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NSW/ACT Conference 2017 - Coming Back to Earth, Living Faithfully in the 21st Century.

Friday 14 July 2017 to Saturday 15 July 2017
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We’d love to invite you to our key event for 2017 – our NSW/ACT Conference: Coming Back to Earth – living faithfully in the 21st Century.

Date:  Friday 14- Saturday 15 July

Location: St Anne’s Anglican Church, Ryde.

TEAR Conferences are places where old and new supporters can hear reflective and thoughtful teaching on biblical justice, and provide opportunities for people to begin to formulate individual and collective responses. It's an excellent chance to fellowship with others who are similarly inclined toward the margins and God's heart for justice. We had an amazing conference in 2016 and we hope to make this year even better!

NSW/ACT Conference 2017 - Coming Back to Earth, Living Faithfully in the 21st Century.

Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Cornford, Manna Gum

This year’s theme comes from the title of a book by our keynote speaker Dr Jonathan Cornford, Co-founder of Manna Gum - a ministry in good news economics. Jonathan is a humble, engaging and deeply knowledgeable speaker. He teaches and writes extensively about the Bible's vision of economic and ecological justice and how this applies to the complex global economy of the twenty-first century. It’s challenging stuff that you can apply in practical ways as you live out your faith in everyday life.

NSW/ACT Conference 2017 - Coming Back to Earth, Living Faithfully in the 21st Century.

Jonathan Cornford from Manna Gum 

Friday Program 6pm-9pm

Philip Wilcox - Phil is a performance poet and the Children & Families Minister at St George’s Paddington Anglican.

Introduction and welcome message from Jonathan Cornford 

East Africa Crisis - A session featuring Marshall Currie and Helen Fernandes, from TEAR's International Program team. Come and hear stories, have a conversation and find out more about the situation and how TEAR's partners are responding. How can we pray for East Africa? 

NSW/ACT Conference 2017 - Coming Back to Earth, Living Faithfully in the 21st Century.

Discuss the East Africa crisis with Marshall Currie and Helen Fernandes from TEAR's International Program Team

Saturday 9am registrations -evening session finishes 8.45pm

9.30am Welcome and keynote session 1: Facing the Bad News

11.30 am Morning tea

12 pm Workshops (Workshops will run in 2 sessions - 12 and 4.30pm):

Breakout sessions on Saturday will provide opportunities to examine the conference theme in more depth. Learn more about the issues facing our world through workshops on:

  • The Restorative Economy
  • Developing restorative communities
  • How TEAR works in partnership with local development agencies, and 
  • Digital Discipleship. 

Unpack a few practical and creative responses, like how to produce your own food through a vertical or no-dig garden. Explore your creative side through art and music, or take part in a poetry slam.

Presenters include Jo Knight, Liz and Jesse Milani (Pocketfuel), Phil Wilcox, Liuanga Palu, Shane Fenwick, Helen Wright and Ben Thurley.

1.15pm - Lunch

2.15pm - Keynote session 2: Inhabiting the Good News

4pm - Grab a cuppa + Workshop Sessions 

6pm Dinner  

Evening Session 7pm - Where to now for the Church? 

The conference will conclude with a Q and A style discussion: "Where to now for the Church?" How can Christians respond to the environmental, economic and social challenges facing the world in the 21st century?

Moderated by Matt Anslow (Love Makes A Way, Hope Uniting Church), panel members include Tanya Riches (Hillsong, Alphacrusis College), Reverend Dr Geoff Broughton (St George's Anglican Church, Paddington, St Mark's National Theological Centre) and Dr Jonathan Cornford.

NSW/ACT Conference 2017 - Coming Back to Earth, Living Faithfully in the 21st Century.

Fantastic workshops including one on the restorative economy.

Fair Trade Market:

Our Market Place will showcase the wares of organisations like Hope Collective, Tribes and Nations and Mukti Australia.

All this, plus delicious food from Gypsy Kitchen, coffee from Tribes and Nations, and TEAR's famous chai.

We hope to see you there!

NSW/ACT Conference 2017 - Coming Back to Earth, Living Faithfully in the 21st Century.

Don't miss our famous chai! 

Interested in helping out?

We would love you get involved in the making of this year's conference! We're looking for volunteers to help in the following roles:

  • Catering and hospitality (helping serve meals, cleaning up)
  • Making chai (training provided)
  • Welcome/registration
  • Stalls and resources (assisting in the Fair Trade Market)
  • Venue managing (tech assistance, sound desk, driving the slideshow)
  • Official photographer

Why volunteer? Firstly, tickets are heavily discounted and volunteer roles generally allow plenty of time to catch most of the conference sessions. Then there's the fun of being part the team, not to mention the satisfaction of contributing to what’s shaping up to be a fantastic event! And then there’s free chai….

If you're able to help or would like to know more, please send us an email at 

For any other enquiries please contact our Church Engagement Team at

Register here - 


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