October Research Colloquium

The next Research Colloquium is scheduled for this Friday 7 October starting at 1.30pm in G4. The program is as follows:

1.30pm – 2.15pm Liz DeReland PhD Research Presentation Ascendancy and Angst: Parramatta Mission 1885-1905
2.15pm – 3.00pm Michael Earl PhD Research Presentation Living Inside God’s Imagination: Sketching an Anatomy of Trust and Trustworthiness
3.00pm – 3.45pm Stephen Choi DMin Research Presentation The Korean Preaching of God’s Blessing

Liz DeReland Ascendancy and Angst: Parramatta Mission 1885-1905
The opening of its grand, new ‘cathedral’ church in 1885 was emblematic of Parramatta Methodism’s denominational ascendancy in the latter nineteenth century, and commensurate with Parramatta’s transformation from rural backwater to smart Victorian town. Once up and running, the new church was prestigious, family and community orientated, always full and very much a ‘society’ darling. Moreover, its emergence, coming only fifteen years ahead of the Federation of Australia in 1901 and the First Australasian Methodist Conference of 1902, was as much a momentous civic occasion as it was a cause for denominational pride. Described from the outset as architecturally “very beautiful”, it soared above its surrounds with an engaging combination of Victorian Gothic affectation and Parramatta sturdiness. Any joy at its arrival was, however, quickly undermined by the dragging debt of its construction. What may be viewed as the peak of the Mission’s socio-civic and denominational power in Parramatta would therefore become characterized by a level of internal angst and external derision which almost brought about its end. This paper will explore the reasons for this crisis and the means employed by Parramatta Mission to forge new identities and re-invent its civic connections at the turn of a new century.

Michael Earl Michael Earl 2
Living Inside God’s Imagination: Sketching an Anatomy of Trust and Trustworthiness
How does one develop an anatomy of trust which will frame a RE theology of ordination? A theology of trust from a Christian point of view must begin with an account of how God can be considered trustworthy, considering the nature of God and the divine/human relationship. Indeed, why would one have faith at all in a God who was not considered trustworthy? And how could any distinctly Christian understanding of trust be articulated in the absence of a deeply grounded relationship of trust between God and humanity? At the heart of this relationship is the life and witness of the incarnate, crucified, and risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Christ is ‘the key’ (K Tanner) through which an understanding of trust must be developed. In doing so, one is taken into the heart of salvation history as it is articulated in Scripture. The Christian tradition assumes God’s trustworthiness at every point and Scripture provides the narrative pledge of this divine attribute. In this paper I offer a Scriptural account of God’s trustworthiness with a view to moving to a wider analysis of trust from a theological perspective.

Stephen Choi The Korean Preaching of God’s Blessing
The aim of this research is how much the theology of blessing influence to Korean Baptist preachers in Sydney. The term ‘theology of blessing’ is phenomena found in non-western settings. It is required caution to use the term ‘theology of blessing’. Nevertheless, the preaching of God’s blessing is a part of the Christian faith. In particular, the preaching of God’s blessing has been widely pervading in Korean preaching. This research will provide an overview of theological reflection relevant to my study of Korean Baptist preaching in Sydney.

HDR Students are reminded that their participation in the Research Colloquiums is a critical component of their candidature and that apologies should be sent to me at joannes@nswact.uca.org.au

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