Sacred Earth:
Original Blessing;
Our Common Home

A conference dedicated to progressive
religious thought and action.

11th-14th JULY, 2019
Newington College in Stanmore, Sydney, Australia

& Pitt St Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia.

Keynote speaker
Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox (b. 1940) 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, which is rooted in ancient Judeo-Christian teaching, inclusive of today’s science and world spiritual traditions; welcoming of the arts and artists; wisdom centered, prophetic, and committed to eco-justice, social justice and gender justice. 

Keynote speaker

Anne Pattel-Gray

Dr. Anne Pattel-Gray is an Aboriginal woman who is a descendant of the Bidjara/ Kari Kari people in Queensland and she is a recognised Aboriginal leader within Australia – nationally 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 speaker

Rod Bower

Rod Bower is a passionate advocate for a number of social justice and human rights issues, including marriage equality. He believes that our treatment of Asylum Seekers, the lack of action on climate change and the failure to adequately recognize First Nations people damages our corporate soul.



Australian Premiere

American Heretics

This powerful film, while made in USA & focussing on themes specific to Oklahoma
which is one of the most fundamentalist states in the Union, has universal application to
progressive Christians everywhere.

About Commondreams 2019

The Commondreams conference, Sacred Earth: Original Blessing, Our Common Home, will be held on 11-14 July at Newington College in Stanmore, and Pitt St Uniting Church Sydney.

Our distinguished international keynote speaker is to be Matthew Fox & the conference program is based on his concept of Creation Spirituality. 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 () , 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. 

Sacred Earth:
Original Blessing,
Our Common Home

A conference dedicated to progressive 
religious thought and action.

COMMON DREAMS is an alliance of Australian and New Zealand kindred organisations which promote engagement with progressive Christian thought and practice, and with progressive developments in other religious and spiritual traditions.  

It does this through the major "Common Dreams" conferences (Sydney 2007, Melbourne 2010, Canberra 2013, Brisbane 2016), and sponsorship of annual "Common Dreams on the Road" tours by international scholars to cities and communities across Australia and New Zealand.