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SFC Research Seminars

The St Francis College Research Seminars provide an avenue for Honours students, Masters students, and doctoral candidates to participate in a forum where faculty are presenting their own current work while also modelling good research and writing practice. These seminars are held three times each academic semester, and are open to clergy and members of the wider community. Staff and students from other local ANZATS schools are always very welcome, and are invited to offer presentations during the year.

These seminars are held between 2.00pm and 5.00pm on the dates listed below. The topics for semester one in 2015 are as follows:

Semester One

12 March

1. Greg Jenks: More Than Couch Change: The Coins from Bethsaida.
2. Peter Lewis: The Coins of Agrippa II.
3. Anthony Rees: Moses, Mother of Israel?

16 April

1. Graham Warren: BTh (Hons) research report
2. Peter Devenish-Mears: PhD research report
3. Steven Ogden: topic to be confirmed

14 May

1. Linda McWilliam: BTh (Hons) research report
2. Mervyn Lander: Autoethnography and Ministry Research.
3.  Marie-Louise Craig: topic to be confirmed

More information:

2015 Holy Land Study Tours

HOLY LAND HIGHLIGHTS 2015 (29 May – 19 June)
One of the special features of this tour is that we will spend an extended time in Nazareth (7 nights), followed any another 7 nights in Jerusalem. This will allow us to settle into our accommodation and avoid living out of our suitcases day after day. It will also allow greater opportunity to engage with local people, and to become familiar with the streets and sights of both cities. The tour will focus on selected sites of cultural, historical and religious interest, but will not be a traditional pilgrimage. In particular, we will engage with critical historical and biblical scholarship, as well as addressing the challenges facing both Jewish and Palestinian communities following the unilateral declaration of the State of Israel in 1948.
This tour will not involve an extended period on the dig at Bethsaida, although there will be an optional day when participants can work on the dig. For those interested in a program with more opportunities to work on an active archaeological dig, see the other program below.
A PDF flyer can be downloaded from the Mission Travel web site.
This program includes 3 nights in Nazareth, 2 weeks on the dig, and 4 nights in Jerusalem. Academic credit towards the BTh is available for enrolled students, and OS-HELP funding is available for eligible participants. Registrations are limited to 20 places, and are expected to fill by 30 Nov 2014.
A PDF flyer can be downloaded from the Mission Travel web site.

B. Brandon Scott in Brisbane this week

brandonscottBernard Brandon Scott, has served for 23 years as the Darbeth Distinguished Professor of New Testament at the Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He is the author and editor of many books, including Hear Then the Parable and The Trouble with Resurrection. A charter member of the Jesus Seminar, Brandon is chair of Westar’s newly established Christianity Seminar. He served as chair of the Bible in Ancient and Modern Media Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, as well as a member of several SBL Seminars including the Parable Seminar and Historical Jesus Seminar. He holds an A.B. from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, an M.A. from Miami University, and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

The following ticketed events have been arranged in SE Queensland:

    Public lecture at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Buderim on Thursday evening, 25 September 2014, 7.00pm. Location: 7-17 Main Street, Buderim (opposite Buderim Mountain School).
    Full day workshop to be held at Caloundra, on Friday, 26 September 2014, 10.00am – 3.00pm. Location: Uniting Church Hall, 56c Queen St, Caloundra. (Light lunch included.)
    Workshop to be held at the TLC Building, 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane on Saturday, 27 September 2014 (10.00am – 3.00pm)

In addition to the ticketed events available here, Brandon will also be preaching at all three Masses at St Mary’s in Exile, South Brisbane, on the weekend of 27/28 September: Saturday (6.30pm, preceeded by 20 minutes silent meditation from 6.10pm), Sunday (9.00am and 5.00pm).

Register online at the Common Dreams SEQ Eventbrite page.

UQ Theology Research Seminar

Friday, 5 September 2014.

(Forgan Smith Building, room E319)

David McEwan

Love, Holiness and Happiness; But is the Greatest of These Love?
Given that much of Christianity emphasises the cross, self-denial andsuffering as key elements in spiritual formation, this seminar examines some of the implications of John Wesley’s theological focus on the love of God. The correlation between holiness, happiness and the centrality of love as the means to both is explicit in his writings. He agreed that while God used all of life’s circumstances to foster the spiritual life of the Christian, suffering was not essential. In the light of that understanding, he believed that God’s transforming work in human life and relationships was best accomplished by a full consciousness of his love, with the happiness and holiness that attends it.


D McEwan Seminar Sept 5_2014

Postcolonial Engagement: Politics, Religions, Scriptures

Postcolonial Flyer Aug2014_Page_1

International Interfaith Conference • Melbourne


2014 AAPAE Conference


James Alison in Brisbane

International theologian James Alison is coming to Brisbane during May. Further program details will be available shortly, but the key events will include:

  • May 10 – Student talk at St John’s College, St Lucia
  • May 11 – Preaching at St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Ann St (7:30 and 9:30am)
  • May 12 – Public lecture St John’s Cathedral (7.00pm) “Cinderella No Longer: Taking Hope to the Ball.”
  • May 13 – Clergy Workshop on the Atonement at St Francis College, Milton (9.00am – 12 noon)

Further information and online registration is now available.

UQ Research Seminar: Mission Concepts in World Religions

Dr Aaron Gihloni

Friday,  4 April 2014

2.00 – 3.00 pm,

E303 Forgan Smith Building
University of Queensland

Missionary-led expansionism inadvertently helped birth the comparative study of religion. The study of mission as an aspect of religion traces back to Max Müller’s use of the categories of Missionary and Non-Missionary religions to describe “the very heart-blood in every system of human faith.” While missiology is often studied as a sub-discipline of Christian theology, this presentation proposes that mission can be researched within an interreligious framework. The presenter will introduce the concept of “comparative missiology” as well as inviting feedback on a forthcoming book.

SiR Theology Seminar Series Advert – Aaron Ghiloni

Book Launch – Jesus Then and Jesus Now

Members of the local ANZATS community are invited to join us for this event at SFC on Thursday, 10 April 2014, as we celebrate the publication of the latest book by Dr Gregory C. Jenks, Academic Dean at St Francis Theological College and Senior Lecturer in the CSU School of Theology:

Jesus Then and Jesus Now: Looking for Jesus, Finding Ourselves
Melbourne: Mosaic Press, 2014

The book will be launched by the Revd Dr Nigel Leaves, and copies are now available for purchase at an early bird discount rate that will be available on the day of the launch and through to 15 April.

The venue will be Lecture Room 1, below the Roscoe Library at SFC (233 Milton Road, Milton).

To assist with catering arrangements, please register online for a free ticket.

You are welcome to join us for the book launch at 3.30pm, or else to come at 2.00pm for two presentations in the SFC Research Seminar series:

  • 2.00pm – Richard Tutin (SFC): “Receptive Ecumenism”
  • 2.45pm – Serena Love (UQ Archaeology): “Chemical analysis of sun-dried bricks in ancient structures.”

For other publications by Gregory C. Jenks, see: