UD Conferences in July/August

July and August will see an array of world-class conferences and events, bringing international speakers and students to our Colleges.

Luther@500: 28 June – 3 July

The Australian Lutheran Institute for Theology and Ethics (ALITE), in cooperation with the faculty of the Australian Lutheran College (ALC), is hosting this international conference on the theology of Martin Luther to mark the 500th anniversary in 2017 of the Lutheran Reformation.

The Luther@500 conference will be held from 28 June to 3 July 2016 at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne, Australia. It will explore, positively and critically, the reception of Martin Luther’s theology today, and its significance for Christianity in the future. The exploration of Luther’s theology will be three-dimensional: ecumenical, global and future-focused.

Six international Luther scholars, as well as several ALC and other Australian Luther scholars, will present papers based on original research and thought. Registrations for this event are now closed.

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ANZATS: 2-6 July

The 2016 Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools Conference will be hosted by the University of Divinity from 3-6 July, and will be held at the Trinity College Theological School and the Pilgrim Theological College, both in Parkville, Melbourne.

This year’s theme will focus on The Atonement and features keynote speaker Revd Dr Serene Jones (President of Union Theological Seminary, and the current President of the American Academy of Religion), alongside 70 individual papers from Australian and international scholars.

A prolific and popular scholar in the fields of theology, religion, globalisation and gender studies, Profressor Jones’ books include Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World (2009) and Feminist Theory and Theology: Cartographies of Grace (2000).

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Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies: Inaugural Gathering: 8 July

Join in a network of engagement on feminist concerns that will facilitate collaborative work on questions within and beyond theology, with special guest Revd Dr Serene Jones. This network will encourage creative public discourse through publications, exhibitions, debates, formal subject offerings, forums and events that engage in the joy of learning together.

This event also connects with the Pilgrim Theological College Semester Two subject: Thinking Otherwise: Theologies for engagement and transformation with Lisa Isherwood.

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Exclusion and Embrace Conference: 21-23 August

The 2016 Exclusion and Embrace Conference will be held on 21-23 August 2016 at the Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Australia. Two esteemed speakers will be: Prof Hans Reinders (Chair of Ethics at VU University, Holland, and editor of the journal Religion and Disability) and Rev Bill Gaventa (Director of the Summer Institute of Theology and Disability and President-elect of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities).

In addition to keynote presentations, a range of electives will explore themes including: ethics, care, friendship, discrimination, love, justice, and liberation.

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