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You are invited to hear Dr Andrew Bain and Dr Ian Hussey speak on The Long-Term Value of Theological Education.

You are invited to the next Brisbane ANZATS Seminar Monday 3 Sept  2018

at Malyon College, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne QLD, Australia 4051


Dr Andrew Bain and Dr Ian Hussey

will speak on ‘Five Years On: The Long-Term Value of Theological Education.’

from their new book with the Australian College of Theology titled ‘Theological Education – Foundations, Practices and Future Directions.’

12:30pm – 1.30 pm Brisbane Chapter ANZATS business meeting to discuss business items for the Brisbane Chapter of ANZATS. We encourage each college to send one or more representatives to the business meeting, and guests are welcome to attend.  Tea and coffee are available.

1:30pm to 2.30 pm. Andrew Bain and Ian Hussey presentation

2.30 to 2.45 Questions and answers.

2.45 to 3.00 Afternoon tea.

Some excerpts from chapter 5 “The Long Term Value of Theological Education”

Educational writer Perry Shaw advocates that theological training institutions need to engage with the stakeholders who they serve in order to ensure the training they offer is relevant. One such stakeholder is the student themselves. Little research has been done to investigate how well pastors/ministers believe their theological education has prepared them for their ministry.

ANZATS is the Australian New Zealand Association of theological schools

Ian Hussey is the Director of Post Graduate Studies, Brisbane, where he teaches New Testament, Research Methods, and Practical

Andrew M. Bain is Vice Principal of Queensland Theological College, Brisbane, where he teaches Church History and Christian

This research investigated the perceptions of ministry practitioners of how effectively their theological education has prepared them for their current vocation. The sample was composed of practitioners from two different religious traditions (Presbyterians and Baptists) who completed their theological education in the last 5 to 10 years and are still in vocational ministry. The qualitative methodology utilised telephone interviews in order to collect the data.

3 Sept Brisbane ANZATS

UQ studies in religion seminars Friday August 24, 2018 2pm –4pm Room E319 in Forgan Smith – Graham Stanton: A Theology of Complexity for Ministerial Formation, Dave Benson: How the Knowledge Project (De)Forms Us

Graham Stanton: A Theology of Complexity for Ministerial Formation in Times of Change
The paper offers a conversation between complexity theory and Christian theology. It explores how an understanding of the practices of leadership in complex systems informs ministerial formation.
Many institutions today face a need to develop process of innovation and experimentation. The Christian churches, particularly those from conservative theological traditions, are typically not especially agile or open to change. The role of enabling constraints in conducting experimental probes in complex systems offers a way of holding to traditional theological convictions that promotes rather
than inhibits adaptation and exploration.
Dave Benson: Education Between Tree, Tower and Temple: How the Knowledge Project
(De)Forms Us Never before have Aussies spent so many years being “schooled”. So many opportunities to learn, and avenues to be equipped for a bright new future. And yet, what of the dark side to the knowledge project? Beyond the explicit curriculum of the scholar-academic, what do the hidden and null curriculum teach about what we as a society really value? How are we formed and deformed in our ascent to secure a view of the world from above? In this embodied narrative theological exploration,
Dave reflects on his schooling odyssey and nearly two decades invested in Higher Education. Learning looks radically different—both more luminous and ludicrous than we ever imagined—when set against the biblical story of Eden’s Tree, Babel’s Tower, and Pentecost’s living Temple.

7.30pm, Monday August 27th, Duchesne College, UQ St Rev Dr Paul Rout on Bonaventure’s Understanding of Human Knowledge

Rev Dr Paul Rout  Formerly of Heythrop College, University of London  ‘St Bonaventure’s Understanding of Human Knowledge and Implications for the Contemporary World’

7pm for 7.30pm, Monday August 27th, Duchesne College, College Rd, UQ

Western society is heavily influenced by an empirical understanding of human knowledge. While this has led to great advances in science and technology, it has also contributed to an objectification of human relationships with the other; the other person, the natural world, the divine other, God. Bonaventure does not denigrate the importance of empirical knowledge, but insists that human knowledge must also discover its deeper dimensions in the experiences of wisdom and ecstasy. This talk explores the relevance of his thought, with its possible social, ecological and theological implications, in developing a contemporary viable epistemological vision.

Paul Rout lecture b