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The Department of Theology and Religion and the Bioethics Centre here at Otago are jointly offering a Summer School paper on 

Bioethics and Christian Theology (CHTH217/317). 

Available both on Campus and via distance 

Summer School runs from 8 Jan - 16 Feb 2018. The paper is available both on Campus and via distance anywhere in New Zealand (or overseas). A pdf with further information is attached.

Topics covered include: Euthanasia, Sanctity of Life, Abortion, IVF and Genetics, Theological Conception of the Person, Autonomy, Suffering and Health, Beneficence and Duty of Care and Dementia    

Prerequisite: at 200-level; any two 100-level papers in any subject; at 300-level; any one 200-level paper in any subject. This prior study can have been undertaken at any accredited tertiary institution and need not have been done recently.

For further information contact Cara-Jane Smith; theology@otago.ac.nz or 03 479 8901

To enrol go to www.otago.ac.nz/study/enrolment/  (Enrolments close 15 December 2017)

Fees: Standard Summer School fees apply. For more information, visit http://www.otago.ac.nz/summerschool/apply/fees/

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Christian World Service invites supporters to its annual council on Friday, 6 October at Christchurch North Methodist Church from 6-8 pm. CWS will report on the year’s work and invite feedback. Jo Spratt a researcher on aid and foreign policy and Professor David Fielding from Otago University will discuss the New Zealand government aid programme.  Supporters are welcome to observe the AGM of the Board the following morning. RSVP to Pam for catering purposes.  

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The Conference titled “Growing Together” is to be held at Lincoln University (30 minutes’ drive from Christchurch airport).

The event aims to inspire, encourage and equip rural church leaders from across the globe as they explore the challenges and opportunities facing rural mission and ministry. With a learning community approach at its core, lay and ordained groups from countries and regions will consider together the ‘What is?’, ‘What could be?’ and ‘What will be?’ for their rural church context, inspired by stories and worship from different countries and traditions, and fed by key notes on reconciling communities and collaborative ministry.

Speakers at the conference include: Dr Rosemary Dewerse, she is Dunedin based and the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership Thornton Blair Research Fellow; Rev Jenny Dawson is an Anglican priest living just north of Wellington and a spiritual director, supervisor and consultant; and Jerry Marshall who is Chair of IRCA and CEO of Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre, the UK churches’ rural resource unit.

As well as the main conference there will be a young adult (16-25yrs) stream.

Fees up o 30 September 2017: NZ $1,300 including single room accommodation, meals, outings and transfer from Christchurch airport if required. Excluding accommodation (but with all meals including breakfast): NZ $775.

See programme and book here https://irca.online/conferences/2018-conference/

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On 15-21 April 2018, lay and ordained rural church leaders gather together in Lincoln, Christchurch to be inspired, encouraged and equipped to face the challenges and opportunities of rural mission and ministry.

In addition to the main conference there is a young adult (16-25) stream.

This event aims to inspire, encourage and equip rural church leaders from across the globe as they explore the challenges and opportunities facing rural mission and ministry. With a learning community approach at its core, lay and ordained groups from countries and regions will consider together the ‘What is?’, ‘What could be?’ and ‘What will be?’ for their rural church context, inspired by stories and worship from different countries and traditions, and fed by key notes on reconciling communities and collaborative ministry. Delegates will leave with action steps for their area, a set of resources for mission and poverty reduction, new friends and a network offering ongoing support.

For full details including timetable, speakers, cost, and booking see www.irca.online

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Course on Church in Mission: Theology in Changing Cultures
(PAST320/MINS412)

by Rev Dr Doug Gay and Rev Dr Steve Taylor

From 22-26 January, 2017, Doug Gay of the University of Glasgow, and Steve Taylor of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership will teach an intensive course in Dunedin entitled: Church in Mission: Theology in Changing Cultures. The course is jointly offered by the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago, and the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership.

The paper offers a theologically rigorous and culturally informed understanding of re-forming Christian communal identity. It will bring together perspectives of global theology, contemporary cultures and ecclesial study in a critical and constructive dialogue.

Doug Gay joined Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow in October 2005 after PhD studies in New College, Edinburgh under Will Storrar and David Fergusson. He holds an MA degree in Modern History and International Politics from the University of St Andrews and a BD from the University of Glasgow. Doug is an ordained minister who trained for ministry in the Church of Scotland and worked as a Church of Scotland minister for two years, before spending six years working in Hackney, East London as a minister of the United Reformed Church. He has worked as a religious columnist for The Times and is also active as a hymnwriter and liturgist.

Steve Taylor is Principal of Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership. He holds a PhD from University of Otago and an MTheol degree from University of Auckland. He has been a church planter and church minister for 16 years, with a particular focus on innovative and emerging forms of church. He has previously lectured for Laidlaw College, Uniting College for Leadership and Theology and Flinders University and as an Adjunct Lecturer at Carey Baptist College, Fuller Theological Seminary, Tabor College, University of Otago and Charles Sturt University. He is a film reviewer for Touchstone and columnist for Zadok, is known for creative worship and gained a Flinders University Vice-Chancellors Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015.

For further information about Doug go to: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/critical/staff/douglasgay/

For further information about Steve go to: http://knoxcentre.ac.nz/about-us/staff

For full details of the course, please click here.

 

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