Two interesting articles on map-making – one in the fictional context and the other for the web with real world data. Both interesting reads.
Last day at the University of Auckland School of Theology today – now on leave until January. Odd kind of day – pretty much no one in the building at all after 1pm when our departmental coordinator left, so when I left at 4pm I locked everything up and turned the lights out. A lot of water under the bridge since I started here six years ago and I’ll miss my colleagues.
Photos below (including Helen’s name on my door now for 2014).
Laidlaw College and Theology at the University of Auckland will be sponsoring a two-day symposium and public lecture on Theology, Spirituality & Cancer on 20-21 February 2014 and you are warmly invited to attend.
The Theology, Spirituality and Cancer symposium is an interdisciplinary meeting exploring dialogue between theological (including biblical), religious, philosophical, spiritual, healthcare and pastoral arenas, and will include presentations by biblical scholars Dr Tim Meadowcroft and Dr Caroline Blyth, and practical theologian Dr Stephen Garner among others. The symposium will be of interest to academics and practitioners, including religious ministers, chaplains, counsellors and healthcare practitioners in related areas. It will address topics such as theodicy, cancer therapies, end-of-life care and pastoral challenges as well as exploring the insights a theological, religious or spiritual perspective can bring to an understanding of all aspects of cancer. These areas will be explored through presented papers, keynote addresses and a public lecture.
When: 20-21 February 2014 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Where: University of Auckland (City Campus), Arts 1 Building (Building 206), 14A Symonds Street, Auckland
Cost: $100 (includes morning and afternoon tea)
Register: Click here to register online. Registration will close on Friday 9 February 2014, but please register early as places are limited.
Cancer and Spirituality Matters: Stats and Stories
Public Lecture with Dr. Richard Eagan
When: 20 February 2014 | 7:30pm
Where: LibB10, General Library (Building 109), Level B (Basement), 5 Alfred Street, Auckland
My contribution to the Auckland Theology blog advent series – Advent Offering – 8 December | Auckland Theology, Biblical Studies, et al.
Now that the semester has ended and I’m clearing my desk (virtual and otherwise) of things that have accumulated there, here’s a list of links on media, religion and often the intersection between the two that I found interesting.
- Heidi Campbell: The Internet challenges and empowers religious institutions | Faith & Leadership.
- A Beginners Guide to Resources in Media, Religion and Culture Studies | Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies.
With RavelUnravel, we’re exploring the tapestry of religious and spiritual identities that make up our communities and the complexities of how we construct and deconstruct identity. We invite you to view the stories that make up RavelUnravel and add to the movement by sharing your own.
- Does Digital Communication Affect Spirituality?.
- BBC Religion & Ethics – How the Church of England is engaging with social media.
- New Media Project.
- Social Media Advice for Seminarians (Danny Zacharias).
- CODEC: Christian Communication in a Digital Age – Durham University.
- BPS Research Digest: Effects of a violent video game depend on whether you’re Superman or the Joker.
- Are Games Racist? | Game/Show | PBS Digital Studios – YouTube.
- Social media: the new religion? | Stuff.co.nz.
- Living Lutheran – Helping our youth become digital disciples.
Applications are now invited for the position of Director of the Presbyterian Church Schools’ Resource Office.
In 2011, an office was established to strengthen and support the Christian character of the thirteen schools and colleges around the country that are affiliated to, or associated with, the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. This role consists largely of supporting chaplains and religious education teachers in their work, and the compilation and development of curriculum resources.
The office is run by the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership on behalf of the church schools. It is currently located in Auckland, but can be relocated if necessary.
This is a half-to-two-thirds-time position.
The successful candidate will have a theological qualification, a teaching Diploma, and proven experience in chaplaincy and/or teaching. Knowledge of, and/or ministry within, the Presbyterian Church and the Reformed tradition will be an advantage.
More details in the PDF file available on the PCANZ web site. Applications close 15 November 2013.
I’m a huge Firefly/Serenity fan. I’ve got the DVDs, the poster, and all the comics and graphic novels. So I’m hoping this comes to pass.
New books on the bookshelf from the past couple of week authored and edited by friends and colleagues (two of which were free copies arriving in the mail yesterday and today).
First up Spiritual Complaint: The Theology and Practice of Lament edited by Miriam Bier and Tim Bulkeley which came out of an interdisciplinary colloquium on lament back in 2011. I’ve got a chapter in there titled “Lament in an age of new media”. Links below:
“Spiritual Complaint: The Theology and Practice of Lament” (Miriam Bier, Tim Bulkeley) – Amazon.com
“Spiritual Complaint: The Theology and Practice of Lament” (Miriam Bier, Tim Bulkeley) – Wipf and Stock Publishers
Secondly, Nicola Hoggard Creegan’s work on theology, animal suffering and problem of evil looks like a good read, especially for those interested in the theological implications of evolutionary frameworks and the science-religion interface.
“Animal Suffering and the Problem of Evil” (Nicola Hoggard Creegan) – Amazon.com
“Animal Suffering and the Problem of Evil” (Nicola Hoggard Creegan) – Oxford University Press
And finally, a collection of essays from a range of NZ writers – theologians, philosophers, scientists – on new-atheism from the TANSA meetings etc. Something to dip into from time to time.
“Taking Rational Trouble Over the Mysteries: Reactions to Atheism” (Nicola Hoggard Creegan and Andrew Shepherd) – Amazon.com
“Taking Rational Trouble Over the Mysteries: Reactions to Atheism” (Nicola Hoggard Creegan and Andrew Shepherd) – Wipf and Stock Publishers
Filed away for a future class discussion on Sabbath-keeping.
Will have a look through this later. I remember filling out the questionnaire a while back, but had forgotten about it until it came across my email today.
The Global Survey on Theological Education was designed to gather data and perspectives on all forms of theological education from every Christian tradition in every part of the world. Launched in October 2011 by the World Council of Churches in partnership with the Institute for Cross-Cultural Theological Education in Chicago and the Centre for the Study of Global Christianity in Boston this survey aimed to provide empirical data on current developments, challenges and major trends in theological education in World Christianity by sending out 70 items questionnaire to relevant partners, both individual theological educators as well as institutions for theological education.