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Keith Garner in conversation with Former NSW Governor at Easter Breakfast

23 March 2016 Wesley Mission news

It was a packed house at Wesley Mission’s 52nd Easter breakfast this morning with members of the business community coming together to hear Wesley Mission Superintendent and CEO, the Rev Keith Garner AM interview with former NSW Governor, Professor The Hon. Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO.

Rev Keith Garner asked the former Governor about her life and how she started in medicine. He then asked her about how she began to work in mental health.

Dame Marie Bashir has been a strong advocate on mental health issues for much of her career and said she was it was this passion to help others that drew her into the field.

“I went into mental health as a form of protest at how people with mental illness were being treated,” she said.

“At that time they were never asked what traumas might have caused their mental illness.”

Dame Marie Bashir also spoke about her own Christian faith and how the character of Jesus is still relevant today.

“He was just a man knocking about with his mates and if one of them got out of line, he’d deal with it in love,” she said.

After the conversation Rev Keith Garner delivered an Easter address in the context of the bombing overnight in Brussels.

Keith Garner reflected on the place of faith in an uncertain world and the type of hope it represents.


“Hope is not the same as certainty,” he said. “Christian hope is about how God meets us in a fluctuating world.”

He drew on reflections by both Christian and Jewish religious thinkers in the context of the tragedy of the Holocaust and World War Two. One of these, German theologian Jurgen Moltmann said of his experience in a POW camp, “I don’t think I found God there, but He found me.”