SoFiA - Past Events

SoFiA One-day Conference 2018
Gender Diversity
17 June, 2018 at the Queensland Art Gallery, Southbank.
Keynote speakers (L to R): Jade Mirabito (educator with mental health and other services on the Gold Coast), Olivia Donaghy (head of the Gender Clinic at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital) and Diane Spearritt
(pathologist and mother of a trans child).
 main speakers

SoFiA Mini Conference 2016
Islam in Australia
25 June, 2016 at the Fox Hotel, Southbank.
Keynote speaker: Dr Nora

SoFiA Conference 2015
Religion in Education
22 - 24 May, 2015 at Twin Towns Resort, Coolangatta.
Keynote speakers: Anna Halaffof, Garth Read and Peta Goldberg
and Kevin Bates.

SoFiA/PLLC Conference 2014
When We Don't Agree: Managing Conflict in the Community
16 August, 2014 at Mort Estate Activity Centre, Toowoomba.
Keynote speaker: Dr Joseph Ozawa.

SoFiA 2013 Conference
SoFiA Conference 2013
Religion & Sex
13 - 15 September, 2013 at Picnic Point Conference Centre, Toowoomba.
Keynote speakers (L to R): Glen McBride, Stephen Smallbone, Steven Ogden
and Leslie Cannold.

SoFiA Conference 2012
Faith, Meaning and Humanity in the
21st Century Global Village
31 August - 2 September, 2012 at Twin Towns Resort, Coolangatta.
Keynote speakers: Adrian Pyle, Peter Kirkwood and Dr Noel Preston.

SoFiA Conference 2011
Religion, Spirituality and The Arts
9 - 11 September, 2011 at the Mercy Place, Bardon in Brisbane. Speakers: Rod Pattenden and Elizabeth Morgan.  

SoFiA Conference 2010
Ethics without God: exploring a secular basis for our ethics 

17 - 19 September, 2010 at the Alexandra Park UC Conference Centre, Alexandra Headlands on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Speakers: Lloyd Geering, Neville Symington and Gail Tulloch (pictured, left).

South East Queensland SoF Conference 2009 
Who on Earth was Jesus - and Does it Matter? 
11 - 13 September, 2009 at the Picnic Point Conference Centre, Toowoomba on Queensland's Darling Downs. Speaker: David Boulton  (below), author of Who On Earth Was Jesus? (O Books, 2008).  


SoFiA National Conference 2008 
Science and Faith: An Open Dialogue?
19-21 September at Amberley Conference Centre, Melbourne. Keynote speakers were (R to L): Lawrence Krauss (Foundation Professor, Director of Origins Initiative and Co-Director of Cosmology Initiative at the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department, Arizona State University), Val Webb (Australian progressive theologian) and John Wilkins (Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, University of Queensland). 



South East Queensland SoF Conference 2008 
Mirror, Mirror On the Wall: An Exploration of Humanism, Spirituality, Religion and Life 
25-27 April, 2008 at the Kindilan Conference Centre, Redland Bay in Brisbane. Main speaker: author and Fellow of the Westar Institute Nigel Leaves.

  South East Queensland SoF Conference 2007 
An Interfaith Experience: Women's Business, Men's Business 
29-30 June, 2007 at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre,
Alexandra Headland on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Speakers: Ian Fry, Janette Hashimi, Barry Farrin, and
Marion Free.



SoFiA National Conference 2006 
God: Creator or Created?
22-24 September at Dunmore Lang College, Macquarrie University in Sydney. Keynote speakers were (L to R) Stephanie Dowrick, Michael Morwood, Don Cupitt and Lloyd Geering. (2006-7 SoFiA President Scott McKenzie is at the lectern.)


South East Queensland SoF Conference 2006 
Aboriginal Spirituality: The Importance of Place
5 – 7 May 2006. The venue was the Minjerribah Centre at Dunwich, and the program on Aboriginal Spirituality focused on the example of the Noonukul/Quandamooka people. The main presenters were Dr Penny Tripcony and Mrs Evelyn Parkin, both members of the Quandamooka people (as was Conference Convenor Joanne Claybourn).

South East Queensland SoF Conference 2005 
3 - 5 June 2005
. Held at the Theosophical Education & Retreat Centre at Springbrook, the weekend featured an address by the Rev. Dr Gregory Jenks, joint Co-ordinator of Spiritual Development at Forest Lake College and executive director of the FaithFutures Foundation.

Perth One Day Conference 2005 
The End of Faith?: Alternatives to Fundamentalism
3 September 2005, organised by members of the
Mt Claremont Group. Held at the Wollaston College, Mt Claremont, the day featured talks by Dr Nigel Leaves (author of Odyssey on the Sea of Faith and Surfing on the Sea of Faith), Burnard Morey (University of the Third Age lecturer) and John Shepherd (Dean of St George's Anglican Cathedral).  

South East Queensland SoF Conference 2004
Make, Believe
April 30 - May 3, 2004. It was held at the Maroochy Coach House in Maroochydore on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Speakers included Noel Cheer of the NZ SoF Network and religious journalist and playwright Alison Cotes.

The inaugural SoFiA National Conference 2004
Where to Now With Religion?

17-19 September, 2004. The venue was the Wollaston Conference Centre at Mt Claremont in Perth. 

Keynote speakers were (R to L in the photo) UK theologian-philosopher Don Cupitt ('What's Happening to Religion?'), Australian broadcaster/author Rachael Kohn ('The God-Self: A Cautionary Tale') and UK broadcaster/author David Boulton ('The Republic of Heaven').  





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