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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


call for papers ANZATS

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
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Location Brisbane School of Theology Taylor Room
1 Cross Street Toowong, Qld, 4066 P 07 3870 8355
the Nature and Function of Law
Nicholas Aroney Lecture Flyer (1),