March 31, 2015
This article is from the Brotherhood of St Laurence website: http://www.bsl.org.au/media-centre/sambell-oration/. We encourage you to read the challenging and thought provoking oration given by Lord Maurice Glasman.
Named after former Brotherhood of St Laurence Executive Director Geoffrey Sambell, the Sambell Oration is a forum for ideas that advance a fairer Australia.
Sambell Oration 2015
It is relationships – not programs – that will truly transform the lives of the poor, argues English social thinker Maurice Glasman.
Drawing from the pragmatism of Machiavelli as well as the theology of Thomas Aquinas, he goes searching for ‘the common good’ in an increasingly polarised world.
The long-time community organiser and member of Britain’s House of Lords delivered the 2015 Sambell Oration, a keynote speech in the Brotherhood’s calendar of public events.
About the keynote speaker: Lord Maurice Glasman, Baron Glasman of Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill, is not your average member of the British House of Lords. For one thing, he chooses to live with his family in a flat over a clothes shop in north London. The Labour peer calls himself a ‘radical traditionalist’.
A long-time community organiser and former director of the Faith and Citizenship Programme at London Metropolitan University, his call for a new form of social and political life has influenced the British political debate.