Sermon: The Myth of “Secular Neutrality” and the Privatisation of Religion

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Preached by Augusto Zimmerman on Friday, January 30th, 2015

Dr. Augusto Zimmerman was the guest speaker at the 2015 Opening of the Legal Year Service.  The text of Dr. Zimmerman’s address is available: pdf docx

About the speaker:

637Dr. Zimmermann (LLB (PUC-Rio), LLM cum laude (PUC-Rio), PhD (Monash University)) is Senior Lecturer and former Associate Dean (Research) and Director of Postgraduate Studies at the School of Law at Murdoch University.

Dr Zimmermann is also a Commissioner with the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia; a Vice-President of the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy (ASLP); President of the Western Australian Legal Theory Association (WALTA); and Editor of the Western Australian Jurist law journal.

Dr Zimmermann has been awarded the 2012 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research, and also been awarded two consecutive Murdoch School of Law Dean’s Research Awards, in 2010 and 2011.

He has been included, together with only twelve other Australian academics and policy experts, in the prestigious ‘Policy Experts’ – the Heritage Foundation’s directory for locating knowledgeable authorities and leading policy institutes actively involved in a broad range of public policy issues, both in the United States and worldwide

Twice nominated for the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Dr Zimmermann undoubtedly is a favourite among students. He has received the Law Lecturer of the Year Award 2013 by Murdoch Student Law Society, in recognition for the outstanding level of teaching, ongoing service and personal contribution provided to his students.

Sermon: The Voice of Heaven Psalm 29

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Preached by Richard Humphrey on Sunday, January 11th, 2015

lightningDo we give God the glory he deserves or have we domesticated him and brought him down to our level.  As the Dean said

“At the 8am service this morning I managed to create a neologism a new word when I conflated true and humble to say trumble.  I don’t think it is a word but perhaps it should be because it not only carries the idea of true an humble but carries overtones of fear and trembling as well.  We should approach God trumbly.”

The text of the sermon can be found here.