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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

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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.


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