If you’re a thinker, an innovator, or simply keen to make your community a better place—then the ‘Q Commons’ gathering in Sydney on Wednesday evening, October 26 at Parliament House in Sydney is for you.
It’s an annual event held by Q Ideas, a US-based organisation that equips people to “advance good” – in other words, make the world a better place – through grassroots community action.
Q hosts events around the world, featuring key influencers and leaders in the Christian community, where “no topic is off limits”. Think of it as a Christian version of TED-Talks. Two main Q Commons days are held each year, in the USA, and then rescreened via video in other cities around the world, including Sydney.
Speakers at the upcoming video-link event include Ravi Zacharias, speaking on the topic of Engaging Our Secular Age. Ravi says while today’s combination of declining virtue and unfiltered opinions is toxic and disheartening, he believes an opportunity like no other exists for the Christian faith to offer a better way forward.
Hip Hop artist Lecrae will answer questions like: Why should Christians use cultural art forms in “redeeming” culture? How can art inspire people to work towards change?
And author and political commentator Ross Douthat will look at America’s role in the world after this November’s US elections. Will it seek to advance human flourishing and address things like climate change, global relations, global peace and security?
Local speakers and organisations to appear include Christian journalist Barney Zwartz, and the justice organisation Common Grace.
The Q movement was founded by writer Gabe Lyons, born out of his desire “to see Christians, especially leaders, recover a vision for their historic responsibility to renew and restore cultures”.
Lyons was particularly inspired by Chuck Colson’s statement that “Christians are called to redeem entire cultures, not just individuals”, and he wanted to teach Christians to focus on both personal faith and cultural change, not just one or the other.
Q events differ from most Christian conferences in that they aim to engage non-believers as well as Jesus-followers.
“Q is not for passive listeners, but for active leaders hungry to shape the future of culture.”
“We didn’t want to create just another conference,” the Q website says, “but instead, make an intentional effort to platform the best and brightest ideas that are shaping our world and interact with them. Q is not for passive listeners, but for active leaders hungry to shape the future of culture.”
Each year dozens of Q Commons gatherings are held during the same week in cities around the world. This year’s venues include more than 50 cities in the USA, three in Australasia (Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland) and another 8 around the globe.
Since 2014, these events have inspired more than 15,000 people in 180 events. This year’s Q Commons, hosted in The Theatrette – Parliament of New South Wales, will be the fourth for Sydney. The evening runs from 7pm to 9pm.