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Vessels: Theology and the Arts Symposium

Friday, 12 JulySunday, 14 July

St Luke’s Woy Woy will host a three-day symposium gathering theologians, artists, clerics, and philosophers to explore the relationships between the arts and theology.

There will be an art exhibition, poetry, creative workshops, short papers and music. The last fifty years has seen some astonishingly inventive solutions to creatively engage with theology, ecclesiology, liturgy, and the public sphere of spirituality and faith.

This three-day symposium seeks to explore the shifts in method, style, and theory found in the liminal space created when the creative arts, scripture, theology, faith and community coalesce.

The aim of this symposium is to draw people from within the Australian context to reflect, discuss and analyse the integral place of the arts in Christian expression.

Keynote speakers

Professor John McDowell, Director of Research, University of Divinity

Reverend Canon Professor Dorothy Lee, Stewart Research Professor, Trinity College Theological School, University of Divinity

Fr Chris Bedding, Priest, Anglican Diocese of Perth

Reverend Dr Rod Pattenden, Artist, Art Historian and Theologian

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Call for Papers and Creative Works

Vessels: Theology and the Arts Symposium invites scholars, doctoral candidates, and others working in the wider theological and creative arts community to propose a paper for the July 2019 symposium.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, interactive sessions, and art performances/installations which may address, but are certainly not limited to, the following themes:

  • Contemporary paradigms in theology and the creative arts
  • The creative arts as bearer of theological message
  • The trans-disciplinary space where theology and the arts meet
  • The creative arts and theology as humanity’s response to God
  • The sacramentality of the creative arts
  • God, creativity and postcolonial spaces
  • The creative arts and the Christian identity

Acceptance of papers will be communicated by 29 March 2019.

Presentations will be 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for questions.

Guidelines: Call for Papers Guidelines: Call for Creative Works


St Luke’s Anglican Church
147-149 Blackwall Road
Woy Woy, NSW 2256 Australia
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St Luke’s Woy Woy

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