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Autoethnography Workshop in Brisbane

During the week of March 24 – 28, St Francis College at Milton is hosting a Qualitative Research Method Workshop on Individual and Collaborative Autoethnography, presented by Heewon Chang, Ph. D., Professor of Organizational Leadership and Education at Eastern University, USA and Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Multicultural Education. Professor Chang is the author of: Autoethnography as Method(2008), Spirituality in Higher Education: Autoethnographies (2012), and Collaborative Autoethnography (2013).

The workshop will extend over five (5) days, and numbers are limited. Register online now to secure one of these places. If the cost of the workshop would prevent you from attending, please email Greg Jenks at SFC to discuss options for a concessional charge.

Open Theology

I am glad to inform that Open Theology journal is ready to invite all academics to publish with us. The Editorial Advisory Board is completed (you may find the list of its members at our website: – soon also the profiles of all the members we be created). I am still looking for more Section, Assistant and Language Editors, but at this moment the team is big enough to start its work.

For the reason I would like to ask you to help us to spread the information to the potential authors, sending it to the disscussion list you are a member and forwarding to all people who could be interested. To do it you may use the text attached below. I would be very grateful for your help.

Katarzyna Tempczyk, PhD
Managing Editor, Theology and Religious Studies


Open Theology – an international Open Access, peer-reviewed academic journal ( ), launched recenty by De Gruyter Open, welcomes contributions addressin g religion in its various forms and aspects: historical, theological, sociological, psychological, and other.

The journal encompasses all major disciplines of Theology and Religious Studies, presenting doctrine, history, organization and everyday life of various types of religious groups and the relations between them. We publish articles from the field of Theology as well as Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology of Religion and also dialogue between Religion and Science.

The Open Theology does not present views of any particular theological school nor of a particular religious organization. The contributions are written by researchers who represent different religious views. The authors present their research concering the old religious traditions as well as new religious movements.

Open Theology is published within Open HSS Journals, unprecedented publishing program dedicated to vibrant disciplines in humanities and social sciences.

The authors are given a variety of benefits:

  • convenient, web-based manuscript submission and tracking system,
  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review;
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter’s e-technology;
  • no publication charge in the first three annual volumes;
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

All accepted papers will be immediately available on-line.

To submit an article for Open Theology, please use the on-line submission system

Faith & the Political

The Biennial Conference in Philosophy, Religion and Culture,  Catholic Institute of Sydney, 4 – 5 October 2014.

The theme – FAITH AND THE POLITICAL – is to be interpreted broadly and from the disciplines of philosophy, theology, history, social science, literature and the arts.  Topics that might be investigated include: scandal in/of Christianity; structures of belief and opinion; secularisation, fundamentalism and inculturation; politics in the Bible and the Bible in politics; religion in the public forum; Christian ethics in a liberal democracy; liberation and equality. The conference specifically aims to foster interaction between scholars in the universities and scholars in theological colleges.  It also encourages young scholars.

Keynote Speaker: Peter Forrest: The Epistemology of Scandal

How can you continue to believe in the face of scandals?” This question is not, I submit, merely a manifestation of the ad hominem fallacy exemplified by, “How can you take Frege seriously when he was a bigot?” Nor can it be dismissed by noting that the reality of sin is a central Christian doctrine.  I argue that ‘right reason’ requires not merely the rational assessment of doctrines but a way of deciding which doctrines to assess. Scandal undermines the appeal to authority when assessin g but not the reliance on traditions when deciding what to assess. As a consequence, scandal tends to undermine ‘simple faith’ and mandates the, not necessarily academic, philosophical reflection on faith.

Proposals Due: 20 June 2014

Convenors: Stephen Buckle (ACU), William Emilsen (UTC/CSU), Peter Forrest (UNE), John McDowell (Newcastle), Shane Mackinlay (CTC/MCD), Andrew Murray (CIS/SCD)

Contact: Andrew Murray:

Full details are available on the website:

The Çatalhöyük Sequence

The Çatalhöyük sequence: the leopard changes its spots

UQ School of Social Science invites you to attend a public lecture by one of the world’s most influential archaeologists, discussing his ground-breaking work at one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, Catalhöyük in Turkey. In this lecture Professor Ian Hodder from Stanford University will discuss recent research that shows major change through the occupation sequence at Çatalhöyük, famous Neolithic settlement in central Turkey.

The sequence of occupation in the 7th millennium BCE at Çatalhöyük has often been described as slow and stable, but recent research has shown that there was continual and marked change in all aspects of the evidence. The talk will integrate specialist information from a large number of archaeological sub-disciplines in order to build a picture of the changes and why they occurred.

Friday, 28 March, 2014, 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Room 222, Parnell Building (#7)
The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus

Debbie Lim:


UQ Research Seminars

Three upcoming events in the new UQ Friday Theology seminar series:

Friday, 14 March, 1.00 – 2.00pm (rescheduled from 7 March)
Forgan Smith Building, Room E303
Anne Klose: ‘”The Lord’s Supper as Multivalent Sacrament in an Australian Baptist Context.”

Friday, 4 April, 2.00 – 3.00pm 
Forgan Smith Building, Room E303
Aaron Ghiloni, “Mision Concepts in World Religions.”

