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COMMON DREAMS CONFERENCE
"PROGRESSIVE SPIRITUALITY: NEW DIRECTIONS"

SOMERVILLE HOUSE, 17 GRAHAM ST, SOUTH BRISBANE, QLD, 16 -19 SEPTEMBER 2016

Note: Subject to Amendments

Friday, 16 September

Afternoon:

2.00pm – 5.00pm

 

Pre-conference Gathering/Discussion (Optional. If attending, separate free registration required)

Introduction to Progressive Religion & Common Dreams

Icebreaker exercise

Presentation Making Sense of the Progressive Movement

Presentation Common Dreams: its history & direction`

Presentation What is the Aim of Common Dreams 2016?

Burning Questions (from participants)

Small Group Discussion Why did I come? What are my hopes for the conference? 

Refreshments

Panel Discussion with Q&A What Progressive Christianity Has Offered Me

Briefing How to make the most of the conference 

 

 

Sue Jarrad

Val Webb

Rex Hunt

Dick Carter

Val Webb, Rex Hunt, Dick Carter

 

 

 

Dick Carter

6.00pm Registrations Open at Somerville House   
Evening:
6.00pm – 7.00pm  Registrations   
7.00pm  Common Dreamings
The Artist in Residence & Friends
7.05pm Acknowledgement of Traditional Landowners Jeremy Greaves 
7.15pm  Introduction & Local Arrangements Jeremy Greaves
7.30pm Welcome to Conference David Felten

7.45pm


The Nigel Leaves Memorial Lecture
Always Progressing and Evolving:
but from what to where and how and why?



Val Webb

 

Saturday, 17 September

Morning:
8.00am Registrations  
8.15am Reflection in the Chapel (optional activity) Jana Norman
9.00am Introduction & Local Arrangements Jeremy Greaves
9.05am Welcome to Country Sam Watson Jr
9.20am

Keynote Presentation 1
Where Have All the Millennials Gone?


Fred Plumer

10.30am: Morning Tea / Coffee and Book Shop

11.15am

Keynote Presentation 2

The Revival of Sufism in the Contemporary World

 

Saara Sabbagh

12.10pm Explanation of Evaluation Process and Distribution of Conference Evaluation/Feedback Forms  
Afternoon:

12.15pm

12.30

Lunch / Networking / Book Shop

World Premiere of the new documentary from the people at  Living the Questions, "Let Me Be Frank" - a 47 minute documentary for those who are interested

1.30pm – 5.15pm

 

Special Program For Emerging Generations (GenY/Millennials)

Exploring Future Forms of Sacred Community

Led by Matthew Cutler, Lucas Taylor, Deshna Ubeda & Dave Andrews (Concurrent with Main Program)

Specially for GenY & Millennials plus those interested in this topic. As well as registering for the conference a separate (free) registration is needed to attend this session (visit registrations site)

 

1.30pm

Coordinated Panel Presentation
Three Reflections on Spirituality
:

  1. God’s Treasure Hunt: encouraging us to find the meanings of existence
  2. Religious versus Spiritual: Personal Reflections on Jewish Spirituality
  3. Jesus Is Not My Boyfriend: A Spirituality of Christa/Community

Followed by Breakout Group Discussions with Presenters




Lorraine Parkinson

Pamela Eisenbaum

Margaret Mayman

2.30pm Afternoon Tea / Coffee and Book Shop
3.15pm Breakout Groups (3) Discussion With A Panel Presenter 3 breakout groups with each Panel Presenter rotating to spend 30 mins with each group
3.45pm Breakout Groups (3) Discussion With A Panel Presenter
4.15pm Breakout Groups (3) Discussion With A Panel Presenter
4.45pm Plenary Session
Panel Presenters Respond to Breakout Group Discussions
and Sum Up
 
5.30pm Dinner / Networking / Book Shop 
Evening:
7.00pm Common Dreamings The Artist in Residence & Friends

7.15pm

The Marcus J Borg Memorial Lecture
Spiritual Revolution: Vertical No More


Diana Butler Bass

8.30pm Evening Close  

 

