#AbundantJustice18
Program

 

Sunday 15 July

Pre-Conference

Evensong

Special Evening Event

  'Treaty' by Glenn Loughrey

'Treaty' by Glenn Loughrey

SUNDAY EVENSONG
Glenn Loughrey, Wiradjuri Man, Anglican Priest and Artist

St Johns Cathedral
6pm
 

Guest preacher and artist, Rev Glenn Loughrey will also launch a display of his artwork in the Cathedral. Evensong will be followed by an opportunity for conversation with Rev Glenn over refreshments. (Transport to and from St Johns College provided). 

THE ART OF BLACKFELLA'S YOUNGFELLA. This exhibition integrates various Gospel vignettes into the experience of Aboriginal people. It is the story of my family and the Aboriginal people of the country on which I grew up. It is the story of the annhilation of the local tribal people to create a white space into which I was born. My family attempted to assimilate as white people to ensure they were not identified as Aboriginal. While that was their hope, we remained always bush blacks to those we lived amongst. It is important to situate the Gospel story within the culture and experience of our people, and for me, of my family. This collection of pieces created with the assisatnce of a grant from The Bishop Perry Institute, Melbourne, attempts to do this. It’s vibrant colours, Aboriginal motifs and well known Gospel stories are enmeshed in such a way to invite the viewer to explore their particular worldview. These pieces are created using acrylic paint applied by a stick one dot at a time. It will be noted that the dots rise above the surface to give a texture that invites the viewer to touch the patterns on the canvas. This reflects the pattern thinking of Aboriginal people who are always in touch with the ground and what rises above it and what remains within it."

The Office of Evensong is a time-honoured Anglican tradition of sung evening prayer with the Cathedral choir, who consistently provide uplifting music to keep us elevated for the week ahead. (Free Entry. No booking required) 

Monday 16 July

Day 1 - The Grand Scheme

Seeking deeper understandings and making sense of the bigger picture.

 

9am - 10AM

ARRIVALS & REGISTRATION
St Johns College, UQ
Coffee, gathering spaces for networking, quiet spaces for prayer and reflection

 

10am - 11AM

OPENING LITURGY & WELCOME TO COUNTRY
St Johns College, UQ
 

SESSION 1 - PROPHETIC IMAGINATION AND THE JOURNEY TO ABUNDANT JUSTICE
Peter Catt
St Johns College, UQ
This session will outline the landscape of the whole gathering, tracing a line through the themes of the sessions that follow how these might culminate in our living a more prophetic vision and doing justice in our world today. What does it mean to be prophetic today? How do we begin to reframe the big picture to take in the reality of our present moment, and open up a new sense of what else might be possible?

 

11:00AM - 11:30AM MORNING TEA 

 

11:30AM - 12:50PM

SESSION 2 - COMPLEXITY IN OUR SCRIPTURE & TRADITION
Talk: Matthew Anstey & Janice McRandal, with Bruce Boase & Sue Wilton
St Johns College, UQ
Our biblical and theological traditions are complex and polyphonous in nature. Complexity and multiple voices have been part of the tradition from the outset and all the way through. What the implications for these ideas in our lives today?

 

12:50PM - 1:50PM Lunch 

 

1:50pm - 3:30PM

SESSION 3 - COMPLEXITY AS A WAY OF LIFE
Talk: Michelle Trebilock & Matt Anstey, with Brendan McKeague & Jan Crombie
St Johns College, UQ
Complexity is not a phenomenon to be feared or an evil to be overcome, but a gift of the created order, to be embraced and lived with. Complexity also co-exists with forms of simplicity, and both can be understood as "ways of life." How do we better understand social-complexity? How do we live with it?

 

3:30PM - 3:50PM Afternoon Tea

 

3:50pm - 5:05PM

SESSION 4: THE COMPLEXITY OF JUSTICE
Talk: Peter Kline & Katherine Rainger, with Lenore Parker & Brad Chapman
St Johns College, UQ
The complexities and possibilities for our conception of Justice. What are the possibilities now for how we conceive, and act, in solidarity, love, mercy & justice?

  

5:05PM - 5:15PM CLOSING LITURGY

 

5.15PM - 6.45PM Dinner

 

7pm

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PIRATE CHURCH!
Paul ‘Werzel’ Montague & Reverend Chris Bedding
St Johns College, UQ

"PIRATE CHURCH IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A SEMINARY DROP-OUT AND A CYNICAL PRIEST DECIDE TO CREATE AN EVENING OF COMEDY ABOUT RELIGION. AND PIRATES. COMEDY ABOUT RELIGION IS PRETTY COMMON. BUT PIRATE CHURCH IS A LOVING SATIRE ABOUT THE WACKY WORLD OF RELIGION, AND CHRISTIANITY IN PARTICULAR. THE CATCH IS THAT IT'S BEING DONE BY TWO PEOPLE WHO ARE THEMSELVES BELIEVERS. ADMITTEDLY, NOT VERY GOOD ONES. THE PAIR HAVE TEAMED UP TO CREATE A UNIQUE PIECE OF ENTERTAINMENT. IT’S AN ENIGMA, WRAPPED IN MYSTERY AND HOISTED UP THE MAST LIKE THE JOLLY ROGER." www.piratechurch.com.au
 

Entry to this Special Event is included in the full #AbundantJustice2018 ticket. Day Ticket holders and those not attending AJ18 can purchase tickets here:

Tuesday 17 July

Grounding Ourselves

Exploring ways to live into a different story and reimagine our communities.

 

9am - 9:15am Liturgy

 

9.15AM - 10.45AM

SESSION 4: NARRATING A DIFFERENT STORY
Talks: Neil Preston & Gillian Moses, with Chris Bedding

St Johns College, UQ
We interpret our world and also construct our lived realities through our dominant stories. How do we tell and live a new story now?

 

10:45AM - 11.15AM Morning Tea

 

11.15AM - 12.45AM

SESSION 5: DIALOGUE IN PRACTICE
Talk: Brendan McKeague & Di Langham, with Susanna Pain & Michael Wood
St Johns College, UQ
Our movement towards action begins with new questions, good dialogue & deep listening. How does dialogue help us with complex problems? How might we 'dialogue with the inner self' as an essential ingredient of 'mature dialoguing' in conflict transformation?

 

12.45PM - 2.45PM Extended Lunch (With opportunity for music & poetry, quiet time, or networking & interplay)

 

2:45pm - 3.30pm

SESSION 6: TRANSFORMING COMMUNITY
Sarah Bachelard & Peter Catt
St Johns College, UQ
How do we form, nurture and participate in Christian community so as be a transforming presence?

 

3.30Pm - 4pm Afternoon Tea

 

4PM - 5.05PM

SESSION 6: TRANFORMING COMMUNITY (Continued)
Sarah Bachelard, Peter Catt, Charles Ringma & Victor Joseph with Jasmine Dow
St Johns College, UQ
Panel and audience discussion: How do we form, nurture and participate in Christian community so as be a transforming presence?

 

5:05PM - 5:15PM CLOSING LITURGY

 

5.15PM - 6.45PM DINNER

 

7pm

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HOW TO MAKE THE JESUS STORY SPEAK TODAY?
John Carroll
St Johns College, UQ

John Carroll is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. His work focuses on culture, and its crucial role in the human search for meaning, with particular reference to the modern Western society. He is the author of Existential Jesus, The Wreck of the Western Culture and Ego & Soul. The talk will be followed by a conversation with Prof John Caroll and selected speakers from Abundant Justice 2018, and an audience Q&A. 
 
Entry to this Special Event is included in the full #AbundantJustice2018 ticket. Day Ticket holders and those not attending AJ18 can RSVP here:

Wednesday 18 July

Going forth

Sharing our own ‘prophetic imaginations’ & emerging ideas

  

9am - 9:15am LIturgy

 

9:15am - 1:15PM

SESSION 7: OPEN SPACE DIALOGUE
Facilitator: Michael Wood
St Johns College, UQ
“How do we take what we’ve been learning during the last two days and engage in action in our own contexts?”
Over the first two days people will be invited to share stories, and write up emerging issues, and questions they have on an interactive wall / display. The emerging questions will be gathered and drawn together to form the question that will open the Open Space Dialogue.
Open Space Technology is one way to enable all groups of people, to create inspired meetings and events. In this day of Open Space, all participants create and manage their own agenda of parallel working sessions around the central theme of strategic importance.

