Institute for Spiritual Awareness

After a phase in western history when a dominant assumption was that spiritual influence was in decline, we find ourselves launched into what Richard John Neuhaus in 1997 prophetically referred to as ‘the approaching century of religion’.
The Institute for Spiritual Awareness is an Australian charity. It exists to advance Christian religion by addressing spiritual illiteracy, and promoting understanding of differences between monotheistic religions.
ISA provides expert resources to raise awareness of the spiritual motivations which influence human behaviour, especially those deriving from monotheistic religions.
Activities of ISA include education, training, research, publishing and advocacy, through private and public media, on topics such as:

  • Public Policy
  • Religious Conflict
  • Security and Terrorism
  • Christian Mission
  • Religious Freedom, Freedom of Speech and
  • Human Rights
  • Comparative Theology

The Director of ISA is Mark Durie. Visit his website at:



On behalf of the ISA members and committee members, we give thanks for the life and ministry of Ian Hore-Lacy, who died tragically on 2 December 2021 while on a camping trip. Ian was the President of the Institute for Spiritual Awareness. I have known Ian and Libby for a quarter of a century, having first met them when I was an ordinand, and had a field placement at Ian’s church, St Alfred’s Blackburn. In recent years Ian has been involved in the committee of the Institute for Spiritual Awareness and has led us in the role of President for the past two years. Deeply Christian, Ian was, like Nathaniel, someone in whom there was no guile. Generous, humble, faithful, gentle and true: he was one-of-a-kind, a rare human being. I feel very grateful to have known him, blessed to have been the recipient of his wise counsel and care, and thankful to God for the gift he was to us.

Mark Durie