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EVENTS

4TH COMMON DREAMS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

“PROGRESSIVE SPIRITUALITY: NEW DIRECTIONS”

16TH TO 19TH SEPTEMBER, 2016 AT SOMERVILLE HOUSE, SOUTH BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND

The Conference:

“For the last five decades, western religion has been undergoing a profound shift away from once familiar, institutionally organized forms of faith and theology towards experiential understandings and personal appropriations of the sacred made manifest in the lives of everyday people.  A distinctive language has grown up around this shift – the word “religion” typically signifies religious organizations (like denominations and churches) and the word “spiritual” typically refers to encounters with God (if one is a theist), the ineffable, awe, or wonder (such as experiencing he Divine on a hike or in a sunset).  Increasingly religions and spirituality have often been pitched at odds.” – Diana Butler Bass

The conference will bring together a large number of people with an interest in progressive religion and it follows on from successful earlier conferences in Sydney (2007), Melbourne (2010) and Canberra (2013).

Progressive Spirituality: New Directions – will explore:

  • Future expressions of faith and spirituality
  • Eco-theology
  • Inter-faith dialogue
  • Indigenous spirituality
  • Muslim spirituality
  • Jewish sprituality

A distinguished panel of International and Australian speakers will examine these themes through lectures, keynote addresses and elective workshops. Brief biographies of the speakers and keynote presenters can be found on the SPEAKERS page.

The elective workshops will expand on the themes introduced in the plenary sessions through workshops, interactive discussions and lectures.

 Special Program for Emerging Generations

For the first time, a special program for emerging generations aimed at GenYs and Millennials will be held concurrently with the main program on the Saturday afternoon of the conference.  It will be led by two of Australia’s most dynamic young clergy, Matt Cutler and Lucas Taylor, together with Cassandra Farrin and Deshna Ubeda who are prominent in efforts aimed at the same demographic in USA. Additional (free) registration is needed to attend this Special Program; go to the registration site and select the Younger Peoples Program ticket.

New to Progressive Spirituality?

A pre-conference seminar, Introduction to Progressive Religion and Common Dreams, will be offered on the Friday afternoon.  This will be particularly suited to those who are at an early stage of their progressive journey or to those who have not attended earlier conferences and wish to learn more about Common Dreams. Attendance at the seminar is free but you do need to register for it; go to the registration site & select the seminar ticket.

Features and Optional Extras

  • Each morning will begin with an optional period of Reflections and Meditation in the Somerville House Chapel led by Jana Norman.
  • Dine About on Sunday evening when you can choose to have dinner at one of our selected nearby restaurants in the convivial company of other conference delegates and speakers.
  • Our Artist in Residence, Alexandra Sangster, will give commentry on proceedings through poetry, drama and song at appropriate times during the conference.
  • Click on these links for full details of the Program, the Speakers and Presentation Extracts.
  • David Felten (co-founder of Living the Questions) is the Conference Observer who will sum up the conference’s achievements during the closing session. 

Registration

Registrations are now open.

The Venue

Somerville House at 17 Graham Street, South Brisbane is Brisbane’s leading girls’ college with magnificent facilities.  The location in South Brisbane is close to the heart of Brisbane and is convenient for public transport with good accommodation options for interstate and country visitors.

For accommodation, transport and other information about CD4 in Brisbane, click on the image below.

                                                                   

 

 

 

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EVENTS

4TH COMMON DREAMS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

“PROGRESSIVE SPIRITUALITY: NEW DIRECTIONS”

16TH TO 19TH SEPTEMBER, 2016 AT SOMERVILLE HOUSE, SOUTH BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND

The Conference:

“For the last five decades, western religion has been undergoing a profound shift away from once familiar, institutionally organized forms of faith and theology towards experiential understandings and personal appropriations of the sacred made manifest in the lives of everyday people.  A distinctive language has grown up around this shift – the word “religion” typically signifies religious organizations (like denominations and churches) and the word “spiritual” typically refers to encounters with God (if one is a theist), the ineffable, awe, or wonder (such as experiencing he Divine on a hike or in a sunset).  Increasingly religions and spirituality have often been pitched at odds.” – Diana Butler Bass

The conference will bring together a large number of people with an interest in progressive religion and it follows on from successful earlier conferences in Sydney (2007), Melbourne (2010) and Canberra (2013).

Progressive Spirituality: New Directions – will explore:

  • Future expressions of faith and spirituality
  • Eco-theology
  • Inter-faith dialogue
  • Indigenous spirituality
  • Muslim spirituality
  • Jewish sprituality

A distinguished panel of International and Australian speakers will examine these themes through lectures, keynote addresses and elective workshops. Brief biographies of the speakers and keynote presenters can be found on the SPEAKERS page.

The elective workshops will expand on the themes introduced in the plenary sessions through workshops, interactive discussions and lectures.

 Special Program for Emerging Generations

For the first time, a special program for emerging generations aimed at GenYs and Millennials will be held concurrently with the main program on the Saturday afternoon of the conference.  It will be led by two of Australia’s most dynamic young clergy, Matt Cutler and Lucas Taylor, together with Cassandra Farrin and Deshna Ubeda who are prominent in efforts aimed at the same demographic in USA. Additional (free) registration is needed to attend this Special Program; go to the registration site and select the Younger Peoples Program ticket.

New to Progressive Spirituality?

A pre-conference seminar, Introduction to Progressive Religion and Common Dreams, will be offered on the Friday afternoon.  This will be particularly suited to those who are at an early stage of their progressive journey or to those who have not attended earlier conferences and wish to learn more about Common Dreams. Attendance at the seminar is free but you do need to register for it; go to the registration site & select the seminar ticket.

Features and Optional Extras

  • Each morning will begin with an optional period of Reflections and Meditation in the Somerville House Chapel led by Jana Norman.
  • Dine About on Sunday evening when you can choose to have dinner at one of our selected nearby restaurants in the convivial company of other conference delegates and speakers.
  • Our Artist in Residence, Alexandra Sangster, will give commentry on proceedings through poetry, drama and song at appropriate times during the conference.
  • Click on these links for full details of the Program, the Speakers and Presentation Extracts.
  • David Felten (co-founder of Living the Questions) is the Conference Observer who will sum up the conference’s achievements during the closing session. 

Registration

Registrations are now open.

The Venue

Somerville House at 17 Graham Street, South Brisbane is Brisbane’s leading girls’ college with magnificent facilities.  The location in South Brisbane is close to the heart of Brisbane and is convenient for public transport with good accommodation options for interstate and country visitors.

For accommodation, transport and other information about CD4 in Brisbane, click on the image below.

                                                                   

 

 

 





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