Common Dreams Conference Brisbane 2016

Common Dreams Conference
Progressive Spirituality: New Directions

16-19 September 2016
Somerville House, 17 Graham Street South Brisbane

It would be great if a few kiwis can get over and join this.  There are some excellent speakers, a parallel programme for emerging generations, panel discussions,  lots of electives and an artist in residence. Other familiar names to NZers are Margaret Mayman and Ian Lawton. MORE INFORMATION

Speakers Include:

  • Fr John M Dobson OAM
  • Sam Watson Jr is of the Munnenjarl and Bin Gubba tribal nations
  • Dr Diana Butler Bass – Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture.
  • Professor Pamela Eisenbaum – One of four Jewish New Testament scholars teaching in Christian theological schools in USA
  • Dr Val Webb – Val (Skerman) Webb’s career spans three countries and occupations as diverse as microbiology, business, public relations, art and religious studies.
  • Rev David Felten – David Felten is Pastor at Fountains United Methodist Church, Fountain Hills, Arizona.
  • Mr Michael Morwood – Michael Morwood is a former Catholic priest.
  • Mr Graeme Mundine– Graeme Mundine is a well-received keynote speaker on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues
  • Rev Jana Norman – Jana Norman is Minister at Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide.
  • Rev Fred PlumerFred is President of in USA (previously known as The Center for Progressive Christianity)
  • Ms Saara Sabbagh – Raised in Melbourne of Syrian descent, Saara Sabbagh began a committed study of Islam

Parallel Program for Emerging Generations (genY/Millennials)

  • CommondreamsMs Cassandra Farrin – Cassandra is Marketing Director for Westar Institute and Developmental Editor for Polebridge Press (Westar’s publishing arm).
  • Rev Lucas Taylor
  • Ms Deshna Ubeda – Deshna joined the team in 2006 and is currently the Associate Director.

Common Dreams is an alliance of religious progressives in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific