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Mission in World Religions

A symposium and public forum at the Griffith University Multi-Faith Centre, 11-12 February 2014.


Brisbane ANZATS Event

Please mark your diaries to join us for the first of two special ANZATS events planned for 2014.
Date: Friday, 7 March
Time: 2.00 – 4.30pm

Venue: Lecture Room 1, St Francis Theological College, 233 Milton Road, Milton (best car entry is from Baroona Road)

Dr Les Ball, formerly the Dean of Brisbane College of Theology and  the author of the 2012 report, Transforming Theology: Student Experience and Transformative Learning in Undergraduate Theological Education, will help us begin our 2014 year with reflections on best practice in offering our students transformative experiences in theological education.

Les will present some of his research into transformative theological education, with time for questions and discussion. We shall then have an extended opportunity for refreshments, so that we get to meet and mingle with colleagues from different theology schools around SE Queensland.

Autoethnography Workshop

St Francis College at Milton is hosting a Qualitative Research Method Workshop on Individual and Collaborative Autoethnography, presented by Heewon Chang, Ph. D., Professor of Organizational Leadership and Education at Eastern University, USA and Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Multicultural Education. Professor Chang is the author of: Autoethnography as Method(2008), Spirituality in Higher Education: Autoethnographies (2012), and Collaborative Autoethnography (2013).

The workshop will extend over five (5) days, and numbers are limited to 15 participants. Register online now to secure one of these 15 places.


This five-day workshop focuses on individual and collaborative autoethnography as a qualitative research method.  Dr. Heewon Chang, author of multiple books and articles on autoethnography, will present the theoretical and practical knowledge of this research method in interactive sessions.  Ten sessions (two each morning) will cover the following topics: (1) methodological tenets of individual and collaborative authoethnography; (2) research topic selection; (3) data collection; (4) data analysis and interpretation; and (5) autoethnographic writing.  Participants may use the optional afternoon sessions to practice research steps independently or design a new autoethnographic project.  By the end of the workshop, participants might expect to have gained a working knowledge of this research method and be able to initiate their own autoethnographic project.


The workshop is designed to provide foundational knowledge about autoethnography to those who, for the first time, want to use autobiographical data for social science research. Those who are somewhat familiar with the research method may also benefit from the workshop by participating in hands-on exercises in the company of other novice and seasoned autoethnographers. We welcome scholars and students of autoethnography and other qualitative research methods from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, education, leadership, health care, social work, sociology, anthropology, ministry, communication, business, etc.

Register online now …

Postcolonial engagement: Politics, Religions, Scriptures

Call for papers

Proposals are invited for presentations that use postcolonial theory to engage with cultures, texts, traditions, teachings, rituals and/or practices in one of the following areas:

  • Politics
  • Religions
  • Scriptures

Deadline: Paper proposals should be sent by 31 Mar 2014 (see next page for instructions)

Conference information

Guest speakers

Sharada Sugirtharajah, Senior Lecturer in Hindu Studies, Department of Theology and Religion at University of Birmingham (follow link to further information), is author of Imagining Hinduism: A Postcolonial Perspective (Routledge 2003, link to review) and Religious Pluralism and the Modern World: An Ongoing Engagement with John Hick (MacMillan Palgrave 2012, link to synopsis) and other publications on women issues, interreligious relations, and disaporic Hinduism.

R. S. Sugirtharajah, Professor of Biblical Hermeneutics, Department of Theology and Religion at University of Birmingham (follow link to further information) author of The Bible and Asia: From the Pre-Christian Era to the Postcolonial Age (Harvard University Press 2013, link to review), Exploring Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: History, Method, Practice (Blackwell 2012) and many works on biblical and postcolonial criticism.

To submit a proposal, fill out the following table and attach to an email to Jenny Stockton ( before 31 March 2014

Surname, First name










Title of Presentation


Abstract (up to 300 words)






SFC Research Seminars

The SFC Research Seminars provide an avenue for Honours students, Masters students, and doctoral candidates to participate in a forum where faculty are presenting their own current work while also modelling good research and writing practice. These seminars are held three times each academic semester, and are open to clergy and members of the wider community.

These seminars are held in Lecture Room 1 (directly below the Roscoe Library), between 2.00pm and 5.00pm on the dates listed below.

The dates for SFC Research Seminars in 2013 are:

March 6
April 10
May 8

July 24 (Special Guest Presenter: Dr Paula Gooder) Register Online
August 21
September 25

Details of the topics for presentations to these seminars are available online.

UQ Research Seminars

School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics

Studies in Religion Seminar

Theology Series Program 2014

Note: Sessions begin at 2pm. Venue at UQ is TBA.



7th March  Anne Klose: ‘The Lord’s Supper as Multivalent Sacrament in an Australian Baptist Context’


4th April Aaron Ghiloni: ‘Mission Concepts in World Religions’


2nd May  Janice Rees: ‘The (Im) Material Body?: On Eucharist, Discipleship, and Subjectivity’

Clive Ayre: ‘Ecology and Diaconia’

6th June Sam Hey: ‘Contemporary Pentecostal Theologies and their Responses to Religious and Social Change’
1st August Neil Pembroke and Ray Reddicliffe: ‘The Healthcare Chaplain and Organizational Spirituality: Theology and Practice’
5th September David McEwan: ‘Love, Holiness and Happiness; But is the Greatest of These Love?’
3rd October David Pitman: ‘The Relevance of Reinhold Niebuhr for the Contemporary Academy and Church’
7th November Anita Monro: ‘“It’s such a shame you’re not in a congregation!” Reclaiming the Diaconal Role of the Presbyter’