THe 10th Australian Centre for Wesleyan Research Conference ACWR Conference is on 13 – 15 September 2019 at Eva Burrows College 100 Maidstone Street, Ringwood, Melbourne Victoria 3134 AUSTRALIA
Abstracts must be submitted by 21 June 2019 Submit abstracts online at acwr.edu.au/abstracts or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
he Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research is a diverse and multidisciplinary community of established and emerging scholars united by a desire to foster and promote research and scholarship from a Wesleyan perspective and to connect scholars across disciplines and theological divides. The ACWR is calling for papers to address the theme ‘A Curious Machine’: Wesleyan Perspective on the Post-Human Future. The rate of technological change appears to be opening toward a future in which the centrality and uniqueness of human beings as rational creatures may undergo a shift. Human enhancement, genetic modification, remotely controlled weapons, the replacement of human labour and skill by robots, the commodification of data, and the development of independent reasoning powers in artificial intelligence all carry both promise and risk. In his sermon ‘What is Man?’ John Wesley spoke of the human being as a ‘curious machine,’ reflecting the eighteenth-century view of the person as a set of complex mechanisms animated by the soul. What ‘curious machines’ may lie ahead of us, not made in the image of God but in the image of a flawed creator? What insights does a Wesleyan theological anthropology bring? How unique is human reason and intelligence? Could a robot ever possess a ‘soul’? Will the future be post-human and what theological approaches will help us prepare for that possibility? Should the rate of technological change be slowed so that we can reset our moral and ethical compass? Or is technological change and development simply a movement toward humanity’s fulfilment in God? What are the biblical, theological, ethical, philosophical, and practical implications of the development of sentience within artificial intelligence? Thirty minute papers arising from a biblical studies, theological, historical, practical theology or inter-disciplinary perspective are invited. Shorter presentations (15 minutes) that interpret a work of art or other image, including popular culture, gaming, sci-fi, and cinema are also welcome. Overseas presenters may be able to present their papers online.
For more information email email@example.com or visit acwr.edu.au/2019-conference
UQ Seminar this Friday – John Frederick on The Perpetual Sacrifice of the Ecclesial Christ: Moral Formation and the Cross in Ephesians 24 May 2019 2:00pm–4:00pm Lev 3, Forgan Smith (1), UQ Room: E319
This paper will argue that Ephesians presents the sacrifice of Christ as the means and mechanism of the moral transformation of the Church. The sacrifice of Christ will be shown to be conceived of by Paul as a two-fold reality consisting of: (i) the once-for-all event of Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection by which redemption was achieved, and (ii) an ecclesial/ethical reality by which the Church as the body of Christ perpetually participates in the sacrifice of Christ by performing grace-empowered works of sacrificial love that result in individual and ecclesial transformation. The result is a theology of sacrifice in Ephesians that goes beyond the merely behavioural function typically assigned to love and works in texts such as Eph. 2:8–10 and Eph 5:2ff.
A public lecture by Prof David Clough on
The Challenge of Animal Ethics
Friday 7 June 7 pm at St Francis College
233 Milton Road Milton
Perhaps you’ve heard that there is an exciting and important Australian Tour on the horizon (http://www.puttingyourfaithtowork.com.au/), featuring the Executive Director of the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity(LICC), Mark Greene. As former marketing executive, and also Vice Principal of the London School of Theology, he’s a world leader in “Putting Faith to Work” and Whole-Life Discipleship.
Check out the Brisbane events from Friday – Saturday July 12-13 here,
(1) Friday breakfast with business folks, on “‘Living a different story in the workplace'”
(2) Friday 10am-3pm Church Leaders Seminar on:
Session 1: Building a whole-life discipleship church culture + tips for worker-friendly churches
Session 2 Church gathered – shaping worship and preaching to support whole-life discipleship
Session 3 Church scattered – how to equip and support Christians to be even more fruitful on their frontlines
(3) Friday 6:30-9:00pm Workplace Roundtable for theological educators and church/parachurch leaders, with meaty conversations over dinner at a restaurant (tba), asking the hard questions about how church, theological education and workplace can work better together for maximal kingdom witness and whole life discipleship. Mark will cast a vision for 2025, describing what it *could* look like, and we can then engage and critique the vision, considering steps from here to there.
(4) Saturday 9am-3:00pm Putting Your Faith to Work Conference, aimed at Christian Workers, Church Leaders and Theological Educators, exploring:
Session 1: Reading the Bible through Worker’s Eyes
Session 2: Reading & Transforming Workplace Culture
Session 3: Evangelism in the workplace
We’re still finalising the where and when and costs for these events, but Murray Wright as tour coordinator has worked very hard to find sponsorship so that these events are way underpriced, with maximal value.
Hopefully you can hear my heart in this … far more than just another event, I truly believe this is pivotal at this cultural juncture, and incredibly strategic for leaders at every level to engage. I’m hoping you may both attend, and promote these events among your networks for maximum impact.
In particular, for those theological educators and denominational/ministry leaders among us, please consider coming to the Friday night dinner that I’m hosting (block your diary, with details to come), for Mark has just finished a multi-year international consultation with theological colleges about how to better educate for whole life discipleship, and build meaningful links between church, academy and marketplace. I value your input, to spur on this crucial conversation.
Find out more – http://www.puttingyourfaithtowork.com.au/copy-of-melbourne
2019 Ed Conrad Memorial lecture – James Crossley on the fate of the Bible in the English Radical Tradition
James Crossley, Professor of Bible, Society and Politics, St Mary’s University, London, is giving the 2019 Ed Conrad Memorial lecture at UQ (room 116 in the Sir Llew Edwards bldg.) on Wednesday May 29that 5pm. His topic is the fate of the Bible in the English Radical Tradition.
From the Peasants’ Revolt to Jeremy Corbyn: The Fate of the Bible in the English Radical Tradition
The University of Queensland’s School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry invites you to join us for the 2019 Ed Conrad Memorial Lecture delivered by Professor James Crossley, St Mary’s University.
The Bible has been an ongoing feature in English political radicalism. While such uses of the Bible did not begin with the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, this particular revolt has commonly been seen as a convenient starting point. In this talk, Professor Crossley will use the Peasants’ Revolt and its reception to look at which biblical texts have been used, remembered, forgotten, and rethought in the English radical tradition. He will look at the ways in which historical and cultural contexts (e.g. the emergence of the labour movement, the tensions between revolutionary and parliamentary socialism, Cold War, folk music traditions, declining church affiliation, and Brexit) have helped frame the ways the Bible, Englishness, radicalism, and the Peasants’ Revolt are currently understood and used in English political discourse.
Date: Wednesday 29 May 2019
Time: 4.45pm for 5–6.30pm. The lecture will be followed by a post event reception from 6.30–7.30pm.
Venue: Room 116, Sir Llew Edwards Building (#14), The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus.
Two interesting seminars his Friday 26 April at 2pm and 3pm in E319 in the Forgan Smith building. First up is Bruce Pass, whose paper is entitled The Servant-Queen Herman Bavinck on the Place of Theology in the University. Followed by Jennifer Wakeling presentation entitled Transformational Christ-world Encounter via instrumental Music Performance within Christian Worship.
You are invited to the UQ research seminar this Friday 22 March, Rob Fringer at 2pm in E344. E344 is just down the way from E319 where we usually meet and is opposite the School Office. Rob’s topic is ‘Reverberations of Isaiah’s Servant in Galatians: Aspects of Believers’ Salvation, Corporate Healing, and Incarnation in Paul’s Language of Call/Calling’