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MATS 2014

Gospel Responses to Vital Issues Facing the Melanesian World in the 21st Century: Biblical, Theological, Missiological

The Melanesian Association of Theological Schools 2014 conference and meeting of educators and postgraduate students from the theological schools of Melanesia will be held at the Christian Leaders’ Training College, Banz campus (near Mt. Hagen), from 7 to 10 July. The conference begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, 7 July, and concludes at 9 p.m. on Thursday, 10 July. Conference fees are K400, which includes accommodation (4 nights), meals (11 meals), and pick-up and drop-off at Mt Hagen airport. Inquiry Contact: Doug Hanson, e-mail:

Griffith Climate Change Public Seminar–The Role of Faith in Climate Change Adaptation

Dear Friends,

Please join us for the next enlightening Griffith Climate Change Public Seminar (the final seminar for 2013) – The role of faith in climate change adaptation.

Date: Thursday, 14 November 2013

Time: free supper from 5:30 pm with 6 pm seminar start.  Concludes with audience questions and discussion at 8 pm

Venue: EcoCentre, Griffith University, Nathan campus

Summary: This presentation explores the role faith plays in supporting climate change adaptation. This will be examined from two perspectives. First, faith will be examined as a personal motivator to face challenges, strengthen resilience and maintain persistence in work. Second, faith as an institution will be examined as an important contributor to resilient communities and policy making. This discussion will also include the presentation of a deliberative democratic framework of nine principles to facilitate in infusion of faith perspectives in climate change decision making.

We have a fantastic line up of speakers:

Dr Brian J Adams, Director of the Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University

* Dr Sylvie Shaw, Lecturer in Religion and Spirituality Studies, University of Queensland

* The Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt, Dean, Anglican Diocese of Brisbane

To assist with catering RSVP to Lisa Malcolm: (  or call the EcoCentre on 07 3735 7124.

Further information:


Kindest Regards,
Multi~Faith Centre

Nathan Campus, Griffith University

170 Kessels Road, Nathan

Brisbane, Queensland, 4111 Australia


T: +61 (0)7 3735 7052 F: +61 (0)7 3735 7131

Summer School, Melbourne

Trinity College Theological School (University of Melbourne) presents an Anglican Summer School in 2014

You are invited to join us for a conference at Trinity College Theological School, delivered by internationally renowned theological scholars. Join us for a week of education, discussion and ministry as we look at The place of theology in ministry.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School, USA
  • The Revd Professor Dorothy Lee, Dean of Trinity College Theological School and Frank Woods Professor of New Testament
  • The Revd Professor Andrew McGowan, Warden of Trinity College and Joan FW Munro Professor of Historical Theology
  • The Revd Canon Dr Ray Cleary, Director of Ministry Formation & Sambell Lecturer in Pastoral and Public Theology
  • Dr Felicity Harley-McGowan, Trinity College Theological School Adjunct Faculty
  • Professor Peter Sherlock, Vice-Chancellor, MCD University of Divinity

Find out more information about the Summer School and view the draft program 

Position Available | Lay Education Officer

Applications are invited for the position of


St Francis Theological College

This is a new three-year full-time position commencing early 2014. It is designed to build upon and extend the impact of the BIBLE360 program within the Diocese and nationally, as well as developing a broader set of programs to enrich the faith education of the people of God in the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane. The position requires a person with initiative and vision, strong theological and educational qualifications, skills to facilitate the training and development of others, and a good working knowledge of current digital communication strategies.

 For further information including a detailed position description, please contact Mrs Suzie Anthonisz, Registrar, St Francis Theological College on (07) 3514 7400 or

Applications close Monday, 18 November 2013.

Call for papers

There are already several academic conferences planned for 2014 that have issued their call for papers. These include:

  • Symposium on Theology, Spirituality and Cancer (University of Auckland)
  • Society of Asian Biblical Studies (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
  • ANZ Association of Theological Schools (University of Notre Dame, Fremantle)

For further information about these and other opportunities for conference papers, see the dedicated page under the Research tab.

New lecturer at SFC

St Francis Theological College in Brisbane has announced that the Rev’d Dr Cathy Thomson will be the Director of Formation and Lecturer in Theology at SFC, commencing January 2014.  She is currently the Rector of Christ Church, St Lucia. Cathy has a PhD in Systematic Theology. She has been a sessional lecturer at St. Francis since 2009.  Currently, Cathy is a member of Diocesan Council in Brisbane as well as the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia. She also serves on the Faith and Unity Commission of the National Council of Churches, the Executive of Queensland Churches Together, and the Ecumenical Affairs Committee of the Anglican Church of Australia. In December this year, Dr Thomson will conclude a nine year term on the  Anglican/Lutheran International Commission.

New Principal for BST

Brisbane School of Theology (BST) is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev Dr Richard Gibson to the position of college Principal, commencing on 1 July 2014. Dr Gibson will be taking over the position previously held by Dr Johan Ferreira who stepped down from the role on 28 June 2013. Dr Gibson brings 20 years of theological teaching experience, lecturing at Moore Theological College (NSW) in New Testament Greek, New Testament and Early and Reformation Church History. Ordained in 1990 by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, the Rev Dr Gibson holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Theology, Bachelor of Theology, Diploma of Arts in Theology, and a Bachelor of Social Work. He served as Chairman of the College of Preachers (Sydney Diocese) from 2003 to 2009. [Full story …]