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Conference on Spiritual Formation 2 to 3 October 2014 at Christ College, 1 Clarence Street Burwood NSW

A Conference on Spiritual Formation will be held on 2 to 3 October 2014  Hosted by the Australian College of Theology to be held at Christ College, 1 Clarence Street Burwood NSW 2134

details can be found at


Book Launch – Jesus Then and Jesus Now

Members of the local ANZATS community are invited to join us for this event at SFC on Thursday, 10 April 2014, as we celebrate the publication of the latest book by Dr Gregory C. Jenks, Academic Dean at St Francis Theological College and Senior Lecturer in the CSU School of Theology:

Jesus Then and Jesus Now: Looking for Jesus, Finding Ourselves
Melbourne: Mosaic Press, 2014

The book will be launched by the Revd Dr Nigel Leaves, and copies are now available for purchase at an early bird discount rate that will be available on the day of the launch and through to 15 April.

The venue will be Lecture Room 1, below the Roscoe Library at SFC (233 Milton Road, Milton).

To assist with catering arrangements, please register online for a free ticket.

You are welcome to join us for the book launch at 3.30pm, or else to come at 2.00pm for two presentations in the SFC Research Seminar series:

  • 2.00pm – Richard Tutin (SFC): “Receptive Ecumenism”
  • 2.45pm – Serena Love (UQ Archaeology): “Chemical analysis of sun-dried bricks in ancient structures.”

For other publications by Gregory C. Jenks, see:

You are invited to the next Brisbane ANZATS seminar – August 22 at Malyon College

Please mark in your diaries the date for the next Brisbane ANZATS seminar.
The topic is “the OnLine delivery of Theological education”.
Ian Hussey, who is director of On Line Development at Malyon will speak on the topic.
This seminar will be held on August 22 at Malyon College at Mitchelton from 1pm to 3.30 pm.
There is also an opportunity for others to contribute.
Please pass this information on to all who may be interested.

Theology Research Seminar at ACU on Friday 21 March


The School of Theology at Australian Catholic University invites you to its Research Seminar on Friday 21 March 2014

10am: David Loder (pre-submission seminar for doctoral thesis)

The Spiritual Formation of Queensland Baptist Ministers


11:30 am: Kosta Simic (Confirmation of Candidature Seminar for Doctoral Research)

The Corpus of Hymns Attributed to Germanos I, Patriarch of Constantinople (715-730): Hymns as Tools for Byzantine Identity Information in the Period of Crisis.


12:10 am:  Justin Pigott (Confirmation of Candidature Seminar for Doctoral Research)

Reading Councils Backwards: Challenging Teleological Perspectives of Constantinople’s Rise through Council Canons and Acts 381 – 451.


Australian Catholic University, 1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo
Video Conference Room AC.22

RSVP to              Phone: (03) 5336 5393

$200 Post Graduate Conference Bursaries

The Brisbane ANZATS committee are offering two post graduate bursaries of $200 to attend and present at a relevant conference. Applications will be received up to 23 May 2014. Applicants should include a brief one paragraph statement as to why conference participation will be of benefit and background information that supports the proposal. Priority will be given to those who present over those who are just attending, and to those who attend ANZATS related conferences over other conferences. Details of applications will be circulated to each school for ranking. Applications can be forwarded through the member schools, or sent to the Brisbane ANZATS secretary, Dr Sam Hey at

Autoethnography Workshop in Brisbane

During the week of March 24 – 28, 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. Register online now to secure one of these places. If the cost of the workshop would prevent you from attending, please email Greg Jenks at SFC to discuss options for a concessional charge.

Religious History Association Conference 2014

Religious History Association Conference 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS – “Religion and Conflict”

Posted on December 12, 2013

The Religious History Association, in conjunction with the Centre for the History of European Discourses at The University of Queensland, has great pleasure in calling for papers for the next annual conference of the Religious History Association to be held at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, from 8—10 July 2014.

