Faith and the Path to a Better Quality of City Life: Urban Thinkers Campus Oceania

From September 23, 2019 09:00 until September 24, 2019 22:30

Faith and the Path to a Better Quality of City Life: Urban Thinkers Campus Oceania

Urban Thinkers Campus invites you to:

Faith and the Path to a Better Quality of City Life Conference

Date: Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 September 2019     Time: 9am to 10:30pm
Location: 26 Queens Avenue, Hawthorn 3122

Registrations are now officially open. Please complete your registration as soon as possible as spaces are limited; we don’t want you to miss out.

The Urban Thinkers Campus is a free event, however there is a small charge of $55 to cover the costs of snacks. refreshments and materials, it also includes dinner on the last night only. Luches are not included; you can bring your own or there are several nearby places to buy your lunch. To register, click here

You will need to organise your own accommodation for this event; however, we can send you some suggestions if you need some help.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this opportunity to help shape the future of our cities.

Andre Van Eymeren & Chris Elisara (Directors)

Urban Shalom Society



This faith based initiative began in 2017 with the first ever faith specific Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC), held in Singapore. Whilst small in overall representation the campus gave participants the opportunity to learn from different perspectives on the role faith communities play in the betterment of cities. Insights from this event were fed in the World Urban Forum (WUF 9) held in Kuala Lumpur in 2018. At the same time as this global event and interacting with it, a group of faith based urban academics were meeting to look at what different faith perspectives offer into disciplines connected with urban development.

All of these gatherings were motivated by Habitat 3 in Quito, 2016. The Habitat conferences happen every 20 years and are a United Nations initiative bringing together city influencers from around the world. Towards the end of the conference in Quito the New Urban Agenda (NUA) was ratified. This document, accepted by the majority of the world’s leaders sets out the global desire for cities. That cites are to be “just, safe, healthy, accessible, affordable, resilient and sustainable . . . [and] foster prosperity and quality of life for all.” Many of the tenets or values that we hold as faith communities are reflected in this statement as well as right throughout the NUA. However, the representation of faith communities in city and social development conversations has tended to be extremely low.

The Need

The input of people of faith into city and social developments has never been more urgent. As you would be aware the world is experiencing rapid urbanisation with over half the population currently living in an urban context. This is set to rise steeply in the next thirty years to a point where over two-thirds of the global population will reside in a city. A core question we must ask from a faith perspective is what will be the quality of life for those residing in the world’s growing cities?

The faith based UTC initiative is a great opportunity to come together with people from your own faith and meet with others from different faith perspectives who share your heart for the creation of cities where all can flourish.

How to be involved - We will be holding UTC’s in;

UK/Europe, 23rd-24th November

North Americas (USA) – TBA

South America, 1st -2nd August

Asia (Vietnam), October

The aims and formats of these events will be identical. Our hope in holding them in different regions is to attract an overall greater number of participants due to accessibility as well as to focus on region specific issues.

Faith and the Path Towards a Better Quality of City Life, aims to;

  • Prepare communities of faith for active engagement at the next World Urban Forum (WUF 10) to be held in Abu Dhabi, February 7th – 13th 2020.
  • Engage academics, practitioners and leaders from different faith perspectives in conversation and action towards a better quality of life in cities.
  • Gather data (stories, knowledge, learnings) from different faith perspectives around engagement with and transformation of the city
  • Develop cooperative strategies for faith communities to work together, with others for the development of cities where all can flourish.

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