Conference outline


Conference participants are welcome to arrive after 4 pm and mingle. Before dinner at 5.30 pm, there will be a brief ceremony called “Kiddush” to welcome the Jewish Shabbat. 

Each morning and afternoon of the conference will begin with prayer or meditation in one of the great religious traditions.

Friday nightStarting 6.30 pm Welcome, including Welcome to Country, introductions, Multi-Faith Prayer and Reflection, Aboriginal struggles to defend country today (especially in relation to mining)

Saturday morning – Academic speakers are Prof Lesley Hughes covering climate science today; Assoc Prof Mehmet Ozalp and Dr Miriam Pepper on religious responses in the Islamic and Christian traditions, and Dr James Whelan facilitating discussion on the special role people of faith can play in addressing the climate emergency.

Saturday evening – Informal conference dinner at the venue

Saturday afternoon and Sunday – A mix of presentations, skills workshops and discussion, and some time spent celebrating and analysis of positive local ARRCC stories. Finishes 3.30 pm.

Josh Creaser from Tipping Point, Tejopala Rawls, Dr James Whelan and Thea Ormerod will facilitate workshops in community organising skills.

There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and contribute, with breaks in which people can network with each other. When you leave, you will be clearer on where you might best contribute in your own contexts.

About our facilitators

Dr James Whelan works as a community educator and campaigner with nongovernment and grassroots community and environment groups on campaigns for social and environmental justice. As a researcher and lecturer, he has been engaged by several Australian universities and has published widely on participatory democracy, environmental politics, popular education and social movements.

Josh Creaser is a co-founder of Tipping Point, the organisation supporting the StopAdani grassroots movement. Josh has worked with community groups in his home town of Canberra and across the country to build the power to win climate campaigns - from the ACT Government's divestment from fossil fuels, to CommBank pulling back from Adani's coal project, and as part of the broad alliance that ousted Tony Abbott. 

Tejopala Rawls is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order and is ARRCC's part-time community organiser. In this role he has expanded ARRCC's capacity through his considerable skills in strategic planning, engaging supporters in meaningful leadership roles, maximising the use of social media, partnering with other organisations and fund-raising. He previously worked as a sustainability professional.

Thea Ormerod is a Catholic Christian, a retired social worker, grandmother and long-time social justice advocate, mostly for trade justice, overseas aid and international debt cancellation (Jubilee 2000). She is currently ARRCC's President and has been an ARRCC supporter since it was founded eleven years ago.