February Research Colloquium

The first Research Colloquium of 2018 will be held at UTC in G3 on Friday 23 February starting at 1.30pm. Dr Jeff Aernie will be chairing the Colloquium’s in 2018.

The program is as follows:

Time Presenter Presentation Type Title
1.30pm – 2.15pm Jeff Aernie Faculty Presentation The Restored Discipleship of a Broken Woman (Mark 5:25–34)
2.15pm – 3.00pm Louise Gosbell Guest Presentation Sensory Criticism and the Fourth Gospel
3.00pm – 3.45pm Keith Hamilton PhD Research Proposal Presentation The nature of a city based mission of the Uniting Church in Australia, and the critical connection between the three functions of worship, witness and service, and their critical relationship to ordained leadership.

 

Jeff Aernie                                    The Restored Discipleship of a Broken Woman (Mark 5:25–34)

This paper examines how the portrait of the bleeding woman in Mark 5 contributes to the wider definition of discipleship in the Gospel of Mark. I contend that Jesus’s sustained interaction with this anonymous woman revolves around the essential theological concept of restoration. In the midst of her severe medical crisis the woman is impacted by the restorative power of God’s kingdom and becomes a narrative exemplar of restored discipleship.

 

Louise Gosbell                                Sensory Criticism and the Fourth Gospel

In the last decade, scholarly interest in the role and representation of the body and the nature of the body in ancient texts has increased. This interest in the body has also included a growing interest in the role of the senses and what sensory language can tell us about ancient expectations of the body. The field of cultural anthropology has been influential in the development of sensory studies as it has encouraged scholars of ancient texts to consider ways different cultures use and interpret sensory experience. This paper serves as an introduction to the growing field of sensory studies and the benefits of applying the methods of sensory criticism to the biblical texts, in particular, the Fourth Gospel.

 

Keith Hamilton                                 The nature of a city based mission of the Uniting Church in Australia, and the critical connection between the three functions of worship, witness and service,

and, their critical relationship to ordained leadership.

The city based mission, or parish mission in the Uniting Church, is not a congregation(s) with a social service agency.  This research will answer the question: who is the city based mission?  It will research the critical connection of the parish mission as a church, with the interconnection of its functions, and, the critical correlation with leadership by the Minister of the Word, and then draw conclusions for the organising of the parish mission to express that theology, ecclesiology and missiology.

 

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