Where is it?
The gathering will be held at St John’s College within the University of Queensland in St Lucia, Brisbane. St John’s is a residential college, which will fully cater the event and accommodation is available on site.
What is the Program?
The Abundant Justice gathering will run from Monday 16 July in the morning, until late evening on Wednesday 18 July.
However there will also be a gathering day for young people, on Sunday 15 July, before AJ18 starts, and a day of special masterclasses, on Thursday 19 July, the day after it finishes.
If staying on site, you are welcome to arrive earlier on the Sunday and to leave on the Thursday, or Friday morning if you are staying for the masterclass sessions.
Sunday 15 July
Young people’s day - See more information on the Just Disciples page on the website.
There will be a 6pm Evensong in St John’s Anglican Cathedral on Sunday evening with guest preacher and artist, Reverend Glenn Loughrey, who will also launch a display of his artwork in the Cathedral. Evensong will be followed by an opportunity for conversation with Reverend Glenn over refreshments. (We will arrange transport to and from the College).
AJ18 gathering Monday 16-18 July
On Monday morning we will have tea, coffee, and registrations until 10.30.
At 10.30am an opening liturgy will begin the day’s events.
The days will be full days, so we encourage people to stay on site if they can.
There will be a last session at St John’s College Wednesday afternoon, which will be followed by the finale evening event in St John’s Anglican Cathedral in the City.
We are still finalising the program, but will have more details up on the website as soon as they are confirmed.
Masterclasses – Thursday 19 July
There will also be two additional half-day masterclasses offered for $90 each or $165 for both:
- Transforming Leadership: Introduction to the Spirituality & Practice of Collaborative Leadership – with Dr Neil Preston, organisational psychologist and convenor of the WA centering prayer network.
- Transforming Communities: A Reflective Practice Approach – with the Rev’d Dr Sarah Bachelard and the Rev'd Neil Millar.
More information is available on the Program page.
What does the AJ18 Ticket include?
The price of the conference ticket includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and evening dinner for the three days of the gathering. It also covers each of the special evening events, including the Pirate Church! comedy show, and special finale event in St John’s Anglican Cathedral in the city featuring renowned artist, poet and social commentator, Michael Leunig.
- Full price $297
- Concession / unwaged: $176
- Samaritan price: $350 (This is an optional ticket, if purchased the extra $ will be used to assist people who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend the gathering).
Final Evening at St John’s Cathedral with Michael Leunig
We will ensure that there is time for dinner on the final afternoon, and also arrange transport from St John’s UQ (St Lucia) to the St John’s Anglican Cathedral (Brisbane city) and back again.
We note that this event, will also be a ticketed event to members of the public, who are not taking part in the Abundant Justice gathering.
What accommodation is available on site?
Accommodation is available on site at St John’s College, and you can book this at the same time you book your ticket to the conference.
There are two room options at St John’s College:
- Single study rooms with shared bathroom facilities. The beds are single / king singles and the room comes with a desk and cupboard. These are communal bathroom facilities located usually at the ends of the corridor. These rooms are $80 per night
- Single study rooms with ensuites. This ensuite is shared with one other room (they each adjoin the ensuite on either side, and entry can be locked from either direction for privacy whilst in use.) The beds are single / king singles and the room comes with a desk and cupboard. These rooms are $95 per night.
It might be possible to put you in an adjoining ensuite/room if you are travelling with a friend or family. You will need to let us know via email if this is your preference. However this cannot be guaranteed, and it will depend on demand and availability at the time.
The cost of accommodation each night at St John’s includes fresh linen, and a full buffet breakfast, tea, coffee and juice each morning.
On site accommodation would be the most convenient, and we encourage anyone who can, to stay onsite to save them travel time and allow a more fully immersive and relaxing experience.
However you are also most welcome to look at any other nearby private or commercial accommodation options that suit your needs.
At St John’s you will be able to access the free UQ internet via wi-fi. However this is not 100% reliable in terms of strength of signal.
For $10 you can also purchase access to St John’s College own internet connection (bring your own LAN cable). This will be high speed and unlimited (assuming fairly regular use). You will need to arrange this with the office, when you arrive.
Gym / Exercise
St John’s has a gym on site, which you will be able to access, if you are staying there. And there will be space for stretching, yoga or the like. It is also an easy location from which to take a jog or walk through the beautiful UQ grounds and along the Brisbane Rivers. The UQ Pool is also within walking distance.
Food & drink?
St John’s College catering includes vegetarian options at all meals, and they can also cater for gluten allergies or vegan requirements if you let us know in advance, when you book.
*** However please note. If you have really strong food allergies, or significant potential reactions, you may need to self-cater. Please get in contact with us so that we can talk through options ***
St John’s College has a licensed bar on site, and may provide a modest house wine with evening meals. The College bar may also be opened, depending on the numbers of guests around in the evenings. However you are also able to bring your own alcohol on site and consume it within certain areas of the college. We can explain further at check-in.
Other food or drink, or services?
The Hawken village shopping strip is just a 10-15 minute walk from St John’s College (242 Hawken Drive). It has an IGA, pharmacy, liquorland and other shops and takeaways. The University of Queensland also has a range of services, banks and facilities nearby should you need them.
Public Transport & Parking?
If you are staying at St John’s you will be able to park on the grounds of the College for free.
If you are travelling there each day you will need to find your own parks in the area surrounding the College, in the University of Queensland parking. This is paid parking. Some of the closest parking is along William Macgregor Drive, or directly across the road from St John’s in a small car park on College Road (Zone 1472300).
We advise people to consider using the public transport. UQ has excellent PT connections via the Ferry Cat service and regular buses, both of which have stops just a 10-15 minute walk to the College. The Translink Journey Planner can help you work out the best options.
Travelling to Brisbane from interstate?
The University of Queensland is about 22 km and around a half-hour drive from the Brisbane Airport. Taxis are the most direct option, or commercial airport transport connections (just google some), though you can also use public transport connections. See the Translink Journey Planner.
The Brisbane Domestic Airport is just to the north-east of the city. You can also fly into/out of the Gold Coast (Coolangatta, approx 1 hr 30) or Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore, approx. 1 hr 40) if you are considering combining your stay with some sightseeing further afield.
If you have any other questions or need to follow up on specific requirements, do not hesitate to get in contact with us.
(07) 3838 7556
0402 965 204
There will also more information available upon arrival and check in.