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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 …]

The Question of Nature

The Australian Academy of Humanities’ 2013 Symposium will be hosted by the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies,The University of Queensland. The 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 work Darwin’s Armada (Penguin, 2009) was the basis of the TV series, Darwin’s Brave New World. The Question of Nature will showcase some of the most exciting scholarship in the environmental humanities. For more information please visit

Call for Papers: Society of Asian Biblical Studies

The 2014 meeting of the Society of Asian Biblical Studies will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 23 to 25 June. One of the principal objectives of SABS is to foster biblical scholarship and research in Asia that takes seriously the Asian context—its cultures, religions and methodologies. It is therefore imperative that papers presented at this meeting are attempts to understand the Bible from varied Asian perspectives.  Proposals for papers that deal with our theme of Violence in the Human and Earth Community – Asian Biblical Response will be especially welcome.

Proposals must be submitted to or online at by December 30, 2013.



Name (as you would like it to appear in the program):

Mailing Address:


Please circle the area or topic to which you think your paper should belong:

Apocalyptic Literature, Asian/Pacific Biblical Hermeneutics, Biblical Archaeology, Bible and Disability Studies, Bible Translations, Ecology and the Bible, Economics and the Bible, Feminist Interpretations of the Bible, General Epistles, Historical Books, Historical Jesus, Historical-Critical Readings of the Bible, Johannine Studies, Pauline Studies, Literary Criticism of the Bible, Pedagogy and/of Biblical Studies, Pentateuch, Postcolonial Criticism of the Bible, Prophets, Psalms, Queer Criticism of the Bible, Reception and Recycle of Biblical Narratives, Synoptic Gospels and Acts, Wisdom Literature, Teaching the Bible in Asia.

Title of the Paper:

Language in which the paper will be presented:

Abstract (300 words or less):


Accordance for Windows

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Accordance Bible Software has announced the release of its first version for Windows. This highly-regarded Bile software program has previously only been available in a Mac version, including mobile versions for iPhone and iPad in the last few years. The development of a native Windows version makes this elegant yet powerful Bible research tool available to a larger community of users. More details are available on the Accordance web site.