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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:

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

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 …


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.

Brisbane ANZATS Event

Please mark your diaries to join us for the first of two special ANZATS events planned for 2014.
Date: Friday, 7 March
Time: 2.00 – 4.30pm

Venue: Lecture Room 1, St Francis Theological College, 233 Milton Road, Milton (best car entry is from Baroona Road)

Dr Les Ball, formerly the Dean of Brisbane College of Theology and  the author of the 2012 report, Transforming Theology: Student Experience and Transformative Learning in Undergraduate Theological Education, will help us begin our 2014 year with reflections on best practice in offering our students transformative experiences in theological education.

Les will present some of his research into transformative theological education, with time for questions and discussion. We shall then have an extended opportunity for refreshments, so that we get to meet and mingle with colleagues from different theology schools around SE Queensland.

MATS 2014

Gospel Responses to Vital Issues Facing the Melanesian World in the 21st Century: Biblical, Theological, Missiological

The Melanesian Association of Theological Schools 2014 conference and meeting of educators and postgraduate students from the theological schools of Melanesia will be held at the Christian Leaders’ Training College, Banz campus (near Mt. Hagen), from 7 to 10 July. The conference begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, 7 July, and concludes at 9 p.m. on Thursday, 10 July. Conference fees are K400, which includes accommodation (4 nights), meals (11 meals), and pick-up and drop-off at Mt Hagen airport. Inquiry Contact: Doug Hanson, e-mail:

Position Available | Lay Education Officer

Applications are invited for the position of


St Francis Theological College

This is a new three-year full-time position commencing early 2014. It is designed to build upon and extend the impact of the BIBLE360 program within the Diocese and nationally, as well as developing a broader set of programs to enrich the faith education of the people of God in the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane. The position requires a person with initiative and vision, strong theological and educational qualifications, skills to facilitate the training and development of others, and a good working knowledge of current digital communication strategies.

 For further information including a detailed position description, please contact Mrs Suzie Anthonisz, Registrar, St Francis Theological College on (07) 3514 7400 or

Applications close Monday, 18 November 2013.

Call for papers

There are already several academic conferences planned for 2014 that have issued their call for papers. These include:

  • Symposium on Theology, Spirituality and Cancer (University of Auckland)
  • Society of Asian Biblical Studies (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
  • ANZ Association of Theological Schools (University of Notre Dame, Fremantle)

For further information about these and other opportunities for conference papers, see the dedicated page under the Research tab.