Geraldine Doogue has Spirituality in the Pub

MEET US AT THE PUB: Sue and Mike Dickson, David Nelson and Ria and Chris Firmstone, members of the Spirituality in the Pub organising committee, are excited about the opportunity to talk about things that matter in a relaxed environment.        031212zcheers
MEET US AT THE PUB: Sue and Mike Dickson, David Nelson and Ria and Chris Firmstone, members of the Spirituality in the Pub organising committee, are excited about the opportunity to talk about things that matter in a relaxed environment. 031212zcheers

Well-known media presenter and author Geraldine Doogue will join Fr Paul Devitt as guest speaker at Bathurst’s first taste of Spirituality in the Pub towards the end of the month.

The event will take place at The Oxford on March 27 and will feature the theme ‘Spirituality, what is it?’.

Organiser Sue Dickson said the event takes the form of a conversation in the community about the depth of life, spirituality and quite possibly the meaning of life.

The focus will be on spirituality and not religion.

“We welcome people of all faiths and no faith,” she said.

Spirituality in the Pub will be held every two months.

Two guest speakers will be invited to speak for 15 minutes each, then there will be an opportunity for everyone to refill their glasses and have a break before a chance to ask questions and discuss.

She said the organisers deliberately chose a cheap night at the hotel so anyone who wanted to have a bite to eat before the event could do so.

Entry to the event is by donation.

It will get underway at 7.30pm and will finish promptly at 9pm. There is no need to book.

Ms Doogue was the host of Radio National’s ‘Life Matters’ program for 11 years.

She received a United Nations Media Peace Prize and two Penguin Awards for her role in ABC TV’s coverage of the Gulf War. She has been the host of Compass on ABC TV and Saturday Extra on Radio National.

Ms Doogue received the award of Officer of the Order of Australia in 2003.

Fr Devitt is a former member of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and is currently a parish priest.

“People are calling out for this,” Ms Dickson said. “They want something that is outside religion. A chance to chat and talk about things that matter.

“It’s about how you live you life.”

Another Spirituality in the Pub event will take place on May 29 and will feature Bathurst’s two Bishops – Richard Hurford and Michael McKenna.

There will also be a session on Spirituality and Prayer on July 24 as well as future discussions about spirituality in the indigenous community and spirituality in the youth community.