Monthly Public Lectures

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Humanist Society of Victoria public lectureThe Humanist Society of Victoria hosts a series of monthly public lectures by guest speakers raising questions of public interest and importance. We welcome everyone interested in fostering a more rational and caring society. You will find a link to a summary of each lecture as they become available.

Entry is by gold-coin donation at the door. For enquiries, contact Stephen Stuart on (03) 9857 8318 or at

When: Fourth Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm for 8:00 pm start

Towards a Contributory Society

Thursday 25 October 2018, 8:00 pm
Balwyn Library, 336 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Victoria (Find on Google Maps)

Photo of Carl MahoneyCarl Mahoney

In this talk, Carl Mahoney will give an overview of world history, pointing out the need for a new paradigm/operating system aimed at developing a more contributory society. Already there exists multi-disciplinary teamwork, especially in education fields at the international level. Carl will explain why political opponents need to be brought together so that ideas for constructive employment serving the global habitat might be recognised and encouraged.

Bio: Carl is a former academic and multi-disciplinary consultant. In his last academic position at the University of Technology in Papua New Guinea, he was a Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and lectured in four other faculties. Carl has managed consulting teams in the fields of urban, regional and environmental planning, organizational design and management, systems engineering, and software research and production. He has written a book for the United Nations on thermal comfort without energy in hot climate buildings.

Spiritual Care for Secularists

Thursday 22 November 2018, 8:20 pm, following A.G.M.
Balwyn Library, 336 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Victoria
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Photo of Joe SeheeJoe Sehee

Could spiritual care, as with marriage and meditation in recent years, emerge as an option for the ‘unchurched’ outside the auspices of religion? Joe Sehee is working to develop, in conjunction with HSV, a network of secular spiritual carers to help us find meaning or hold hope in times of transition, illness, trauma or loss. His talk will examine the obstacles and opportunities he has encountered in bringing forward a new delivery system for compassion and connection.

Bio: Joe has had an eclectic career that has allowed him to do everything from serve as a Jesuit lay minister, host an HBO music-comedy special (on roller blades), become a Peabody Award-winning journalist and lead a environmental/social/consumer movement in the end-of-life space.