How Can We Sing the Lord’s Song?

Liturgy in Times of Global Rupture

Online Conference

11.00am-5.30pm AEDT, Tuesday 18 — Friday 20 January 2022

Can the timeless liturgies of the Church still speak gospel into the new realities of a world tearing apart at the seams? Can they gather, transfigure and send us forth to reconcile and heal a world staggering under the weight of social fracture, terror, and climate crisis, or are they serving only to numb our pain as everything is consumed by pandemic, fire and water?

People of all faiths and none intuitively respond to major trauma and transition with public rituals, gathering in vigil, lighting candles, laying flowers. But as crisis becomes the new normal, can the church, whose life has long been grounded in ritual, model a compelling liturgical lifestyle that moves us on from candlelit anger and despair into meaningful pathways of spiritual, social, and environmental revival?

This conference invites you to bring your questions, thoughts, hopes, and challenges. Whatever it is that you are keen to discuss, open times and spaces will be provided to summon others who share a passion for the topic to a focussed group conversation. Whether you plan it ahead or think of it on the day, we have a way to make it work.

Submit a Paper Proposal

Proposals for academic papers of 20 minutes duration addressing any liturgical topic are welcome. Click here to submit an abstract of 100 words for consideration by the conference committee.

Keynote Speakers

Charissa Suli is a second-generation Tongan Minister of the Word, ordained for the Uniting Church in Australia and has served congregations in Dapto and Dee Why. She is a National Consultant in the Assembly Resourcing Unit, and was recently elected as the next President of the Uniting Church.

Amelia Koh-Butler is a Chinese-Scottish-Aussie, adopted by the Adnyamathanha of the Ikara-Flinders, through Rev Dr Denise Champion. She is a missional integrator of worship, service, education, storying and hospitality (find out more on her blog). She is the World Methodist Council’s Global Worship and Liturgy Convenor, and teaches in North and Central America, Italy, France and Spain, Korea, Thailand and Singapore. Amelia is currently Ministry Team Leader, Eastwood Multilingual Uniting Church, along with her work as a Multifaith Chaplain with Western Sydney University and Distinguished Faculty of Wesleyan Formation with Northwind Seminary, Fl, USA.

Brooke Prentis is a proud Wakka Wakka woman and an Aboriginal Christian leader, writer and speaker. In 2020 Brooke took up her appointment as CEO of Common Grace, an ecumenical movement of people seeking pursuing Jesus and justice with a focus on the concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, climate change, domestic violence, and people seeking asylum. Brooke has ministered in the Salvation Army, and is a founding member of NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community which is a global initiative for higher education in theology. Brooke is a scholar of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, and has published articles, study resources, and liturgical materials.

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