Forthcoming events at the Centre
Our next public events
'The Peaceful Unification of Korea'
Wednesday 8th July, 12.00 - 1.00 pm
Venue to be confirmed
With Rev Dr Kangsil Lee (Church Minister in South Korea, currently on a sabbatical visit to Dunedin, sponsored by Knox Church through the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa NZ's Global Mission office). Dr Lee will address how Korean peaceful unification will contribute to the peace and harmony in Asia, as well as the world, and how the ongoing division of Korea is closely connected with the conflicts and tension among big countries like the USA, China, Russia and Japan.
'Responding to Winds of Change: A Conversation on the Church in the Public Square'
Sunday 19th July, 7.00 - 8.30pm
All Saints' Church, 786 Cumberland Street
How can the Church raise its voice on ethics, justice and peace in Aotearoa today? Speakers will include Marian Hobbs, (Facilitator of community engagement on social concerns, former MP and Cabinet Minister), Richard Randerson, (Anglican Bishop, author of Slipping the Moorings), and David Tombs, (Professor of Theology and Public Issues). The discussion will be chaired by Rev Michael Wallace (Vicar of All Saints' Church). This event is sponsored by All Saints' Church and the Centre for Theology and Public Issues. For more information see the flyer here.
'Changing Our Mind on the LGBT Issue'
Thursday 30th July, 5.15 - 6.30pm
Archway 2 Lecture Theatre
With Dr. David P. Gushee, (Professor of Christian Ethics, Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University, Atlanta & Macon, Georgia). More information on this to follow soon.
Podcasts now available for the recent events:
'Child Poverty: Myths, Misconceptions and Misunderstandings'. Open lecture with Professor Jonathan Boston, (Co-chair, Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty). Here
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News and Events Archive
28 May: 'Non-Toxic Religion: The Churches in the Peace Movement in 1980's New Zealand'. Open lecture with Reverend Dr Peter Matheson, (Presbyterian minister and Honorary Fellow of the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago). Hosted by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.
22 May: 'Conversation After Pentecost: The Shape of Distinctly Christian Engagements with the Postmodern Other'. Public seminar with Professor Trevor Hart, (Rector of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Scotland).
14 May: 'Syria Behind the Lines'. The open lecture with Chris Clarke, (World Vision New Zealand), was followed by a screening of the film 'Syria Behind the Lines', which examines the sectarian division in the conflict. The film (60 mins) was followed by a discussion.
14 May: 'Beauty and Brokenness: Reflections on the Syrian Crisis'. Chris Clarke, (Chief Executive, World Vision New Zealand), spoke on the devastating impact this crisis has had on a generation of Syrian children, and asked "Where is God in all of this?". Chris has spent most of his career in the public health sector and is a visiting scholar at Green Templeton College, Oxford University.
30 April: 'Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert'. The conversation with Mark Powell was followed by a screening of the film 'Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert'.
30 April: 'Public Conversation with Mark Powell'. Professor Murray Rae (Department of Theology and Religion) was in conversation with Mark Powell (CEO of The Warehouse). Topics for his conversation included: a living wage; Chief Excutive Pay; economic inequality; Christian approaches to business, and more.
16 April: 'In My Country' Film Screening. Based on the acclaimed book Country of My Skull by Antjie Krog, an Afrikaans poet who covered TRC hearings for South African radio.
16 April: 'Faith and Reconciliation: Insights from the South African Experience'. Open lecture by Emeritus Professsor Piet Meiring, (Theology and Missiology, University of Pretoria, and a former member of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chaired by Desmond Tutu). View the notes from the lecture here Pre-requisites for Forgiveness, Faith and Reconciliation
24 March: 'Romero' Film Screening. The film was preceded by a CTPI panel discussion on Freedom of Speech. This powerful film features Romero's time as Archbishop of San Salvador, when he became known as a 'Voice for the Voiceless' until his murder on 24 March 1980.
24 March: 'Freedom of Speech: Rights and Responsibilities?' panel discussion with Associate Professor Greg Dawes, (Department of Philosophy), Dr Najibullah Lafraie, (Department of Politics), Mr Murray Kirkness, (Editor of Otago Daily Times), Associate Professor Selene Mize, (Faculty of Law), Professor David Tombs, (Centre for Theology and Public Issues) and chaired by Professor Murray Rae, (Department of Theology and Religion).
