May Research Colloquium

Dear All,

The next Research Colloquium is being held this Friday 25 May starting at 1.30pm in G3. The program is as follows:

Time Presenter Presentation Type Title
1.30pm – 2.15pm Ian Robinson Faculty Presentation From Eco-Theology to Eco-Missiology
2.15pm – 3.00pm Damian Palmer Faculty Presentation Together Towards Life: A Uniting Church Response
3.00pm – 3.45pm Yung Hun Choi PhD Presentation Psalms 69–87 as an Exemplar for the Entire Structure of the Psalter

Ian Robinson                     From Eco-Theology to Eco-Missiology

The main barriers in the current ecological crisis are obstruction and inertia. Churches have produced outstanding eco-theology but have not participated in environmental action more than the general public. This paper argues that churches can move “from issues to action” by developing an eco-missiology. In this we are indebted to the voices of Ross Langmead, Willis Jenkins, Mick Pope, Ian Barnes, and others. Missiological perspective offers new strategies and motivations that more clearly reflect a holistic gospel. Climate changes are unfolding quickly and it may be the case already that nothing can avert an extinction-level event. Whatever scenario unfolds, eco-missional leadership may result in sufficient action. This paper suggests some next steps in such a change.

 Damian Palmer                Together Towards Life: A Uniting Church Response

In 2012 the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches adopted a new affirmation on mission and evangelism, titled Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes. In this paper I offer a response to this ecumenical document ‘from the perspective of the Uniting Church in Australia.’ In particular I focus on affirmations about ‘mission’ in the Uniting Church’s Basis of Union (1977), and the more recent Assembly document, Towards a Theology Relating to Mission (2010).

 Yung Hun Choi                  Psalms 69–87 as an Exemplar for the Entire Structure of the Psalter

This paper examines Psalms 69–87 as a test case for my argument that the Psalter is structured around the movement from individual laments to communal praises. I suggest that this form of movement is a key dimension of the structure of the entire Psalter, and that it functions as an alternative to traditional readings of the fivefold division of the Psalter and those readings that focus on specific collections of psalms. The proposed movement from individual laments to communal praises coordinates with other forms of movement in the Psalter—including movement that revolves around the themes of covenant, time, and kingship.

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