Event Description

Hope seems to be in short supply at the moment. We all acknowledge that we need it, but what exactly is it and how can we nurture it? This seminar will explore the question, “What is hope?”. It will analyse some of the reasons that many our society (and especially young people) are struggling to have hope, as well as the relationship between hope in Christian theology and our psychological experience of being hopeful.

Dr Leisa Aitken, our presenter, is a Clinical Psychologist who has been counselling and teaching for more than 25 years in workplaces, hospitals, churches and private practice. Her PhD was on The Psychology of Hope, inspired by the desire to help her patients be more hopeful. Her thesis observed the foundational reflections on hope through Western history in philosophy, theology and, more recently, in psychology, as well as research on the experience of hoping for Australians in the last 5 years. Leisa is married to Michael and they have two adult daughters and a 60kg Rhodesian ridgeback. To manage her own mental health, she paddles an ocean ski (surf ski designed to ride ocean swell) on the beautiful Northern beaches of Sydney.

Soundings is a series of seminars offered by the Anglican Parish of Hunters Hill – looking at the intersetion of faith and our wider society. It occurs in All Saints’ Church, 2 Ambrose Street, Hunters Hill.

We commence with a drink and some nibbles, before our seminar.

There is often time for Q&A at the conclusion.

All welcome.


9th June, 2024
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
All Saints’ Church Cnr Ferry & Ambrose Street, Hunters Hill NSW 2110