UQ studies in religion seminars Friday August 24, 2018 2pm –4pm Room E319 in Forgan Smith – Graham Stanton: A Theology of Complexity for Ministerial Formation, Dave Benson: How the Knowledge Project (De)Forms Us

Graham Stanton: A Theology of Complexity for Ministerial Formation in Times of Change
The paper offers a conversation between complexity theory and Christian theology. It explores how an understanding of the practices of leadership in complex systems informs ministerial formation.
Many institutions today face a need to develop process of innovation and experimentation. The Christian churches, particularly those from conservative theological traditions, are typically not especially agile or open to change. The role of enabling constraints in conducting experimental probes in complex systems offers a way of holding to traditional theological convictions that promotes rather
than inhibits adaptation and exploration.
Dave Benson: Education Between Tree, Tower and Temple: How the Knowledge Project
(De)Forms Us Never before have Aussies spent so many years being “schooled”. So many opportunities to learn, and avenues to be equipped for a bright new future. And yet, what of the dark side to the knowledge project? Beyond the explicit curriculum of the scholar-academic, what do the hidden and null curriculum teach about what we as a society really value? How are we formed and deformed in our ascent to secure a view of the world from above? In this embodied narrative theological exploration,
Dave reflects on his schooling odyssey and nearly two decades invested in Higher Education. Learning looks radically different—both more luminous and ludicrous than we ever imagined—when set against the biblical story of Eden’s Tree, Babel’s Tower, and Pentecost’s living Temple.

7.30pm, Monday August 27th, Duchesne College, UQ St Rev Dr Paul Rout on Bonaventure’s Understanding of Human Knowledge

Rev Dr Paul Rout  Formerly of Heythrop College, University of London  ‘St Bonaventure’s Understanding of Human Knowledge and Implications for the Contemporary World’

7pm for 7.30pm, Monday August 27th, Duchesne College, College Rd, UQ

Western society is heavily influenced by an empirical understanding of human knowledge. While this has led to great advances in science and technology, it has also contributed to an objectification of human relationships with the other; the other person, the natural world, the divine other, God. Bonaventure does not denigrate the importance of empirical knowledge, but insists that human knowledge must also discover its deeper dimensions in the experiences of wisdom and ecstasy. This talk explores the relevance of his thought, with its possible social, ecological and theological implications, in developing a contemporary viable epistemological vision.

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Andrew Bain and Ian Hussey presentation on research into the Value of Theological Education

You are invited to the next

Brisbane ANZATS Seminar

Monday 3 Sept  2018

at Malyon College, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne QLD, Australia 4051


Dr Andrew Bain

and Dr Ian Hussey

will speak on

Five Years On: The Long-Term Value of Theological Education.’

from their new book with the Australian College of Theology titled ‘Theological Education – Foundations, Practices and Future Directions.’

12:30pm – 1.30 pm Brisbane Chapter ANZATS business meeting to discuss business items for the Brisbane Chapter of ANZATS. We encourage each college to send one or more representatives to the business meeting, and guests are welcome to attend.  Tea and coffee are available.

1:30pm to 2.30 pm. Andrew Bain and Ian Hussey presentation

2.30 to 2.45 Questions and answers.

2.45 to 3.00 Afternoon tea.

Some excerpts from chapter 5 “The Long Term Value of Theological Education”

Educational writer Perry Shaw advocates that theological training institutions need to engage with the stakeholders who they serve in order to ensure the training they offer is relevant. One such stakeholder is the student themselves. Little research has been done to investigate how well pastors/ministers believe their theological education has prepared them for their ministry.

ANZATS is the Australian New Zealand Association of theological schools

Ian Hussey is the Director of Post Graduate Studies, Brisbane, where he teaches New Testament, Research Methods, and Practical Ministry.

Andrew M. Bain is Vice Principal of Queensland Theological College, Brisbane, where he teaches Church History and Christian Ethics

This research investigated the perceptions of ministry practitioners of how effectively their theological education has prepared them for their current vocation. The sample was composed of practitioners from two different religious traditions (Presbyterians and Baptists) who completed their theological education in the last 5 to 10 years and are still in vocational ministry. The qualitative methodology utilised telephone interviews in order to collect the data.

