Gerard Tucker Oration
The Gerard Tucker Oration is held each year at Christ Church in South Yarra. It celebrates BSL and the legacy of our founder, who was born in this vicarage in 1885.
Delivering the 2023 Gerard Tucker Oration, Reverend Dr. Michelle Trebilcock, BSL Chaplain said:
“The status of institutional religion today is further complicated by the rise of the religious right as evidenced by difficult federal debates on Religious Freedom legislation, and the 2017 referendum on the definition of Marriage. It is a mistake to under-estimate the ongoing influence of conservative Christianity in public life, in which the moral voice is oft narrowed to discriminatory beliefs about sex, gender and personal freedom.
To the extent that the BSL retains a religious voice, it must urgently consider how it partners with strong social justice movements for equality and dignity, which are predominantly non-religious in the contemporary Australian cultural and political landscape.”
The most recent Oration, Faith and Justice in a Secular Age was delivered on Wednesday 24 May 2023.
Previous Gerard Tucker Orations
Sunday 18 August 2019
Delivered by Kasy Chambers, Executive Director of Anglicare Australia
Sunday, 19 August 2018
Delivered by the Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier
Sunday, 20 August 2017
Delivered by the Reverend Helen Dwyer
Sunday, 21 August 2016
Delivered by the Venerable Jan Crombie
Sunday, 16th August 2015
Delivered by Reverend Dr Stephen Burns on 16 August
Sunday, 17 August 2014
Delivered by the Right Reverend Philip Huggins on 17 August
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Delivered by the Reverend Jeffrey O’Hare on 17 November
Sunday, 18 November 2012
The inaugural Oration was delivered by the Right Reverend Dr Peter Hollingworth, AC OBE