Common Dreams Conference: Sacred Earth

The fifth Common Dreams conference, Sacred Earth: Original Blessing, Our Common Home, will be held on 11-14 July at Newington College in Stanmore, Sydney.

Our distinguished international keynote speaker will be Matthew Fox & the conference program is based on his concept of Creation Spirituality. Matthew is an internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian, Episcopal priest, and activist who was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years. He holds a doctorate, summa cum laude, in the History and Theology of Spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris and has devoted 45 years to developing and teaching the tradition of Creation Spirituality, which is rooted in ancient Judeo-Christian teaching, inclusive of today’s science and world spiritual traditions; welcoming of the arts and artists; wisdom centered, prophetic, and committed to eco-justice, social justice and gender justice.

Honoring all of creation as Original Blessing, Creation Spirituality integrates the wisdom of Eastern and Western spirituality and global indigenous cultures, with the emerging scientific understanding of the universe, and the passion of creativity. It is both a tradition and a movement, celebrated by mystics and agents of social change from every age and culture. It is also the tradition of the historical Jesus himself since it is the wisdom tradition of Israel.

Dr Anne Pattel-Gray will give a major public address on the Saturday evening of the conference. Anne is a recognised Aboriginal leader within Australia and internationally. She has dedicated her life to the struggle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and she is a strong campaigner and lobbyist and deeply committed to seeking justice, equity and equal representation for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.

Keynote addresses will be given by Prof Norman Habel, Fr Rod Bower, Ro Allen, & Elaine Wainwright. Greg Jenks will deliver the opening oration. David Felten, co-founder of Living the Questions, will interview Matthew Fox & moderate an interactive discussion between Matthew & the audience. David will also deliver the closing address.

There will be ten electives offered - workshops, presentations, & recitals - on various subjects relevant to the conference theme. Each elective will be offered twice.

The conference will place significant emphasis on how spirituality can be expressed throught the arts & will feature many inspiring poets, musicians, performers, and artists led by the conference Artist-In-Residence Alexandra Sangster. 

Full details (including how to get to the venues) can be found on the Common Dreams website at https://commondreams.org.au


  • Student (full-time or unwaged part-time; ID check at event)
  • Early Bird (discount on Regular & Concession rates on & before 31 May,2019)
  • Concession (pensioners & those on unemployment or health benefits)
  • Short Program (Friday night to Sunday)
  • Cancellations received before 11 June, 2019 will be refunded in full. Thereafter a refund of 50% applies.
  • Accommodation not included
  • Packed lunch provided on Friday & Saturday only
  • Dinner voucher provided Saturday evening only
  • Morning & afternoon refreshments will be provided
  • Registrations on-line close on 9 July, 2019.
  • Prices include all relevant fees & taxes applicable to Common Dreams at the time of registration.
  • Prices are in Australian dollars
  • Please note: the purchased ticket is your receipt. GST is not payable.
July 11, 2019 at 3:00pm - July 14, 2019
Newington College
200 Stanmore Rd
Stanmore, NSW 2048