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.

Read the 2023 Oration  or watch the video below.

Previous Gerard Tucker Orations

Sunday 18 August 2019

Delivered by Kasy Chambers, Executive Director of Anglicare Australia

Read the 2019 Oration

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Delivered by the Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier

Read the 2018 Oration (PDF, 433KB)

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Delivered by the Reverend Helen Dwyer

Read the 2017 Oration (PDF, 323KB)

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Delivered by the Venerable Jan Crombie

Read the 2016 Oration (PDF, 255KB)

Sunday, 16th August 2015

Delivered by Reverend Dr Stephen Burns on 16 August

Read the 2015 Oration (PDF, 122KB)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Delivered by the Right Reverend Philip Huggins on 17 August

Read the 2014 Oration (PDF, 345KB)

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Delivered by the Reverend Jeffrey O’Hare on 17 November

Read the 2013 Oration (PDF, 173KB)

Sunday, 18 November 2012

The inaugural Oration was delivered by the Right Reverend Dr Peter Hollingworth, AC OBE

Read the inaugural 2012 Oration (PDF, 211KB)