Saturday 30th June 2018 • 9.45am – 2.30pm
With The University of Queensland Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence
for the History of the Emotions, St John’s Cathedral is hosting
an event to celebrate and explore the ways preachers have
appealed to the emotions of their listeners across the ages.
After the reading of a sermon by the famous 17th Century
preacher and poet John Donne, the day will feature a talk
on sermons and emotions by The Reverend Dr Erica Longfellow,
Chaplain and Dean of Divinity at New College Oxford
Please RSVP and advise any dietary requirements to Lisa Clarke
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone: 3835 2239
The 4th Annual Women’s
Theology Conference, to be held at Grace
College, St Lucia 27 – 30 June 2018.
This is Australia’s only international, all women,
ecumenical conference. Featuring
presenters from a range of theological
and spiritual background, the conference
theme is ‘Lifting Marginalised Voices’ and
we have two fantastic keynote speakers,
Dr Monica Melanchthon and Rev Dr Avril
More information available at
UQ Seminar Friday May 25 Wesleyan Reflection on Euthanasia and Educating Leaders for Christian Eco Mission
Friday May 25, 2018
Room E319 in Forgan Smith Building University of Queensland
Who’s Body, Who’s Life, Who’s Decision? A Wesleyan Reflection on
Personal Autonomy, Interdependence and Euthanasia’
David McEwan. Respondent: Dean Smith
The current debates in western cultures on assisted dying are usually framed as human rights issues centred on personal
autonomy – the rights of an individual to make absolute decisions about their own lives. This absolutizes personal choice
above all other considerations, making it the bedrock value of western culture. This paper reflects on a Christian
(especially Wesleyan) evaluation of such a secular framework, and argues that the essence of personhood is located in
interdependence, not autonomy. This interdependence is centred in our relationship with both God and neighbour, and
leads to a brief consideration of how this might help to reframe the current debate on euthanasia.
‘Educating Leaders for Christian Eco-Mission’
Clive Ayre. Respondent: Neil Pembroke
A primary purpose of theological education relates to Christian leadership; in particular, what is needed is education for
a more holistic approach to mission leadership. In theological terms, Christian mission includes Earthcare as an essential
element rather than as an “optional extra”. The potential of a theme of reconciliation, involving ecumenical, interfaith
and community aspects, is enormous. A function of theological education will be to help motivate future leaders to
move beyond an anthropocentric approach to theistic biocentrism, to see excess and “the trashing of creation” as sin,
individual and corporate, related to greed and the self-centredness of humanity. It involves expanding our awareness of
an issue about which Theology has something to say. The aim is to ensure that all leaders in mission, including clergy,
have at least a basic awareness of the validity and potential of eco-mission, with the practical and theological issues involved.
The Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS) Annual Conference is being held in Brisbane – 1-4 July 2018
To be held at Emmanuel College – University of Queensland,
Sir William MacGregor Drive, St Lucia QLD 4067
Sunday evening 1st July to Wednesday 4 July 2018
Conference Theme – Sacrifice
ANZATS Conference 2018 Special Interest Groups. A range of papers will be presented in the following special interest groups:
Lukan Scholarship. Convenor – Convenor Dr Sarah Harris (Sarah.email@example.com )
Learning and Teaching Theology. Convenor – Dr John Capper (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Karl Barth Studies. Convenor – Dr Michael O’Neil (Michael.ONeil@vose.edu.au )
The book of Revelation. Convenor – Dr Jon (email@example.com)
Studies in worship and liturgy. Convenor – Kieran Crichton firstname.lastname@example.org
Missional leadership and issues in practical theology. Convenor – Dr Darren Cronshaw, (email@example.com)
Further details about the conference can be found at https://anzats.edu.au/conferences/
Registration for the conference can be made at https://www.trybooking.com/TCAW
Call for Papers – The Australian New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS) conference in Brisbane
The Conference Planning Committee is pleased to invite all members of ANZATS, and the theological and wider academic community to submit the title of their proposed presentation at this conference. Proposals should be 250-300 words in length and include your full name, title, institution/s, location, email and postal address, and previous and current studies and presentation experience.
A diversity of other topics are covered, including Theological education, Learning and teaching, Practical theology and missions, worship and liturgy, Lukan scholarship and Karl Barth.
Proposals for each of the following special interest groups should be sent directly to each convenor:
1 Lukan Scholarship. Please address submissions to the convenor of this forum, Dr Sarah Harris (Sarah.firstname.lastname@example.org)
2 Learning and Teaching Theology. Please address submissions to the convenor of this forum, Dr John Capper (email@example.com) Les Ball, Bruce,
3 Barth Studies. This forum will cover all aspects of Karl Barth study. Please address submissions to the convenor of this forum, Dr Michael O’Neil (Michael.ONeil@vose.edu.au)
4 Missional leadership and other issues in practical theology, The coordinator is Dr Darren Cronshaw, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
5 Darren Cronshaw – research into theological education
6 The book of Revelation. The coordinator is Dr Jon Newton (JNewton@harvest.edu.au)
7 Studies in Worship and Liturgy. The coordinator is Kieran Crichton (email@example.com)
The Conference Theme of the keynote speakers is – Sacrifice –
A diversity of other topics are also covered, including Theological education, Learning and teaching, Practical theology and missions, worship and liturgy, Lukan scholarship and Karl Barth.
The conference speakers are Professor Andrew
McGowan from Yale. His topic will be “Inventing Sacrifice: Gift, Ritual and Violence in the Bible and Christian Theology.”
The second speaker is Frank Macchia who teaches Theology and Church History at Vanguard University. He is editor, of PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.
His topic is – Baptized in the Spirit and Fire: A Reflection on Luke’s Pneumatological Theology of Atonement. For details please see
Details of the ANZATS conference can be found at – https://anzats.edu.au/conferences/
The acclaimed pianist Keith Birchley will link theology and art in a talking concert. The recital will be held from 7pm to 9pm in the Stevens Bonnin Room at Emmanuel College on the evening of the 10th of November. Please RSVP for this event.
Keith’s presentation will examine the interaction between the piety and work of the most explicitly theological musician in the history of western music. Using Luther’s celebrated description of polyphony (i.e. music with several distinct voices sounded simultaneously) as a ‘heavenly dance,’ Keith will demonstrate and perform five of Bach’s Preludes and Fugues as well as the French Suite # 5 in G major. It will be seen (or rather heard!) that the ‘dance’ of polyphony is integral to Bach’s art and faith and leads the listener into the great doctrines of creation, redemption, sovereignty, and atonement. Whether to have your mind stretched, your faith strengthened, or your heart uplifted, come and join us for a unique evening.
Dr Charles Ringma will speak about Paul Tyson’s new book, De-fragmenting Modernity and why its message is important.
From the back cover:
“We live in a strangely fragmented lifeworld. On the one hand, abstract constructions of our own imagination – such as money, information, and mathematical models – are treated as important objective facts. On the other hand, our understanding of the concrete realities of meaning and value in which our daily lives are actually embedded – love, significance, purpose, wonder – are treated as arbitrary and optional subjective beliefs. This is because, to us, only quantitative and instrumentally useful things are considered accessible to the domain of knowledge. Our lifeworld is designed to disintegrate knowledge from belief, quality from quantity, and ‘mere’ reality from the mystery of being. This book explores two questions: why should we, and how can we, reintegrate being, knowing and believing?”
Dr Paul Tyson is the Director of the Emmanuel Centre for the Study of Science, Religion and Society and has written a number of books on the relationship between the lifeworld of modernity and a Christian understanding of reality.