Keynote Speakers

Rev Dr Peter Blackwood

Peter Blackwood 250Peter is a Uniting Church minister. After twenty-five years of congregation ministry he was a Presbytery Minister, then Associate General Secretary of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania until his retirement in 2013. He has post graduate degrees with research projects in church music. He continues active in music through several Melbourne choirs.

Peter is the coordinator of the Uniting Church Icon Schools and has painted about 120 icons. For several years Peter has been engaged in painting the saints and people of faith listed in the Uniting Church’s Calendar of Other Commemorations.

Rob Gallacher who started the Icon Schools was Peter’s first icon mentor. Peter now receives annual instruction from Philip Davydov and Olga Shalamova from St Petersburg.

Western Protestantism is emerging from its own iconoclastic period and is embracing the liturgical art of icons. Peter loves painting icons and teaching iconography and he grapples with what constitutes contemporary iconography and how the Western Church receives this wonderous gift of the Eastern Church appropriately. Protestants need to learn how to read icons and how to pray with them.

Angela McCarthy

Angela McCarthy 250Dr Angela McCarthy is a senior lecturer in theology at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle campus. Her first degree from Sydney University included work in Biblical Studies and Fine Arts and was followed by a teaching career in Catholic secondary education. She completed studies in theology and education beginning in 1993 at Notre Dame. Having secured further degrees in education and theology, she was awarded her PhD in 2007. Since then she has completed a further Research Masters in Theology in the field of Scripture, art and theology. Angela is currently the editor of the Australian Journal of Liturgy and the custodian of the St John’s Bible Heritage Edition of Gospel and Acts for the ‘Year with St John’s Bible’ at the University of Notre Dame.

Jarrod McKenna

Jarrod McKenna 250Jarrod McKenna is the Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church, World Vision Middle East and Eastern Europe's consultant on nonviolent social change, the co-founder of the #LoveMakesAWay movement, the largest faith based civil disobedience movement in Australia's history, and is the co-founder of First Home Project, where he lives with recently arrived refugees. As well as Jarrod's theological studies, he initially studied Fine Arts at Curtin University and exhibited with David Bowie in MOMA in 2000. Jarrod has a deep commitment and interest in liturgy that connects with social justice in a way that engages the arts.