Accordance Bible Software Training Seminar 21 July at St Francis College

Accordance Bible Software Training Seminar
Saturday 21 July 9am – 4pm
Lecture Room 1, St Francis College

Accordance equips you with cutting-edge original language tools, interactive 3D maps, a dynamic interlinear, drag-and-drop graphical searching, and a host of other tools designed to take your Bible study to the next level. All of these tools come packaged in a clean and simple interface that can be customized to complement your Bible study objectives.

Morning:        9:00 am – 12:30 pm    Accordance Basics

Afternoon:     1:00 pm – 4:00 pm      Advanced Original Languages

For more information, and to register, click here.

 For further details contact

Eve James

Library Manager, Roscoe Library

St Francis College


233 Milton Rd, Milton Q 4064

PO Box 1261, Milton Q 4064




P: (07) 3514 7419

F: (07) 3369 4691




Preaching, emotion and the Anglican Tradition – Saturday 30th June at St John’s Cathedral

Saturday 30th June 2018 • 9.45am – 2.30pm
With The University of Queensland Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence
for the History of the Emotions, St John’s Cathedral is hosting
an event to celebrate and explore the ways preachers have
appealed to the emotions of their listeners across the ages.
After the reading of a sermon by the famous 17th Century
preacher and poet John Donne, the day will feature a talk
on sermons and emotions by The Reverend Dr Erica Longfellow,
Chaplain and Dean of Divinity at New College Oxford
Please RSVP and advise any dietary requirements to Lisa Clarke
by email:
or by phone: 3835 2239


The 4th Annual Women’s Theology Conference at Grace College, St Lucia 27 – 30 June 2018

The 4th Annual Women’s
Theology Conference, to be held at Grace
College, St Lucia 27 – 30 June 2018.
This is Australia’s only international, all women,
ecumenical conference. Featuring
presenters from a range of theological
and spiritual background, the conference
theme is ‘Lifting Marginalised Voices’ and
we have two fantastic keynote speakers,
Dr Monica Melanchthon and Rev Dr Avril
More information available at

UQ Seminar Friday May 25 Wesleyan Reflection on Euthanasia and Educating Leaders for Christian Eco Mission

Friday May 25, 2018
2pm –4pm
Room E319 in Forgan Smith Building University of Queensland

Who’s Body, Who’s Life, Who’s Decision? A Wesleyan Reflection on
Personal Autonomy, Interdependence and Euthanasia’
David McEwan. Respondent: Dean Smith
The current debates in western cultures on assisted dying are usually framed as human rights issues centred on personal
autonomy – the rights of an individual to make absolute decisions about their own lives. This absolutizes personal choice
above all other considerations, making it the bedrock value of western culture. This paper reflects on a Christian
(especially Wesleyan) evaluation of such a secular framework, and argues that the essence of personhood is located in
interdependence, not autonomy. This interdependence is centred in our relationship with both God and neighbour, and
leads to a brief consideration of how this might help to reframe the current debate on euthanasia.
‘Educating Leaders for Christian Eco-Mission’
Clive Ayre. Respondent: Neil Pembroke

A primary purpose of theological education relates to Christian leadership; in particular, what is needed is education for
a more holistic approach to mission leadership. In theological terms, Christian mission includes Earthcare as an essential
element rather than as an “optional extra”. The potential of a theme of reconciliation, involving ecumenical, interfaith
and community aspects, is enormous. A function of theological education will be to help motivate future leaders to
move beyond an anthropocentric approach to theistic biocentrism, to see excess and “the trashing of creation” as sin,
individual and corporate, related to greed and the self-centredness of humanity. It involves expanding our awareness of
an issue about which Theology has something to say. The aim is to ensure that all leaders in mission, including clergy,
have at least a basic awareness of the validity and potential of eco-mission, with the practical and theological issues involved.

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