God, Religion and Politics – Recording now available

Thank you to all who attended on the night, and especially to all who asked such excellent questions during Q & A. It was a pity we could not hear a response to every question.

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What is the place of faith in the public square? Theologian and Pastor Rev Dr Michael Jensen charted a vision for the future, before NSW Premier the Hon. Mike Baird MP and former Auditor-General of NSW Peter Achterstraat AM shared something of their experience of Christian faith in public office. The evening was then opened up for an extended Q&A.

Rev. Dr Michael Jensen is the Senior Minister at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Darling Point. Michael is a theologian and pastor. He completed his doctorate at Oxford University in 2008 and has published a number of books, including Martyrdom and Identity: The Self on Trial and My God, My God: Is it possible to believe anymore? Michael lives in Sydney with his wife and four children. Michael’s talk is available to watch here or download here.

The Hon. Mike Baird, MP, is the Premier of NSW. Mike entered politics following an 18-year banking career. Prior to his election to Parliament as the Member for Manly in 2007, Mike was Head of Institutional Banking for HSBC in Australia and New Zealand. Following the election of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government in 2011, he was appointed Treasurer and in 2014 was sworn in as the State’s 44th Premier. Mike is married to Kerryn and they have three children. He is a keen surfer and is passionate about a variety of sports. You can watch Mike’s talk here or download here.

Peter Achterstraat AM was the Auditor-General of NSW from 2006―2013. Peter has spent 20 years in the Australian Tax Office where he held a variety of roles. He was admitted to the Bar of the NSW Supreme Court in 1983 and a Barrister in the High Court of Australia in 1985. Peter is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney’s Graduate School of Government, is a Principal at the global advisory firm Advisian, and NSW State President of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter is married to Vicki and they have three children. You can watch Peter’s talk here or download here.

The event was held in the Assembly Hall of Warrawee Public School, cnr Pacific Highway and Finlay Rd, Warrawee, where Warrawee Anglican meets every Sunday at 10am. See our contact information or email matt@warraweeanglican.org.au if you have any further questions, or if you would like permission to use the above videos for anything other than personal viewing. Higher resolution videos are available upon request.