On 23 May 2018, Doru Costache presented the talk ‘Look Up to the Skies and See: The Vocation of Stargazing’ for Catholic Chaplaincy, Macquarie University (North Ryde NSW).
Abstract: On the 23rd May, Australia will attempt to break the Guinness world record for the most people stargazing in multiple locations. Why all this interest and hype about stargazing? In this talk, Dr Doru Costache, a protopresbyter of the Romanian Orthodox Church, considers the impact of stargazing and of encompassing narratives on people’s faith and wellbeing. He contends that the current lack of interest in the sky fosters atheism and a sense of hopelessness, which affect human health. In turn, cosmic awareness and stargazing seem to favour spirituality and faith, also having a positive impact on our wellbeing. Is the interest in the sky compatible with the Christian faith? Do contemporary Christians need to return to an appreciation of the cosmos? These will be the main questions which he undertakes to answer in this talk.
Video recording (credit Veronica)