Sunday, 18 September

Morning:
8.00am Registrations  
8.15am Reflection in the Chapel (optional activity) Jana Norman
9.15am Acknowledgement of Indigenous Land Owners Jeremy Greaves
9.20am Housekeeping Announcements etc Jeremy Greaves

9.25am

 

Keynote Presentation 3
Progressive Spirituality as Reservoir for the Reinvention
of the Human Being in the Ecozoic Era



Jana Norman

10.20am: Morning Tea / Coffee and Book Shop
 11.00am Simultaneous Elective Sessions 
  Workshop/Spiritual Exercises
To Whom It May Concern: Prayer Beyond Theism

Ian Lawton
  Lecture
Political Lobbying From a Progressive Christian Perspective - A Progressive Christian Voice (Australia)

Ray Barraclough
  Guided Conversation & Live Podcast Recording
The Beyondering Project
Lucas Taylor and
Matthew Cutler
  Lecture
Spirituality from a Utinitarian-Universalist Perspective

Rob MacPherson
  Interactive Discussion
Bunjil is the Spirit of Relationship

Janet Turpie-Johnstone
  Interactive Discussion
Progressive Spirituality: A Congregational Conversation

Elizabeth Winslea
  DVD & Interactive Discussion
The Journey of Life: Basic to New Directions for Spirituality

Noel Preston
  Interactive Discussion
The Conscious Muslim

Saara Sabbagh
  Lecture/Workshop
Is a Radical Church Possible?

Adrian Alker
Afternoon:
12.00noon Lunch / Networking / Book Shop

1.30pm 

Keynote Presentation 4

A New Template for Religion

 

Michael Morwood

2.15pm 

Keynote Presentation 5
Sacred Community - Ancient Meets the Future; A look at transformative festivals & the experience of Sacred Community as a path towards Universal Transformation

 
Deshna Ubeda

2.30pm Afternoon Tea / Coffee and Book Shop
3.45pm Simultaneous Elective Sessions (repeat of Sunday morning program) 
  Workshop/Spiritual Exercises
To Whom It May Concern: Prayer Beyond Theism

Ian Lawton
  Lecture
Developments in a Progressive Christian Voice

Ray Barraclough
  Guided Conversation & Live Podcast Recording
The Beyondering Project
Lucas Taylor and
Matthew Cutler
  Lecture
Spirituality from a Utinitarian-Universalist Perspective

Rob MacPherson
  Interactive Discussion
Bunjil Is The Spirit of Relationship

Janet Turpie-Johnstone
  Interactive Discussion
Progressive Spirituality: A Congregational Conversation

Elizabeth Winslea
  DVD & Interactive Discussion
Thomas Berry & the Ecozoic Era

Noel Preston
  Interactive Discussion
The Conscious Muslim

Saara Sabbagh
  Lecture/Workshop
Is a Radical Church Possible?
 
Adrian Alker

5.00pm


Dinner / Networking / Book Shop

Dine About (Optional)
A Programmed Dining Experience (12 Restaurant Choices)

 
Evening:
7.00pm Common Dreamings The Artist in Residence & Friends

7.15pm 

The Ian Mavor Memorial Lecture

The End of the Word as We Know It? The Future of Scripture Past

Pamela Eisenbaum

 

 

8.30pm Evening Close  

 

Monday, 19 September

Morning:
8.00am Registrations  
8.15am Reflection in the Chapel (optional activity) Jana Norman
9.00am Acknowledgement of Indigenous Land Owners Jeremy Greaves
9.05am Housekeeping Announcements etc Jeremy Greaves

9.10am

 

Keynote Presentation 6
Sacred Web: Nature and Neighbour as the Stage of the Divine

Followed by Small Breakout Group Discussions on this Topic


Diana Butler Bass

10.00am

Breakout Groups (approx. 20 people in each group)

Discuss Sacred Web: Nature and Neighbour as the Stage of the Divine

 
11.00am Morning Tea / Coffee

11.30am

Plenary Session

Breakout Session Feedback/Interactive Discussion with Diana Butler Bass on
Sacred Web: Nature and Neighbour as the Stage of the Divine


Afternoon:
   
12.25pm Closing Address  David Felten
1.00pm  Close  Dick Carter
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Programs

