Held every three years, these conferences assemble a group of leading international, Australian, and New Zealand speakers, writers, and researchers to speak and workshop on progressive Christian and other progressive religious issues.
Full details of the conference program, speakers’ profiles and presentation extracts plus a route to on-line registration can be found at www.commondreams.org.au or ring (03) 9571 4575.
A feature of the conference will be two major public presentations and a workshop by renowned scholar, teacher and writer, Professor Marcus Borg, who will be visiting Australia for the first time. Prof Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, USA. Known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar, he held the Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007. He is the author of twenty books, including Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, the extremely popular The Heart of Christianity, as well as Speaking Christian, and Evolution of the Word. He is also co-author with John Dominic Crossan of The Last Week and The First Paul.
Also featuring will be Rev Bruce Sanguin, who is a leading Canadian theologian and writer, Rev David Felten (USA) co-founder of the acclaimed Living the Questions series of adult Christian education resources, and a strong line-up of Australian and New Zealand scholars and writers, including Dr Val Webb, Dr Margaret Mayman, Dr Greg Jenks, Dr Nigel Leaves, Dr Lorraine Parkinson and Rabbi Aviva Kipen among others.
The conference venue will be the Manning Clark Centre, a complex of auditoriums and lecture theatres on the Australian National University campus.
Common Dreams is an alliance of Australian and New Zealand kindred organisations that promotes the study, discussion and implementation of progressive Christian and other progressive religious streams of thought and action.
Progressive Christianity is a non-denominational approach to faith and spirituality. It seeks to understand Christian beliefs and doctrines in the light of modern biblical historical scholarship and current scientific knowledge. It values inquiry and intellectual integrity and rejects biblical literalism and inerrancy. It is open to diversity of opinion. Expressions of progressive streams in other religious faiths have similar approaches within their traditions.