11 February: Hosted the launch of the Salvation Army's annual state-of-the-nation report, 'A Mountain All Can Climb'.
17 October: 2014 Quaker Lecture: Standing in this Place an open lecture with David James, Jillian Wychel, Murray Short and Linda Wilson. Hosted by the Society of Friends, in association with the Centre for Theology and Public Issues. Listen to the audio recording here
11 August: The Marriage Amendment Act One Year On: How are the Churches Responding? An open panel with Rt Rev’d Kelvin Wright, (Anglican Bishop of Dunedin); Rev'd Greg Hughson, (University Chaplain); Rt Rev'd Dr Graham Redding, (Principal of Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, and former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand); Rev'd Mark Chamberlain, (Roman Catholic Priest, Church of the Holy Name); Rev'd Dr Bruce Hamill, (Minister at Coastal Unity Presbyterian Church and Convenor of the Doctrine Core Group, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand); Mr Neill Ballantyne, (Queer Support Officer, OUSA). This event was hosted by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues and Otago University Students’ Association Queer Support.
17 July: Future Visions: Ecology, Economics at the End of the World. Open lecture with Dr Andrew Shepherd (Adjunct Lecturer in Theology; Dr Andrew Shepherd has worked as a Research Fellow and Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago. He is the National Co-Director for A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand, a Christian conservation movement). This was followed by the launch of his book, The Gift of the Other: Levinas, Derrida, and a Theology of Hospitality (Eugene, OR:. Pickwick Publications, 2014).
7 July: Believers of the World - Unite. Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy and Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group Eleventh Annual Open Peace Lecture with Rev Dr Lord Leslie Griffiths, (Dr Griffiths, the Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, is a Methodist Minister and Superintendent of Wesley’s Chapel, London, and a Labour member of the House of Lords). Introduced by Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne.
7 July: How to communicate meaningfully with ordinary people - the challenge to Theology. Seminar with Rev Dr Lord Leslie Griffiths, (Superintendent Minister of Wesley’s Chapel, London, and a member of the House of Lords).
12 June: Child Poverty: Myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings. An open lecture with Professor Jonathan Boston, (Co-chair, Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty). View the powerpoint from the lecture here. View the podcast here.
12 June: Governing for the Future: Stewardship, sustainability and the tyranny of the present. An open lecture with Professor Jonathan Boston, (Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University School of Government). View the powerpoint from the lecture here
26 March: Religious Leaders Building Peace and the Practice of Interfaith Dialogue: Drawing on the Experiences of Mindanao, Burundi and Nigeria. A public conversation with Professor Ed Garcia (Senior Conflict Advisor at International Alert in London), Dr Najibullah Lafraie (Department of Politics), Dr Sung Yong Lee (Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies) and the Revd Greg Hughson (University Chaplain).
18 March: Third World Development: Opportunities and Challenges. The Centre hosted three National Directors from World Vision's offices around the globe, who each made a short presentation and answered questions on 'Hot Topics in Development' such as: Tackling poverty in conflict situations - Alex Snary, (National Director, World Vision Jerusalem-West Bank-Gaza); When doing good does harm - Gilbert Kamanga, (National Director, World Vision Uganda); When aid and business collide - Chris Herink, (National Director, World Vision Myanmar). Chaired by Chris Clarke, (CEO of World Vision New Zealand).
17 March: Public Conversation with Archbishop John Sentamu. This was another chance to hear the Archbishop John Sentamu, (the Archbishop of York), in conversation with Archbishop Philip Richardson, (Archbishop of the New Zealand Dioceses). The conversation ranged widely over issues concerning the church locally and internationally, and considered particular projects and themes of Archbishop Sentamu's own work in the UK.
17 March: Poverty: Global and Local. A one-day symposium with Archbishop John Sentamu, (the Archbishop of York), and his wife Margaret Sentamu, (Principal Consultant and Head of Diversity at Odgers & Berndtson). Other speakers included the Revd Jono Ryan (New Zealand Co-ordinator of Servants to Asia's Urban Poor), Professor David Fielding (Professor of Economics, Otago Business School) and Gillian Bremner (CEO of Presbyterian Support). The symposium considered the nature, causes and extent of poverty and explored strategies for alleviating poverty that make a difference both locally and globally.
13 February: Hosted the launch of the Salvation Army's annual state-of-the-nation report, 'Striking a Better Balance'.