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Call for papers for Australia and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools conference in Adelaide, July 2020

We are very pleased to announce that the 2020 Conference will be held in conjunction with the International meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Opportunities to participate in an academic conference with a substantial number of international scholars is not common in Australia and New Zealand, so we are very excited by the prospect of meeting with ISBL. The possibility exists that ANZATS might be able to offer joint sessions with SBL in biblical and related fields. Apart from any joint sessions, ANZATS streams (in Bible, theology, history, theological education, and practical ministry) will run parallel to those of SBL.

There are nine ANZATS streams you might consider submitting a paper to. Proposal abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length and include your full name and academic title, institutional affiliation, and email address. We will require full papers in the New and Emerging Scholars streams. Anyone can present a paper in ANZATS sessions.

Proposals for each of the following streams should be sent directly to the coordinator listed below by Friday 13 December. This is far earlier than due dates for ANZATS conferences.

The program for ISBL with ANZATS will be finalised by SBL by the end of January 2020.

Members of SBL can, of course, propose papers directly to SBL through their website:

The ANZATS streams we have chosen for Adelaide with their coordinators and email addresses are listed below.

We are repeating the New and Emerging Scholars stream and will again be offering three scholarships worth $800 each to successful applicants. Applicants must show evidence that they are currently enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research course at a member institution of ANZATS or have completed their doctoral degree at a member institution within the last two years. Applicants should indicate in their covering email whether they would like to be considered for a scholarship. They should also attach an academic reference from their supervisor or employer.

1. LUKAN SCHOLARSHIP: Coordinator — Dr Sarah Harris

2. THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION: Coordinator — Cathy Harris

3. BARTH STUDIES: Coordinator — Dr Michael O’Neil

4. ISSUES IN PRACTICAL MINISTRY: Coordinator — Dr Anne Mallaby

5. APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE: Coordinator — Dr Jon Newton

6. STUDIES IN WORSHIP AND LITURGY: Coordinator — Dr Kieran Crichton

7. NEW AND EMERGING SCHOLARS: Coordinator — Dr Myk Habets

8. CHRISTIAN THOUGHT AND HISTORY: Coordinators — Dr Graeme Chatfield, Dr Myk Habets, and Dr Michael O’Neil

9. BIBLICAL STUDIES: Coordinator — Dr Catherine Playoust

10. WORLD CHRISTIANITY AND DIASPORA THEOLOGY: Co-coordinators — Graham Hill, Xiaoli Yang (Whitley College) and Darrell Jackson (Whitley College)

Further etails can be found at


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Dr Cecily Jensen-Clayton – an afternoon of reflection on Australian mystical poetry, at the Women’s Theological Circle 2-4 pm on Friday 15 November


Dr Cecily Jensen-Clayton will lead an afternoon of reflection on Australian mystical poetry, and our own sensory experiences and moments of Divine Encounter in everyday life. Some theory around writing poetry and sensory levels of being will support this snapshot experience of Australian mystical poetry and writing ourselves as poets and mystics.

To find out a little more about Cecily’s work, go to

We will begin in the church with a brief presentation, then move to the meeting room for afternoon tea and an interactive workshop experience.

Please bring your preferred method of journalling, if you have one (e.g. notebook and pens; phone app; camera). Pens and paper will be available.

See you at Indooroopilly Uniting Church, 74 Station Road; 2-4 pm on Friday 15 November. Afternoon tea is provided. A donation of $5 is requested to cover expenses.

What a great way to finish the WTC year! Please feel free to pass on this invitation to anyone who may be interested.

Grace and peace,
Lyn Burden (Rev.)
Indooroopilly Uniting Church

Anita Monro (Rev. Dr)
Grace College

Elizabeth Nolan (Rev. Dr)
St Lucia Uniting Church

UQ seminar Friday November 22 2 – 4 pm on God’s Reconciling Action in Australia and Re-reading Scripture and Healing Trauma

UQ seminar is coming up on Friday November 22 (2-4pm in E319 in Forgan Smith). I’m looking forward to two very interesting papers. John Fitz-Herbert’s presentation in entitled, ‘Navigating the Deep Waters of God’s Reconciling Action in Australia: Tasks and Threats, Opportunities and Openings for the Christian Churches’. Cecily’s paper is entitled,  ‘Re-reading Scripture and Healing Trauma’.

A lecture on Christianity and the Law with Prof Nicholas Aroney on Tuesday, 12 November

OPEN LECTURE with Prof Nicholas Aroney. See the following flyer for details.

Date 2019 7pm – 9pm
Nicholas Aroney is Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Queensland and a Fellow of the Centre for Law and Religion at Emory University. He has law degrees from the University of Queensland, a PhD from Monash University and he has held visiting positions at Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, Edinburgh, Sydney, Emory and Tilburg universities.
He is the author of numerous articles and books on constitutional law, law and religion, and religious freedom, including The Constitution of a Federal Commonwealth (Cambridge, 2009), Shari’a in the West (Oxford, 2010) and The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia: History, Principle and Interpretation (Cambridge, 2015). He is currently editing a book entitled, Christianity and Law, due for publication in 2020. In 2017-18 he served on the Prime Minister’s Religious Freedom Review Panel which submitted its report in May 2018.

Please RSVP by Friday, 8 November, 2019 by visiting
For more information email
Theological Reflections on
Location Brisbane School of Theology Taylor Room
1 Cross Street Toowong, Qld, 4066 P 07 3870 8355
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Nicholas Aroney Theological Reflections on the Nature and Function of Law 12 November 7-9 pm

Prof Nicholas Aroney Theological Reflections on the Nature and Function of Law

Tuesday, 12 November, 2019 7pm – 9pm
Location Brisbane School of Theology Taylor Room
1 Cross Street Toowong, Qld, 4066 RSVP by Friday, 8 November, 2019 by visiting

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UQ research seminar this Friday 27 September from 2pm to 4pm Neil Pembroke A Spirit-Word-Community Hermeneutic, Ray Reddicliffe Buber on Theology and Philosophy

UQ research seminar this Friday 27 September from 2pm to 4pm in E319 in Forgan Smith. At 2pm, Neil Pembroke is presenting a paper entitled, ‘A Spirit-Word-Community Hermeneutic for the “Preaching as Reimagination” Model’ (Respondent: Dave Benson). At 3pm Ray Reddicliffe will deliver a paper entitled, ‘Inter-disciplinary Dialogue between Theology and Philosophy: Buber’s Contribution to the Conversation’ (Respondent: Dean Smith).

Also, a member of our seminar group, Bruce Pass, has asked me to promote an open lecture at Brisbane School of Theology by Prof Nicholas Aroney entitled, ‘Theological Reflections on the Nature and Function of Law’. The flyer with all the details is attached.

UQ Theology seminar Friday September 27th – a Word-Spirit-Community hermeneutic & Martin Buber in Theology

The next UQ Theology seminar will be held on Friday September 27th 2pm to 4pm in the usual spot (E319 in Forgan Smith). It will feature Neil Pembroke and Ray Reddicliffe.  Neil is presenting a paper on a Word-Spirit-Community hermeneutic in preaching that is aimed at reimagining our world (a la Brueggemann). Ray’s paper uses the thought of Martin Buber to reflect on the practice of integrating philosophical and biblical thought in constructing theologies. You are most welcome to attend.

Book Launch and art sale 27 September

YOu are invited to a

B o o k L a u n c h & A r t S a l e

Friday 27 September 2019, 7pm Trinity College, Level 1, Uniting Church Centre 60 Bayliss St, Auchenflower (Use front entrance stairs from Bayliss St. or lift from basement carpark
Authors and Artists: Irene Alexander, Chris Brown, Terry Gatfield, Teresa Jordan, Charles and Rita Ringma, Paul Tyson

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You are invited to the next Brisbane ANZATS meeting and to hear Dr Rob A. Fringer on Paul’s rejection of the rights of an Apostle Monday 9 September

An invitation to hear Dr Rob A. Fringer speak on his recent research and book on Paul’s epistle to the Corinthians

“When the ‘Rights’ of an Apostle Are Actually Wrong:  

The Corinthians’ Apologia in 1 Corinthians 9:1-14 and Paul’s Response in 1 Corinthians 9:15-23” 

“ 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”

You are invited to the next presentation by the Brisbane branch of the Australian New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS)

On Monday September 9, 2019.

at Brisbane School of Theology

1 Cross Street, Toowong QLD 4066

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ANZATS Brisbane Chapter Committee meeting

(An open invitation is extended to all interested people to attend)

1:30 pm  – 3:30 pm presentation by Rev Dr Rob Fringer

Including afternoon tea and opportunity to network with others from the bible, theology and ministry colleges of Brisbane.

Rob A. Fringer, PhD (Manchester) is Principal and Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Nazarene Theological College; he is also on the research faculty of Sydney College of Divinity, a Lecturer at Flinders University, and an honorary research fellow at the University of Queensland. He has written several articles and books, with his most recent book being Paul’s Corporate Christophany: An Evaluation of Paul’s Christophanic References in Their Epistolary Contexts.

Further information about Brisbane ANZATS can be found at

Further information about ANZATS can be found at

The ANZATS conference for July 2020 will be held in Adelaide.

It will be combined with the Society of Biblical LIterature conference from July 5 to 9 2020 at the University of Adelaide in Adelaide
Further details from Dr Sam Hey or

UQ seminar 27 September – A Spirit-Word-Community Hermeneutic for Brueggemann’s “Preaching as Reimagination” Model

Upcoming studies in religion seminar at UQ – A Spirit-Word-Community Hermeneutic for Brueggemann’s “Preaching as Reimagination” Model Presented by Associate Professor Neil Pembroke
27 September 2019 2:00pm–3:00pm
Walter Brueggemann is a leading American scholar of the Bible and preacher. In this seminar, his idea of Spirit-led redescription of the world is developed through offering a Spirit-Word-Community approach to interpreting Scripture. Here ‘Word’ means the witness of the Bible, and ‘community’ encompasses the local faith community, the contemporary global community of faith, the tradition of biblical exegesis and theological reflection, and relevant thinkers in the non-theological community (psychologists, philosophers, sociologists, etc.).

Venue Level 3, Forgan Smith East (1), St Lucia Campus, University of Queensland
Room: E319

Details at