May Research Colloquium

The next Research Colloquium will be this Friday 27th May starting at 1.30pm in G4. The program of presenters is as follows:

Time Presenter Presentation Type Title
1.30pm – 2.15pm Rhonda White Faculty Presentation Reflections on The Moderator’s “U-Talk” Gatherings 2015/16 Paper 1: “A Pea Under the Mattress” – Exploring the Praxis of Ordination in the UCA
2.15pm – 3.00pm Brendan Pratt PhD Research Presentation Sabbath as a Signifier of Consumer Detachment and Engagement
3.00pm – 3.45pm Yung Hun Choi PhD Research Proposal Beyond the move, ‘Individual Lament to Communal Praise’: A Thematic Approach to the Psalter as a Whole with a Particular Analysis of Pss. 23-34

Rhonda White Reflections on The Moderator’s “U-Talk” Gatherings 2015/16 Paper 1: “A Pea Under the Mattress” – Exploring the Praxis of Ordination in the UCA rhonda_white_preaching
At the beginning of 2015 the Moderator, Myung Hwa Park, initiated a series of gatherings of Ordained Ministers with the sole intention of listening to their experience. The composition of each gathering focused on a particular group with several groups representing retired ministers, other groups were age identified (50-60yrs, under 55’s). There was also a C.A.L.D. (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) gathering, Uniting Chaplains (this group included lay chaplains) and Korean Presbytery ministers.
The place of ordination in the UCA and the relationship of ordained and lay ministry emerged as a significant issue in all but the gathering of the Korean Presbytery ministers. This paper begins a reflective process on the current theory and practice of Ordination in the UCA and explores some of the conflicting messages arising from a perceived gap or disconnect in praxis.

Brendan Pratt Sabbath as a Signifier of Consumer Detachment and Engagement Brendan Pratt 2
The discipline of Sabbath keeping can be a practise of resistance to the commodity form of life. Expressions of Sabbath that include detachment from media, commerce and commodified time offer space to re-calibrate self-definition in relationship to consumer culture. Engagement in the celebration of creation, community, justice, divine narrative and mindfulness shapes a Sabbath pedagogy that informs consumer constructs. However Sabbath can itself be commodified and co-opted for consumer ends and simply become a tool for greater self-focus and a vehicle for increasing overall productivity or laden with religious constructs that have little bearing on how one relates to consumerism.

This paper will specifically look at Adventist Sabbath practise and how it might be re-envisioned to inform consumerism. It will explore modes of Sabbath keeping in terms of implications for the Christian consumer.

Yung Hun Choi Beyond the move, ‘Individual Lament to Communal Praise’: A Thematic Approach to the Psalter as a Whole with a Particular Analysis of Pss. 23-34
This is a follow-up research to investigate whether there is a further coherent organising principle beyond the generally recognised movement, from the individual laments to the communal praises, in the arrangement of the 150 psalms of the Hebrew Psalter as a whole. A number of scholars who are at the centre of Psalms scholarship, for example, Claus Westermann, Norman K. Gottwald, R. Norman Whybray, Gerald H. Wilson, Walter Brueggemann, Hassell C. Bullock, Harry P. Nasuti, and Patrick D. Miller have already noted this movement. Of these, Gottwald and Whybray discussed it more specifically within the fivefold doxological division and Wilson, in particular, considered it from the redaction-historical perspective, assuming early (Books I-III) and later collections (Books IV-V) of the Psalter. However, the fact is that the study from such stances does not show additional progress now. Thus, my attempt at this is to explore whether there is any supplementary pattern beyond the dominating move in the whole Psalter by crossing over the boundaries of the five Books and excluding those historical redaction theories which many scholars assess as questionable measures for the study. Only by means of objectively endorsed textual clues in the final form, i.e., by analysing the themes and their way of spreading which convey specific theological ideas, will this study be performed. So it is a holistic research for probing the positional significance of all the individual psalms. In light of the entire design, it will then present an example, detailed analysis of Pss. 23-34 which I believe consist of Pss. 23-24 (an introduction to the second part of the Psalter which contains the same themes as those of Pss. 1-2), 25-33 (a series of psalms that reflect the general move), and 34 (a transitional psalm). This example by a narrower scope is for demonstration of the orderliness of the move.

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