Vision, Voice, and Vocation: Arts and Theology in a Climate for Change

Vision, Voice, and Vocation_ Arts and Theology in a Climate for Change

This four-day event will provide a unique conversation space for artists, performers, creatives, academics, and activists, to consider the vital role of the imagination in today’s complex climates – social, cultural, environmental, political, racial, religious, spiritual, intellectual, etc.

It will also invite conversation around further questions: What kinds of change? What are the grounds and manner of hope, transformation, and resilience? What might the arts and theology have to contribute to such discourse and action, if anything? How do we attend to the margins of this discussion, and speak and act more holistically as communities of change?

The keynote speakers for this event are Emmanuel Garibay, Lyn McCredden, and Jione Havea.

An invitation for papers and presentations invites contributions from cross-disciplinary fields such as theology, visual arts, music, performance, literature, cultural studies, poetry, philosophy, and history, with spaces available also for creative presentation of work in live performance or in a public gallery.

Emmanuel Garibay, Republica, 2005. Used with permission of the artist.

This event is part of the Art/s and Theology Australia network.

Dates: 16–19 July 2020

Venue: The Centre for Theology & Ministry, 29 College Crescent, Parkville, Victoria

Keynote Speakers

  1. Emmanuel Garibay, Visual Artist, Philippines
  2. Lyn McCredden, Professor and Head of the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University
  3. Jione Havea, Bible scholar and Methodist pastor from Tonga, currently serving as a research fellow at Trinity Theological College (Aotearoa/New Zealand), and at Charles Sturt University (Australia)
  4. TBC
  5. TBC

Call for Papers

Academics and practitioners in the fields of theology, visual art, music, performance, literature, cultural studies, poetry, philosophy, and/or history are invited to send an Abstract (approx. 250 words) of their proposed presentation, plus a short bio, to Jason Goroncy (email) by 31 March 2020.

Cost and Registration

Details coming soon.


  • Jason Goroncy, Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Whitley College, University of Divinity [email]
  • Rod PattendenMinister at Adamstown Uniting Church, and former chairperson of the Blake Prize for Religious Art [email]
  • Christina RowntreeTheology and the Arts Ministry, Uniting Church in Australia [email]

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