Clive Pearson

BA (Hons) BD PhD Cambridge
Sessional Lecturer
Phone: 0401 406 334

Clive Pearson has a passion for theological education delivered in a variety of forms. His teaching in the classroom goes hand in hand with the frequent leading of workshops in congregations, zones and presbyteries. He often makes himself available to assist congregational groups write a Pauline letter to themselves, explore how the gospel relates to the local context and unpack a mission statement in a way that can be owned by the congregation.
Clive studied at the University of Otago in Dunedin, Aotearoa-New Zealand; he received his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is an ordained Minister of the Word and served in a congregation in Christchurch for six years prior to becoming Professor of Systematic Theology at the Theological Hall, Knox College in Dunedin which was then a part of the Faculty of Theology, University of Otago. He has been teaching at United Theological College since 1997, and was principal from 2007 to 2014. He oversaw the College becoming the constituted theological college of the Synod of New South Wales-ACT as well as UTC’s entry into a full partnership in the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University.

Clive’s primary academic interests are in cross-cultural, diasporic, ecological and public theologies. For more than 15 years, he has been exploring the conversation between these kind of theologies and a systematic theology. Clive is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Theology, Cross-Culture: A Journal of Theology and Ministerial Practice, and Political Theology. He is a member of the executive of the Global Network of Public Theology, and is one of the editors of the Equinox (London) series on Cross-Cultural Theologies. He writes a fortnightly column for The Korean Christian Today.

For the past 15 years he has served Uniting Church on its working group for doctrine and reference committees for the multi/cross cultural church. He often represented the college on SPATS [South Pacific Association of Theological Schools] and ATESEA [Association of Theological Education in South East Asia]. He is frequently asked to chair accreditation bodies for SPATS.



Baptism, Wellington: Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa-New Zealand, 1994.

Doing Theology in Oceania: Partners in Conversation. Dunedin: Asia-Pacific Research Group, 2000.

Faith in a Hyphen: Doing Cross Cultural Theologies Down Under (edited). Adelaide: Open Book, 2004 / 2006 / 2009.

Good God, They’re Gay. St. Ninian’s, Christchurch, 1992.

Home and Away: Contextual Theology and Local Practice, ed. with Stephen Burns, Eugene: Pickwick Publications, 2013. [ch 1. ‘Home and Away: Faith and Identity in Diaspora’; pp. 1-14].

Ian Breward: Letters and Tributes (collected and edited). Sydney: UTC Publications, 2000.

MEDIAting Theology, Korean Christian Weekly/UTC Publications, Sydney 2012.

Out of Place: Doing Theology on the Crosscultural Brink, ed, with Jione Havea, London: Equinox Books, February, 2011. [ch. 5. ‘Out of Place with Jesus-Christ’].

Scholarship and Fierce Sincerity: Henry D.A. Major: The Face of Anglican Modernism, Auckland: Polygraphia, 2006.

The Theological Case of J. M. Bates. Dunedin: Presbyterian Historical Society, 1995.

Thirty Years of Korean Ministry in Australia, ed. with Myong Duk Yang [in English and Korean]. Sydney: UTC Publications, and Seoul: Presbyterian Church Press, 2004

Book chapters

‘Australian Contextual Theologies’, in Asian Christian Theologies: A Research Guide to Authors, Movements, Sources, Volume 1, ed. J. England. New York: Orbis and Delhi: ISPCK, 2002. 599-657.

‘Changing Subject’, in Crossing Borders: Faith, Ministry and Identity in Multicultural Australia, ed. H. Richmond and M. D. Yang. Adelaide: Open Book, 2006.

‘Christ and Context Down Under’ in Mapping the Landscape, ed. W. W. Emilsen and S. Emilsen. New York: Peter Lang, 2000. 296-321.

‘Coming to our Senses’, in Christians, the Environment and Justice, ed. C. G. Bloore. Social Justice Workgroup. Dunedin: Knox Church, 2005. 23-32.

‘Doctrine’, in What Difference Does It Make? Values and Faith in a Shifting Culture, ed. A. C. Webster. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press, 1992. 61-63.

‘Exploring a Public Theology for Here on Earth’, in Sebastian Kim, ed., Christianity and the Renewal of Nature 2011.

‘Face to Face for Christ’s Sake’, in M.D. Yang (ed), Tale of Two Churches: Australia and Korea, Seoul: Publishing House, Presbyterian Church of Korea, 2012; pp. 134-173.

‘Henry Major and “The Forward Policy”: The Original Purpose of The Modern Churchman, Modern Believing, April, 2011; pp. 6-13.

‘Hyphenated Identity of Second Generation and Migrant Churches’ [bilingual text], in Thirty Years of Korean Ministry in Australia, Sydney: UTC Publications, and Seoul: Presbyterian Church Press, 2004. 123-138 [Korean], 368-387 [English].

‘Losing Ground?’, in Christians, the Environment and Justice, ed. C. G. Bloore. Social Justice Workgroup. Dunedin: Knox Church, 2005. 7-16.

‘In Praise of Exile’, in Reforming the Reformation, ed. I. Breward. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Press, 2004. 213-236.

‘Oceanic Readings on Creation and Redemption’, in Ernst M. Conradie, (ed)., Creation and Salvation. Volume II: A Companionon Recent Theological Movements, Zurich & Berlin, LIT Verlag, 2012; pp. 371-380.

‘The End of Silence’, in Facing Our Differences: The Churches and Their Gay and Lesbian Members, ed. A. Brash. Geneva, 1995. 68-72.

