Hugh Mackay coming to make Tumut think

Hugh Mackay coming to make Tumut think

Hugh Mackay will return to Tumut to speak at a meeting of Lifelong Learners.
Hugh Mackay will return to Tumut to speak at a meeting of Lifelong Learners.

Social researcher and Order of Australia recipient Hugh Mackay is coming to speak in Tumut.

He’ll be presenting at the Anglican Hall from 10am – 11.30am on Thursday September 22, as part of the University of the Third Age’s Lifelong Learners program.

Lifelong Learners coordinator Nick Browning said that anybody with an interest in the author and his works should come along and participate in the free event.

“All his books are designed to make you think,” he said. “What I find with him is that he talks a lot about the value of community and the value of family. I heard him speak on Australia Day and he seems to talk to the every day person about life and matters of life.”

“Anybody is invited who is interested in hearing him talk, about his latest book [Beyond Belief] in particular.”

Hugh Mackay is the author of sixteen books, spanning non-fiction works regarding social psychology and ethics to novels.

He is a fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, and is a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre.

His latest book, Beyond Belief, examines the relationship Australians have with both religion and the wider search for meaning.

“What do people actually mean when they say ‘God’? Around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some ‘higher power’, but fewer than one in ten Australians attend church weekly. In Beyond Belief, Hugh Mackay presents this discrepancy as one of the great unexamined topics of our time. He argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a life of meaning remains as strong as ever,” reads the book’s blurb.

His other books include the Good Life, the Art of Belonging, and Advance Australia…Where?