Dr Keith Mascord’s lecture, ‘Diversity and Engagement in a Changing World’, is a feature of Melbourne celebrations for St Michael and All Angels (Michaelmas) Day on 29 September.
A celebratory day in the Christian Liturgical year, 29 September is also a special day for SSM, especially in 2017. On this day, 125 years ago, the name Society of the Sacred Mission was adopted and endures through to the present day.
The Reverend Keith Mascord is a Canadian-born Australian teacher, priest, academic and chaplain. For 15 years he taught at Moore Theological College, regarded as the intellectual engine room of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.
His new book, Faith without fear, is about issues confronting modern Evangelical Christians.
In 2013, his autobiographical book, A Restless Faith: Leaving fundamentalism in a quest for God, questioned his own Christian heritage and challenged the established orthodoxy on issues such as the role of women in ministry; and the place of gay and lesbian people, Islam, atheism, life after death and inter-religious dialogue.
Adelaide SSM members, companions and friends marked the day on 2 October with a Mass at historic Christ Church, North Adelaide, followed by lunch in the hall.