About Common Dreams 2019

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 is to be Matthew Fox & the conference program is based on his concept of Creation Spirituality. 

Matthew Fox

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 (see here for a full explanation 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 centred, prophetic, and committed to eco-justice, social justice and gender justice.

Honouring 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

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

 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. 

Performances and creative offerings

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

View the Conference Program