The conference theme is “Religion and Conflict.” Papers addressing all aspects of the theme are invited

Keynote speaker: Professor Emeritus Ron Numbers (University of Wisconsin-Madison) 

Proposals will be accepted until 15 March 2014


Open Theology

I am glad to inform that Open Theology journal is ready to invite all academics to publish with us. The Editorial Advisory Board is completed (you may find the list of its members at our website: – soon also the profiles of all the members we be created). I am still looking for more Section, Assistant and Language Editors, but at this moment the team is big enough to start its work.

For the reason I would like to ask you to help us to spread the information to the potential authors, sending it to the disscussion list you are a member and forwarding to all people who could be interested. To do it you may use the text attached below. I would be very grateful for your help.

Katarzyna Tempczyk, PhD
Managing Editor, Theology and Religious Studies


Open Theology – an international Open Access, peer-reviewed academic journal ( ), launched recenty by De Gruyter Open, welcomes contributions addressin g religion in its various forms and aspects: historical, theological, sociological, psychological, and other.

The journal encompasses all major disciplines of Theology and Religious Studies, presenting doctrine, history, organization and everyday life of various types of religious groups and the relations between them. We publish articles from the field of Theology as well as Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology of Religion and also dialogue between Religion and Science.

The Open Theology does not present views of any particular theological school nor of a particular religious organization. The contributions are written by researchers who represent different religious views. The authors present their research concering the old religious traditions as well as new religious movements.

Open Theology is published within Open HSS Journals, unprecedented publishing program dedicated to vibrant disciplines in humanities and social sciences.

The authors are given a variety of benefits:

  • convenient, web-based manuscript submission and tracking system,
  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review;
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter’s e-technology;
  • no publication charge in the first three annual volumes;
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

All accepted papers will be immediately available on-line.

To submit an article for Open Theology, please use the on-line submission system

Faith & the Political

The Biennial Conference in Philosophy, Religion and Culture,  Catholic Institute of Sydney, 4 – 5 October 2014.

The theme – FAITH AND THE POLITICAL – is to be interpreted broadly and from the disciplines of philosophy, theology, history, social science, literature and the arts.  Topics that might be investigated include: scandal in/of Christianity; structures of belief and opinion; secularisation, fundamentalism and inculturation; politics in the Bible and the Bible in politics; religion in the public forum; Christian ethics in a liberal democracy; liberation and equality. The conference specifically aims to foster interaction between scholars in the universities and scholars in theological colleges.  It also encourages young scholars.

Keynote Speaker: Peter Forrest: The Epistemology of Scandal

How can you continue to believe in the face of scandals?” This question is not, I submit, merely a manifestation of the ad hominem fallacy exemplified by, “How can you take Frege seriously when he was a bigot?” Nor can it be dismissed by noting that the reality of sin is a central Christian doctrine.  I argue that ‘right reason’ requires not merely the rational assessment of doctrines but a way of deciding which doctrines to assess. Scandal undermines the appeal to authority when assessin g but not the reliance on traditions when deciding what to assess. As a consequence, scandal tends to undermine ‘simple faith’ and mandates the, not necessarily academic, philosophical reflection on faith.

Proposals Due: 20 June 2014

Convenors: Stephen Buckle (ACU), William Emilsen (UTC/CSU), Peter Forrest (UNE), John McDowell (Newcastle), Shane Mackinlay (CTC/MCD), Andrew Murray (CIS/SCD)

Contact: Andrew Murray:

Full details are available on the website:

The Çatalhöyük Sequence

The Çatalhöyük sequence: the leopard changes its spots

UQ School of Social Science invites you to attend a public lecture by one of the world’s most influential archaeologists, discussing his ground-breaking work at one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, Catalhöyük in Turkey. In this lecture Professor Ian Hodder from Stanford University will discuss recent research that shows major change through the occupation sequence at Çatalhöyük, famous Neolithic settlement in central Turkey.

The sequence of occupation in the 7th millennium BCE at Çatalhöyük has often been described as slow and stable, but recent research has shown that there was continual and marked change in all aspects of the evidence. The talk will integrate specialist information from a large number of archaeological sub-disciplines in order to build a picture of the changes and why they occurred.

Friday, 28 March, 2014, 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Room 222, Parnell Building (#7)
The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus

Debbie Lim: