Education and Arts

Awakening the Sacred 2017

Awakening the Sacred through Literature and the Arts Conference

Friday 7 July - Saturday 8 July 2017

Australian Catholic University

25A Barker Road, Strathfield NSW 2135

Click here to view the complete program for the Meditation event and the SLA Awakening the Sacred Conference (PDF, 84KB)

Click here for colour illustrated description of the conference and speakers (PDF, 1.5MB)

ACU students are eligible to attend this conference free of charge on presentation of their ACU student ID. However, students are asked to make a small donation on the day to cover some of the costs. Students are also able to volunteer as conference helpers. This will be very valued! Contact Michael Griffith if you wish to be a helper:

Awakening the Sacred is the fifth in a series of conferences presented by The Sacred in Literature and the Arts (SLA), a community of interest that brings Australian and international writers, artists, musicians, academics, religious and members of the general public together to explore the interplay between the arts and the sacred.

The 2017 conference asks how literature and the arts can help to awaken an experience of the sacred: do the arts provide a common ground for people of different faiths and no faith to open themselves to the ineffable? There will be a special focus on the meditative traditions and practices of East and West and the ways in which they are often nurtured and supported by literature and the arts. The conference is held in conjunction with The World Community of Christian Meditation.

The conference features a wide range of speakers, including Laurence Freeman OSB, Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr, Sasha Grishin, Rachael Kohn, Maeve Heaney , David Tacey,Imam Afroz Ali, artists Michael Galovic and Chelsea Adkins, and the ACU Choir. The conference will also feature an exhibition of traditional icons and contemporary religious art by Michael Galovic, alongside works by Chelsea Adkins.

Registrations for the Meditation event and the SLA conference are open from 2.00-3.15 pm on Friday 7 July.

Sessions begin at 3.15 and run till 9.15pm on Friday and from 8.30- 5.00 pm on Saturday 8 July.

Unlike the most recent conferences, there will not be a call for papers.

Inquiries can be addressed to Michael Griffith at or Donna Mulhearn at

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