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CTPI: Why Theology Matters to Tree Frogs (90.01 MB)
Sunday, 20 November 2016
A Public Lecture with Rev. Peter Harris, Anglican Minister, Conservationist, and Co-Founder of Christian Conservation Organisation A Rocha. 24 November 2016

CTPI: Why Theology Matters to Tree Frogs (233.62 MB)
Sunday, 20 November 2016
A Public Lecture with Rev. Peter Harris, Anglican Minister, Conservationist, and Co-Founder of Christian Conservation Organisation A Rocha. 24 November 2016

CTPI & NCPACS: World Council of Churches' Response to Religious Violence (102.44 MB)
Friday, 7 October 2016
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit addresses the World Council of Churches Central Committee’s recent ‘Statement on Religion and Violence’ (28 June 2016), which addresses the persistence and spread of extremist violence in the world, and its ambiguous connections with religion. 7 October 2016.

CTPI & NCPACS: World Council of Churches' Response to Religious Violence (276.49 MB)
Friday, 7 October 2016
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit addresses the World Council of Churches Central Committee’s recent ‘Statement on Religion and Violence’ (28 June 2016), which addresses the persistence and spread of extremist violence in the world, and its ambiguous connections with religion. 7 October 2016.

Theology and Religion: Towards an Ecumenical Political Theology: Charisms Catholic, Reformed and Anabaptist (76.78 MB)
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Rev Dr Doug Gay is the Stuart Residence Halls Council Distinguished Visitor for 2016. In this public lecture, he traces the outline of an ecumenical political theology incorporating the Catholic, Reformed and Anabaptist traditions of narrative, discipline and witness, with particular reference to the political and economic environment and events leading to the post 2008 economic crisis. 6 September 2016.

Theology and Religion: Towards an Ecumenical Political Theology: Charisms Catholic, Reformed and Anabaptist (44.85 MB)
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Rev Dr Doug Gay is the Stuart Residence Halls Council Distinguished Visitor for 2016. In this public lecture, he traces the outline of an ecumenical political theology incorporating the Catholic, Reformed and Anabaptist traditions of narrative, discipline and witness, with particular reference to the political and economic environment and events leading to the post 2008 economic crisis. 6 September 2016.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 6 (141.79 MB)
Thursday, 4 August 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job in Modern Literature'. 4 August 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 6 (83.99 MB)
Thursday, 4 August 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job in Modern Literature'. 4 August 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 5 (85.92 MB)
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job Through the Eyes of Artists'. 3 August 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 5 (175.84 MB)
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job Through the Eyes of Artists'. 3 August 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 4 (151.82 MB)
Tuesday, 2 August 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job as a Contested Classic'. 2 August 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 4 (97.48 MB)
Tuesday, 2 August 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job as a Contested Classic'. 2 August 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 3 (87.72 MB)
Thursday, 28 July 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Theological Conversations in Job'. 28 July 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 3 (142.81 MB)
Thursday, 28 July 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Theological Conversations in Job'. 28 July 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 2 (188.33 MB)
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture two of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'The Artistry of the (Hebrew) Book of Job'. 27 July 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 2 (83.58 MB)
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture two of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'The Artistry of the (Hebrew) Book of Job'. 27 July 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 1 (148.84 MB)
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture one of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job in the Cradle of World Literature'. 26 July 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 1 (81.12 MB)
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture one of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job in the Cradle of World Literature'. 26 July 2016

CTPI: Good Governance - Designing Democratic Institutions for a Sustainable Future (67.76 MB)
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Public Lecture with Professor Jonathan Boston from the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington. He discusses the role of governance in sustainability and how to move from a short term focus at a governmental level to a longer term focus.

CTPI: Good Governance - Designing Democratic Institutions for a Sustainable Future (147.65 MB)
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Public Lecture with Professor Jonathan Boston from the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington. He discusses the role of governance in sustainability and how to move from a short term focus at a governmental level to a longer term focus.

CTPI: Faith and Wisdom in Science (89.39 MB)
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
In this talk Professor Tom McLeish, Professor of Physics at Durham University. Tom discusses themes from his recently published book ‘Faith and Wisdom in Science’ (Oxford University Press, 2014). In this book, Tom takes a scientist’s reading of the Old Testament’s Book of Job and uses this ancient text as a centrepiece to make the case for science as a deeply human and ancient activity, embedded in some of the oldest stories told about the human desire to understand the natural world. Drawing on stories from the modern science of chaos and uncertainty, alongside medieval, patristic, classical and Biblical sources, Faith and Wisdom in Science challenges much of the current “science and religion” debate as operating with the wrong assumptions and in the wrong space. There are immediate consequences for how we treat science in government, the media, in education and in churches. 22 September 2015

CTPI: Faith and Wisdom in Science (331.35 MB)
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
In this talk Professor Tom McLeish, Professor of Physics at Durham University. Tom discusses themes from his recently published book ‘Faith and Wisdom in Science’ (Oxford University Press, 2014). In this book, Tom takes a scientist’s reading of the Old Testament’s Book of Job and uses this ancient text as a centrepiece to make the case for science as a deeply human and ancient activity, embedded in some of the oldest stories told about the human desire to understand the natural world. Drawing on stories from the modern science of chaos and uncertainty, alongside medieval, patristic, classical and Biblical sources, Faith and Wisdom in Science challenges much of the current “science and religion” debate as operating with the wrong assumptions and in the wrong space. There are immediate consequences for how we treat science in government, the media, in education and in churches. 22 September 2015

2015 Archibald Baxter Memorial Trust Peace Lecture – Professor David Tombs (73.66 MB)
Monday, 21 September 2015
Professor David Tombs, Director, Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago, speaks about the US Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture (2014), which has strongly criticised the interrogation programme overseen by the CIA in the aftermath of 9/11. He connects this to studies of torture practices under authoritarian regimes in Latin America, and suggests that it is also relevant to the field punishment of Archibald Baxter, and other conscience objectors, in World War I. 21 September 2015

2015 Archibald Baxter Memorial Trust Peace Lecture – Professor David Tombs (110.96 MB)
Monday, 21 September 2015
Professor David Tombs, Director, Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago, speaks about the US Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture (2014), which has strongly criticised the interrogation programme overseen by the CIA in the aftermath of 9/11. He connects this to studies of torture practices under authoritarian regimes in Latin America, and suggests that it is also relevant to the field punishment of Archibald Baxter, and other conscience objectors, in World War I. 21 September 2015

IPL: Latin American Liberation Theology and its Ongoing Legacy (180.77 MB)
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Professor David Tombs holds the Howard Paterson Chair in Theology and Public Issues and is Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Otago. His Inaugural Professorial Lecture discusses Latin American liberation theology and its ongoing legacy. 8 September 2015

IPL: Latin American Liberation Theology and its Ongoing Legacy (64.90 MB)
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Professor David Tombs holds the Howard Paterson Chair in Theology and Public Issues and is Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Otago. His Inaugural Professorial Lecture discusses Latin American liberation theology and its ongoing legacy. 8 September 2015

CTPI: Can there be a unified theory of religious freedom? (69.96 MB)
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
In this talk Professor Peter Danchin, Professor of Law and Director of the International and Comparative Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law discusses the three key concepts in modern religious freedom discourse – neutrality, universality and legality. What is increasingly recognised, however, is the extent to which these concepts are inextricably entangled, historically and substantively, with theological concepts and categories. In drawing out these connections and assessing their implications for three central questions concerning the subject, object and justification of the right to religious liberty, this talk asks whether there can be a unified theory of religious freedom and in what sense we can say the right is independent of religious traditions and the contested notions of freedom within them. 19 August 2015

CTPI: Can there be a unified theory of religious freedom? (242.97 MB)
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
In this talk Professor Peter Danchin, Professor of Law and Director of the International and Comparative Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law discusses the three key concepts in modern religious freedom discourse – neutrality, universality and legality. What is increasingly recognised, however, is the extent to which these concepts are inextricably entangled, historically and substantively, with theological concepts and categories. In drawing out these connections and assessing their implications for three central questions concerning the subject, object and justification of the right to religious liberty, this talk asks whether there can be a unified theory of religious freedom and in what sense we can say the right is independent of religious traditions and the contested notions of freedom within them. 19 August 2015

CTPI: Changing our mind on the LGBT issue (54.94 MB)
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Dr. David P. Gushee is a Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. His research interests focus on the ethical teachings of Jesus Christ and the Christian theological-ethical tradition, together with its contemporary implications for Christian discipleship and public witness. In this talk he speaks on his personal journey toward a change of his own heart and mind in becoming an advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the Church, and his recent book ‘Changing Our Mind’ and the impact that it is having. 30 July 2015

CTPI: Changing our mind on the LGBT issue (146.45 MB)
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Dr. David P. Gushee is a Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. His research interests focus on the ethical teachings of Jesus Christ and the Christian theological-ethical tradition, together with its contemporary implications for Christian discipleship and public witness. In this talk he speaks on his personal journey toward a change of his own heart and mind in becoming an advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the Church, and his recent book ‘Changing Our Mind’ and the impact that it is having. 30 July 2015

NCPACS & CTPI: Non-Toxic Religion: The Churches in the Peace Movement in 1980’s New Zealand (55.84 MB)
Thursday, 28 May 2015
Reverend Dr Peter Matheson studied in Otago, (History) Edinburgh, and Tübingen (Theology); edited Critic and taught religious history in New College Edinburgh, Otago and Melbourne. He has been active in the peace movement in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Germany and New Zealand and is the author of fifteen books and countless articles on reforming movements, radical and women's history in the Early Modern Period in Germany, and on aspects of New Zealand and Third Reich history. He is a Presbyterian minister and Honorary Fellow of the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago. In this talk, he discusses the churches in the peace movement in 1980’s New Zealand. 28 May 2015

NCPACS & CTPI: Non-Toxic Religion: The Churches in the Peace Movement in 1980’s New Zealand (188.16 MB)
Thursday, 28 May 2015
Reverend Dr Peter Matheson studied in Otago, (History) Edinburgh, and Tübingen (Theology); edited Critic and taught religious history in New College Edinburgh, Otago and Melbourne. He has been active in the peace movement in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Germany and New Zealand and is the author of fifteen books and countless articles on reforming movements, radical and women's history in the Early Modern Period in Germany, and on aspects of New Zealand and Third Reich history. He is a Presbyterian minister and Honorary Fellow of the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago. In this talk, he discusses the churches in the peace movement in 1980’s New Zealand. 28 May 2015

CTPI: Faith and Reconciliation: Insights from the South African Experience (65.17 MB)
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Piet Meiring, Emeritus Professor of Theology and Missiology at the University of Pretoria, and a former member of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chaired by Desmond Tutu, speaks about the role of faith and theology in the post-apartheid reconciliation process, and offers insights from the South African experience. 16 April 2015

CTPI: Faith and Reconciliation: Insights from the South African Experience (140.82 MB)
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Piet Meiring, Emeritus Professor of Theology and Missiology at the University of Pretoria, and a former member of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chaired by Desmond Tutu, speaks about the role of faith and theology in the post-apartheid reconciliation process, and offers insights from the South African experience. 16 April 2015

CTPI: 2014 Quaker Lecture: Standing in this Place (73.36 MB)
Friday, 17 October 2014
In Aotearoa New Zealand many Quakers have been involved in supporting, in diverse ways, the achievement of Maori self-determination, or tino rangatiratanga, as guaranteed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi. In this lecture David James, Jillian Wychel, Murray Short and Linda Wilson, reflect on their own experiences working as allies with Maori. The term working as allies has been used by author Jen Margaret to describe ways that non-indigenous persons work for and support justice for indigenous peoples. Together these four Quakers explore opportunities for Pakeha to work for justice for indigenous people through political and social change in very different ways on a day-to-day basis. 17 October 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (52.65 MB)
Thursday, 21 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture six, and the final of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Jerusalem”. 21 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (124.15 MB)
Thursday, 21 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture six, and the final of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Jerusalem”. 21 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (53.90 MB)
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture five of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Sons of Thunder”. 20 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (153.63 MB)
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture five of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Sons of Thunder”. 20 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (47.55 MB)
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture four of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Called to Fish for People”. 19 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (123.87 MB)
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture four of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Called to Fish for People”. 19 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (102.66 MB)
Thursday, 14 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Zebedee and Sons”. 14 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (56.94 MB)
Thursday, 14 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Zebedee and Sons”. 14 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (63.42 MB)
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture two of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “The Fishing Industry”. 13 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (125.09 MB)
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture two of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “The Fishing Industry”. 13 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (94.05 MB)
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture one of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “The World of the Lake of Galilee”. 12 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (50.75 MB)
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture one of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “The World of the Lake of Galilee”. 12 August 2014

CTPI: Child Poverty: Myths, Misconceptions and Misunderstandings (56.99 MB)
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Professor Jonathan Boston, Professor of Public Policy at VUW, Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and Co-chair, Expert Advisory Group (2012) on Solutions to Child Poverty discusses the issue of child poverty: myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings. In discussions about child poverty in New Zealand, one often hears the following claims: ‘There is little or no real child poverty in this country’; ‘The fundamental problem is that some people have too many children’; ‘Many parents are lazy or irresponsible and thus deserve to be poor’; ‘The real problem is not poverty but poor parenting’; ‘We can’t afford to reduce child poverty’; and ‘If we give the poor more money, they will simply waste it’. How valid are such claims? What does the available empirical evidence tell us? What can we learn from the experience of other developed countries? And what ethical principles should guide our policy responses to the challenge of child poverty? 12 June 2014

CTPI: Child Poverty: Myths, Misconceptions and Misunderstandings (137.67 MB)
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Professor Jonathan Boston, Professor of Public Policy at VUW, Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and Co-chair, Expert Advisory Group (2012) on Solutions to Child Poverty discusses the issue of child poverty: myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings. In discussions about child poverty in New Zealand, one often hears the following claims: ‘There is little or no real child poverty in this country’; ‘The fundamental problem is that some people have too many children’; ‘Many parents are lazy or irresponsible and thus deserve to be poor’; ‘The real problem is not poverty but poor parenting’; ‘We can’t afford to reduce child poverty’; and ‘If we give the poor more money, they will simply waste it’. How valid are such claims? What does the available empirical evidence tell us? What can we learn from the experience of other developed countries? And what ethical principles should guide our policy responses to the challenge of child poverty? 12 June 2014

CTPI: Religious Voices in the Public Square: Threatening Democracy or Enriching Debate? (231.53 MB)
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
In this conversation two leading public theologians, one from Sri Lanka, Dr Vinoth Ramachandra (Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), and one from Cambridge, Dr Jonathan Chaplin (Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics) discuss this issue with Professor Andrew Bradstock, Director of the University of Otago’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues. 9 August 2013

CTPI: Religious Voices in the Public Square: Threatening Democracy or Enriching Debate? (74.78 MB)
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
In this conversation two leading public theologians, one from Sri Lanka, Dr Vinoth Ramachandra (Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), and one from Cambridge, Dr Jonathan Chaplin (Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics) discuss this issue with Professor Andrew Bradstock, Director of the University of Otago’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues. 9 August 2013

CTPI: Severing the Link Between Alcohol and Prison (71.53 MB)
Friday, 10 January 2014
This open forum, jointly hosted by the Centre for Theology & Public Issues and the Howard League for Penal Reform, is chaired by Dunedin Barrister Anne Stevens. The panellists include Sir Geoffrey Palmer, QC, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Major Campbell Roberts, Director of Social Policy, Salvation Army and Professor Jennie Connor, Head of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago. The link between alcohol consumption and criminal offending in New Zealand is well established. Police estimate that about one third of all offending involves alcohol and that about half of all violent crimes are alcohol-related. The link between alcohol and crime is but one indicator of the serious problems caused by alcohol consumption in our society. The panel considers the nature and extent of the problem and the legal, behavioural and cultural changes that are needed to make a difference. 31 October 2013

CTPI: Severing the Link Between Alcohol and Prison (218.36 MB)
Friday, 10 January 2014
This open forum, jointly hosted by the Centre for Theology & Public Issues and the Howard League for Penal Reform, is chaired by Dunedin Barrister Anne Stevens. The panellists include Sir Geoffrey Palmer, QC, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Major Campbell Roberts, Director of Social Policy, Salvation Army and Professor Jennie Connor, Head of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago. The link between alcohol consumption and criminal offending in New Zealand is well established. Police estimate that about one third of all offending involves alcohol and that about half of all violent crimes are alcohol-related. The link between alcohol and crime is but one indicator of the serious problems caused by alcohol consumption in our society. The panel considers the nature and extent of the problem and the legal, behavioural and cultural changes that are needed to make a difference. 31 October 2013

CTPI: Exploring Youth Justice: Progress and Possibilities (87.12 MB)
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Chaired by Professor Murray Rae, Head of the Department of Theology and Religion, this is a panel discussion with Judge Andrew Becroft, Principal Youth Court Judge, Professor Mark Henaghan, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Chris Marshall, Victoria University, Wellington and Dr Shayne Walker, Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work. One often hears laments about the loss of moral standards and the high rates of criminal offending among youth. In fact, however, rates of youth offending in New Zealand have been declining in recent years. But there is work yet to be done. The panel will consider the progress made thus far, the things that could be done to improve things further, and also the larger question of the goals toward which our justice system should be directed: what does justice consist of and what does it mean for justice to be done? 5 November 2013

CTPI: Exploring Youth Justice: Progress and Possibilities (484.82 MB)
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Chaired by Professor Murray Rae, Head of the Department of Theology and Religion, this is a panel discussion with Judge Andrew Becroft, Principal Youth Court Judge, Professor Mark Henaghan, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Chris Marshall, Victoria University, Wellington and Dr Shayne Walker, Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work. One often hears laments about the loss of moral standards and the high rates of criminal offending among youth. In fact, however, rates of youth offending in New Zealand have been declining in recent years. But there is work yet to be done. The panel will consider the progress made thus far, the things that could be done to improve things further, and also the larger question of the goals toward which our justice system should be directed: what does justice consist of and what does it mean for justice to be done? 5 November 2013

De Carle Lecture 2011: Professor Emerita Joy Hendry – Anthropology, Indigenous Studies and Science: A Glance Towards the Future (58.45 MB)
Monday, 4 November 2013
Professor Emerita Joy Hendry of the Oxford Brookes University presents her 2011 De Carle lecture on the topic of ‘Anthropology, Indigenous Studies and Science: A glance towards the future’. 28 September 2011

De Carle Lecture 2011: Professor Emerita Joy Hendry – Anthropology, Indigenous Studies and Science: A Glance Towards the Future (342.45 MB)
Monday, 4 November 2013
Professor Emerita Joy Hendry of the Oxford Brookes University presents her 2011 De Carle lecture on the topic of ‘Anthropology, Indigenous Studies and Science: A glance towards the future’. 28 September 2011

CTPI & NCPACS: Holy Wars and Holy Peacemaking: The Dangerous Myth of Religious Violence (283.72 MB)
Monday, 4 November 2013
This is an open forum presented by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Professor Murray Rae, Professor Kevin Clements, Dr Mai Tamimi and Professor Richard Jackson discuss the dangerous myth of religious violence. Chaired by Professor Andrew Bradstock. 1 August 2013

CTPI & NCPACS: Holy Wars and Holy Peacemaking: The Dangerous Myth of Religious Violence (70.71 MB)
Monday, 4 November 2013
This is an open forum presented by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Professor Murray Rae, Professor Kevin Clements, Dr Mai Tamimi and Professor Richard Jackson discuss the dangerous myth of religious violence. Chaired by Professor Andrew Bradstock. 1 August 2013

CTPI: Recovering the Common Good (404.28 MB)
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Chaired by Professor Andrew Bradstock, the open forum with Major Campbell Roberts, Director of Social Policy, Salvation Army, Dr Jenny Te-Paa Daniel, Formerly Dean, Tikanga Maori, St John’s College Auckland; Visiting Fellow, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Rt Rev Dr Graham Redding, Principal, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Dr David Clark MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Dunedin North, Fr Kevin Toomey OP, Editor, Tui Motu, asks a number of questions about Recovering the Common Good. Would we have anything to gain – as individuals, communities, a city, a nation – from a fresh encounter with the concept of the 'common good’? What might be involved if the common good informed our public discourse and policy thinking more in New Zealand? Can the common good help us to reflect on our priorities as individuals and a society - and what might be the practical consequences of such reflection? 24 June 2013

Asian Migrations Research Theme: Asian Migrants in Australasia: Socio-Demographic Perspective (70.01 MB)
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Dr Yaghoob Foroutan, Research Associate, University of Waikato and Assistant Professor, University of Mazandaran, Balbosar, Iran, discusses his key research question: Who are Asian migrants, demographically and comparatively in Australia and New Zealand? His research is based on 2001 census data from Australia and 1996, 2001 and 2006 census data from New Zealand. 5 September 2013

Asian Migrations Research Theme: Asian Migrants in Australasia: Socio-Demographic Perspective (53.38 MB)
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Dr Yaghoob Foroutan, Research Associate, University of Waikato and Assistant Professor, University of Mazandaran, Balbosar, Iran, discusses his key research question: Who are Asian migrants, demographically and comparatively in Australia and New Zealand? His research is based on 2001 census data from Australia and 1996, 2001 and 2006 census data from New Zealand. 5 September 2013

Albert Moore Memorial Lecture Series 2013: Regret and Resistance: The Crucified Tekoteko (110.27 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the third and final lecture in the inaugural Albert Moore Lecture Series for 2013. The 2013 open lecture series, given by Professor Jonathan Mane Wheoki, Professor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, is based around the theme "Toi Karaitiana: Christianity and Māori Art and Architecture". 25 July 2013

Albert Moore Memorial Lecture Series 2013: From Patoru Tamatea to Ralph Hotere: the impact of Catholic spirituality and iconography (77.13 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the second in the inaugural Albert Moore Lecture Series for 2013. The 2013 open lecture series, given by Professor Jonathan Mane Wheoki, Professor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, is based around the theme "Toi Karaitiana: Christianity and Māori Art and Architecture". 24 July 2013

Albert Moore Memorial Lectures 2013: From Samuel Marsden to Fredereick Bennet: Te Hāhi Mihinare (77.81 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the first in the inaugural Albert Moore Lecture Series for 2013. The 2013 open lecture series, given by Professor Jonathan Mane Wheoki, Professor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, is based around the theme "Toi Karaitiana: Christianity and Māori Art and Architecture". 23 July 2013

CTPI: Public Square: Seeking the Welfare of the City: The Contribution of Theology to New Zealand’s Public Square (72.20 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the farewell lecture by Centre of Theology and Public Issues Director Professor Andrew Bradstock who joined the University in January 2009 as Howard Paterson Professor of Theology and Public Issues and established the Centre. 15 August 2013

Albert Moore Memorial Lecture Series 2013: Regret and Resistance: The Crucified Tekoteko (75.53 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the third and final lecture in the inaugural Albert Moore Lecture Series for 2013. The 2013 open lecture series, given by Professor Jonathan Mane Wheoki, Professor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, is based around the theme "Toi Karaitiana: Christianity and Māori Art and Architecture". 25 July 2013

Albert Moore Memorial Lecture Series 2013: From Patoru Tamatea to Ralph Hotere: the impact of Catholic spirituality and iconography (138.44 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the second in the inaugural Albert Moore Lecture Series for 2013. The 2013 open lecture series, given by Professor Jonathan Mane Wheoki, Professor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, is based around the theme "Toi Karaitiana: Christianity and Māori Art and Architecture". 24 July 2013

CTPI: Public Square: Seeking the Welfare of the City: The Contribution of Theology to New Zealand’s Public Square (176.35 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the farewell lecture by Centre of Theology and Public Issues Director Professor Andrew Bradstock who joined the University in January 2009 as Howard Paterson Professor of Theology and Public Issues and established the Centre. 15 August 2013

Albert Moore Memorial Lectures 2013: From Samuel Marsden to Fredereick Bennet: Te Hāhi Mihinare (136.85 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the first in the inaugural Albert Moore Lecture Series for 2013. The 2013 open lecture series, given by Professor Jonathan Mane Wheoki, Professor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, is based around the theme "Toi Karaitiana: Christianity and Māori Art and Architecture". 23 July 2013

CTPI: Public Square: Mike Houlahan, Jinty MacTavish, Dr Nicholas Khoo & Rev Dr Selwyn Yeoman with Dr Andrew Bradstock (86.50 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
Mike Houlahan, (Past Editor of Dunedin-based Fairfax newspaper D Scene, final edition published end of May 2013), Jinty MacTavish (Dunedin City councillor, youth-worker, film-maker and activist), Dr Nicholas Khoo (lecturer in Politics with a specialist knowledge of China and international relations), & Dr Selwyn Yeoman (Presbyterian minister, environmentalist, and Master of Knox College), with Professor Andrew Bradstock discuss questions submitted by prospective members of the audience relating to issues of current concern. Among the issues for discussion are: the Leveson report and press freedom in New Zealand, New Zealand and Kyoto, the Chinese leadership change and China-NZ relations, New Zealand's nuclear stance, and whether we're more obsessed by Hobbits than our own real 'little people'. 11 December 2012

CTPI: Public Square: Mike Houlahan, Jinty MacTavish, Dr Nicholas Khoo & Rev Dr Selwyn Yeoman with Dr Andrew Bradstock (280.47 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
Mike Houlahan, (Past Editor of Dunedin-based Fairfax newspaper D Scene, final edition published end of May 2013), Jinty MacTavish (Dunedin City councillor, youth-worker, film-maker and activist), Dr Nicholas Khoo (lecturer in Politics with a specialist knowledge of China and international relations), & Dr Selwyn Yeoman (Presbyterian minister, environmentalist, and Master of Knox College), with Professor Andrew Bradstock discuss questions submitted by prospective members of the audience relating to issues of current concern. Among the issues for discussion are: the Leveson report and press freedom in New Zealand, New Zealand and Kyoto, the Chinese leadership change and China-NZ relations, New Zealand's nuclear stance, and whether we're more obsessed by Hobbits than our own real 'little people'. 11 December 2012

In Conversation: His Holiness, the Dalai Lama with Sir Lloyd Geering (168.41 MB)
Thursday, 5 September 2013
His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, in conversation with Sir Lloyd Geering, leading New Zealand thinker and commentator on theological issues. His Holiness talks about his childhood, his training and education, Buddhism, secularism, science and religion.

In Conversation: His Holiness, the Dalai Lama with Sir Lloyd Geering (53.69 MB)
Thursday, 5 September 2013
His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, in conversation with Sir Lloyd Geering, leading New Zealand thinker and commentator on theological issues. His Holiness talks about his childhood, his training and education, Buddhism, secularism, science and religion.

Question and Answer session with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama (279.46 MB)
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama has travelled to more than 62 countries spanning 6 continents. He has met with presidents, prime ministers and crowned rulers of major nations. He has held dialogues with the heads of different religions and many well-known scientists. In his first visit to the University of Otago, His Holiness answers nominated questions presented by the University’s students and staff. 11 June 2013

Question and Answer session with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama (96.52 MB)
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama has travelled to more than 62 countries spanning 6 continents. He has met with presidents, prime ministers and crowned rulers of major nations. He has held dialogues with the heads of different religions and many well-known scientists. In his first visit to the University of Otago, His Holiness answers nominated questions presented by the University’s students and staff. 11 June 2013

CTPI: Public Square - Professor Martyn Percy with Professor Andrew Bradstock (67.55 MB)
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Leading Anglican writer and educator Professor Martyn Percy discusses his life, work and ambitions in conversation with Professor Andrew Bradstock, Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues. Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, the largest provider of Anglican ordination training in the UK, Martyn Percy is one of the most influential Christian thinkers, writers and educators around today. 15 April 2013

CTPI: Public Square - Professor Martyn Percy with Professor Andrew Bradstock (233.07 MB)
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Leading Anglican writer and educator Professor Martyn Percy discusses his life, work and ambitions in conversation with Professor Andrew Bradstock, Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues. Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, the largest provider of Anglican ordination training in the UK, Martyn Percy is one of the most influential Christian thinkers, writers and educators around today. 15 April 2013

CTPI: Recovering the Common Good (103.06 MB)
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
Chaired by Professor Andrew Bradstock, the open forum with Major Campbell Roberts, Director of Social Policy, Salvation Army, Dr Jenny Te-Paa Daniel, Formerly Dean, Tikanga Maori, St John’s College Auckland; Visiting Fellow, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Rt Rev Dr Graham Redding, Principal, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Dr David Clark MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Dunedin North, Fr Kevin Toomey OP, Editor, Tui Motu, asks a number of questions about Recovering the Common Good. Would we have anything to gain – as individuals, communities, a city, a nation – from a fresh encounter with the concept of the 'common good’? What might be involved if the common good informed our public discourse and policy thinking more in New Zealand? Can the common good help us to reflect on our priorities as individuals and a society - and what might be the practical consequences of such reflection? 24 June 2013

CTPI: Recovering the Common Good (102.94 MB)
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Chaired by Professor Andrew Bradstock, the open forum with Major Campbell Roberts, Director of Social Policy, Salvation Army, Dr Jenny Te-Paa Daniel, Formerly Dean, Tikanga Maori, St John’s College Auckland; Visiting Fellow, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Rt Rev Dr Graham Redding, Principal, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Dr David Clark MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Dunedin North, Fr Kevin Toomey OP, Editor, Tui Motu, asks a number of questions about Recovering the Common Good. Would we have anything to gain – as individuals, communities, a city, a nation – from a fresh encounter with the concept of the 'common good’? What might be involved if the common good informed our public discourse and policy thinking more in New Zealand? Can the common good help us to reflect on our priorities as individuals and a society - and what might be the practical consequences of such reflection? 24 June 2013

CTPI: Public Square – Panel Discussion on Issues of the Day (84.87 MB)
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Laura Black (CEO, Methodist Mission), Dr Bryce Edwards (Department of Politics), Greg Fleming (CEO, The Maxim Institute) and Jolyon White (Social Justice Enabler, Anglican Diocese of Christchurch) discuss questions submitted by prospective members of the audience relating to issues of current concern. Among the issues for discussion are: surveillance; the living wage; the Michael Swann case; regional development; Christchurch's new 'cardboard' cathedral; affordable housing; and the state of the political parties. 20 August 2013

CTPI: Public Square – Panel Discussion on Issues of the Day (364.26 MB)
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Laura Black (CEO, Methodist Mission), Dr Bryce Edwards (Department of Politics), Greg Fleming (CEO, The Maxim Institute) and Jolyon White (Social Justice Enabler, Anglican Diocese of Christchurch) discuss questions submitted by prospective members of the audience relating to issues of current concern. Among the issues for discussion are: surveillance; the living wage; the Michael Swann case; regional development; Christchurch's new 'cardboard' cathedral; affordable housing; and the state of the political parties. 20 August 2013

CTPI: Public Square: ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: What Do We Know About It And How Does It Challenge Our Attitudes? (84.99 MB)
Thursday, 22 August 2013
ME/CFS is an illness that, because of a lack of clear understanding, is still sometimes greeted with scepticism by some medical professionals and those caring for sufferers. But the WHO has classified it as a neurological disease, and the Ministry of Health recognises it as a bona fide condition here in New Zealand. What do we know about ME/CFS? How does it affect the lives of people living with it? And how should we respond to people who have it? Heather Wilson - member of the executive committee of the Associated New Zealand Myalgic Encephalopathy Society (ANZMES), and the Society's Otago and Southland Coordinator, Richie Barnett - broadcaster, sports journalist and former Kiwis rugby league captain - 'the NZ face of ME/CFS' and Professor Warren Tate CNZM - Department of Biochemistry, School of Medical Sciences discuss the attitudes towards this condition. 5 August 2013

CTPI: Public Square: ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: What Do We Know About It And How Does It Challenge Our Attitudes? (260.39 MB)
Thursday, 22 August 2013
ME/CFS is an illness that, because of a lack of clear understanding, is still sometimes greeted with scepticism by some medical professionals and those caring for sufferers. But the WHO has classified it as a neurological disease, and the Ministry of Health recognises it as a bona fide condition here in New Zealand. What do we know about ME/CFS? How does it affect the lives of people living with it? And how should we respond to people who have it? Heather Wilson - member of the executive committee of the Associated New Zealand Myalgic Encephalopathy Society (ANZMES), and the Society's Otago and Southland Coordinator, Richie Barnett - broadcaster, sports journalist and former Kiwis rugby league captain - 'the NZ face of ME/CFS' and Professor Warren Tate CNZM - Department of Biochemistry, School of Medical Sciences discuss the attitudes towards this condition. 5 August 2013

NCPACS and CTPI: A Public Conversation with Dr Jenny Te-Paa Daniel (73.90 MB)
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Dr Jenny Te-Paa Daniel was the first indigenous lay-woman to be appointed head of an Anglican theological college anywhere in the world, serving as Ahorangi or Principal of Te Rau Kahikatea at St John’s Theological College, Auckland, from 1995-2013. Jenny was also a Senior Lecturer in Anglican Studies at St John’s teaching topics such as race politics, gender justice for women and children, indigenous studies and theology and public policy. Jenny is currently Senior Research Fellow (Māori) at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies here at Otago. She speaks about her journey as a Māori woman and as an Anglican, about theology, justice, gender, race, bi-culturalism, peace and civil discourse. Hosted by Professors Kevin Clements and Andrew Bradstock. 3 July 2013

NCPACS and CTPI: A Public Conversation with Dr Jenny Te-Paa Daniel (410.85 MB)
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Dr Jenny Te-Paa Daniel was the first indigenous lay-woman to be appointed head of an Anglican theological college anywhere in the world, serving as Ahorangi or Principal of Te Rau Kahikatea at St John’s Theological College, Auckland, from 1995-2013. Jenny was also a Senior Lecturer in Anglican Studies at St John’s teaching topics such as race politics, gender justice for women and children, indigenous studies and theology and public policy. Jenny is currently Senior Research Fellow (Māori) at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies here at Otago. She speaks about her journey as a Māori woman and as an Anglican, about theology, justice, gender, race, bi-culturalism, peace and civil discourse. Hosted by Professors Kevin Clements and Andrew Bradstock. 3 July 2013

CTPI: Public Square – What is it about China? (89.04 MB)
Monday, 8 July 2013
A public forum, which explores the growing ties between New Zealand and China. The panel, Dr Nicholas Khoo (Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, and specialist in Chinese politics), Professor Sarah Todd (University Pro-Vice-Chancellor, International), Phil Ker (CEO of Otago Polytechnic), Grant Bayldon (Executive Director, Amnesty International Aotearoa/New Zealand), Professor André Everett (School of Management) discuss the global impact of New Zealand-China trade relations. They also discuss issues such as education, religion, liberalisation and China’s rise as a major economic power.21 May 2013.

CTPI: Public Square – What is it about China? (250.69 MB)
Monday, 8 July 2013
A public forum, which explores the growing ties between New Zealand and China. The panel, Dr Nicholas Khoo (Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, and specialist in Chinese politics), Professor Sarah Todd (University Pro-Vice-Chancellor, International), Phil Ker (CEO of Otago Polytechnic), Grant Bayldon (Executive Director, Amnesty International Aotearoa/New Zealand), Professor André Everett (School of Management) discuss the global impact of New Zealand-China trade relations. They also discuss issues such as education, religion, liberalisation and China’s rise as a major economic power.21 May 2013.

CTPI: Climate Change – Where Are We Now and What Do We Do Next? (343.75 MB)
Thursday, 20 June 2013
Open Lecture and Panel with Professor Jonathan Boston (Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University School of Government), Dr Janet Stephenson ('Risk Assessment for NZ' and Director of the Centre for Sustainability), Professor Colin Campbell-Hunt (Otago Climate Change Network), and Alec Dawson (Generation Zero). 22 April 2013.

CTPI: Climate Change – Where Are We Now and What Do We Do Next? (86.98 MB)
Thursday, 20 June 2013
Open Lecture and Panel with Professor Jonathan Boston (Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University School of Government), Dr Janet Stephenson ('Risk Assessment for NZ' and Director of the Centre for Sustainability), Professor Colin Campbell-Hunt (Otago Climate Change Network), and Alec Dawson (Generation Zero). 22 April 2013.

Theology and Religion: Dr Michael Radich - How the Mahāparinirvāna-mahāsūtra Won the Heart of East Asian Buddhism, and the Quixotic Quest for Essence in Asian Religions (134.62 MB)
Friday, 12 April 2013
Dr Michael Radich of Victoria University of Wellington gives a lecture on the subject of “How the Mahāparinirvāna-mahāsūtra Won the Heart of East Asian Buddhism, and the Quixotic Quest for Essence in Asian Religions”. 19 October 2012.

Theology and Religion: Dr Michael Radich - How the Mahāparinirvāna-mahāsūtra Won the Heart of East Asian Buddhism, and the Quixotic Quest for Essence in Asian Religions (59.57 MB)
Friday, 12 April 2013
Dr Michael Radich of Victoria University of Wellington gives a lecture on the subject of “How the Mahāparinirvāna-mahāsūtra Won the Heart of East Asian Buddhism, and the Quixotic Quest for Essence in Asian Religions”. 19 October 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – The End of the World (53.23 MB)
Thursday, 11 April 2013
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture six of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “The End of the World”. 9 August 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – The End of the World (166.97 MB)
Thursday, 11 April 2013
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture six of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “The End of the World”. 9 August 2012.

CTPI: Public Square – Changing the Guard at Rome, Canterbury and Wellington: Time for New Models of Leadership in the 21st-Century Church? (86.31 MB)
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion reflecting on the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI and the recent appointment of a new Archbishop of Canterbury and Anglican Bishop of Wellington. Panellists include: Most Rev Colin Campbell, Rev Dr Margaret Mayman, Amy Armstrong, Laura Black and Terry Drummond. 26 February 2013.

CTPI: Public Square – Changing the Guard at Rome, Canterbury and Wellington: Time for New Models of Leadership in the 21st-Century Church? (436.52 MB)
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion reflecting on the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI and the recent appointment of a new Archbishop of Canterbury and Anglican Bishop of Wellington. Panellists include: Most Rev Colin Campbell, Rev Dr Margaret Mayman, Amy Armstrong, Laura Black and Terry Drummond. 26 February 2013.

"A new global climate change treaty - can humanity deliver?" (102.56 MB)
Monday, 25 February 2013
A New Global Climate Change Treaty - Can humanity deliver? Our challenge after Durban for 2015. This special lecture was delivered by Professor Jonathan Boston, School of Government Victoria University. He was hosted by CSAFE, the Centre for Science Communication, the Centre for theology and Public Issues and Generation Zero. The lecture addresses ploicy developments in relation to the new global climate change treaty proposed - the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. The lecture was held on March 14 2012 and is followed by a panel discussion.

CTPI: Public Square - 3 October 2012 (87.29 MB)
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents The Public Square. The Public Square is a forum for a variety of current issues. This panel includes Professor Jonathan Boston of Victoria University of Wellington; Louisa Wall, Labour MP; Aaron Hawkins of Dunedin’s Radio One; and Guy McCallum of the youth wing of the ACT party. 3 October 2012.

CTPI: Public Square - 3 October 2012 (536.30 MB)
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents The Public Square. The Public Square is a forum for a variety of current issues. This panel includes Professor Jonathan Boston of Victoria University of Wellington; Louisa Wall, Labour MP; Aaron Hawkins of Dunedin’s Radio One; and Guy McCallum of the youth wing of the ACT party. 3 October 2012.

CTPI: Public Square – Fair Trade: If It Does So Much Good, Why Aren’t We All Buying It? (86.78 MB)
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion with Geoff White (General Manager, Trade Aid); Professor David Fielding (Department of Economics); Susan Wardell (founder of The Cuckoo's Nest clothing store, Dunedin); Jason Taylor (designer of Trade Aid's digital storytelling kiosk); and Richard Stainer (World Development Adviser, St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Anglican Diocese, UK). 22 August 2012.

CTPI: Public Square – Fair Trade: If It Does So Much Good, Why Aren’t We All Buying It? (533.20 MB)
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion with Geoff White (General Manager, Trade Aid); Professor David Fielding (Department of Economics); Susan Wardell (founder of The Cuckoo's Nest clothing store, Dunedin); Jason Taylor (designer of Trade Aid's digital storytelling kiosk); and Richard Stainer (World Development Adviser, St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Anglican Diocese, UK). 22 August 2012.

CTPI: Public Square – Re-defining Marriage: Threat? Right? or Non-Issue? (85.53 MB)
Monday, 13 August 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion on the topic of “Re-defining Marriage: Threat? Right? or Non-Issue?”. Panellists include Neill Ballantyne (Queer Support Coordinator, OUSA & National Secretary, Student Christian Movement of Aotearoa); Rev Stu Crossan (Vicar, St Matthew's Anglican Church, Dunedin); Rev Dr James Harding (Department of Theology, Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies); Rev Nimarota Lale (Minister, Pacific Islands Presbyterian Church, North Dunedin); Jill McDonald (Marriage Celebrant) and Professor Nicola Peart (Faculty of Law, expert on family and property law). 13 August 2012.

CTPI: Public Square – Re-defining Marriage: Threat? Right? or Non-Issue? (524.96 MB)
Monday, 13 August 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion on the topic of “Re-defining Marriage: Threat? Right? or Non-Issue?”. Panellists include Neill Ballantyne (Queer Support Coordinator, OUSA & National Secretary, Student Christian Movement of Aotearoa); Rev Stu Crossan (Vicar, St Matthew's Anglican Church, Dunedin); Rev Dr James Harding (Department of Theology, Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies); Rev Nimarota Lale (Minister, Pacific Islands Presbyterian Church, North Dunedin); Jill McDonald (Marriage Celebrant) and Professor Nicola Peart (Faculty of Law, expert on family and property law). 13 August 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr William Willimon – Should the Church Try to Change the World? (121.02 MB)
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture five of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “Should the Church Try to Change the World?” 8 August 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr William Willimon – Should the Church Try to Change the World? (54.57 MB)
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture five of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “Should the Church Try to Change the World?” 8 August 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – Jesus as the Church’s Greatest Challenge (48.24 MB)
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture four of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “Jesus as the Church’s Greatest Challenge”. 7 August 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – Jesus as the Church’s Greatest Challenge (108.85 MB)
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture four of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “Jesus as the Church’s Greatest Challenge”. 7 August 2012.

CTPI: Public Square - Public Broadcasting: Past, Present... No Future? (106.35 MB)
Friday, 3 August 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion on the demise of a non-commercial free-to-air broadcasting service in NZ, what it means for an informed citizenry in a democracy, and what the future might hold. With guest panellists: David Beatson (former producer, TVNZ); Lorraine Isaacs (former chair, NZ On Air); Paul Norris (Head, NZ Broadcasting School, CPIT); Colin Peacock (Radio NZ National, formerly with the BBC World Service) and Dr Erika Pearson (Lecturer, Media, Film & Communication, University of Otago). 3 August 2012.

CTPI: Public Square - Public Broadcasting: Past, Present... No Future? (653.29 MB)
Friday, 3 August 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion on the demise of a non-commercial free-to-air broadcasting service in NZ, what it means for an informed citizenry in a democracy, and what the future might hold. With guest panellists: David Beatson (former producer, TVNZ); Lorraine Isaacs (former chair, NZ On Air); Paul Norris (Head, NZ Broadcasting School, CPIT); Colin Peacock (Radio NZ National, formerly with the BBC World Service) and Dr Erika Pearson (Lecturer, Media, Film & Communication, University of Otago). 3 August 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – The Future of Preaching (69.99 MB)
Thursday, 2 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “The Future of Preaching”. 2 August 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – The Future of Preaching (208.42 MB)
Thursday, 2 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “The Future of Preaching”. 2 August 2012.

CTPI: The Unexamined Society? Reflections on Doing Public Theology in New Zealand (308.55 MB)
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Professor Andrew Bradstock, Howard Paterson Chair of Theology and Public Issues and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, presents an open lecture on the topic of “The Unexamined Society? Reflections on Doing Public Theology in New Zealand.” 18 July 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – The Politics of the Church (431.69 MB)
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture two of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “The Politics of the Church”. 1 August 2012.

CTPI: The Unexamined Society? Reflections on Doing Public Theology in New Zealand (50.33 MB)
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Professor Andrew Bradstock, Howard Paterson Chair of Theology and Public Issues and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, presents an open lecture on the topic of “The Unexamined Society? Reflections on Doing Public Theology in New Zealand.” 18 July 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – The Politics of the Church (70.18 MB)
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture two of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “The Politics of the Church”. 1 August 2012.

CTPI: Public Square: A Public Conversation with Rev Peter Beck (65.19 MB)
Thursday, 26 July 2012
A Public Conversation with Rev Peter Beck - Christchurch City Councillor and former Dean of Christ Church Cathedral. In the aftermath of the city's quakes, Peter Beck was seen by many as the 'public face' of Christchurch. In 2011 he resigned as Dean and stood - successfully - for the city council. Professor Andrew Bradstock, Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, talks with Peter about the events of the past 18 months, his transition from Dean to councillor, Christchurch's present and future, and more. 16 May 2012.

CTPI: Public Square: A Public Conversation with Rev Peter Beck (262.85 MB)
Thursday, 26 July 2012
A Public Conversation with Rev Peter Beck - Christchurch City Councillor and former Dean of Christ Church Cathedral. In the aftermath of the city's quakes, Peter Beck was seen by many as the 'public face' of Christchurch. In 2011 he resigned as Dean and stood - successfully - for the city council. Professor Andrew Bradstock, Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, talks with Peter about the events of the past 18 months, his transition from Dean to councillor, Christchurch's present and future, and more. 16 May 2012.

CSAFE and CTPI: Public Square – Climate Change: Just Sit Back and Enjoy the Grapes? (492.75 MB)
Friday, 20 July 2012
National business commentator Rod Oram, climate change scientist Dr Jim Salinger and Chief Executive of the Methodist Mission, Laura Black, discuss major ethical issues surrounding the climate change debate. Hosted jointly by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues and the Centre for Sustainability: Agriculture, Food, Energy, Environment. 11 October 2011.

CSAFE and CTPI: Public Square – Climate Change: Just Sit Back and Enjoy the Grapes? (80.24 MB)
Friday, 20 July 2012
National business commentator Rod Oram, climate change scientist Dr Jim Salinger and Chief Executive of the Methodist Mission, Laura Black, discuss major ethical issues surrounding the climate change debate. Hosted jointly by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues and the Centre for Sustainability: Agriculture, Food, Energy, Environment. 11 October 2011.

CTPI: Public Square - In Good Faith? Should Government Fund Churches to Deliver Welfare - and What Would happen if They Didn’t? (85.32 MB)
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
A Panel discussion with Major Campbell Roberts (Salvation Army), Dr Nicola Atwool (Dept of Sociology, Gender and Social Work), Assoc Prof Greg Dawes (Dept of Philosophy), and Gwenda Kendrew (Divisional Manager, Anglican Care South Canterbury). 7 June 2012.

CTPI: Public Square - In Good Faith? Should Government Fund Churches to Deliver Welfare - and What Would happen if They Didn’t? (525.06 MB)
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
A Panel discussion with Major Campbell Roberts (Salvation Army), Dr Nicola Atwool (Dept of Sociology, Gender and Social Work), Assoc Prof Greg Dawes (Dept of Philosophy), and Gwenda Kendrew (Divisional Manager, Anglican Care South Canterbury). 7 June 2012.

CTPI: Public Square: Aspects of Aged Care: Crisis, Costs and Compassion (547.73 MB)
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a public panel discussion with Dr Judy McGregor, Human Rights Commission, author of the report “Care Counts”, Gillian Bremner, CEO Presbyterian Support, Susan Davidson, Director Age Concern Dunedin, Dr Richard Egan, Preventive & Social Medicine, Shayne Walker, Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work. Moderated by Prof Andrew Bradstock, Centre for Theology and Public Issues. 21 June 2012.

CTPI: Public Square: Aspects of Aged Care: Crisis, Costs and Compassion (89.13 MB)
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a public panel discussion with Dr Judy McGregor, Human Rights Commission, author of the report “Care Counts”, Gillian Bremner, CEO Presbyterian Support, Susan Davidson, Director Age Concern Dunedin, Dr Richard Egan, Preventive & Social Medicine, Shayne Walker, Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work. Moderated by Prof Andrew Bradstock, Centre for Theology and Public Issues. 21 June 2012.

Theology and Religion: Under the Gaze of the Stars: Japanese Buddhism and Star Mandalas (418.70 MB)
Friday, 6 July 2012
Professor Bernard Faure of Columbia University presents an open lecture on the topic of astral worship, star rituals and star mandalas in Japanese Buddhism. 12 April 2012.

Theology and Religion: Under the Gaze of the Stars: Japanese Buddhism and Star Mandalas (72.93 MB)
Friday, 6 July 2012
Professor Bernard Faure of Columbia University presents an open lecture on the topic of astral worship, star rituals and star mandalas in Japanese Buddhism. 12 April 2012.

IPL: Professor Murray Rae - Theology and the Pursuit of Truth (361.08 MB)
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Professor Murray Rae of the Department of Theology and Religion presents his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on the topic of “Theology and the Pursuit of Truth”. 13 October 2011.

IPL: Professor Murray Rae - Theology and the Pursuit of Truth (59.00 MB)
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Professor Murray Rae of the Department of Theology and Religion presents his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on the topic of “Theology and the Pursuit of Truth”. 13 October 2011.

CTPI: Public Square – A Public Conversation with Major Campbell Roberts (423.54 MB)
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Major Campbell Roberts is the creator and National Director of The Salvation Army’s social policy and parliamentary unit. Here he is in conversation with Professor Murray Rae, Head of the Department of Theology and Religion. 26 June 2012.

CTPI: Public Square – A Public Conversation with Major Campbell Roberts (68.94 MB)
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Major Campbell Roberts is the creator and National Director of The Salvation Army’s social policy and parliamentary unit. Here he is in conversation with Professor Murray Rae, Head of the Department of Theology and Religion. 26 June 2012.

Public Square: Lessons from the Breivik trial, May 2012 (87.15 MB)
Monday, 25 June 2012
‘Creative Responses to Extremism: Lessons from the Breivik trial’ Panel: Professor Birgit Brock-Utne (Norway), Professor Kevin Clements, Associate Professor Richard Jackson Chair: Professor Andrew Bradstock, May 10, 2012

Public Square: Lessons from the Breivik trial, May 2012 (535.44 MB)
Monday, 25 June 2012
‘Creative Responses to Extremism: Lessons from the Breivik trial’ Panel: Professor Birgit Brock-Utne (Norway), Professor Kevin Clements, Associate Professor Richard Jackson Chair: Professor Andrew Bradstock.

CTPI: Public Square, Euthanasia - Questions, April 2012 (55.38 MB)
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
‘Euthanasia and assisted suicide: A discussion we need to have’ Panel: Professor Sean Davison, Hon. Maryan Street, MP, Professor Grant Gillett, John Kleinsman, Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan Chair: Professor Paul Trebilco. This event includes the presentation of a research paper on attitudes towards euthanasia in New Zealand by Thomas Noakes-Duncan.

CTPI: Public Square, Euthanasia - Panel, April 2012 (591.20 MB)
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
‘Euthanasia and assisted suicide: A discussion we need to have’ Panel: Professor Sean Davison, Hon. Maryan Street, MP, Professor Grant Gillett, John Kleinsman, Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan Chair: Professor Paul Trebilco. This event includes the presentation of a research paper on attitudes towards euthanasia in New Zealand by Thomas Noakes-Duncan.

CTPI: Public Square, Euthanasia - Panel, April 2012 (96.33 MB)
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
‘Euthanasia and assisted suicide: A discussion we need to have’ Panel: Professor Sean Davison, Hon. Maryan Street, MP, Professor Grant Gillett, John Kleinsman, Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan Chair: Professor Paul Trebilco. This event includes the presentation of a research paper on attitudes towards euthanasia in New Zealand by Thomas Noakes-Duncan.

CTPI: Public Square, Euthanasia - Questions, April 2012 (339.25 MB)
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
‘Euthanasia and assisted suicide: A discussion we need to have’ Panel: Professor Sean Davison, Hon. Maryan Street, MP, Professor Grant Gillett, John Kleinsman, Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan Chair: Professor Paul Trebilco. This event includes the presentation of a research paper on attitudes towards euthanasia in New Zealand by Thomas Noakes-Duncan.

CTPI: Public Square, Secularism, April 2012 (85.87 MB)
Monday, 7 May 2012
We Don't 'Do' God: Secularism and the NZ State. Panel: Rev Dr Lynne Baab, Glyn Carpenter, Dr Bryce Edwards, Assoc Prof John Stenhouse.

CTPI: Public Square, Secularism, April 2012 (527.43 MB)
Monday, 7 May 2012
We Don't 'Do' God: Secularism and the NZ State. Panel: Rev Dr Lynne Baab, Glyn Carpenter, Dr Bryce Edwards, Assoc Prof John Stenhouse.

CTPI: Public Square, Vulnerable Children, February 2012 (580.78 MB)
Thursday, 5 April 2012
'Our Vulnerable Children' - a public forum exploring responses to the Government's Green Paper 'Every child thrives, belongs, achieves. Panel: Chris Trotter, Professor Mark Henaghan, Jenny Munro, Dr Pauline Gulliver.

CTPI: Public Square, Vulnerable Children, February 2012 (94.49 MB)
Thursday, 5 April 2012
'Our Vulnerable Children' - a public forum exploring responses to the Government's Green Paper 'Every child thrives, belongs, achieves. Panel: Chris Trotter, Professor Mark Henaghan, Jenny Munro, Dr Pauline Gulliver.

CTPI: Public Square, Asset Sales, February 2012 (781.36 MB)
Thursday, 22 March 2012
'If you were Prime Minister, would you sell New Zealand's assets?', February 2012. A public forum in which expert witnesses present their views on the issue to an equally-informed and distinguished panel. Witnesses: Dr Geoff Bertram; Gillain Bremner; Stuart McLauchlan; Professor Robert Patman. Panel: Jacqui Dean, MP; Professor Paul Hansen; Hon. Peter Hodgson; Chris Trotter; Metiria Turei, MP.

CTPI: Public Square, Asset Sales, February 2012 (127.16 MB)
Thursday, 22 March 2012
'If you were Prime Minister, would you sell New Zealand's assets?', February 2012. A public forum in which expert witnesses present their views on the issue to an equally-informed and distinguished panel. Witnesses: Dr Geoff Bertram; Gillain Bremner; Stuart McLauchlan; Professor Robert Patman. Panel: Jacqui Dean, MP; Professor Paul Hansen; Hon. Peter Hodgson; Chris Trotter; Metiria Turei, MP.

CTPI: Public Square, December 2011 (530.15 MB)
Thursday, 12 January 2012
'The Public Square' is a public forum organised and hosted by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues where a panel of experts discuss current affairs. December 2011. The panelists this time are: Clare Curran; Shane Gallagher; Janine Hayward; and Michael Woodhouse.

CTPI: Public Square, December 2011 (86.20 MB)
Thursday, 12 January 2012
'The Public Square' is a public forum organised and hosted by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues where a panel of experts discuss current affairs. December 2011. The panelists this time are: Clare Curran; Shane Gallagher; Janine Hayward; and Michael Woodhouse.

CTPI: Public Square, November 2011 (422.28 MB)
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
'The Public Square' is a public forum organised and hosted by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues where a panel of experts discuss current affairs. November 2011. The panelists this time are: Chris Laidlaw; Bishop Victoria Matthews; Prof Robert Patman; and Anne Stevens.

CTPI: Public Square, November 2011 (68.79 MB)
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
'The Public Square' is a public forum organised and hosted by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues where a panel of experts discuss current affairs. November 2011. The panelists this time are: Chris Laidlaw; Bishop Victoria Matthews; Prof Robert Patman; and Anne Stevens.

CTPI: Crouch, Touch, Pause, Sponsor: Rugby – Game, Product, Religion? (84.79 MB)
Monday, 7 November 2011
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion on the topic of “Crouch, Touch, Pause, Sponsor: Rugby – Game, Product, Religion?” Panellists include Chris Laidlaw – Rhodes Scholar and former All Black and MP; Professor Steve Jackson of the Department of Physical Education at the University of Otago; and Rev. Dr. Kevin Ward, an expert in the field of sport and spirituality. 7 November 2011.

CTPI: Crouch, Touch, Pause, Sponsor: Rugby – Game, Product, Religion? (520.62 MB)
Monday, 7 November 2011
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion on the topic of “Crouch, Touch, Pause, Sponsor: Rugby – Game, Product, Religion?” Panellists include Chris Laidlaw – Rhodes Scholar and former All Black and MP; Professor Steve Jackson of the Department of Physical Education at the University of Otago; and Rev. Dr. Kevin Ward, an expert in the field of sport and spirituality. 7 November 2011.

On Shaky Ground - earthquakes and their consequences (403.08 MB)
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Public forum held 31 May, 2011. Rev Dr Peter Carrell (Director of Education, Theology House, Diocese of Christchurch), Karen Clements (Area Manager, Red Cross Otago), Dr Andrew Gorman (Department of Geology, University of Otago), Sarah Hexamer (Co-ordinator, Neighbourhood Support Otago), Dr Caroline Orchiston (School of Business, University of Otago), Sue Russell (Executive Officer, Council of Social Services, Dunedin)

On Shaky Ground - earthquakes and their consequences (120.41 MB)
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Public forum held 31 May, 2011. Rev Dr Peter Carrell (Director of Education, Theology House, Diocese of Christchurch), Karen Clements (Area Manager, Red Cross Otago), Dr Andrew Gorman (Department of Geology, University of Otago), Sarah Hexamer (Co-ordinator, Neighbourhood Support Otago), Dr Caroline Orchiston (School of Business, University of Otago), Sue Russell (Executive Officer, Council of Social Services, Dunedin)

Winter Lecture Series - 2010: Using 'god-talk' in a secular society - time for a new conversation on public issues? (64.41 MB)
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
As a secular society in New Zealand, do we exclude religious voices from the ‘public square’? Professor Bradstock argues that a new type of public discourse is necessary as we seek solutions to the serious issues we face today. He highlights three of these issues – soaring prison numbers, the gap between rich and poor, and the threat to the environment. Given on September 16, 2010.

Winter Lecture Series - 2010: Using 'god-talk' in a secular society - time for a new conversation on public issues? (189.47 MB)
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
As a secular society in New Zealand, do we exclude religious voices from the ‘public square’? Professor Bradstock argues that a new type of public discourse is necessary as we seek solutions to the serious issues we face today. He highlights three of these issues – soaring prison numbers, the gap between rich and poor, and the threat to the environment. Given on September 16, 2010.

A Conversation with Jim Wallis (76.28 MB)
Friday, 26 November 2010
Professor Andrew Bradstock, Theology and Religion talks to Jim Wallis about faith, ethics and public life. Sept 28, 2010.

A Conversation with Jim Wallis (205.82 MB)
Friday, 26 November 2010
Professor Andrew Bradstock, Theology and Religion talks to Jim Wallis about faith, ethics and public life. Sept 28, 2010.

Howard Paterson Memorial Lecture: 2010 (189.77 MB)
Friday, 26 November 2010
Jim Wallis, best-selling author, public theologian, international speaker and one of President Barack Obama's key advisers on religious and ethical issues, delivered the first Howard Paterson Memorial Lecture in Public Theology at Dunedin's historic First Church. Lecture given Sept 28, 2010.

Howard Paterson Memorial Lecture: 2010 (64.40 MB)
Friday, 26 November 2010
Jim Wallis, best-selling author, public theologian, international speaker and one of President Barack Obama's key advisers on religious and ethical issues, delivered the first Howard Paterson Memorial Lecture in Public Theology at Dunedin's historic First Church. Lecture given Sept 28, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 4 - 'Yours for the Jubilee': The Prophetic Religion of the Abolitionists (145.19 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 1 - 'Biblical Traditions of Liberation': Introducing Deliverance Politics (62.50 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 2 - 'The Only Parallel': The Puritan Revolution as England's Exodus (57.74 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 5 - 'When Israel was in Egyptland': Black Christianity against Slavery (56.49 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 2 - 'The Only Parallel': The Puritan Revolution as England's Exodus (163.46 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 4 - 'Yours for the Jubilee': The Prophetic Religion of the Abolitionists (62.22 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 3 - 'God's Favourite People': 1688 and 1776 (171.29 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 6 - 'I have Seen the Promised Land': Visions of Deliverance in Black and White (129.22 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 1 - 'Biblical Traditions of Liberation': Introducing Deliverance Politics (180.35 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 5 - 'When Israel was in Egyptland': Black Christianity against Slavery (154.45 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 3 - 'God's Favourite People': 1688 and 1776 (56.20 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 6 - 'I have Seen the Promised Land': Visions of Deliverance in Black and White (51.89 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

IPL: Public Theology? No thanks, I'll stick with the normal kind (61.35 MB)
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Professor Andrew Bradstock, Howard Patterson professor of Theology and Public Issues, Inaugural Professorial Lecture, given on June 2, 2010.

IPL: Public Theology? No thanks, I'll stick with the normal kind (274.37 MB)
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Professor Andrew Bradstock, Howard Patterson professor of Theology and Public Issues, Inaugural Professorial Lecture, given on June 2, 2010.

A Conversation with Meg Munn (152.26 MB)
Friday, 22 January 2010
A conversation with Meg Munn MP, former Minister in the Blair and Brown governments. Hear an 'insider's' take on the UK political scene - a crucial general election due within six months, the 'expenses scandal' entangling Westminster MPs, an unpopular Labour leader, and the UK’s relationship with Europe being questioned again. Held 7 December, 2009.

A conversation with Rod Oram (146.34 MB)
Thursday, 3 December 2009
A conversation with Rod Oram - one of NZ's leading commentators on economic affairs. Rod Oram and Professor Andrew Bradstock of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues discuss the current economic recession and the possibilities for going forward. Held 18 September, 2009.

A conversation with Rod Oram (72.14 MB)
Thursday, 3 December 2009
A conversation with Rod Oram - one of NZ's leading commentators on economic affairs. Rod Oram and Professor Andrew Bradstock of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues discuss the current economic recession and the possibilities for going forward. Held 18 September, 2009.

CTPI: In Conversation with Jeanette Fitzsimons (34.34 MB)
Friday, 9 October 2009
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents “In Conversation with Jeanette Fitzsimons”. Jeanette is a former lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Auckland, and served as a Member of Parliament from 1995 – 2010, including a period as Green Party co-leader from 1995 - 2009. 9 October 2009.

IPL: The Worlds of World Religions: Manichaeism in Roman Egypt and Medieval China (68.27 MB)
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Professor Majella Franzmann, Pro Vice Chancellor for Humanities, Inaugural Professorial Lecture, given on October 8, 2008.

IPL: The Worlds of World Religions: Manichaeism in Roman Egypt and Medieval China (182.64 MB)
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Professor Majella Franzmann, Pro Vice Chancellor for Humanities, Inaugural Professorial Lecture, given on October 8, 2008.

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CTPI: Why Theology Matters to Tree Frogs (233.62 MB)
Sunday, 20 November 2016
A Public Lecture with Rev. Peter Harris, Anglican Minister, Conservationist, and Co-Founder of Christian Conservation Organisation A Rocha. 24 November 2016

CTPI & NCPACS: World Council of Churches' Response to Religious Violence (276.49 MB)
Friday, 7 October 2016
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit addresses the World Council of Churches Central Committee’s recent ‘Statement on Religion and Violence’ (28 June 2016), which addresses the persistence and spread of extremist violence in the world, and its ambiguous connections with religion. 7 October 2016.

Theology and Religion: Towards an Ecumenical Political Theology: Charisms Catholic, Reformed and Anabaptist (76.78 MB)
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Rev Dr Doug Gay is the Stuart Residence Halls Council Distinguished Visitor for 2016. In this public lecture, he traces the outline of an ecumenical political theology incorporating the Catholic, Reformed and Anabaptist traditions of narrative, discipline and witness, with particular reference to the political and economic environment and events leading to the post 2008 economic crisis. 6 September 2016.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 6 (141.79 MB)
Thursday, 4 August 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job in Modern Literature'. 4 August 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 5 (175.84 MB)
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job Through the Eyes of Artists'. 3 August 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 4 (151.82 MB)
Tuesday, 2 August 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job as a Contested Classic'. 2 August 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 3 (142.81 MB)
Thursday, 28 July 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Theological Conversations in Job'. 28 July 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 2 (188.33 MB)
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture two of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'The Artistry of the (Hebrew) Book of Job'. 27 July 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 1 (148.84 MB)
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture one of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job in the Cradle of World Literature'. 26 July 2016

CTPI: Good Governance - Designing Democratic Institutions for a Sustainable Future (147.65 MB)
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Public Lecture with Professor Jonathan Boston from the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington. He discusses the role of governance in sustainability and how to move from a short term focus at a governmental level to a longer term focus.

CTPI: Faith and Wisdom in Science (331.35 MB)
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
In this talk Professor Tom McLeish, Professor of Physics at Durham University. Tom discusses themes from his recently published book ‘Faith and Wisdom in Science’ (Oxford University Press, 2014). In this book, Tom takes a scientist’s reading of the Old Testament’s Book of Job and uses this ancient text as a centrepiece to make the case for science as a deeply human and ancient activity, embedded in some of the oldest stories told about the human desire to understand the natural world. Drawing on stories from the modern science of chaos and uncertainty, alongside medieval, patristic, classical and Biblical sources, Faith and Wisdom in Science challenges much of the current “science and religion” debate as operating with the wrong assumptions and in the wrong space. There are immediate consequences for how we treat science in government, the media, in education and in churches. 22 September 2015

2015 Archibald Baxter Memorial Trust Peace Lecture – Professor David Tombs (110.96 MB)
Monday, 21 September 2015
Professor David Tombs, Director, Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago, speaks about the US Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture (2014), which has strongly criticised the interrogation programme overseen by the CIA in the aftermath of 9/11. He connects this to studies of torture practices under authoritarian regimes in Latin America, and suggests that it is also relevant to the field punishment of Archibald Baxter, and other conscience objectors, in World War I. 21 September 2015

IPL: Latin American Liberation Theology and its Ongoing Legacy (180.77 MB)
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Professor David Tombs holds the Howard Paterson Chair in Theology and Public Issues and is Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Otago. His Inaugural Professorial Lecture discusses Latin American liberation theology and its ongoing legacy. 8 September 2015

CTPI: Can there be a unified theory of religious freedom? (242.97 MB)
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
In this talk Professor Peter Danchin, Professor of Law and Director of the International and Comparative Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law discusses the three key concepts in modern religious freedom discourse – neutrality, universality and legality. What is increasingly recognised, however, is the extent to which these concepts are inextricably entangled, historically and substantively, with theological concepts and categories. In drawing out these connections and assessing their implications for three central questions concerning the subject, object and justification of the right to religious liberty, this talk asks whether there can be a unified theory of religious freedom and in what sense we can say the right is independent of religious traditions and the contested notions of freedom within them. 19 August 2015

CTPI: Changing our mind on the LGBT issue (146.45 MB)
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Dr. David P. Gushee is a Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. His research interests focus on the ethical teachings of Jesus Christ and the Christian theological-ethical tradition, together with its contemporary implications for Christian discipleship and public witness. In this talk he speaks on his personal journey toward a change of his own heart and mind in becoming an advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the Church, and his recent book ‘Changing Our Mind’ and the impact that it is having. 30 July 2015

NCPACS & CTPI: Non-Toxic Religion: The Churches in the Peace Movement in 1980’s New Zealand (188.16 MB)
Thursday, 28 May 2015
Reverend Dr Peter Matheson studied in Otago, (History) Edinburgh, and Tübingen (Theology); edited Critic and taught religious history in New College Edinburgh, Otago and Melbourne. He has been active in the peace movement in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Germany and New Zealand and is the author of fifteen books and countless articles on reforming movements, radical and women's history in the Early Modern Period in Germany, and on aspects of New Zealand and Third Reich history. He is a Presbyterian minister and Honorary Fellow of the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago. In this talk, he discusses the churches in the peace movement in 1980’s New Zealand. 28 May 2015

CTPI: Faith and Reconciliation: Insights from the South African Experience (140.82 MB)
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Piet Meiring, Emeritus Professor of Theology and Missiology at the University of Pretoria, and a former member of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chaired by Desmond Tutu, speaks about the role of faith and theology in the post-apartheid reconciliation process, and offers insights from the South African experience. 16 April 2015

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (124.15 MB)
Thursday, 21 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture six, and the final of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Jerusalem”. 21 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (153.63 MB)
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture five of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Sons of Thunder”. 20 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (123.87 MB)
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture four of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Called to Fish for People”. 19 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (102.66 MB)
Thursday, 14 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Zebedee and Sons”. 14 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (125.09 MB)
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture two of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “The Fishing Industry”. 13 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (94.05 MB)
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture one of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “The World of the Lake of Galilee”. 12 August 2014

CTPI: Child Poverty: Myths, Misconceptions and Misunderstandings (137.67 MB)
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Professor Jonathan Boston, Professor of Public Policy at VUW, Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and Co-chair, Expert Advisory Group (2012) on Solutions to Child Poverty discusses the issue of child poverty: myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings. In discussions about child poverty in New Zealand, one often hears the following claims: ‘There is little or no real child poverty in this country’; ‘The fundamental problem is that some people have too many children’; ‘Many parents are lazy or irresponsible and thus deserve to be poor’; ‘The real problem is not poverty but poor parenting’; ‘We can’t afford to reduce child poverty’; and ‘If we give the poor more money, they will simply waste it’. How valid are such claims? What does the available empirical evidence tell us? What can we learn from the experience of other developed countries? And what ethical principles should guide our policy responses to the challenge of child poverty? 12 June 2014

CTPI: Religious Voices in the Public Square: Threatening Democracy or Enriching Debate? (231.53 MB)
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
In this conversation two leading public theologians, one from Sri Lanka, Dr Vinoth Ramachandra (Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), and one from Cambridge, Dr Jonathan Chaplin (Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics) discuss this issue with Professor Andrew Bradstock, Director of the University of Otago’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues. 9 August 2013

CTPI: Severing the Link Between Alcohol and Prison (218.36 MB)
Friday, 10 January 2014
This open forum, jointly hosted by the Centre for Theology & Public Issues and the Howard League for Penal Reform, is chaired by Dunedin Barrister Anne Stevens. The panellists include Sir Geoffrey Palmer, QC, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Major Campbell Roberts, Director of Social Policy, Salvation Army and Professor Jennie Connor, Head of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago. The link between alcohol consumption and criminal offending in New Zealand is well established. Police estimate that about one third of all offending involves alcohol and that about half of all violent crimes are alcohol-related. The link between alcohol and crime is but one indicator of the serious problems caused by alcohol consumption in our society. The panel considers the nature and extent of the problem and the legal, behavioural and cultural changes that are needed to make a difference. 31 October 2013

CTPI: Exploring Youth Justice: Progress and Possibilities (484.82 MB)
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Chaired by Professor Murray Rae, Head of the Department of Theology and Religion, this is a panel discussion with Judge Andrew Becroft, Principal Youth Court Judge, Professor Mark Henaghan, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Chris Marshall, Victoria University, Wellington and Dr Shayne Walker, Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work. One often hears laments about the loss of moral standards and the high rates of criminal offending among youth. In fact, however, rates of youth offending in New Zealand have been declining in recent years. But there is work yet to be done. The panel will consider the progress made thus far, the things that could be done to improve things further, and also the larger question of the goals toward which our justice system should be directed: what does justice consist of and what does it mean for justice to be done? 5 November 2013

De Carle Lecture 2011: Professor Emerita Joy Hendry – Anthropology, Indigenous Studies and Science: A Glance Towards the Future (342.45 MB)
Monday, 4 November 2013
Professor Emerita Joy Hendry of the Oxford Brookes University presents her 2011 De Carle lecture on the topic of ‘Anthropology, Indigenous Studies and Science: A glance towards the future’. 28 September 2011

CTPI & NCPACS: Holy Wars and Holy Peacemaking: The Dangerous Myth of Religious Violence (283.72 MB)
Monday, 4 November 2013
This is an open forum presented by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Professor Murray Rae, Professor Kevin Clements, Dr Mai Tamimi and Professor Richard Jackson discuss the dangerous myth of religious violence. Chaired by Professor Andrew Bradstock. 1 August 2013

CTPI: Recovering the Common Good (404.28 MB)
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Chaired by Professor Andrew Bradstock, the open forum with Major Campbell Roberts, Director of Social Policy, Salvation Army, Dr Jenny Te-Paa Daniel, Formerly Dean, Tikanga Maori, St John’s College Auckland; Visiting Fellow, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Rt Rev Dr Graham Redding, Principal, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Dr David Clark MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Dunedin North, Fr Kevin Toomey OP, Editor, Tui Motu, asks a number of questions about Recovering the Common Good. Would we have anything to gain – as individuals, communities, a city, a nation – from a fresh encounter with the concept of the 'common good’? What might be involved if the common good informed our public discourse and policy thinking more in New Zealand? Can the common good help us to reflect on our priorities as individuals and a society - and what might be the practical consequences of such reflection? 24 June 2013

Asian Migrations Research Theme: Asian Migrants in Australasia: Socio-Demographic Perspective (70.01 MB)
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Dr Yaghoob Foroutan, Research Associate, University of Waikato and Assistant Professor, University of Mazandaran, Balbosar, Iran, discusses his key research question: Who are Asian migrants, demographically and comparatively in Australia and New Zealand? His research is based on 2001 census data from Australia and 1996, 2001 and 2006 census data from New Zealand. 5 September 2013

Albert Moore Memorial Lecture Series 2013: Regret and Resistance: The Crucified Tekoteko (110.27 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the third and final lecture in the inaugural Albert Moore Lecture Series for 2013. The 2013 open lecture series, given by Professor Jonathan Mane Wheoki, Professor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, is based around the theme "Toi Karaitiana: Christianity and Māori Art and Architecture". 25 July 2013

Albert Moore Memorial Lecture Series 2013: From Patoru Tamatea to Ralph Hotere: the impact of Catholic spirituality and iconography (138.44 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the second in the inaugural Albert Moore Lecture Series for 2013. The 2013 open lecture series, given by Professor Jonathan Mane Wheoki, Professor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, is based around the theme "Toi Karaitiana: Christianity and Māori Art and Architecture". 24 July 2013

CTPI: Public Square: Seeking the Welfare of the City: The Contribution of Theology to New Zealand’s Public Square (176.35 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the farewell lecture by Centre of Theology and Public Issues Director Professor Andrew Bradstock who joined the University in January 2009 as Howard Paterson Professor of Theology and Public Issues and established the Centre. 15 August 2013

Albert Moore Memorial Lectures 2013: From Samuel Marsden to Fredereick Bennet: Te Hāhi Mihinare (136.85 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the first in the inaugural Albert Moore Lecture Series for 2013. The 2013 open lecture series, given by Professor Jonathan Mane Wheoki, Professor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, is based around the theme "Toi Karaitiana: Christianity and Māori Art and Architecture". 23 July 2013

CTPI: Public Square: Mike Houlahan, Jinty MacTavish, Dr Nicholas Khoo & Rev Dr Selwyn Yeoman with Dr Andrew Bradstock (280.47 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
Mike Houlahan, (Past Editor of Dunedin-based Fairfax newspaper D Scene, final edition published end of May 2013), Jinty MacTavish (Dunedin City councillor, youth-worker, film-maker and activist), Dr Nicholas Khoo (lecturer in Politics with a specialist knowledge of China and international relations), & Dr Selwyn Yeoman (Presbyterian minister, environmentalist, and Master of Knox College), with Professor Andrew Bradstock discuss questions submitted by prospective members of the audience relating to issues of current concern. Among the issues for discussion are: the Leveson report and press freedom in New Zealand, New Zealand and Kyoto, the Chinese leadership change and China-NZ relations, New Zealand's nuclear stance, and whether we're more obsessed by Hobbits than our own real 'little people'. 11 December 2012

In Conversation: His Holiness, the Dalai Lama with Sir Lloyd Geering (168.41 MB)
Thursday, 5 September 2013
His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, in conversation with Sir Lloyd Geering, leading New Zealand thinker and commentator on theological issues. His Holiness talks about his childhood, his training and education, Buddhism, secularism, science and religion.

Question and Answer session with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama (279.46 MB)
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama has travelled to more than 62 countries spanning 6 continents. He has met with presidents, prime ministers and crowned rulers of major nations. He has held dialogues with the heads of different religions and many well-known scientists. In his first visit to the University of Otago, His Holiness answers nominated questions presented by the University’s students and staff. 11 June 2013

CTPI: Public Square - Professor Martyn Percy with Professor Andrew Bradstock (233.07 MB)
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Leading Anglican writer and educator Professor Martyn Percy discusses his life, work and ambitions in conversation with Professor Andrew Bradstock, Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues. Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, the largest provider of Anglican ordination training in the UK, Martyn Percy is one of the most influential Christian thinkers, writers and educators around today. 15 April 2013

CTPI: Public Square – Panel Discussion on Issues of the Day (364.26 MB)
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Laura Black (CEO, Methodist Mission), Dr Bryce Edwards (Department of Politics), Greg Fleming (CEO, The Maxim Institute) and Jolyon White (Social Justice Enabler, Anglican Diocese of Christchurch) discuss questions submitted by prospective members of the audience relating to issues of current concern. Among the issues for discussion are: surveillance; the living wage; the Michael Swann case; regional development; Christchurch's new 'cardboard' cathedral; affordable housing; and the state of the political parties. 20 August 2013

CTPI: Public Square: ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: What Do We Know About It And How Does It Challenge Our Attitudes? (260.39 MB)
Thursday, 22 August 2013
ME/CFS is an illness that, because of a lack of clear understanding, is still sometimes greeted with scepticism by some medical professionals and those caring for sufferers. But the WHO has classified it as a neurological disease, and the Ministry of Health recognises it as a bona fide condition here in New Zealand. What do we know about ME/CFS? How does it affect the lives of people living with it? And how should we respond to people who have it? Heather Wilson - member of the executive committee of the Associated New Zealand Myalgic Encephalopathy Society (ANZMES), and the Society's Otago and Southland Coordinator, Richie Barnett - broadcaster, sports journalist and former Kiwis rugby league captain - 'the NZ face of ME/CFS' and Professor Warren Tate CNZM - Department of Biochemistry, School of Medical Sciences discuss the attitudes towards this condition. 5 August 2013

NCPACS and CTPI: A Public Conversation with Dr Jenny Te-Paa Daniel (410.85 MB)
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Dr Jenny Te-Paa Daniel was the first indigenous lay-woman to be appointed head of an Anglican theological college anywhere in the world, serving as Ahorangi or Principal of Te Rau Kahikatea at St John’s Theological College, Auckland, from 1995-2013. Jenny was also a Senior Lecturer in Anglican Studies at St John’s teaching topics such as race politics, gender justice for women and children, indigenous studies and theology and public policy. Jenny is currently Senior Research Fellow (Māori) at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies here at Otago. She speaks about her journey as a Māori woman and as an Anglican, about theology, justice, gender, race, bi-culturalism, peace and civil discourse. Hosted by Professors Kevin Clements and Andrew Bradstock. 3 July 2013

CTPI: Public Square – What is it about China? (250.69 MB)
Monday, 8 July 2013
A public forum, which explores the growing ties between New Zealand and China. The panel, Dr Nicholas Khoo (Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, and specialist in Chinese politics), Professor Sarah Todd (University Pro-Vice-Chancellor, International), Phil Ker (CEO of Otago Polytechnic), Grant Bayldon (Executive Director, Amnesty International Aotearoa/New Zealand), Professor André Everett (School of Management) discuss the global impact of New Zealand-China trade relations. They also discuss issues such as education, religion, liberalisation and China’s rise as a major economic power.21 May 2013.

CTPI: Climate Change – Where Are We Now and What Do We Do Next? (343.75 MB)
Thursday, 20 June 2013
Open Lecture and Panel with Professor Jonathan Boston (Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University School of Government), Dr Janet Stephenson ('Risk Assessment for NZ' and Director of the Centre for Sustainability), Professor Colin Campbell-Hunt (Otago Climate Change Network), and Alec Dawson (Generation Zero). 22 April 2013.

Theology and Religion: Dr Michael Radich - How the Mahāparinirvāna-mahāsūtra Won the Heart of East Asian Buddhism, and the Quixotic Quest for Essence in Asian Religions (134.62 MB)
Friday, 12 April 2013
Dr Michael Radich of Victoria University of Wellington gives a lecture on the subject of “How the Mahāparinirvāna-mahāsūtra Won the Heart of East Asian Buddhism, and the Quixotic Quest for Essence in Asian Religions”. 19 October 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – The End of the World (166.97 MB)
Thursday, 11 April 2013
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture six of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “The End of the World”. 9 August 2012.

CTPI: Public Square – Changing the Guard at Rome, Canterbury and Wellington: Time for New Models of Leadership in the 21st-Century Church? (436.52 MB)
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion reflecting on the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI and the recent appointment of a new Archbishop of Canterbury and Anglican Bishop of Wellington. Panellists include: Most Rev Colin Campbell, Rev Dr Margaret Mayman, Amy Armstrong, Laura Black and Terry Drummond. 26 February 2013.

CTPI: Public Square - 3 October 2012 (536.30 MB)
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents The Public Square. The Public Square is a forum for a variety of current issues. This panel includes Professor Jonathan Boston of Victoria University of Wellington; Louisa Wall, Labour MP; Aaron Hawkins of Dunedin’s Radio One; and Guy McCallum of the youth wing of the ACT party. 3 October 2012.

CTPI: Public Square – Fair Trade: If It Does So Much Good, Why Aren’t We All Buying It? (533.20 MB)
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion with Geoff White (General Manager, Trade Aid); Professor David Fielding (Department of Economics); Susan Wardell (founder of The Cuckoo's Nest clothing store, Dunedin); Jason Taylor (designer of Trade Aid's digital storytelling kiosk); and Richard Stainer (World Development Adviser, St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Anglican Diocese, UK). 22 August 2012.

CTPI: Public Square – Re-defining Marriage: Threat? Right? or Non-Issue? (524.96 MB)
Monday, 13 August 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion on the topic of “Re-defining Marriage: Threat? Right? or Non-Issue?”. Panellists include Neill Ballantyne (Queer Support Coordinator, OUSA & National Secretary, Student Christian Movement of Aotearoa); Rev Stu Crossan (Vicar, St Matthew's Anglican Church, Dunedin); Rev Dr James Harding (Department of Theology, Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies); Rev Nimarota Lale (Minister, Pacific Islands Presbyterian Church, North Dunedin); Jill McDonald (Marriage Celebrant) and Professor Nicola Peart (Faculty of Law, expert on family and property law). 13 August 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr William Willimon – Should the Church Try to Change the World? (121.02 MB)
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture five of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “Should the Church Try to Change the World?” 8 August 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – Jesus as the Church’s Greatest Challenge (108.85 MB)
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture four of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “Jesus as the Church’s Greatest Challenge”. 7 August 2012.

CTPI: Public Square - Public Broadcasting: Past, Present... No Future? (653.29 MB)
Friday, 3 August 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion on the demise of a non-commercial free-to-air broadcasting service in NZ, what it means for an informed citizenry in a democracy, and what the future might hold. With guest panellists: David Beatson (former producer, TVNZ); Lorraine Isaacs (former chair, NZ On Air); Paul Norris (Head, NZ Broadcasting School, CPIT); Colin Peacock (Radio NZ National, formerly with the BBC World Service) and Dr Erika Pearson (Lecturer, Media, Film & Communication, University of Otago). 3 August 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – The Future of Preaching (208.42 MB)
Thursday, 2 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “The Future of Preaching”. 2 August 2012.

CTPI: The Unexamined Society? Reflections on Doing Public Theology in New Zealand (308.55 MB)
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Professor Andrew Bradstock, Howard Paterson Chair of Theology and Public Issues and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, presents an open lecture on the topic of “The Unexamined Society? Reflections on Doing Public Theology in New Zealand.” 18 July 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – The Politics of the Church (431.69 MB)
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture two of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “The Politics of the Church”. 1 August 2012.

CTPI: Public Square: A Public Conversation with Rev Peter Beck (262.85 MB)
Thursday, 26 July 2012
A Public Conversation with Rev Peter Beck - Christchurch City Councillor and former Dean of Christ Church Cathedral. In the aftermath of the city's quakes, Peter Beck was seen by many as the 'public face' of Christchurch. In 2011 he resigned as Dean and stood - successfully - for the city council. Professor Andrew Bradstock, Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, talks with Peter about the events of the past 18 months, his transition from Dean to councillor, Christchurch's present and future, and more. 16 May 2012.

CSAFE and CTPI: Public Square – Climate Change: Just Sit Back and Enjoy the Grapes? (492.75 MB)
Friday, 20 July 2012
National business commentator Rod Oram, climate change scientist Dr Jim Salinger and Chief Executive of the Methodist Mission, Laura Black, discuss major ethical issues surrounding the climate change debate. Hosted jointly by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues and the Centre for Sustainability: Agriculture, Food, Energy, Environment. 11 October 2011.

CTPI: Public Square - In Good Faith? Should Government Fund Churches to Deliver Welfare - and What Would happen if They Didn’t? (525.06 MB)
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
A Panel discussion with Major Campbell Roberts (Salvation Army), Dr Nicola Atwool (Dept of Sociology, Gender and Social Work), Assoc Prof Greg Dawes (Dept of Philosophy), and Gwenda Kendrew (Divisional Manager, Anglican Care South Canterbury). 7 June 2012.

CTPI: Public Square: Aspects of Aged Care: Crisis, Costs and Compassion (547.73 MB)
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a public panel discussion with Dr Judy McGregor, Human Rights Commission, author of the report “Care Counts”, Gillian Bremner, CEO Presbyterian Support, Susan Davidson, Director Age Concern Dunedin, Dr Richard Egan, Preventive & Social Medicine, Shayne Walker, Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work. Moderated by Prof Andrew Bradstock, Centre for Theology and Public Issues. 21 June 2012.

Theology and Religion: Under the Gaze of the Stars: Japanese Buddhism and Star Mandalas (418.70 MB)
Friday, 6 July 2012
Professor Bernard Faure of Columbia University presents an open lecture on the topic of astral worship, star rituals and star mandalas in Japanese Buddhism. 12 April 2012.

IPL: Professor Murray Rae - Theology and the Pursuit of Truth (361.08 MB)
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Professor Murray Rae of the Department of Theology and Religion presents his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on the topic of “Theology and the Pursuit of Truth”. 13 October 2011.

CTPI: Public Square – A Public Conversation with Major Campbell Roberts (423.54 MB)
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Major Campbell Roberts is the creator and National Director of The Salvation Army’s social policy and parliamentary unit. Here he is in conversation with Professor Murray Rae, Head of the Department of Theology and Religion. 26 June 2012.

Public Square: Lessons from the Breivik trial, May 2012 (535.44 MB)
Monday, 25 June 2012
‘Creative Responses to Extremism: Lessons from the Breivik trial’ Panel: Professor Birgit Brock-Utne (Norway), Professor Kevin Clements, Associate Professor Richard Jackson Chair: Professor Andrew Bradstock.

CTPI: Public Square, Euthanasia - Panel, April 2012 (591.20 MB)
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
‘Euthanasia and assisted suicide: A discussion we need to have’ Panel: Professor Sean Davison, Hon. Maryan Street, MP, Professor Grant Gillett, John Kleinsman, Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan Chair: Professor Paul Trebilco. This event includes the presentation of a research paper on attitudes towards euthanasia in New Zealand by Thomas Noakes-Duncan.

CTPI: Public Square, Euthanasia - Questions, April 2012 (339.25 MB)
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
‘Euthanasia and assisted suicide: A discussion we need to have’ Panel: Professor Sean Davison, Hon. Maryan Street, MP, Professor Grant Gillett, John Kleinsman, Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan Chair: Professor Paul Trebilco. This event includes the presentation of a research paper on attitudes towards euthanasia in New Zealand by Thomas Noakes-Duncan.

CTPI: Public Square, Secularism, April 2012 (527.43 MB)
Monday, 7 May 2012
We Don't 'Do' God: Secularism and the NZ State. Panel: Rev Dr Lynne Baab, Glyn Carpenter, Dr Bryce Edwards, Assoc Prof John Stenhouse.

CTPI: Public Square, Vulnerable Children, February 2012 (580.78 MB)
Thursday, 5 April 2012
'Our Vulnerable Children' - a public forum exploring responses to the Government's Green Paper 'Every child thrives, belongs, achieves. Panel: Chris Trotter, Professor Mark Henaghan, Jenny Munro, Dr Pauline Gulliver.

CTPI: Public Square, Asset Sales, February 2012 (781.36 MB)
Thursday, 22 March 2012
'If you were Prime Minister, would you sell New Zealand's assets?', February 2012. A public forum in which expert witnesses present their views on the issue to an equally-informed and distinguished panel. Witnesses: Dr Geoff Bertram; Gillain Bremner; Stuart McLauchlan; Professor Robert Patman. Panel: Jacqui Dean, MP; Professor Paul Hansen; Hon. Peter Hodgson; Chris Trotter; Metiria Turei, MP.

CTPI: Public Square, December 2011 (530.15 MB)
Thursday, 12 January 2012
'The Public Square' is a public forum organised and hosted by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues where a panel of experts discuss current affairs. December 2011. The panelists this time are: Clare Curran; Shane Gallagher; Janine Hayward; and Michael Woodhouse.

CTPI: Public Square, November 2011 (422.28 MB)
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
'The Public Square' is a public forum organised and hosted by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues where a panel of experts discuss current affairs. November 2011. The panelists this time are: Chris Laidlaw; Bishop Victoria Matthews; Prof Robert Patman; and Anne Stevens.

CTPI: Crouch, Touch, Pause, Sponsor: Rugby – Game, Product, Religion? (520.62 MB)
Monday, 7 November 2011
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion on the topic of “Crouch, Touch, Pause, Sponsor: Rugby – Game, Product, Religion?” Panellists include Chris Laidlaw – Rhodes Scholar and former All Black and MP; Professor Steve Jackson of the Department of Physical Education at the University of Otago; and Rev. Dr. Kevin Ward, an expert in the field of sport and spirituality. 7 November 2011.

On Shaky Ground - earthquakes and their consequences (403.08 MB)
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Public forum held 31 May, 2011. Rev Dr Peter Carrell (Director of Education, Theology House, Diocese of Christchurch), Karen Clements (Area Manager, Red Cross Otago), Dr Andrew Gorman (Department of Geology, University of Otago), Sarah Hexamer (Co-ordinator, Neighbourhood Support Otago), Dr Caroline Orchiston (School of Business, University of Otago), Sue Russell (Executive Officer, Council of Social Services, Dunedin)

Winter Lecture Series - 2010: Using 'god-talk' in a secular society - time for a new conversation on public issues? (189.47 MB)
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
As a secular society in New Zealand, do we exclude religious voices from the ‘public square’? Professor Bradstock argues that a new type of public discourse is necessary as we seek solutions to the serious issues we face today. He highlights three of these issues – soaring prison numbers, the gap between rich and poor, and the threat to the environment. Given on September 16, 2010.

A Conversation with Jim Wallis (205.82 MB)
Friday, 26 November 2010
Professor Andrew Bradstock, Theology and Religion talks to Jim Wallis about faith, ethics and public life. Sept 28, 2010.

Howard Paterson Memorial Lecture: 2010 (189.77 MB)
Friday, 26 November 2010
Jim Wallis, best-selling author, public theologian, international speaker and one of President Barack Obama's key advisers on religious and ethical issues, delivered the first Howard Paterson Memorial Lecture in Public Theology at Dunedin's historic First Church. Lecture given Sept 28, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 4 - 'Yours for the Jubilee': The Prophetic Religion of the Abolitionists (145.19 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 2 - 'The Only Parallel': The Puritan Revolution as England's Exodus (163.46 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 3 - 'God's Favourite People': 1688 and 1776 (171.29 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 6 - 'I have Seen the Promised Land': Visions of Deliverance in Black and White (129.22 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 1 - 'Biblical Traditions of Liberation': Introducing Deliverance Politics (180.35 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 5 - 'When Israel was in Egyptland': Black Christianity against Slavery (154.45 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

IPL: Public Theology? No thanks, I'll stick with the normal kind (274.37 MB)
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Professor Andrew Bradstock, Howard Patterson professor of Theology and Public Issues, Inaugural Professorial Lecture, given on June 2, 2010.

A Conversation with Meg Munn (152.26 MB)
Friday, 22 January 2010
A conversation with Meg Munn MP, former Minister in the Blair and Brown governments. Hear an 'insider's' take on the UK political scene - a crucial general election due within six months, the 'expenses scandal' entangling Westminster MPs, an unpopular Labour leader, and the UK’s relationship with Europe being questioned again. Held 7 December, 2009.

A conversation with Rod Oram (146.34 MB)
Thursday, 3 December 2009
A conversation with Rod Oram - one of NZ's leading commentators on economic affairs. Rod Oram and Professor Andrew Bradstock of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues discuss the current economic recession and the possibilities for going forward. Held 18 September, 2009.

IPL: The Worlds of World Religions: Manichaeism in Roman Egypt and Medieval China (182.64 MB)
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Professor Majella Franzmann, Pro Vice Chancellor for Humanities, Inaugural Professorial Lecture, given on October 8, 2008.

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CTPI: Why Theology Matters to Tree Frogs (90.01 MB)
Sunday, 20 November 2016
A Public Lecture with Rev. Peter Harris, Anglican Minister, Conservationist, and Co-Founder of Christian Conservation Organisation A Rocha. 24 November 2016

CTPI & NCPACS: World Council of Churches' Response to Religious Violence (102.44 MB)
Friday, 7 October 2016
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit addresses the World Council of Churches Central Committee’s recent ‘Statement on Religion and Violence’ (28 June 2016), which addresses the persistence and spread of extremist violence in the world, and its ambiguous connections with religion. 7 October 2016.

Theology and Religion: Towards an Ecumenical Political Theology: Charisms Catholic, Reformed and Anabaptist (44.85 MB)
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Rev Dr Doug Gay is the Stuart Residence Halls Council Distinguished Visitor for 2016. In this public lecture, he traces the outline of an ecumenical political theology incorporating the Catholic, Reformed and Anabaptist traditions of narrative, discipline and witness, with particular reference to the political and economic environment and events leading to the post 2008 economic crisis. 6 September 2016.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 6 (83.99 MB)
Thursday, 4 August 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job in Modern Literature'. 4 August 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 5 (85.92 MB)
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job Through the Eyes of Artists'. 3 August 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 4 (97.48 MB)
Tuesday, 2 August 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job as a Contested Classic'. 2 August 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 3 (87.72 MB)
Thursday, 28 July 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Theological Conversations in Job'. 28 July 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 2 (83.58 MB)
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture two of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'The Artistry of the (Hebrew) Book of Job'. 27 July 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 1 (81.12 MB)
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture one of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job in the Cradle of World Literature'. 26 July 2016

CTPI: Good Governance - Designing Democratic Institutions for a Sustainable Future (67.76 MB)
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Public Lecture with Professor Jonathan Boston from the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington. He discusses the role of governance in sustainability and how to move from a short term focus at a governmental level to a longer term focus.

CTPI: Faith and Wisdom in Science (89.39 MB)
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
In this talk Professor Tom McLeish, Professor of Physics at Durham University. Tom discusses themes from his recently published book ‘Faith and Wisdom in Science’ (Oxford University Press, 2014). In this book, Tom takes a scientist’s reading of the Old Testament’s Book of Job and uses this ancient text as a centrepiece to make the case for science as a deeply human and ancient activity, embedded in some of the oldest stories told about the human desire to understand the natural world. Drawing on stories from the modern science of chaos and uncertainty, alongside medieval, patristic, classical and Biblical sources, Faith and Wisdom in Science challenges much of the current “science and religion” debate as operating with the wrong assumptions and in the wrong space. There are immediate consequences for how we treat science in government, the media, in education and in churches. 22 September 2015

2015 Archibald Baxter Memorial Trust Peace Lecture – Professor David Tombs (73.66 MB)
Monday, 21 September 2015
Professor David Tombs, Director, Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago, speaks about the US Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture (2014), which has strongly criticised the interrogation programme overseen by the CIA in the aftermath of 9/11. He connects this to studies of torture practices under authoritarian regimes in Latin America, and suggests that it is also relevant to the field punishment of Archibald Baxter, and other conscience objectors, in World War I. 21 September 2015

IPL: Latin American Liberation Theology and its Ongoing Legacy (64.90 MB)
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Professor David Tombs holds the Howard Paterson Chair in Theology and Public Issues and is Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Otago. His Inaugural Professorial Lecture discusses Latin American liberation theology and its ongoing legacy. 8 September 2015

CTPI: Can there be a unified theory of religious freedom? (69.96 MB)
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
In this talk Professor Peter Danchin, Professor of Law and Director of the International and Comparative Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law discusses the three key concepts in modern religious freedom discourse – neutrality, universality and legality. What is increasingly recognised, however, is the extent to which these concepts are inextricably entangled, historically and substantively, with theological concepts and categories. In drawing out these connections and assessing their implications for three central questions concerning the subject, object and justification of the right to religious liberty, this talk asks whether there can be a unified theory of religious freedom and in what sense we can say the right is independent of religious traditions and the contested notions of freedom within them. 19 August 2015

CTPI: Changing our mind on the LGBT issue (54.94 MB)
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Dr. David P. Gushee is a Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. His research interests focus on the ethical teachings of Jesus Christ and the Christian theological-ethical tradition, together with its contemporary implications for Christian discipleship and public witness. In this talk he speaks on his personal journey toward a change of his own heart and mind in becoming an advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the Church, and his recent book ‘Changing Our Mind’ and the impact that it is having. 30 July 2015

NCPACS & CTPI: Non-Toxic Religion: The Churches in the Peace Movement in 1980’s New Zealand (55.84 MB)
Thursday, 28 May 2015
Reverend Dr Peter Matheson studied in Otago, (History) Edinburgh, and Tübingen (Theology); edited Critic and taught religious history in New College Edinburgh, Otago and Melbourne. He has been active in the peace movement in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Germany and New Zealand and is the author of fifteen books and countless articles on reforming movements, radical and women's history in the Early Modern Period in Germany, and on aspects of New Zealand and Third Reich history. He is a Presbyterian minister and Honorary Fellow of the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago. In this talk, he discusses the churches in the peace movement in 1980’s New Zealand. 28 May 2015

CTPI: Faith and Reconciliation: Insights from the South African Experience (65.17 MB)
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Piet Meiring, Emeritus Professor of Theology and Missiology at the University of Pretoria, and a former member of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chaired by Desmond Tutu, speaks about the role of faith and theology in the post-apartheid reconciliation process, and offers insights from the South African experience. 16 April 2015

CTPI: 2014 Quaker Lecture: Standing in this Place (73.36 MB)
Friday, 17 October 2014
In Aotearoa New Zealand many Quakers have been involved in supporting, in diverse ways, the achievement of Maori self-determination, or tino rangatiratanga, as guaranteed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi. In this lecture David James, Jillian Wychel, Murray Short and Linda Wilson, reflect on their own experiences working as allies with Maori. The term working as allies has been used by author Jen Margaret to describe ways that non-indigenous persons work for and support justice for indigenous peoples. Together these four Quakers explore opportunities for Pakeha to work for justice for indigenous people through political and social change in very different ways on a day-to-day basis. 17 October 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (52.65 MB)
Thursday, 21 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture six, and the final of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Jerusalem”. 21 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (53.90 MB)
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture five of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Sons of Thunder”. 20 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (47.55 MB)
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture four of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Called to Fish for People”. 19 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (56.94 MB)
Thursday, 14 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “Zebedee and Sons”. 14 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (63.42 MB)
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture two of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “The Fishing Industry”. 13 August 2014

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2014: Professor Richard Bauckham – The Sons of Zebedee: the Lives of Two Galilean Fishers (50.75 MB)
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture one of the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews, Scotland, this presentation covers the topic “The World of the Lake of Galilee”. 12 August 2014

CTPI: Child Poverty: Myths, Misconceptions and Misunderstandings (56.99 MB)
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Professor Jonathan Boston, Professor of Public Policy at VUW, Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and Co-chair, Expert Advisory Group (2012) on Solutions to Child Poverty discusses the issue of child poverty: myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings. In discussions about child poverty in New Zealand, one often hears the following claims: ‘There is little or no real child poverty in this country’; ‘The fundamental problem is that some people have too many children’; ‘Many parents are lazy or irresponsible and thus deserve to be poor’; ‘The real problem is not poverty but poor parenting’; ‘We can’t afford to reduce child poverty’; and ‘If we give the poor more money, they will simply waste it’. How valid are such claims? What does the available empirical evidence tell us? What can we learn from the experience of other developed countries? And what ethical principles should guide our policy responses to the challenge of child poverty? 12 June 2014

CTPI: Religious Voices in the Public Square: Threatening Democracy or Enriching Debate? (74.78 MB)
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
In this conversation two leading public theologians, one from Sri Lanka, Dr Vinoth Ramachandra (Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), and one from Cambridge, Dr Jonathan Chaplin (Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics) discuss this issue with Professor Andrew Bradstock, Director of the University of Otago’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues. 9 August 2013

CTPI: Severing the Link Between Alcohol and Prison (71.53 MB)
Friday, 10 January 2014
This open forum, jointly hosted by the Centre for Theology & Public Issues and the Howard League for Penal Reform, is chaired by Dunedin Barrister Anne Stevens. The panellists include Sir Geoffrey Palmer, QC, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Major Campbell Roberts, Director of Social Policy, Salvation Army and Professor Jennie Connor, Head of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago. The link between alcohol consumption and criminal offending in New Zealand is well established. Police estimate that about one third of all offending involves alcohol and that about half of all violent crimes are alcohol-related. The link between alcohol and crime is but one indicator of the serious problems caused by alcohol consumption in our society. The panel considers the nature and extent of the problem and the legal, behavioural and cultural changes that are needed to make a difference. 31 October 2013

CTPI: Exploring Youth Justice: Progress and Possibilities (87.12 MB)
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Chaired by Professor Murray Rae, Head of the Department of Theology and Religion, this is a panel discussion with Judge Andrew Becroft, Principal Youth Court Judge, Professor Mark Henaghan, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Chris Marshall, Victoria University, Wellington and Dr Shayne Walker, Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work. One often hears laments about the loss of moral standards and the high rates of criminal offending among youth. In fact, however, rates of youth offending in New Zealand have been declining in recent years. But there is work yet to be done. The panel will consider the progress made thus far, the things that could be done to improve things further, and also the larger question of the goals toward which our justice system should be directed: what does justice consist of and what does it mean for justice to be done? 5 November 2013

De Carle Lecture 2011: Professor Emerita Joy Hendry – Anthropology, Indigenous Studies and Science: A Glance Towards the Future (58.45 MB)
Monday, 4 November 2013
Professor Emerita Joy Hendry of the Oxford Brookes University presents her 2011 De Carle lecture on the topic of ‘Anthropology, Indigenous Studies and Science: A glance towards the future’. 28 September 2011

CTPI & NCPACS: Holy Wars and Holy Peacemaking: The Dangerous Myth of Religious Violence (70.71 MB)
Monday, 4 November 2013
This is an open forum presented by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Professor Murray Rae, Professor Kevin Clements, Dr Mai Tamimi and Professor Richard Jackson discuss the dangerous myth of religious violence. Chaired by Professor Andrew Bradstock. 1 August 2013

Asian Migrations Research Theme: Asian Migrants in Australasia: Socio-Demographic Perspective (53.38 MB)
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Dr Yaghoob Foroutan, Research Associate, University of Waikato and Assistant Professor, University of Mazandaran, Balbosar, Iran, discusses his key research question: Who are Asian migrants, demographically and comparatively in Australia and New Zealand? His research is based on 2001 census data from Australia and 1996, 2001 and 2006 census data from New Zealand. 5 September 2013

Albert Moore Memorial Lecture Series 2013: From Patoru Tamatea to Ralph Hotere: the impact of Catholic spirituality and iconography (77.13 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the second in the inaugural Albert Moore Lecture Series for 2013. The 2013 open lecture series, given by Professor Jonathan Mane Wheoki, Professor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, is based around the theme "Toi Karaitiana: Christianity and Māori Art and Architecture". 24 July 2013

Albert Moore Memorial Lectures 2013: From Samuel Marsden to Fredereick Bennet: Te Hāhi Mihinare (77.81 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the first in the inaugural Albert Moore Lecture Series for 2013. The 2013 open lecture series, given by Professor Jonathan Mane Wheoki, Professor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, is based around the theme "Toi Karaitiana: Christianity and Māori Art and Architecture". 23 July 2013

CTPI: Public Square: Seeking the Welfare of the City: The Contribution of Theology to New Zealand’s Public Square (72.20 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the farewell lecture by Centre of Theology and Public Issues Director Professor Andrew Bradstock who joined the University in January 2009 as Howard Paterson Professor of Theology and Public Issues and established the Centre. 15 August 2013

Albert Moore Memorial Lecture Series 2013: Regret and Resistance: The Crucified Tekoteko (75.53 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
This is the third and final lecture in the inaugural Albert Moore Lecture Series for 2013. The 2013 open lecture series, given by Professor Jonathan Mane Wheoki, Professor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, is based around the theme "Toi Karaitiana: Christianity and Māori Art and Architecture". 25 July 2013

CTPI: Public Square: Mike Houlahan, Jinty MacTavish, Dr Nicholas Khoo & Rev Dr Selwyn Yeoman with Dr Andrew Bradstock (86.50 MB)
Monday, 9 September 2013
Mike Houlahan, (Past Editor of Dunedin-based Fairfax newspaper D Scene, final edition published end of May 2013), Jinty MacTavish (Dunedin City councillor, youth-worker, film-maker and activist), Dr Nicholas Khoo (lecturer in Politics with a specialist knowledge of China and international relations), & Dr Selwyn Yeoman (Presbyterian minister, environmentalist, and Master of Knox College), with Professor Andrew Bradstock discuss questions submitted by prospective members of the audience relating to issues of current concern. Among the issues for discussion are: the Leveson report and press freedom in New Zealand, New Zealand and Kyoto, the Chinese leadership change and China-NZ relations, New Zealand's nuclear stance, and whether we're more obsessed by Hobbits than our own real 'little people'. 11 December 2012

In Conversation: His Holiness, the Dalai Lama with Sir Lloyd Geering (53.69 MB)
Thursday, 5 September 2013
His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, in conversation with Sir Lloyd Geering, leading New Zealand thinker and commentator on theological issues. His Holiness talks about his childhood, his training and education, Buddhism, secularism, science and religion.

Question and Answer session with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama (96.52 MB)
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama has travelled to more than 62 countries spanning 6 continents. He has met with presidents, prime ministers and crowned rulers of major nations. He has held dialogues with the heads of different religions and many well-known scientists. In his first visit to the University of Otago, His Holiness answers nominated questions presented by the University’s students and staff. 11 June 2013

CTPI: Public Square - Professor Martyn Percy with Professor Andrew Bradstock (67.55 MB)
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Leading Anglican writer and educator Professor Martyn Percy discusses his life, work and ambitions in conversation with Professor Andrew Bradstock, Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues. Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, the largest provider of Anglican ordination training in the UK, Martyn Percy is one of the most influential Christian thinkers, writers and educators around today. 15 April 2013

CTPI: Recovering the Common Good (103.06 MB)
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
Chaired by Professor Andrew Bradstock, the open forum with Major Campbell Roberts, Director of Social Policy, Salvation Army, Dr Jenny Te-Paa Daniel, Formerly Dean, Tikanga Maori, St John’s College Auckland; Visiting Fellow, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Rt Rev Dr Graham Redding, Principal, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Dr David Clark MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Dunedin North, Fr Kevin Toomey OP, Editor, Tui Motu, asks a number of questions about Recovering the Common Good. Would we have anything to gain – as individuals, communities, a city, a nation – from a fresh encounter with the concept of the 'common good’? What might be involved if the common good informed our public discourse and policy thinking more in New Zealand? Can the common good help us to reflect on our priorities as individuals and a society - and what might be the practical consequences of such reflection? 24 June 2013

CTPI: Recovering the Common Good (102.94 MB)
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Chaired by Professor Andrew Bradstock, the open forum with Major Campbell Roberts, Director of Social Policy, Salvation Army, Dr Jenny Te-Paa Daniel, Formerly Dean, Tikanga Maori, St John’s College Auckland; Visiting Fellow, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Rt Rev Dr Graham Redding, Principal, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Dr David Clark MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Dunedin North, Fr Kevin Toomey OP, Editor, Tui Motu, asks a number of questions about Recovering the Common Good. Would we have anything to gain – as individuals, communities, a city, a nation – from a fresh encounter with the concept of the 'common good’? What might be involved if the common good informed our public discourse and policy thinking more in New Zealand? Can the common good help us to reflect on our priorities as individuals and a society - and what might be the practical consequences of such reflection? 24 June 2013

CTPI: Public Square – Panel Discussion on Issues of the Day (84.87 MB)
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Laura Black (CEO, Methodist Mission), Dr Bryce Edwards (Department of Politics), Greg Fleming (CEO, The Maxim Institute) and Jolyon White (Social Justice Enabler, Anglican Diocese of Christchurch) discuss questions submitted by prospective members of the audience relating to issues of current concern. Among the issues for discussion are: surveillance; the living wage; the Michael Swann case; regional development; Christchurch's new 'cardboard' cathedral; affordable housing; and the state of the political parties. 20 August 2013

CTPI: Public Square: ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: What Do We Know About It And How Does It Challenge Our Attitudes? (84.99 MB)
Thursday, 22 August 2013
ME/CFS is an illness that, because of a lack of clear understanding, is still sometimes greeted with scepticism by some medical professionals and those caring for sufferers. But the WHO has classified it as a neurological disease, and the Ministry of Health recognises it as a bona fide condition here in New Zealand. What do we know about ME/CFS? How does it affect the lives of people living with it? And how should we respond to people who have it? Heather Wilson - member of the executive committee of the Associated New Zealand Myalgic Encephalopathy Society (ANZMES), and the Society's Otago and Southland Coordinator, Richie Barnett - broadcaster, sports journalist and former Kiwis rugby league captain - 'the NZ face of ME/CFS' and Professor Warren Tate CNZM - Department of Biochemistry, School of Medical Sciences discuss the attitudes towards this condition. 5 August 2013

NCPACS and CTPI: A Public Conversation with Dr Jenny Te-Paa Daniel (73.90 MB)
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Dr Jenny Te-Paa Daniel was the first indigenous lay-woman to be appointed head of an Anglican theological college anywhere in the world, serving as Ahorangi or Principal of Te Rau Kahikatea at St John’s Theological College, Auckland, from 1995-2013. Jenny was also a Senior Lecturer in Anglican Studies at St John’s teaching topics such as race politics, gender justice for women and children, indigenous studies and theology and public policy. Jenny is currently Senior Research Fellow (Māori) at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies here at Otago. She speaks about her journey as a Māori woman and as an Anglican, about theology, justice, gender, race, bi-culturalism, peace and civil discourse. Hosted by Professors Kevin Clements and Andrew Bradstock. 3 July 2013

CTPI: Public Square – What is it about China? (89.04 MB)
Monday, 8 July 2013
A public forum, which explores the growing ties between New Zealand and China. The panel, Dr Nicholas Khoo (Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, and specialist in Chinese politics), Professor Sarah Todd (University Pro-Vice-Chancellor, International), Phil Ker (CEO of Otago Polytechnic), Grant Bayldon (Executive Director, Amnesty International Aotearoa/New Zealand), Professor André Everett (School of Management) discuss the global impact of New Zealand-China trade relations. They also discuss issues such as education, religion, liberalisation and China’s rise as a major economic power.21 May 2013.

CTPI: Climate Change – Where Are We Now and What Do We Do Next? (86.98 MB)
Thursday, 20 June 2013
Open Lecture and Panel with Professor Jonathan Boston (Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University School of Government), Dr Janet Stephenson ('Risk Assessment for NZ' and Director of the Centre for Sustainability), Professor Colin Campbell-Hunt (Otago Climate Change Network), and Alec Dawson (Generation Zero). 22 April 2013.

Theology and Religion: Dr Michael Radich - How the Mahāparinirvāna-mahāsūtra Won the Heart of East Asian Buddhism, and the Quixotic Quest for Essence in Asian Religions (59.57 MB)
Friday, 12 April 2013
Dr Michael Radich of Victoria University of Wellington gives a lecture on the subject of “How the Mahāparinirvāna-mahāsūtra Won the Heart of East Asian Buddhism, and the Quixotic Quest for Essence in Asian Religions”. 19 October 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – The End of the World (53.23 MB)
Thursday, 11 April 2013
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture six of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “The End of the World”. 9 August 2012.

CTPI: Public Square – Changing the Guard at Rome, Canterbury and Wellington: Time for New Models of Leadership in the 21st-Century Church? (86.31 MB)
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion reflecting on the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI and the recent appointment of a new Archbishop of Canterbury and Anglican Bishop of Wellington. Panellists include: Most Rev Colin Campbell, Rev Dr Margaret Mayman, Amy Armstrong, Laura Black and Terry Drummond. 26 February 2013.

"A new global climate change treaty - can humanity deliver?" (102.56 MB)
Monday, 25 February 2013
A New Global Climate Change Treaty - Can humanity deliver? Our challenge after Durban for 2015. This special lecture was delivered by Professor Jonathan Boston, School of Government Victoria University. He was hosted by CSAFE, the Centre for Science Communication, the Centre for theology and Public Issues and Generation Zero. The lecture addresses ploicy developments in relation to the new global climate change treaty proposed - the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. The lecture was held on March 14 2012 and is followed by a panel discussion.

CTPI: Public Square - 3 October 2012 (87.29 MB)
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents The Public Square. The Public Square is a forum for a variety of current issues. This panel includes Professor Jonathan Boston of Victoria University of Wellington; Louisa Wall, Labour MP; Aaron Hawkins of Dunedin’s Radio One; and Guy McCallum of the youth wing of the ACT party. 3 October 2012.

CTPI: Public Square – Fair Trade: If It Does So Much Good, Why Aren’t We All Buying It? (86.78 MB)
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion with Geoff White (General Manager, Trade Aid); Professor David Fielding (Department of Economics); Susan Wardell (founder of The Cuckoo's Nest clothing store, Dunedin); Jason Taylor (designer of Trade Aid's digital storytelling kiosk); and Richard Stainer (World Development Adviser, St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Anglican Diocese, UK). 22 August 2012.

CTPI: Public Square – Re-defining Marriage: Threat? Right? or Non-Issue? (85.53 MB)
Monday, 13 August 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion on the topic of “Re-defining Marriage: Threat? Right? or Non-Issue?”. Panellists include Neill Ballantyne (Queer Support Coordinator, OUSA & National Secretary, Student Christian Movement of Aotearoa); Rev Stu Crossan (Vicar, St Matthew's Anglican Church, Dunedin); Rev Dr James Harding (Department of Theology, Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies); Rev Nimarota Lale (Minister, Pacific Islands Presbyterian Church, North Dunedin); Jill McDonald (Marriage Celebrant) and Professor Nicola Peart (Faculty of Law, expert on family and property law). 13 August 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr William Willimon – Should the Church Try to Change the World? (54.57 MB)
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture five of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “Should the Church Try to Change the World?” 8 August 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – Jesus as the Church’s Greatest Challenge (48.24 MB)
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture four of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “Jesus as the Church’s Greatest Challenge”. 7 August 2012.

CTPI: Public Square - Public Broadcasting: Past, Present... No Future? (106.35 MB)
Friday, 3 August 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion on the demise of a non-commercial free-to-air broadcasting service in NZ, what it means for an informed citizenry in a democracy, and what the future might hold. With guest panellists: David Beatson (former producer, TVNZ); Lorraine Isaacs (former chair, NZ On Air); Paul Norris (Head, NZ Broadcasting School, CPIT); Colin Peacock (Radio NZ National, formerly with the BBC World Service) and Dr Erika Pearson (Lecturer, Media, Film & Communication, University of Otago). 3 August 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – The Future of Preaching (69.99 MB)
Thursday, 2 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “The Future of Preaching”. 2 August 2012.

CTPI: The Unexamined Society? Reflections on Doing Public Theology in New Zealand (50.33 MB)
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Professor Andrew Bradstock, Howard Paterson Chair of Theology and Public Issues and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, presents an open lecture on the topic of “The Unexamined Society? Reflections on Doing Public Theology in New Zealand.” 18 July 2012.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2012: Rev Dr Wiliam Willimon – The Politics of the Church (70.18 MB)
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture two of the 2012 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by the Reverend Dr William Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Alabama, this presentation covers the topic “The Politics of the Church”. 1 August 2012.

CTPI: Public Square: A Public Conversation with Rev Peter Beck (65.19 MB)
Thursday, 26 July 2012
A Public Conversation with Rev Peter Beck - Christchurch City Councillor and former Dean of Christ Church Cathedral. In the aftermath of the city's quakes, Peter Beck was seen by many as the 'public face' of Christchurch. In 2011 he resigned as Dean and stood - successfully - for the city council. Professor Andrew Bradstock, Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, talks with Peter about the events of the past 18 months, his transition from Dean to councillor, Christchurch's present and future, and more. 16 May 2012.

CSAFE and CTPI: Public Square – Climate Change: Just Sit Back and Enjoy the Grapes? (80.24 MB)
Friday, 20 July 2012
National business commentator Rod Oram, climate change scientist Dr Jim Salinger and Chief Executive of the Methodist Mission, Laura Black, discuss major ethical issues surrounding the climate change debate. Hosted jointly by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues and the Centre for Sustainability: Agriculture, Food, Energy, Environment. 11 October 2011.

CTPI: Public Square - In Good Faith? Should Government Fund Churches to Deliver Welfare - and What Would happen if They Didn’t? (85.32 MB)
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
A Panel discussion with Major Campbell Roberts (Salvation Army), Dr Nicola Atwool (Dept of Sociology, Gender and Social Work), Assoc Prof Greg Dawes (Dept of Philosophy), and Gwenda Kendrew (Divisional Manager, Anglican Care South Canterbury). 7 June 2012.

CTPI: Public Square: Aspects of Aged Care: Crisis, Costs and Compassion (89.13 MB)
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a public panel discussion with Dr Judy McGregor, Human Rights Commission, author of the report “Care Counts”, Gillian Bremner, CEO Presbyterian Support, Susan Davidson, Director Age Concern Dunedin, Dr Richard Egan, Preventive & Social Medicine, Shayne Walker, Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work. Moderated by Prof Andrew Bradstock, Centre for Theology and Public Issues. 21 June 2012.

Theology and Religion: Under the Gaze of the Stars: Japanese Buddhism and Star Mandalas (72.93 MB)
Friday, 6 July 2012
Professor Bernard Faure of Columbia University presents an open lecture on the topic of astral worship, star rituals and star mandalas in Japanese Buddhism. 12 April 2012.

IPL: Professor Murray Rae - Theology and the Pursuit of Truth (59.00 MB)
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Professor Murray Rae of the Department of Theology and Religion presents his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on the topic of “Theology and the Pursuit of Truth”. 13 October 2011.

CTPI: Public Square – A Public Conversation with Major Campbell Roberts (68.94 MB)
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Major Campbell Roberts is the creator and National Director of The Salvation Army’s social policy and parliamentary unit. Here he is in conversation with Professor Murray Rae, Head of the Department of Theology and Religion. 26 June 2012.

Public Square: Lessons from the Breivik trial, May 2012 (87.15 MB)
Monday, 25 June 2012
‘Creative Responses to Extremism: Lessons from the Breivik trial’ Panel: Professor Birgit Brock-Utne (Norway), Professor Kevin Clements, Associate Professor Richard Jackson Chair: Professor Andrew Bradstock, May 10, 2012

CTPI: Public Square, Euthanasia - Questions, April 2012 (55.38 MB)
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
‘Euthanasia and assisted suicide: A discussion we need to have’ Panel: Professor Sean Davison, Hon. Maryan Street, MP, Professor Grant Gillett, John Kleinsman, Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan Chair: Professor Paul Trebilco. This event includes the presentation of a research paper on attitudes towards euthanasia in New Zealand by Thomas Noakes-Duncan.

CTPI: Public Square, Euthanasia - Panel, April 2012 (96.33 MB)
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
‘Euthanasia and assisted suicide: A discussion we need to have’ Panel: Professor Sean Davison, Hon. Maryan Street, MP, Professor Grant Gillett, John Kleinsman, Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan Chair: Professor Paul Trebilco. This event includes the presentation of a research paper on attitudes towards euthanasia in New Zealand by Thomas Noakes-Duncan.

CTPI: Public Square, Secularism, April 2012 (85.87 MB)
Monday, 7 May 2012
We Don't 'Do' God: Secularism and the NZ State. Panel: Rev Dr Lynne Baab, Glyn Carpenter, Dr Bryce Edwards, Assoc Prof John Stenhouse.

CTPI: Public Square, Vulnerable Children, February 2012 (94.49 MB)
Thursday, 5 April 2012
'Our Vulnerable Children' - a public forum exploring responses to the Government's Green Paper 'Every child thrives, belongs, achieves. Panel: Chris Trotter, Professor Mark Henaghan, Jenny Munro, Dr Pauline Gulliver.

CTPI: Public Square, Asset Sales, February 2012 (127.16 MB)
Thursday, 22 March 2012
'If you were Prime Minister, would you sell New Zealand's assets?', February 2012. A public forum in which expert witnesses present their views on the issue to an equally-informed and distinguished panel. Witnesses: Dr Geoff Bertram; Gillain Bremner; Stuart McLauchlan; Professor Robert Patman. Panel: Jacqui Dean, MP; Professor Paul Hansen; Hon. Peter Hodgson; Chris Trotter; Metiria Turei, MP.

CTPI: Public Square, December 2011 (86.20 MB)
Thursday, 12 January 2012
'The Public Square' is a public forum organised and hosted by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues where a panel of experts discuss current affairs. December 2011. The panelists this time are: Clare Curran; Shane Gallagher; Janine Hayward; and Michael Woodhouse.

CTPI: Public Square, November 2011 (68.79 MB)
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
'The Public Square' is a public forum organised and hosted by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues where a panel of experts discuss current affairs. November 2011. The panelists this time are: Chris Laidlaw; Bishop Victoria Matthews; Prof Robert Patman; and Anne Stevens.

CTPI: Crouch, Touch, Pause, Sponsor: Rugby – Game, Product, Religion? (84.79 MB)
Monday, 7 November 2011
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents a panel discussion on the topic of “Crouch, Touch, Pause, Sponsor: Rugby – Game, Product, Religion?” Panellists include Chris Laidlaw – Rhodes Scholar and former All Black and MP; Professor Steve Jackson of the Department of Physical Education at the University of Otago; and Rev. Dr. Kevin Ward, an expert in the field of sport and spirituality. 7 November 2011.

On Shaky Ground - earthquakes and their consequences (120.41 MB)
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Public forum held 31 May, 2011. Rev Dr Peter Carrell (Director of Education, Theology House, Diocese of Christchurch), Karen Clements (Area Manager, Red Cross Otago), Dr Andrew Gorman (Department of Geology, University of Otago), Sarah Hexamer (Co-ordinator, Neighbourhood Support Otago), Dr Caroline Orchiston (School of Business, University of Otago), Sue Russell (Executive Officer, Council of Social Services, Dunedin)

Winter Lecture Series - 2010: Using 'god-talk' in a secular society - time for a new conversation on public issues? (64.41 MB)
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
As a secular society in New Zealand, do we exclude religious voices from the ‘public square’? Professor Bradstock argues that a new type of public discourse is necessary as we seek solutions to the serious issues we face today. He highlights three of these issues – soaring prison numbers, the gap between rich and poor, and the threat to the environment. Given on September 16, 2010.

A Conversation with Jim Wallis (76.28 MB)
Friday, 26 November 2010
Professor Andrew Bradstock, Theology and Religion talks to Jim Wallis about faith, ethics and public life. Sept 28, 2010.

Howard Paterson Memorial Lecture: 2010 (64.40 MB)
Friday, 26 November 2010
Jim Wallis, best-selling author, public theologian, international speaker and one of President Barack Obama's key advisers on religious and ethical issues, delivered the first Howard Paterson Memorial Lecture in Public Theology at Dunedin's historic First Church. Lecture given Sept 28, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 1 - 'Biblical Traditions of Liberation': Introducing Deliverance Politics (62.50 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 2 - 'The Only Parallel': The Puritan Revolution as England's Exodus (57.74 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 5 - 'When Israel was in Egyptland': Black Christianity against Slavery (56.49 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 4 - 'Yours for the Jubilee': The Prophetic Religion of the Abolitionists (62.22 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 3 - 'God's Favourite People': 1688 and 1776 (56.20 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture 6 - 'I have Seen the Promised Land': Visions of Deliverance in Black and White (51.89 MB)
Friday, 1 October 2010
Professor John Coffey, who is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester, UK, presents the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures for 2010. His theme: ‘Let my people go’: Exodus and Deliverance from Calvin to Obama. Lectures given August, 2010.

IPL: Public Theology? No thanks, I'll stick with the normal kind (61.35 MB)
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Professor Andrew Bradstock, Howard Patterson professor of Theology and Public Issues, Inaugural Professorial Lecture, given on June 2, 2010.

A conversation with Rod Oram (72.14 MB)
Thursday, 3 December 2009
A conversation with Rod Oram - one of NZ's leading commentators on economic affairs. Rod Oram and Professor Andrew Bradstock of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues discuss the current economic recession and the possibilities for going forward. Held 18 September, 2009.

CTPI: In Conversation with Jeanette Fitzsimons (34.34 MB)
Friday, 9 October 2009
The Centre for Theology and Public Issues presents “In Conversation with Jeanette Fitzsimons”. Jeanette is a former lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Auckland, and served as a Member of Parliament from 1995 – 2010, including a period as Green Party co-leader from 1995 - 2009. 9 October 2009.

IPL: The Worlds of World Religions: Manichaeism in Roman Egypt and Medieval China (68.27 MB)
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Professor Majella Franzmann, Pro Vice Chancellor for Humanities, Inaugural Professorial Lecture, given on October 8, 2008.