editor of Catholica, Brian Coyne, provides a short introduction as to why the concepts being discussed by these writers are important. ...Brian Coyne [more] | [Original Publication on catholica]

004 :
21 Oct 2013

HeadlineThe Search for a Theology that speaks to Today's People... This is the third in a series of commentaries preparing the ground for a series of videotaped conversations between four writers, Peter Todd, Eugene Stockton, David Tacey and Kevin Treston, facilitated by Stephen Crittenden which we'll be recording in November. These writers have been exploring fresh ways of thinking and talking about the Numinous and Theology/Spirituality today that might help redress the enormous slide in disbelief and non-participation. The reality today is that the religious paradigms that have played such a huge part in the evolution of civilised life and the creation of human culture are all under pressure. The pressure comes from the neo-atheists on the one side who want to write God and the Numinous totally out of the picture; from the fundamentalists at the other extreme of the spectrum who want to frog-march humanity back to some kind of theological and liturgical dark cave; and somewhere in the middle are a plethora of ideas that challenge our traditional theologies because of what is being "revealed" to humankind of the "Mind of God" through our discoveries in the hard and soft sciences, and even about how our own brains and emotions work. What is under discussion in today's commentary by Fr Eugene Stockton are two different theological pictures of the relationship of Wisdom or Sophia to the Godhead and, in turn how this Mystery we condense into the word "God" relates to little old you and me. Get the metanarrative correct and you're likely to end up at the right destination. Screw it up and goodness knows where you might end up. In this relatively short commentary, which in fact is taken from Appendix II of his book The Deep Within: Towards an Archetypal Theology, Eugene delineates what the two competing visions are and in his conclusion argues his case in favour of the view he prefers. ...Brian Coyne [more] | [Original Publication on catholica]

003 :
14 Oct 2013

HeadlineThe Search for a Theology that speaks to Today's People... Over the next few Monday's we hope to bring you a series of commentaries preparing the ground for a series of videotaped conversations between four writers, Peter Todd, Eugene Stockton, David Tacey and Kevin Treston who have been exploring fresh ways of thinking and talking about the Numinous and Theology/Spirituality today. The reality today is that the religious paradigms that have played such a huge part in the evolution of civilised life and the creation of human culture are all under pressure. The pressure comes from the neo-atheists on the one side who want to write God and the Numinous totally out of the picture; from the fundamentalists at the other extreme of the spectrum who want to frog-march humanity back to some kind of theological and liturgical dark cave; and somewhere in the middle are a plethora of ideas that challenge our traditional theologies because of what is being "revealed" to humankind of the "Mind of God" through our discoveries in the hard and soft sciences, and even about how our own brains and emotions work. Today we present a summary of one of the key arguments in Peter Todd's book The Individuation of God: Integrating Science and Religion. [more] | [Original Publication on catholica]

002 :
19 Jul 2012

HeadlineIn Search of the Deep Within: A Conversation with Fr Eugene Stockton (Part 2)... In this second conversation with Fr Eugene Stockton to introduce an extended investigation into the theological insights common to all religions, Catholica editor, Brian Coyne, quizes Fr Eugene about the different ways in which the indigenous peoples he has encountered view life and the world in different ways to Western people. [more] | [Original Publication on catholica]

001 :
12 Jul 2012

HeadlineIn Search of the Deep Within: A Conversation with Fr Eugene Stockton (Part 1)... Today we introduce a new and extended investigation to Catholica. The lead commentary today consists of three parts: a written introduction to this "extended investigation" by the editor and publisher of Catholica, Brian Coyne; a short video interview with archeologist and priest, Dr Eugene Stockton, whose work will be central to this investigation, and thirdly an invitation if you would like to join us here in the Blue Mountains later in the year for a social gathering and discussion in physical space where we can meet face-to-face and extend our conversation. [more] | [Original Publication on catholica]

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Gandanguurra: The Language of the Mountain People and Beyond by Jim Barrett

I am often asked: "How did I come to be interested in writing a book on an Aboriginal language?" It really started almost 70 years ago when I took up bushwalking in the Blue Mountains, and a very special area there was the Burragorang Valley and its hinterland only about 15 km southwest of Katoomba. The Burragorang was first settled by non-Aborigines in the 1820s, almost primarily by ex-convicts. In more recent times (the 1990s) I began writing books about the history of the Blue Mountains including the Burragorang Valley. Two very important books (in 1994 and 1995) were "Life in the Burragorang" and "Place Names of the Blue Mountains and Burragorang Valley". During the two years of writing these two books I began to realise that in the 1800s another significant group also had formed a strong presence in the Burragorang, namely: descendants of the Gandanguurra people.
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