‘The Face of Theology’, in Crossing Borders: Shaping Faith, Ministry and Identity in Multicultural Australia, ed. Helen Richmond and Myong Duk Yang. Sydney: UCA Assembly and NSW Board of Mission, 2006. 204-217.

‘The Public Comeback of God’, in Reimagining God and Mission: Perspectives from Australia. Adelaide: ATF Press, 2007. 83-98.

‘The Textual and Theological Nurture of Local Communities’, in Towards an Asian Theology of Hope, No. 1. Hong Kong: Christian Conference of Asia, 1996. 69-76.

‘Where are you from? Theology on the Move in Contemporary New Zealand?’, in Southern Insight, ed. C. Nichol. Christchurch, 1996. 3-34.

Refereed journal articles

‘A Kick in the Theological Shins’, Journal of Youth and Theology (April 2002).

‘Alienated Neighbours: Interpreting the Cronulla Race Riots for Christ’s Sake’, Oxford Forum on Public Policy (Summer 2008).

‘Ballyhooing around in Public’, Uniting Church Studies (August 2004).

‘Constructing a Local Ecotheology’, Ecotheology 3 (July, 1997): 23-38.

‘Earthing our Faith’, Pacific Journal of Theology, Series II, 38 (2007): 39-58.

‘Ecclesiology in a Minor Key’, Push 2 (2002): 26-43.

‘Electing Ecotheology’, Ecotheology 9:1 (April 2004): 7-28.

‘Encountering Christ in a Hyphen’, CTC Bulletin, Hong Kong, 20:1 (April 2004): 18-33.

‘For Christ’s Sake: From Expletive to Confession’, Pacifica 17:2 (2004): 197-215.

‘From Terra Australis to Terror Australis’, Eremos (November 2003).

‘H. D. A. Major’, in The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography: Vol. 3, 1901-1920. Auckland, 1996: 325.

‘How Shy Can a Reformed Theology Be?’, Journal of Reformed Theology, 1:3 (2007).

‘On Being Ad Hoc About a Theology of Youth Ministry’, Uniting Church Studies (March 2002): 43-61.

‘On Being Public about Ecotheology’, Ecotheology (July 2001 – January 2002): 42-59.

‘On the Look-out for the Public Christ in the Australian Soul’, Uniting Church Studies 14:2 (December 2008): 65-76.

‘The Framing of John Calvin as a Public Theologian’, in William Emilsen, ed. Calvin in the Public Square, Uniting Church Studies,
‘The Quest for a Cross-Cultural Theology’, Cross-Culture: A Journal of Theology and Ministerial Practice, 1:1 (October 2008): 1-14.

‘The Quest for a Glocal Public Theology’, International Journal of Public Theology, 1/2: 151-172.

‘Report on the Christchurch Conference, July 2000’, Ecotheology (July 2001 – January 2002): 205-208.

‘Telling Tales’, Studies in World Christianity, Edinburgh, 10:2 (October 2004): 6-24.

‘Theological Postcards from the Ecological Edge’, Ecotheology, 5-6 (July 1998 – January 1999): 142-161.

‘Toward an Australian Ecotheology’, Uniting Church Studies 4:1 (March 1998): 12-27.

‘The Necessity of a Public Christology’, Journal of Reformed Theology.

‘What We Do In Ordinary Time Matters’, in Building Communities of Reconciliation, Volume II: Christian Responses to Situations of Conflict, edited, Richard Noake and Pauline C.H., Kollontai, Seoul: nanumnsa Publications, 2012; pp.27-44.


Maurice Andrew, Set in a Long Place, in Pacifica, February 2002, pp. 114-117.
John Carey [ed] The Sexuality Debate in North American Churches, 1988-1995: Controversies, Unresolved Issues, Future Prospects, Uniting Church Studies, August, 1997; Volume 3, Number 2, pp. 70-78.
Celia Deane-Drummond and Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Religion and Ecology in the Public Sphere, in Modern Believing, 2012 forthcoming.
Gideon Goosen, Australian Theologies: Themes and Methodologies into the Third Millennium, Uniting Church Studies, March 2001, pp. 70-72.
Laurie Green, Let’s Do Contextual Theology, Expository Times, Volume 124, Number 2, November 2012; pp. 93-94.
Chris Mostert, God and the Future, in Uniting Church Studies, August 2003; 75-83.
Geoffrey Troughton, New Zealand Jesus: Social and Religious Transformations of an Image, 1890-1940, in Church Heritage, Vol. 17, Number 4, November 2012; pp. 288-291.
Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Charles A. Anderson, and Michael J. Sleasman, ed., Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends, Grand Rapids, Baker Academic, 2007, Journal of Reformed Theology, 4:3, [2010], 260 261.

Newspaper Column

Korean Christian Weekly, fortnightly column.
Constantine’s Dream and Us, Insights, February 2013; pp. 11-12.

Non-print media

“The Changing Nature of Easter”, Radio 2GB, Sydney, 26 March 2005.
“Corporate Tango”, 25 March, 2001, Encounter, National Radio., Australia.
“Citizenship and the Corporate Culture”, 13 April, 2001, Encounter, National Radio Australia.
“Touchstone: Heaven and Hell: Part Radio New Zealand, November 2003.
“World Environment Day and Theology”, 16 June, 2002, National Radio Australia.
‘Good Friday’, ‘Pope John Paul II’, ‘The Devil’, 2GB, April 2005.