ASCM National Conference 2019

 Registration is closed for this event
We invite all friends of the Australian Student Christian Movement to our National Conference and senior friends’ reunion in Canberra in July. This event will give us the opportunity to meet old and new friends, share ideas, share lunch together and talk about solutions to some of the world’s big problems, combining the wisdom of experience with the enthusiasm of youth.

The conference and senior friends’ reunion will be held:

Date : Saturday 13 July 2019
Time : 9.00 am to 5.00 PM
Venue : St Margaret's Uniting Church and Holy Cross Anglican Church, Hackett, ACT (Canberra)

This conference is free.

RSVP, preferably by 1 July 2019, to Ros Hewett at or 0409 102 275.

ASCM cannot provide funding support for conference attendance.


Time Program Speakers
9.00-9.30 Welcome, acknowledgement of country, icebreaker, introduction John Probhudan and Dr Ros Hewett
9.30-10.15 Thematic session 1: Opening prayer and ASCM across the generations Barrie Baker
10.15-11.15 Thematic session 2: Human rights and the law Tim Ngui
11.15-12.00 Thematic session 3: Climate change, global warming and the Christian response Robert Tulip
12.00-13.00 Lunch  
13.00-14.00 Thematic session 4: What/who is God? Dr Sandy Yule and John Probhudan
14.00-15.00 Thematic session 5: Palestine and Israel: What's at stake? Helen Rainger
15.00-16.00 Thematic session 6 : East Timor Ivo Mateus Goncalves
16.00-17.00 Action points, conference close and closing prayer  

About our speakers

Barrie Baker

Barrie has a BA(Hons), Dep Ed, Dip Comp, Dip Theol and Dip Ed Admin and is a retired TAFE administrator and Computer Education pioneer. He joined ASCM in 1954 and has been active for decades. He is the ASCM Pastoral Care Officer. Has a gold medal for Urban Heritage Protection and teaches the recorder.

Tim Ngui

Tim Ngui has been a solicitor with the Homeless Persons Legal Service at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre since 2014 and a senior solicitor since 2019.

Tim provides legal advice, representation and case-work assistance to homeless clients. He first practised in homelessness law at Legal Aid NSW. An ASCM senior friend, he holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies and Sociology from the University of Sydney. He will be speaking broadly on his work and how this interacts with human rights and the law.

Robert Tulip

Robert Tulip is a senior friend of the ASCM, living in Canberra. He joined SCM at Macquarie University in 1984, where he completed BA Hons and MA Hons degrees in philosophy. He worked for the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) until 2017. He is a regular worshipper at Kippax Uniting Church, and is married to Caroline Reid. He is now working on practical strategies to reverse global warming, through technology and cultural awareness. At the conference, Robert will open a conversation on how Christian faith can constructively engage with climate change, including a look at the big picture of geoengineering and eschatology.

Sandy Yule

Rev. Dr. Sandy Yule is a retired Uniting Church minister whose doctoral thesis entitled ‘Ideas of God: Some Dialogues’ was awarded by Princeton Theological Seminary (cum laude). He has held various theological and academic positions, including Academic Dean at Sia’atoutai Theological College, Tonga, and lecturer in philosophy at the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology. A former General Secretary of ASCM (1970-75), Sandy has published books and articles on his intersecting interests in philosophy, theology and social justice.

Sandy's thesis and other writings can be found at:

Helen Rainger

Helen Rainger is a retired teacher who enjoys reading, writing, religion and politics. She has a Master of Theology. She is currently the President of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network.

Ivo Mateus Goncalves

Hailing from Timor Leste, Ivo Mateus Goncalves is a historian and anthropologist who has worked on projects with the World Bank, the Timor Leste Government and the Indonesia-Timor Leste Commission on Truth and Friendship. Currently Ivo is a research student in ANU's Coral Bell School, examining Timor Leste's history of activism.

13th July, 2019 9:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
Corner of Phillip Avenue and Antill Street
St Margaret's Uniting Church and Holy Cross Anglican Church
Hackett, ACT 2602

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