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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