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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 ( – Laidlaw College

All other enquiries and information:

  • Dr Caroline Blyth ( – School of Theology, The University of Auckland
  • Dr Stephen Garner ( – School of Theology, The University of Auckland


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