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Oceania Biblical Studies Association (OBSA) biennial gathering April 21-22, 2017

The next biennial gathering for the Oceania Biblical Studies Association (OBSA) is scheduled for April 21-22, 2017 at Trinity Methodist Theological College in Auckland, New Zealand.  Attached is the Call for Papers for your information.  Please distribute through your networks!  If you are interested in presenting a paper or attending, please let us know as soon as possible.  For more information, visit our website:



2017 ANZATS conference and call for papers

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS) holds an annual scholarly conference.  The conference brings together researchers from the theological colleges and university department of theology in Australia and New Zealand thus enabling the sharing of ideas and scholarship on a truly regional basis that is unique.

I am pleased to attach the Call for Papers for the 2017 ANZATS Conference to be held in Adelaide on 9-12 July 2017.  Dr James Winderlich of the Australian Lutheran College and the Adelaide Conference Organising Committee have been working steadily on the preparations all year.

The theme of the Conference is Kinship and Family in Contemporary Australia and New Zealand.  There are also three further streams accepting paper proposals: Lukan Theology, Learning and Teaching Theology, and Barth Studies.  Abstracts are to be submitted by 17 February 2017.

We are pleased to advise that two international speakers have accepted invitations to deliver plenaries at the Conference.  The speakers are Dr Lynn Cohick, Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, and Dr Stephen Barton, Reader and Honorary Fellow in the Department of New Testament at the University of Durham.

The AGM of ANZATS Ltd will take place on Tuesday afternoon, 11 July.  There will be a presidential address on Wednesday 12 July.

The registration form and program will be available early in the New Year.

Please feel free to circulate the attached Call for Papers widely.


position available – Editor of Colloquium

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS) Limited (ACN: 145 380 749) operates as a peak body for theological education in Australia and New Zealand. It hosts an annual conference and publishes an academic journal, Colloquium.

The Council of ANZATS is now seeking to appoint a new editor.

Please direct applications addressing the above criteria and a CV to the Rev Dr Mark Harding, Executive Officer, ANZATS Ltd, at by 23 December 2016.


Australasian Academy of Homiletics biennial conference 19-21 April 2017

The Australasian Academy of Homiletics biennial conference will be held on 19-21 April 2017 in Newtown, Sydney. Proposals for papers are encouraged before 17 Feb 2017.



Religious History Association – Call for papers for 2017

Laura Rademaker and Christina Petterson will be convening the religious history stream at the AHA in 2017.  They have sent the following –

The RHA invites papers and panel proposals that address religious history from any time period and geographical location.

In addition to this broad call, we would like to invite papers or panel proposals in three specific areas:

  1. Critical engagement with missionary activity
  2. Moravian missions; and
  3. Papers which engage questions of sexuality and/or marriage and religion.

The DEADLINE for Abstracts is 31st March 2017

For further information and ALL inquiries please contact:

Dr Christina Petterson (, or
Dr Laura Rademaker (

UQ Studies in Religion Seminar – Dr Wendi Sargeant: ‘Apologetics and the Visual Arts’ & Dr Dean Smith: ‘The Evangelical Church and Homosexual Practice’

On Friday Oct 21, 2016, 2pm-4pm Room E319 in Forgan Smith Building (No. 1)

Dr Wendi Sargeant: ‘Apologetics and the Visual Arts’  In this paper I will argue for the use of the visual arts as a medium for apologetic exploration and expression.

Dr Dean Smith: ‘The Evangelical Church and Homosexual Practice’  The Evangelical Church is deeply divided in its response to the issue of homosexual practice. The debate is carried on as if progressives and conservatives really do share the same socially embodied paradigm with the same standards and methods of rational justification. If I am correct in my assessment of the incommensurability of progressive and conservative paradigms, indeed it is like a fault line running through all of western Christianity, then addressing this issue becomes a matter of urgency.


Conference on ‘Creeds and Conflict: Doing Theology in Sydney 1916-2016’

The Heretics Centenary Conference & St Paul’s College Colloquium 2016 St Paul’s College, University of Sydney, 30 November 2016  is titled ‘Creeds and Conflict: Doing Theology in Sydney 1916-2016’