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FOURTH COMMON DREAMS CONFERENCE FOR BRISBANE IN 2016


The fourth Common Dreams Conference will be held in Brisbane at Somerville House from the 16th to the 19th of September, 2016. The theme of the conference will be “Progressive Spirituality: New Directions”. The program will take participants through a broad spectrum of topics exploring what it means to be “spiritual” in contemporary times.


Eminent international writers, researchers and scholars Dr Diana Butler Bass and Professor Pamela Eisenbaum and well known Australian theologian Dr Val Webb will deliver major public addresses and they will also participate in other parts of the program. Rev Dr David Felten, Co-founder of Living the Questions and an acclaimed speaker at the third Common Dreams Conference in 2013, will also feature. A strong team of Australian and New Zealand speakers will present keynote addresses, lectures and workshops.

During part of the conference there will be a parallel program designed, presented and led by “young” people exclusively for their contempories.


Registrations are now open -  


The Eminent Speakers:


DIANA BUTLER BASS is the author of nine books on American religion, including Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution (October 2015), Christianity After Religion (2012), A People’s History of Christianity (2009), and Christianity for the Rest of Us (2006).  She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University, has taught at the college and graduate level, and is currently an independent scholar.  She was a columnist for the New York Times Syndicate, and blogs for the Huffington Post and the Washington Post on issues of religion, spirituality, and culture.  Bass is a popular speaker at conferences, colleges and universities, and churches across North America.  She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, daughter, and dog.  Her website is at dianabutlerbass.com.

 

PAMELA EISENBAUM. One of four Jewish New Testament scholars teaching in Christian theological schools, Pamela Eisenbaum is Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of The Jewish Heroes of Christian History: Hebrews 11 in Literary Context, Invitation to Romans and most recently, Paul Was Not a Christian.  She is a contributor to the Women’s Bible Commentary and the Jewish Annotated New Testament, and has published many essays on the Bible, ancient Judaism and the origins of Christianity.  Two of her greatest professional passions are the apostle Paul and ancient manuscripts, and her current research involves the role of technology (ancient and modern) in the codification, preservation, and transmission of the Bible. In addition to her appointment at Iliff, she is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver.  

 

VAL WEBB’S professional career spans microbiology, business, public relations, writing, art and theology. She began religious studies part time at the University of Queensland in 1982, in response to her personal faith questions, completing her Ph. D. in Theology at Luther Seminary, St Paul, Minnesota. Val has taught religious studies at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg College in the United States and, in Australia, at Whitley College, Melbourne, Murdoch University, Perth and United Theological College, Sydney. She has written ten books including In Defense of Doubt: an Invitation to Adventure (Chalice Press, 1995), Why We’re Equal: Introducing Feminist Theology (Chalice Press, 1999), John’s Message: Good News for the New Millennium (Abingdon Press, 1999) and Florence Nightingale: the Making of a Radical Theologian (Chalice Press, 2002). Her 2007 book Like Catching Water in a Net: Human Attempts to Describe the Divine (Continuum New York & London, 2007) won the “general religion” category of the USA Best books 2007 Awards. Stepping out with the Sacred: Human Attempts to engage the Divine (Continuum New York & London) was published in 2010, an expanded edition of In Defence of Doubt: an invitation to adventure in 2012 and Testing Tradition and Liberating Theology: Finding your own voice in 2015. Her website is www.valwebb.com.au.

                                                     


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FOURTH COMMON DREAMS CONFERENCE FOR BRISBANE IN 2016


The fourth Common Dreams Conference will be held in Brisbane at Somerville House from the 16th to the 19th of September, 2016. The theme of the conference will be “Progressive Spirituality: New Directions”. The program will take participants through a broad spectrum of topics exploring what it means to be “spiritual” in contemporary times.


Eminent international writers, researchers and scholars Dr Diana Butler Bass and Professor Pamela Eisenbaum and well known Australian theologian Dr Val Webb will deliver major public addresses and they will also participate in other parts of the program. Rev Dr David Felten, Co-founder of Living the Questions and an acclaimed speaker at the third Common Dreams Conference in 2013, will also feature. A strong team of Australian and New Zealand speakers will present keynote addresses, lectures and workshops.

During part of the conference there will be a parallel program designed, presented and led by “young” people exclusively for their contempories.


Registrations are now open -  


The Eminent Speakers:


DIANA BUTLER BASS is the author of nine books on American religion, including Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution (October 2015), Christianity After Religion (2012), A People’s History of Christianity (2009), and Christianity for the Rest of Us (2006).  She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University, has taught at the college and graduate level, and is currently an independent scholar.  She was a columnist for the New York Times Syndicate, and blogs for the Huffington Post and the Washington Post on issues of religion, spirituality, and culture.  Bass is a popular speaker at conferences, colleges and universities, and churches across North America.  She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, daughter, and dog.  Her website is at dianabutlerbass.com.

 

PAMELA EISENBAUM. One of four Jewish New Testament scholars teaching in Christian theological schools, Pamela Eisenbaum is Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of The Jewish Heroes of Christian History: Hebrews 11 in Literary Context, Invitation to Romans and most recently, Paul Was Not a Christian.  She is a contributor to the Women’s Bible Commentary and the Jewish Annotated New Testament, and has published many essays on the Bible, ancient Judaism and the origins of Christianity.  Two of her greatest professional passions are the apostle Paul and ancient manuscripts, and her current research involves the role of technology (ancient and modern) in the codification, preservation, and transmission of the Bible. In addition to her appointment at Iliff, she is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver.  

 

VAL WEBB’S professional career spans microbiology, business, public relations, writing, art and theology. She began religious studies part time at the University of Queensland in 1982, in response to her personal faith questions, completing her Ph. D. in Theology at Luther Seminary, St Paul, Minnesota. Val has taught religious studies at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg College in the United States and, in Australia, at Whitley College, Melbourne, Murdoch University, Perth and United Theological College, Sydney. She has written ten books including In Defense of Doubt: an Invitation to Adventure (Chalice Press, 1995), Why We’re Equal: Introducing Feminist Theology (Chalice Press, 1999), John’s Message: Good News for the New Millennium (Abingdon Press, 1999) and Florence Nightingale: the Making of a Radical Theologian (Chalice Press, 2002). Her 2007 book Like Catching Water in a Net: Human Attempts to Describe the Divine (Continuum New York & London, 2007) won the “general religion” category of the USA Best books 2007 Awards. Stepping out with the Sacred: Human Attempts to engage the Divine (Continuum New York & London) was published in 2010, an expanded edition of In Defence of Doubt: an invitation to adventure in 2012 and Testing Tradition and Liberating Theology: Finding your own voice in 2015. Her website is www.valwebb.com.au.

                                                     






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