Vox Authors

Andrew Menzies

Dr Andrew Menzies is Principal at Stirling College – University of Divinity. Prior to this he was Senior Pastor at Camberwell Baptist and has also had pastoral, denominational and lecturing positions in Adelaide, Melbourne and in Salatiga, Java. He has served as Deputy Chancellor of the University of Divinity since 2012 as well as on a number of other Not for Profit Boards. Andrew has degrees from Victoria University, Australian College of Theology, Charles Sturt University – St Marks National Theological Centre and Fuller Theological Seminary.

Carolyn Alsen

Chris Mulherin

Deborah Kent

Deb Kent is Chief Executive Officer and Principal of Jesuit College of Spirituality.

Dorothy Lee

Reverend Canon Professor Dorothy Lee is the Stewart Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity College, University of Divinity. Professor Lee is an Anglican Priest and scholar of the Bible with a wide publication list.


Feminist Theologies

The Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies (Feminist Theologies) aims to consolidate and energise the University’s commitment to the participation of women and feminist scholars in the academy and for the churches. By fostering and forwarding feminist voice and vision we aim to promote Gospel justice by addressing issues relating to gender equality, class, race, sexuality, and ability.

The network is supported by the University of Divinity under its Strategic Goal 3: Feminist Theologies

This goal draws on the University’s tradition as the first Australian institution to award a degree in theology to a woman (Winifred Kiek, BD (1924)) and a flagship within the academy for the significant numbers of Catholic women religious, pastoral associates and others not seeking ordination, as well as those women who (since Kiek’s ordination in 1927) have been ordained as Christian ministers in Australia. It aims to grow further the existing network of feminist scholars that seeks to enable a fresh conversation through initiatives in research, publication, mentoring, and related teaching.

Frances Baker

Dr Frances Baker RSM is Acting Master (Semester One 2019) of Catholic Theological College and a religious of the Sisters of Mercy (RSM).  She is a member of the Department of Moral Theology and Canon Law and the Department of Systematic Theology, and is Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education. She lectures in Moral Theology and Systematic Theology.

Gabrielle McMullen

Professor Gabrielle McMullen AM FRACI is a member of the University of Divinity Council.

Following postdoctoral research in Germany, Professor McMullen joined the Department of Biochemistry at Monash University and also became Dean of its Catholic residence, Mannix College, in 1981. She was then Rector of Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Ballarat campus from 1995-2000 and its Pro- and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) until February 2011. In July 2011 she was appointed a Trustee of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, which was established by Sisters of Charity of Australia in 2009 to continue their health and aged care, education and social service ministries.

Professor McMullen is also a member of the Council of the Divine Word University in Madang, Papua New Guinea. Her other community contributions have encompassed membership of education, health, theological and social services boards. A member of the Australian Catholic Council for Pastoral Research, her personal research interests include Catholic identity and mission, and the history of science.

Geoff Thompson

Gerald O'Collins

Gordon Preece

Graham Hill

Graham Joseph Hill is Research Coordinator at Stirling Theological College. Graham has been in Christian ministry since 1988 including planting and pastoring churches, and denominational leadership. Graham has been in theological education for twenty years, including lecturing in applied and practical theology and serving as a Vice Principal and Provost. He is the author or editor of 6 books (with 5 more coming in 2019/2020) including “Global Church” (IVP, 2016), “Healing Our Broken Humanity” (IVP, 2018), and “Salt, Light and a City” (Cascade, 2017). Graham also directs TheGlobalChurchProject.com.

Guest Author

His Grace Bishop Suriel

His Grace Bishop Associate Professor Suriel was the Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne, and the Chancellor and Dean of St Athanasius College. Bishop Suriel lectured at the University of Divinity in Religious Education, teaching units in religious education, youth ministry, comparative religions and pastoral ministry. Bishop Suriel concluded his role with the University of Divinity in 2018.

Jason Goroncy

Jason Goroncy (PhD, St Andrews) is a Senior Lecturer in systematic theology at Whitley College, within the University of Divinity.

His current research interests lie chiefly in the areas of Christian doctrine, theological anthropology (with a particular focus on children, disability, and death), and theological aesthetics.

