Professor David Tombs, the Howard Paterson Chair of Theology and Public Issues, at the University of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand, and a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Theology, University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa – will appear as a guest lecturer at United Theological College at 2pm on Friday 13 July 2018.
Event: Guest Lecture Presentation
Guest: Professor David Tombs
Venue: United Theological College, based at The Centre for Ministry, 16 Masons Drive North Parramatta
When: 2pm, Friday 13 July 2018
Time: Lecture commences at 2pm followed by afternoon tea and the opportunity to discuss the lecture with Professor Tombs. Hosted by Professor Gerard Moore and faculty of UTC. There is no cost to attend and hear the lecture and afternoon tea.
RSVP: Please RSVP to [email protected] or via phone 02 8838 8900
He has a longstanding interest in contextual and liberation theologies and is author of Latin American Liberation Theologies (Brill, 2002). His current research focuses on religion, violence, and peace building, and especially on Christian responses to gender-based violence, sexual abuse, and torture.
He is originally from the United Kingdom and previously lectured in theology at the University of Roehampton in London (1992-2001), and then on a conflict resolution and reconciliation program in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin (2001-2014).
He has degrees in theology from Oxford (BA/MA, 1987), Union Theological Seminary New York (STM, 1988), and London (PhD 2004), and in philosophy (MA London, 1993).
Crucifixion, Silence, and Sexual Abuse:
Reading Mark 15: 16-24 alongside Reports of Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
David Tombs, Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago
13 July 2018, United Theological College
This presentation offers a ‘slow’ reading of Mark 15:16-24 (the mocking and abuse of Jesus). Using a contextual bible study approach developed for the project ‘When Did We See You Naked?’, it draws on accounts of torture and prisoner abuse to focus attention on the stripping and forced exposure of Jesus, and asks whether this abuse should be named as sexual abuse. It then explores how the passage might also be read alongside the final report of the Australian Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. The presentation will draw upon and develop some of the material covered in The Conversation article by Katie Edwards and David Tombs published (23 March 2018).