Conference dates: 17 to 20 January 2017


For those of us who live and move and have our being under the Southern Cross, at once our worship is distinctive. How do we proclaim the Good News under the Southern Cross in our day?

Speakers representing a range of cultural backgrounds will explore the intersection of liturgy and culture in Australia and the Pacific. Particular attention will be paid to the following questions:

  • What can we learn from the first peoples of our lands?
  • What do we inherit from the European settlers who first brought the Gospel to our lands? What do we keep? What should we reject?
  • What can our Asian and Pacific neighbours teach us about worship in a new cultural milieu?
  • How should our worship look under the Southern Cross?

Join us in the beautiful Hunter Valley

Wake up in a bushland setting far from the worries of city life on the grounds of Kurri Kurri TAFE in the beautiful Hunter Valley.

Public Lecture and Recital

The Public Lecture will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle, on Wednesday, 18 January at 7pm for 7:30pm. The public lecture will include a recital by local artists.

Conference Times

The Conference begins on Tuesday with the opening worship at 5pm. Registration will open about 2pm. We finish with lunch on Friday. Each day’s programme begins with worship at 8:40am.


Our site is the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy on the grounds of Kurri Kurri TAFE in the beautiful Hunter Valley.

Wake up in a bushland setting far from the worries of city life.

Enjoy an afternoon at the Vineyards just minutes from the Conference or head into Newcastle and explore the beaches and the harbour foreshore.

Hear our public lecture and music recital in the famous Christ Church Cathedral after a picnic dinner on its lawn.

Conference Excursion

Enjoy an afternoon at the Vineyards just minutes from the Conference; or Head into Newcastle and explore the beaches and the harbour foreshore.


There are a limited number of motel style rooms with air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms. If you wish to guarantee a motel style room (until all are filled) you may pay the extra fee. If sharing a room, only one person needs to pay the guarantee.

There are several cabins available with five rooms each (sleep a maximum of 7 people). The cabins are air conditioned although the individual rooms are not. If a group wishes to book a cabin, please list the names of the group members in the notes.

Most rooms are traditional student style rooms with shared bathroom facilities.

Costs and bookings

  Earlybird Regular




Motel Room Guarantee + $80 + $80
Cabin $665 $735
Day only $440 $510

All bookings shall be made through our Trybooking site.

  • Earlybird registrations close 15 November 2016.
  • Registrations close 6 January 2017.
  • Please go to and book your place now for four days of the best conversations about liturgical inculturation you will encounter next year!


Fly into Newcastle’s own airport or catch a train from Sydney. 

Bring a caravan or camper and tour the Hunter and Mid-north Coast before or after the Conference.

More travel information here.

Further Information

For further information contact our Conference Manager, Stephen Millington, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..