John Capper

Reverend Dr John Capper is the Director of Learning and Teaching at the University of Divinity. Working with the Colleges and teachers of the University to nurture excellence and develop world-class courses, John brings a quarter century of experience in theological education.

John’s PhD is from the University of Cambridge, and his ongoing research is in joy, contemporary theology and ministry practice, and theological education, particularly the use of web-based technologies.

John McDowell

Professor John C. McDowell is the Director of Research at the University of Divinity, based in Melbourne. Among his publications are the specific works on the theology of Karl Barth: Hope in Barth's Eschatology: Interrogations and Transformations beyond Tragedy (2000) and Conversing with Barth, edited with Mike A. Higton (2004).

Katharine Massam

Associate Professor Katharine Massam is the Academic Dean at Pilgrim Theological College, University of Divinity. Katharine’s research explores intersections between Christian tradition and wider culture in postcolonial, settler societies, including Australia. She writes on the history of Christian spirituality (especially Benedictine traditions), cross-cultural encounter in the Australian mission context, the dynamics work and leisure, and is especially interested in methodologies that open-up neglected sources and experience (such as historical readings of space and place, devotional literature, art, music, and material culture).

Liam Miller

Liam Miller is a Uniting Church in Australia Chaplain at Macquarie University and is currently completing a Master of Divinity through Pilgrim Theological College, University of Divinity. The interviews with theologians, practitioners, and artists from around the world form a resource for those considering how rich and robust Christian thought can constructively respond to the questions and needs of the day.

Lucy Davison

Mark Brett

Mark Brett is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Divinity, Melbourne, and author of Political Trauma and Healing: Biblical Ethics for a Postcolonial World.

Muriel Porter

Dr Muriel Porter OAM is an Honorary Research Fellow at Trinity College Theological School within the University of Divinity.
A journalist by profession and a historian by academic qualification, Muriel is currently a freelance journalist and author. Muriel's area of expertise is commentary on contemporary religious issues, particularly pertaining to women, gay issues, marriage, etc.

Peter Sherlock

Professor Peter Sherlock is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Divinity. He is a cultural and religious historian of Renaissance and Reformation Europe and an expert on governance and leadership in educational and church settings. A graduate of the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford, his academic career has included an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship in History at the University of Melbourne and four years as Dean of the United Faculty of Theology, Melbourne. In 2012 Professor Sherlock was appointed as the inaugural Vice-Chancellor of the University of Divinity. He is the Chair of the Council of Deans of Theology (Australia) (2014- ) and Treasurer of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2015- ).

Robert Dixon

Dr Robert (Bob) Dixon was the Founding Director of the Pastoral Research Office, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Divinity.

He has authored and co-authored numerous publications about the demography of the Australian Catholic population, aspects of Catholic belief and practice, and Catholic parishes.

Robyn Whitaker

Reverend Dr Robyn Whitaker is a biblical scholar and historian with a particular interest in the contemporary use (and misuse) of the Bible in debates about sexuality, gender and ethics. Robyn has research expertise in apocalypticism and the related topics of end of the world speculation, martyrdom, and images of evil. Robyn is published in the areas of the visual culture of the Graeco-Roman world, its impact on biblical rhetoric, New Testament, and Judeo-Christian apocalyptic literature.

Shady Nessim

Shady Nessim is a current student and alumnus of the University of Divinity, based at St Athanasius College.

Timothy Jones

Wendy Mayer

Professor Wendy Mayer is the Associate Dean for Research at Australian Lutheran College, University of Divinity. A trained classicist (in Greek and Latin language and literature), since gaining her doctorate in Studies in Religion, Professor Mayer's career has been research-focussed, fostering and mentoring a research culture that opens up and explores questions of relevance to the contemporary world.

Whitley College

Whitley College is a culturally diverse community of learners committed to practical expressions of God’s activity in the world. We wrestle together in spiritual formation through theological reflection, creative exploration and academic rigour.

Shaped by the Bible, and drawing on our Baptist heritage, we are responsive to the contemporary needs of church and society, affirming liberty of conscience in conversation with other traditions of religion and spirituality.

Our educational ethos unifies heart, thought and hands, giving priority to personal and social transformation.

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