COMMON DREAMS CONFERENCE
"PROGRESSIVE SPIRITUALITY: NEW DIRECTIONS"

SOMERVILLE HOUSE, 17 GRAHAM ST, SOUTH BRISBANE, QLD, 16 -19 SEPTEMBER 2016

Note: Subject to Amendments

Friday, 16 September

Afternoon:

2.00pm – 5.00pm

 

Pre-conference Gathering/Discussion (Optional. If attending, separate free registration required)

Introduction to Progressive Religion & Common Dreams

Icebreaker exercise

Presentation Making Sense of the Progressive Movement

Presentation Common Dreams: its history & direction`

Presentation What is the Aim of Common Dreams 2016?

Burning Questions (from participants)

Small Group Discussion Why did I come? What are my hopes for the conference? 

Refreshments

Panel Discussion with Q&A What Progressive Christianity Has Offered Me

Briefing How to make the most of the conference 

 

 

Sue Jarrad

Val Webb

Rex Hunt

Dick Carter

Val Webb, Rex Hunt, Dick Carter

 

 

 

Dick Carter

6.00pm Registrations Open at Somerville House   
Evening:
6.00pm – 7.00pm  Registrations   
7.00pm  Common Dreamings
The Artist in Residence & Friends
7.05pm Acknowledgement of Traditional Landowners Jeremy Greaves 
7.15pm  Introduction & Local Arrangements Jeremy Greaves
7.30pm Welcome to Conference David Felten

7.45pm


The Nigel Leaves Memorial Lecture
Always Progressing and Evolving:
but from what to where and how and why?



Val Webb

 

Saturday, 17 September

Morning:
8.00am Registrations  
8.15am Reflection in the Chapel (optional activity) Jana Norman
9.00am Introduction & Local Arrangements Jeremy Greaves
9.05am Welcome to Country Sam Watson Jr
9.20am

Keynote Presentation 1
Where Have All the Millennials Gone?


Fred Plumer

10.30am: Morning Tea / Coffee and Book Shop

11.15am

Keynote Presentation 2

The Revival of Sufism in the Contemporary World

 

Saara Sabbagh

12.10pm Explanation of Evaluation Process and Distribution of Conference Evaluation/Feedback Forms  
Afternoon:

12.15pm

12.30

Lunch / Networking / Book Shop

World Premiere of the new documentary from the people at  Living the Questions, "Let Me Be Frank" - a 47 minute documentary for those who are interested

1.30pm – 5.15pm

 

Special Program For Emerging Generations (GenY/Millennials)

Exploring Future Forms of Sacred Community

Led by Matthew Cutler, Lucas Taylor, Deshna Ubeda & Dave Andrews (Concurrent with Main Program)

Specially for GenY & Millennials plus those interested in this topic. As well as registering for the conference a separate (free) registration is needed to attend this session (visit registrations site)

 

1.30pm

Coordinated Panel Presentation
Three Reflections on Spirituality
:

  1. God’s Treasure Hunt: encouraging us to find the meanings of existence
  2. Religious versus Spiritual: Personal Reflections on Jewish Spirituality
  3. Jesus Is Not My Boyfriend: A Spirituality of Christa/Community

Followed by Breakout Group Discussions with Presenters




Lorraine Parkinson

Pamela Eisenbaum

Margaret Mayman

2.30pm Afternoon Tea / Coffee and Book Shop
3.15pm Breakout Groups (3) Discussion With A Panel Presenter 3 breakout groups with each Panel Presenter rotating to spend 30 mins with each group
3.45pm Breakout Groups (3) Discussion With A Panel Presenter
4.15pm Breakout Groups (3) Discussion With A Panel Presenter
4.45pm Plenary Session
Panel Presenters Respond to Breakout Group Discussions
and Sum Up
 
5.30pm Dinner / Networking / Book Shop 
Evening:
7.00pm Common Dreamings The Artist in Residence & Friends

7.15pm

The Marcus J Borg Memorial Lecture
Spiritual Revolution: Vertical No More


Diana Butler Bass

8.30pm Evening Close  

 

