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Evangelical History Association conference – Saturday, 8 August – call for papers

The Evangelical History Association conference is to be held on Saturday, 8 August 2015, 9am-5pm at The Scots College, Bellevue Hill, Sydney,

The Keynote speaker for the conference is Professor David Bebbington of the University of Stirling, one of the world’s leading historians of Protestantism,

Registration fees for non-EHA members are $70, which covers all catering aside from the optional extra dinner. EHA members will pay a discounted rate of $50. Students and non wage-earners are eligible for a concession rate of $30. To encourage EHA membership, we offer a combined conference and membership fee of $90.

The EHA welcome papers of 20 minutes’ length on all areas of the history of Christianity that address the theme of Christianity and Crisis.

Please send abstracts of 250 words and a brief bio to Laura Rademaker by 1 June 2015

Conference registration will be available on the EHA website from April 1, 2015.”

Details of the EHA can be found at

UQ Studies in Religion Seminar – 2pm Friday May 8 – Dr. Maeve Heaney

Dr. Maeve Heaney  -will speak on the topic – ‘Can Music Have a Theological Meaning? A Case Study’

At The University of Queensland, Room E319 Forgan Smith Building (no.1) St Lucia Campus

Book Launches for Methodism in Australia: A History

there will be Sydney and Melbourne Book Launches for Glen O’Brien and Hilary Carey, eds. Methodism in Australia: A History (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015).

United Theological College Sydney, 26 May at 7:30pm
Queen’s College University of Melbourne  1-17 College Crescent Parkville Friday 5 June at 6,30pm

The next UQ Studies in Religion Theology Seminar will be held on Friday April 17 at 2pm – It features –

Neil Pembroke: ‘Pastoral Preaching as Therapy for Belief-Sickness: Lessons from the Philosophers, with Particular Reference to Søren Kierkegaard’  Neil’s paper offers a supplement to the conventional view of pastoral preaching. He suggests that along with construing the job as offering care and comfort in the face of psychological and existential crises, pastoral preaching may also profitably be interpreted as stimulating self-therapy for belief-sickness.

Janice McRandal: ‘The Slow Apocalypse: What Sort of Difference Does Girard Make to How We Read Apocalyptic Biblical Texts?’ In her paper, Janice challenges a view of the apocalypse as a divine invasion, akin to a well-intended colonial conquest.  Janice contends that Girard presents for us an alternative view of the apocalypse, a remapping that more acutely interrogates desire within hermeneutical moves, and situates cosmic ends within an ever unravelling, excessive knowledge of the Passion; that Girard’s reading destabilizes the masculinist symbol: ‘apocalypse’.

Transforming Theological Education – An Australian mission symposium with Dr Perry Shaw

Australian Association for Mission Studies

The Australian Association of Mission Studies (AAMS) and Brisbane ANZATS invites theology teachers and educators, students and local pastoral leaders, mission scholars and practitioners to a day of conversation about reshaping curriculum, course design, teaching and leadership development around the mission of God with Dr Perry Shaw (Professor of Christian Education and Acting Academic Dean at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon, and author of Transforming Theological Education)  Details can be found at –  A group discount is available for Brisbane ANZATS colleges. Contact for details.

Brisbane School of Theology Intensives in Expository Preaching and Book of Acts

Brisbane School of Theology is offering two mid-year intensives in the MA program of the Australian College of Theology.

Expository Preaching

13-17 July 2015 (8.30am-3pm daily) – Rev Michael Raiter – The Expository Preaching intensive is for those who are new to expository preaching and also for the more experienced preacher who desires to further develop their preaching skills. Click on for more information:

The Book of Acts

3-7 August 2015 (8.30am-3pm daily) – Rev Dr David Peterson – Hermeneutics, Theology and the Book of Acts intensive is for any Christian leader and other ministry workers who want to build on their theological, historical and pastoral understanding of Acts. Click on for more information: