The New Pentecost Forum was developed as a partnership and meeting place for many church and faith-based community groups and individuals involved in peace, justice, welfare, development, and ecology. It was an opportunity to showcase and exchange between groups and not as a movement or organisation in itself.
The New Pentecost Forum was also planned as an affirmation of faith-based participation in public and political life as well as diversity and inclusiveness within the church. Each year the meeting is on Pentecost Sunday. The day is a symbol of dialogue and diversity – different tongues speaking and a place in which the disciples became aware of their evangelising mission.
It has been a tradition for New Pentecost Forum to invite international speakers who are significant emerging thinkers or activists but who may not be well known in Australia.
The 2007 international guest was Rev Dr Jojo Fung, a Malaysian Jesuit priest who ministers to Malaysia's Orang Asli indigenous people. His perspective provided context for the anniversary of the 1967 referendum which recognised Indigenous Australian human rights.
Sr Susan Connelly, a Josephite Sister and well-known advocate for East Timor,
Mr Tony Kevin, a distinguished former Australian ambassador to Poland and Cambodia and 2003 "International Whistleblower of the Year"
• Sr Susan Connelly, "Dispossession, deceit and dissent", North Sydney, 27/5/07
•Mr Tony Kevin, "The forthcoming Australian election: making moral choices", North Sydney, 27/5/07. You can also read an excerpt here: "Election year strategies for bleeding hearts", Eureka Street Extra, 31/5/07
• Fr Jojo Fung, "Aboriginal dignity rooted in subverted yet subversive beliefs", North Sydney, 27/5/07
Initiating organisations for NP 2007 in Australia
Initiating partners or sponsors include the Australian Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (ACMICA), Australian Catholic University (ACU), Cardijn Lay Community (CLC), Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre, Edmund Rice Centre, Pax Christi (NSW, QLD, NZ), Franciscan Justice and Peace Office, Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia, Young Christian Workers (YCW - VIC, NSW), Young Christian Students (YCS - NSW), Young People for Development (YPD), Online Catholics magazine, The Mercy Foundation, Tradewinds Tea & Coffee and more! Many of these organisations and new ones will participate this year.
Thank you to all who attended the Forum in Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong, Kuala Lumpur, Jamshedpur, Chennai and Bangkok this year! Visit the media section for transcripts, talks and news. We look forward to seeing you again at New Pentecost 2008!