The 2011 Conference - Worship in small congregations - was held 17-20 January 2011 at Trinity College, University of Melbourne, Parkville.

Theme

The theme was Worship in small congregations (with or without an ordained leader)

The growing number of small congregations within all the denominations represented in the Academy presents significant challenges for the leadership of worship and the celebration of the sacraments, both now and into the future.

Keynote Speakers

Rev Dr Gerard Kelly from the theology department of the Catholic Institute of Sydney will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday morning and will offer a theological and ecclesiological framework for our reflection on the major theme.

Pastor Ross Neville, Rural Consultant for Evangelism and Mission with the NSW Uniting Church Board of Mission, will offer the keynote address on Wednesday morning and provide an overview of the current situation and how the challenges involved can best be addressed.

The Tuesday night public lecture will be delivered by Rev Dr David Orr OSB, from the Benedictine Community in Sydney, a long-time member of the Academy. David will focus in his address on the priesthood of the people of God.

There will be ample opportunity to engage in conversation with our speakers, and with each other, in the context of the Conference.