Happy 10 year blogoversary

10 years ago when was a year into my PhD in Theology I started this blog as a way to help me organize links and other material that I came across in my research. 10 years on the blog is still going – albeit in less intense kind of way. I’ve moved through Blogger, Movable Type, and WordPress – each of which had their own advantages. I’ve made some good friends and acquaintances along the way, and learnt a lot from other bloggers – many of whom I try to follow if they’re active. I’m often surprised to come across people at conferences who have seen something on it from time to time.

I’m not sure if this blog will be there in another 10 years time, but I hope so. Interesting to see the original blog roll – something that seems to have slipped off many blogs now.

Some changes in the look of the blog over time:

  • 2003 – http://web.archive.org/web/20031127232312/http://www.greenflame.org/
  • 2004 – http://web.archive.org/web/20041130174310/http://www.greenflame.org/
  • 2007 – http://web.archive.org/web/20070829124633/http://www.greenflame.org/
  • 2011 – http://web.archive.org/web/20111020132854/http://www.greenflame.org/
  • 2013 – http://web.archive.org/web/20130606131821/http://www.greenflame.org/

Passing on the Faith: The Childrens Sermon

I do children’s talks on a regular basis at my church. I find them challenging, but on the whole they seem well received by both children and adults. Because of that I particularly bit near the end of this article where he talks about the importance of creating a welcoming environment – one of the reasons I always try to sit on the floor or steps with the children, not on a chair ‘over’ them.

See A Test Case in Passing on the Faith: The Childrens Sermon.

See also: http://www.greenflame.org/category/faith-religion/childrens-talks/

Symposium on Theology, Spirituality and Cancer

Call for Papers – Symposium on Theology, Spirituality and Cancer
School of Theology, Faculty of Arts, The University of Auckland
Laidlaw College, Auckland

20-21 February, 2014 at the University of Auckland (City Campus)

The Theology, Spirituality and Cancer symposium is an interdisciplinary meeting exploring dialogue between theological including biblical, religious, philosophical, spiritual, healthcare and pastoral arenas. The symposium will be of interest to academics and practitioners, including religious ministers, chaplains, counsellors and healthcare practitioners in related areas. It will address issues such as theodicy, cancer therapies, end of life care, pastoral issues, and 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. It is intended that the symposium result in a published volume of essays.

Proposals for papers are invited on any aspects or themes related to those below. Papers should be 30 minutes in length with an additional 10-15 minutes discussion.

  • cancer and the problem of evil
  • health, therapy and saving power
  • ritual, prayer and cancer therapy
  • anger, guilt and forgiveness
  • spirituality and pastoral care
  • religion and the experience of cancer
  • competing myths, conflicting authorities
  • cancer and creation
  • cancer in eschatological perspective

Applications to present a paper should include:

  • Proposer’s name, institutional affiliations and contact details preferably email;
  • Title of the paper;
  • 200-word abstract;
  • Details of any audio-visual equipment you will need to deliver your paper.

Applications to be sent by 16 September 2013 to:

  • Dr Tim Meadowcroft (tmeadowcroft@laidlaw.ac.nz) – Laidlaw College

All other enquiries and information:

  • Dr Caroline Blyth (c.blyth@auckland.ac.nz) – School of Theology, The University of Auckland
  • Dr Stephen Garner (s.garner@auckland.ac.nz) – School of Theology, The University of Auckland

Website: http://www.theologyandcancer.org.

Selwyn Centre for Ageing and Spirituality one-day conference

Selwyn Centre for Ageing and Spirituality one-day conference
Dates: 6 September 2013, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Place: Tamaki Campus – University of Auckland, 261 Morrin Rd, St Johns, Auckland

From their website:

As we age, and especially as we become frailer and face death, spiritual issues – about the meaning and purpose of our lives – begin to loom large. Yet spirituality can be neglected in health and aged care despite its importance – perhaps because people often feel ill-equipped to discuss this sensitive topic.

This one-day conference is an opportunity to hear New Zealand researchers and others with an academic interest in the area speak about ageing and spirituality. The price has been set to allow retired people, pastoral caregivers and residential aged care staff to attend.

More details at: Selwyn Centre for Ageing and Spirituality one-day conference September 2013 – The Selwyn Foundation.