Sunday, 18 September

Morning:
8.00am Registrations  
8.15am Reflection in the Chapel (optional activity) Jana Norman
9.15am Acknowledgement of Indigenous Land Owners Jeremy Greaves
9.20am Housekeeping Announcements etc Jeremy Greaves

9.25am

 

Keynote Presentation 3
Progressive Spirituality as Reservoir for the Reinvention
of the Human Being in the Ecozoic Era



Jana Norman

10.20am: Morning Tea / Coffee and Book Shop
 11.00am Simultaneous Elective Sessions 
  Workshop/Spiritual Exercises
To Whom It May Concern: Prayer Beyond Theism

Ian Lawton
  Lecture
Political Lobbying From a Progressive Christian Perspective - A Progressive Christian Voice (Australia)

Ray Barraclough
  Guided Conversation & Live Podcast Recording
The Beyondering Project
Lucas Taylor and
Matthew Cutler
  Lecture
Spirituality from a Utinitarian-Universalist Perspective

Rob MacPherson
  Interactive Discussion
Bunjil is the Spirit of Relationship

Janet Turpie-Johnstone
  Interactive Discussion
Progressive Spirituality: A Congregational Conversation

Elizabeth Winslea
  DVD & Interactive Discussion
The Journey of Life: Basic to New Directions for Spirituality

Noel Preston
  Interactive Discussion
The Conscious Muslim

Saara Sabbagh
  Lecture/Workshop
Is a Radical Church Possible?

Adrian Alker
Afternoon:
12.00noon Lunch / Networking / Book Shop

1.30pm 

Keynote Presentation 4

A New Template for Religion

 

Michael Morwood

2.15pm 

Keynote Presentation 5
Sacred Community - Ancient Meets the Future; A look at transformative festivals & the experience of Sacred Community as a path towards Universal Transformation

 
Deshna Ubeda

2.30pm Afternoon Tea / Coffee and Book Shop
3.45pm Simultaneous Elective Sessions (repeat of Sunday morning program) 
  Workshop/Spiritual Exercises
To Whom It May Concern: Prayer Beyond Theism

Ian Lawton
  Lecture
Developments in a Progressive Christian Voice

Ray Barraclough
  Guided Conversation & Live Podcast Recording
The Beyondering Project
Lucas Taylor and
Matthew Cutler
  Lecture
Spirituality from a Utinitarian-Universalist Perspective

Rob MacPherson
  Interactive Discussion
Bunjil Is The Spirit of Relationship

Janet Turpie-Johnstone
  Interactive Discussion
Progressive Spirituality: A Congregational Conversation

Elizabeth Winslea
  DVD & Interactive Discussion
Thomas Berry & the Ecozoic Era

Noel Preston
  Interactive Discussion
The Conscious Muslim

Saara Sabbagh
  Lecture/Workshop
Is a Radical Church Possible?
 
Adrian Alker

5.00pm


Dinner / Networking / Book Shop

Dine About (Optional)
A Programmed Dining Experience (12 Restaurant Choices)

 
Evening:
7.00pm Common Dreamings The Artist in Residence & Friends

7.15pm 

The Ian Mavor Memorial Lecture

The End of the Word as We Know It? The Future of Scripture Past

Pamela Eisenbaum

 

 

8.30pm Evening Close  

 

Monday, 19 September

Morning:
8.00am Registrations  
8.15am Reflection in the Chapel (optional activity) Jana Norman
9.00am Acknowledgement of Indigenous Land Owners Jeremy Greaves
9.05am Housekeeping Announcements etc Jeremy Greaves

9.10am

 

Keynote Presentation 6
Sacred Web: Nature and Neighbour as the Stage of the Divine

Followed by Small Breakout Group Discussions on this Topic


Diana Butler Bass

10.00am

Breakout Groups (approx. 20 people in each group)

Discuss Sacred Web: Nature and Neighbour as the Stage of the Divine

 
11.00am Morning Tea / Coffee

11.30am

Plenary Session

Breakout Session Feedback/Interactive Discussion with Diana Butler Bass on
Sacred Web: Nature and Neighbour as the Stage of the Divine


Afternoon:
   
12.25pm Closing Address  David Felten
1.00pm  Close  Dick Carter




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