Common Dreams is an alliance of Australian and New Zealand kindred organisations which promote the study, discussion and implementation of Progressive Christian and other progressive religious streams of thought and action. Its principal method of pursuing these objectives is through its major “Common Dreams” conferences which are held each three years plus the promotion of visits by leading international scholars and the sale and distribution of the materials that result from these activities.
Professor Marcus Borg, pictured above, is the keynote speaker at the triennial Common Dreams Conference which will be held this month from 19 to 22 September in Canberra. Professor Borg is the Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Other speakers include: Rev Bruce Sanguin, Rev David Felten, Dr Val Webb, Dr Margaret Mayman, Dr Greg Jenks, Dr Nigel Leaves, Dr Lorraine Parkinson and Rabbi Aviva Kipen.
Dick Carter who is President of the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria says that the conference will host an impressive list of local and internal speakers, writers and researchers covering various progressive religious issues.
The theme, Mr Carter said, 'midwives of change' in terms of how progressives can support a new movement or change, not only in Christianity, but in other religions as well. Progressive Christianity seeks to understand Christian beliefs and doctrines in the light of modern biblical historical scholarship and current scientific knowledge. It values inquiry and intellectual integrity and rejects biblical literalism and inerrancy - it's open to diversity of opinion.
For more information on the conference