Friday, 2 May, 2.00 – 4.00pm
Forgan Smith Building, Rooms E303 & E212
Janice Rees: “The (Im) Material Body?: On Eucharist, Discipleship, and Subjectivity.”
Clive Ayre: “Ecology and Diaconia.”


Reading the Bible in Amsterdam

Offered by experts from VU University Amsterdam and other Dutch universities, these summer courses in Biblical studies and Syriac Christianity in at Amsterdam Summer School provide a unique opportunity for spending a summer exploring a discipline in  Amsterdam. The following two courses are offered.
  • Reading the Bible in Amsterdam: Texts, Traditions, and Interpretation (30 June – 11 July 2014)
  • Syriac Christianity in Context (14 – 25 July 2014)

Beyond Education: Exploring a theology o the church’s theological formation

28 & 29 March • Centre for Theology & Ministry, Parkville

Theological education is an increasingly contested topic, not least in those churches which traditionally have had strong commitments to it. It is also true that in those churches the nexus between theological education and ministerial formation has been so tight and so easily assumed that critical discussion of how they relate to each other has proved difficult. Praxis-oriented models of ministerial training tend to relegate theological education as merely academic. Indeed, in such debates ‘theology’ is often a synonym for ‘academic’. At the same time, the academic traditions of Christian theology have not always developed strong accounts of the role of theology in the church, and thus left themselves exposed to that relegation. Debates around these issues tend to become sharply polarised in churches experiencing  cultural marginalisation, doctrinal diversity and depletion of resources.

In such a context it is opportune for interested parties within the church and academy to reflect critically on the role of theology in the church’s mission. A conference designed to provide such an opportunity could address such presenting questions as:

  • What is the role of theology in the life and witness of the contemporary church?
  • What can be learnt in answering the above question from the classic texts of Christian theology?
  • What are the differences and connections between theological education and theological formation?
  • What is the role of theological formation in ministerial formation?
  • What can be learnt from current models of theological formation in institutions of ministerial formation?

Full details available online …

2014 Commencement Services

As the new academic year gets underway, ANZATS member schools around SE Queensland are celebrating the beginning of a new year of study and ministry formation with special services. Some have already happened, and others are scheduled to occur shortly.

Australian Catholic University
Tuesday, 4 March—Chapel of the Holy Spirit, ACU McAuley Campus (6.00pm)

Brisbane School of Theology
Wednesday, 7 February—City North Baptist Church, Kedron

Citipointe Ministry College (Christian Heritage College)
Wednesday, 19 February—CHC campus, Carindale (5.00pm)

Malyon College
Monday, 3 March—Bridgeman Community Baptist Church, Bridgeman Downs (7.30pm)

Nazarene Theological College
Tuesday, 11 February—NTC Chapel

St Francis Theological College
Sunday, 23 February—St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane (2.00pm)

Trinity Theological College
Monday, 17 February—TTC Chapel (9.30am)

Let’s keep one another in our prayers as we engage in a new year of study and spiritual formation, seeking God’s blessing on us all and that our scholarship with be a blessing to the world around us.

International Theological Conference: Interfaith Dialogue

Paths to Dialogue in our Age

Monday 26 – Thursday 29 May 2014
Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Campus

In our age, when day by day humanity is being drawn closer together, and the ties between different peoples are becoming stronger, the adherents of the world’s religions are examining what they have in common and what draws them to fellowship. Through the praxis of interfaith dialogue some headway has already been made on this path to peace, understanding and collaboration.

Within Roman Catholicism, the Second Vatican Council, convened by Pope John XXIII, heightened the consciousness of the Church with regard to other religions. His successor, Pope Paul VI, had as his first encyclical the 1964 document Ecclesiam Suam (subtitled “paths of the church”) where dialogue was promoted as the new way of being Church. Hence, the theme of the present conference, beginning with “paths to dialogue”, commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the proclamation of this landmark document. The topic of dialogue was given further attention in the 1965 document Nostra Aetate (“in our age”) which counseled the Church to be in “dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions”.

While celebrating the bold spirit of dialogue expressed in these two documents, we are conscious that much has changed in the world in the last half century, even within the sphere of inter-religious relations. With this in view, the Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue at Australian Catholic University (ACU-CID) is hosting an International Theological Conference to explore the advances and setbacks of the last five decades and to investigate new paths that can contribute to the wellbeing of humanity and the entire cosmos in our age.

Full details, including a call for papers, on the conference web site.


The November 2013 issue of Colloquium  should be available in your college or associated library. Content includes the following:

  • Mark G Brett, Forced Migrations, Asylum Seekers and Human Rights
  • Kathleen P Rushton, The Cosmology of John 1:1-14 and Its Implications for Ethical Action in this Ecological Age
  • Tim Bulkeley, The Book of Amos and the Day of Yhwh
  • Terry Pouono, ‘Coconut Juice in a Coca Cola Bottle’. In Search of an Identity: A New Zealand Born Samoan in a Globalized World
  • Brian Harris, Thinking Faith and Faithful Thinking: A Response to Robyn Horner and Steven Tucker
  • Peter Sherlock, Public Theology and the University: A Response to Robyn Horner and Steven Tucker
  • Graham Paulson and Mark Brett, Five Smooth Stones: Reading the Bible through Aboriginal Eyes (occasional paper)
  • And a number of very fine book reviews.

The deadline for submissions to the November 2014 issue is 31 May 2014.

Please note, that Colloquium is available online through ATLA Serials.