MORNING TEA AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT OPEN SPACE SESSION

 

1:15PM - 2PM LUNCH

 

2pm - 4.15pm 

CONVERGENCE
Facilitator: Michael Wood
St Johns College, UQ
Small group, action planning and time for people to share their ideas and their emerging “prophetic” vision for the church, and how we might co-create or do justice together.

AFTERNOON TEA AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT CONVERGENCE
 

CLOSING CIRCLE

 

4:15PM - 6:15PM 

EARLY DINNER & NETWORKING
Courtyard & Dining Hall, St Johns College, UQ

FOLLOWED BY TRANSPORT TO ST JOHNS CATHEDRAL

 

7PM

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AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL LEUNIG
St Johns Cathedral

Join us in an immersion of art, spirituality and justice. Exploring questions like… What makes us human? What should we make of the current direction of Australian society? Also featuring the wonderful Queensland Kodaly Choir (including one or two pieces composed using verses by Michael Leunig), the evening will feature a talk by Michael Leunig, followed by conversation with The Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt & others, and audience Q&A. You are welcome to arrive a few minutes early to walk in the space of the magnificent St John’s Anglican Cathedral, enjoy a beverage, and view the current art exhibition by Moran Art finalist, Glenn Loughery. 

MICHAEL LEUNIG is an Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet. His commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans more than forty years and has often explored the idea of an innocent and sacred personal world. The fragile ecosystem of human nature and its relationship to the wider natural world is a related and recurrent theme. His newspaper work appears regularly in the Melbourne Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. He describes his approach as regressive, humorous, messy, mystical, primal and vaudevillian - producing work which is open to many interpretations and has been widely adapted in education, music, theatre, psychotherapy and spiritual life.

Entry to this Special Event is included in the full #AbundantJustice2018 ticket (Transport between St Johns College and St Johns Cathedral can be provided). Day Ticket holders and those not attending AJ18 can purchase tickets here:


Thursday 19 July

Post-Conference

Masterclasses

MORNING

MASTERCLASS 1: TRANSFORMING LEADERSHIP: INTRODUCTION TO THE SPIRITUALITY & PRACTICE OF COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP
Dr Neil Preston

‘Modern organisational problems are so complex that you have to know everything about them just to be undecided about which way to act.’ - Laurence J Peter in Jeff Conklin, Wicked Problems and Social Complexity. Complex problems need collaboratively mature teams to solve them. What are complex problems? Why do we need to collaborate? How do we collaborate maturely? How does this fit with our spiritual tradition? While compliance, competition and cooperation have regularly been adopted as ways of solving tough problems, this unique program explores what it takes to understand and use the psychology of collaborative maturity. Drawing on contemporary research in organisational psychology, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, nonviolent spirituality and project management, Dr Neil Preston will provide insights, understanding and techniques to create and sustain collaboratively mature performance.  

 

AFTERNOON

MASTERCLASS 2: TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES: A REFLECTIVE PRACTICE APPROACH
The Rev'd Dr Sarah Bachelard and
The Rev'd Neil Millar

‘Transformed people transform people.' - Richard Rohr. Practices of worship, prayer and fellowship are supposed to draw Christians into the transforming dynamic of the paschal journey, such that we die to our old sources of identity and are raised to new life in Christ. In this way, the church becomes a bearer of Christ’s love and an agent of the world’s transformation. Yet in practice, we know that people can be baptised as infants and share the Eucharist for sixty years, and not undergo this kind of change. How then might the people of God take seriously the vocation to be transformed? How might this journey be enabled? We believe that reflection on experience can be a spiritual discipline that enables people to undertake the deeper work of maturing in community. This workshop draws on our experience of facilitating reflective practice circles in a congregational setting, and focuses on the approach we use, issues that arise and the significance of intentional formation in congregational life.

 
Note: Masterclasses are not included in the #AbundantJustice18 Ticket and can be purchased separately here: