Conference dates: 17 to 20 January 2017 held in Kurri Kurri, NSW.

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 explored the intersection of liturgy and culture in Australia and the Pacific. Particular attention was 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?

Public Lecture and Recital

The public lecture was given by Dr Stephen Pickard, Executive Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Charles Sturt University, and Assistant Bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Canberra-Goulburn. Dr Pickard brought to the Conference an intellectual rigour honed over many years in academia, a passion for questions regarding the intersection of culture and the Church’s mission, and an engaging style that speaks well to the wider community. The Public Lecture was be held at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle, on Wednesday, 18 January at 7:30pm and was preceded by a recital by local artists.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Bernardus Boli Ujan, SVD, an Indonesian liturgical scholar, Roman Catholic priest, and student of the late Catholic scholar of inculturation, Anscar Chupungco. Dr Ujan is Professor of NN at MM, and is currently a member of the Council of Societas Liturgica.

Nathan Nettleton is the pastor of South Yarra Community Baptist Church and the Baptist delegate on the Australian Consultation on Liturgy. The website,—a wonderful source of Australian language resources for liturgy, is his. Mr Nettleton is a member of the AAL and Societas Liturgica.

Dr Kieran Crichton is a scholar, teacher and organist based in Melbourne. His current scholarly interests focus on the intersection of music with other fields, especially education, theology, pastoral care, and cultural identity. Dr Crichton is a student at Trinity College Theological School and a member of the AAL.

Dr Carmel Pilcher, RSJ is a liturgical consultant and researcher. Her particular research interest currently is the Missa Kimberley. Dr Pilcher is a member and past president of the AAL, and a member and past Council member of Societas Liturgica.


Dr Jione Havea is PACT Researcher in Pacific Hermeneutics at Charles Sturt University, after several years as Senior Lecturer in Old Testament at the United Theological College, North Parramatta. He brings to this conference a Pacific Islander perspective as a Tongan by birth, and from living also in Fiji and New Zealand.

Dr Garry Deverell is a member of the Pairebeenener mob from Tasmania, previously a Baptist and Uniting Church minister, was Professor of Worship and Preaching at the Centre for Theology and Ministry in Victoria, is a member of the AAL, and is currently a lay member of the Anglican Church and a hospital chaplain.