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Call for articles

COLLOQUIUM, the Australian and New Zealand Theological Review is seeking general articles in all areas of theology, especially systematic, process and constructive theologies, church history and biblical studies, for forthcoming issues. For consideration for inclusion in May 2014 please submit your article by 30 November 2013. For consideration for inclusion in Nov 2014 please submit your article by 31 May 2014. Early submissions are welcome. For further information, please visit the COLLOQUIUM blog.

The Question of Nature

The Australian Academy of Humanities’ 2013 Symposium will explore the ways in which the humanities are vital to understanding the way communities deal with environmental change.  The event will feature 14 speakers and panelists, including Professor Iain McCalman whose award-winning workDarwin’s Armada (Penguin, 2009) was the basis of the TV series, Darwin’s Brave New WorldThe Question of Nature will showcase some of the most exciting scholarship in the environmental humanities.  For more information please visit

The Centre for the Study of Science, Religion and Society at Emmanuel College

The Centre for the Study of Science, Religion and Society at Emmanuel College invites you to hear a seminar on Friday 11 October 2013. Professor Ian Cameron, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland will speak to the topic: “To be human is to be an engineer.” 12.30 – 2.00pm. Emmanuel College, Sir William MacGregor Drive, St Lucia. A light lunch will be served prior to the seminar.  RSVP to Sharon Burridge by Wednesday 9 October 2013: (Tel: 07 3871 9362)

Early Christian Centuries Conference in Melbourne

The forthcoming international conferences ‘Early Christian Centuries’ grow out of the activities of the Centre for Early Christian Studies at Australian Catholic University over the past twenty years and have become an integral part of the work of the Asia-Pacific Early Christian Studies Society, established in 2003.

Previously entitled ‘Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church’, these conferences encompass themes between the first and the seventh centuries, from Pauline literature, the New Testament, Jewish, Gnostic, pagan, late-antique, and proto-Islamic perspectives. There are opportunities for literature, art, architecture, liturgy, monasticism, philosophy, and the material remains of the early Christian centuries to be explored in these conferences, each of which has a theme.

Thursday, 3rd October – Saturday, 5th October 2013
115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, Victoria
For more information, please follow the link to the websites below:,_institutes_and_centres/theology_and_philosophy/news/conferences/conferences_organised_by_the_faculty_that_occur_on_a_regular_cycle/early_christian_centuries_i

Australian Council of Christians and Jews National Conference: “Engaging the Other”

The Australian Council of Christians and Jews will be holding its National Conference at Australian Catholic University’s campus in Banyo from 29 September to 2 October 2013.

The conference theme is “Engaging the Other: Jewish-Christian Perspectives in Light of the 2007 Berlin Document, ‘A Time for Recommitment'”

The keynote speaker is Emeritus Rabbi Dr John Levi AM DD.

For more information please contact Dr Terry Veling at ACU (terry.veling *at* or consult the Conference Brochure

ANZATS on Facebook

To extend the reach of the Brisbane ANZATS online services, we have added a Facebook page. You can find us here, and we hope you will like us and tell your friends about us!

Cross Institutional Studies

Many students find that cross-institutional studies offer an enriching addition to their theological studies.

While the exact processes differ from one institution to another (and can—at times—be confusing), taking a subject from another theological school offers a number of benefits:

  • access to subjects not offered a your home institution
  • ecumenical relationships with students and staff from other schools
  • encountering a broader range of lecturers and viewpoints
  • faster completion of your studies (e.g., “summer semester” classes)
  • greater flexibility in study schedules, including access to online learning

Students interested in pursuing cross-institutional studies first need to check with their home institution to see what scope for subjects from other schools is permitted under their degree rules.

Another practical matter to ask about concerns variations in the dates of academic terms, as these may differ from one system to another. It is also worth checking in advance just what the process will be for claiming the academic credit in your him program after completing this external class!

Here are some links to the cross-instutional studies pages on selected university web sites in case you wish to explore this option further:

Giving Back 2013

Mission Travel, a Melbourne-based travel business with a focus on serving the diverse mission activities of the Christian community, has announced the next round of its “Giving Back” grants program.

Mission Travel is giving away $100,000 to Christian individuals, churches and ministries nationwide. We want to know how you would like to serve God and how a grant could make that happen.

The $100,000 is available in $5,000 and $10,000 grants as follows:

Overseas Experiences:

  • Holy Land Experience
  • Sponsored Child Visit
  • Volunteer Africa
  • Gap Year Travel Grant
  • $5,000 Travel Grant


  • Ministry Training Scholarship

Cash Grants:

  • $10,000 Grant (Organisation) X2
  • $10,000 Grant (Individual)  X2
  • $5,000 Grant (Organisation)  X2
  • $5,000 Grant (Individual)  X2

For more information, visit the Mission Travel web site:

Accordance Bible Software Seminar

St Francis Theological College is hosting a free training seminar for Accordance Bible software on Saturday, 14 September.

The seminar will be presented by Dr Ken Simpson, the Australian demonstrator for Accordance.

In addition to providing an introduction to Accordance for new users, and workshops on some of the advanced capabilities of this software, Ken will also demonstrate the new Accordance for Windows version that is being released over the next few weeks. The afternoon program will include a parallel session for people interested in using this software for their personal Bible study as well as adult education programs.

There is no cost for attending this seminar, but participants are asked to register at least one week before: