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Department of Theology news and events

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Bioethics and Christian Theology (CHTH217/317)

A course on Bioethics and Christian Theology (CHTH217/317) is being offered in Summer School (8 Jan- 22 Feb 2018) by the Department of Theology and Religion and the Bioethics Centre, University of Otago.

This inter-disciplinary paper offers the opportunity to discuss a range of contemporary bioethical issues from the standpoint of Christian Theology, and to bring the approaches of secular Bioethics and Christian Theology into dialogue. It will address crucial issues facing our society today.

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

For more info download this flyer or Click on the paper code CHTH217
To enrol go to the Summer School webpage

Commemorating the Reformation 2017

The Department of Theology and Religion are hosting a series of Public Lecture and Seminars to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Visit the reformation webpage for more information on these events, or download the series poster.
Recordings of the lectures are available on the Theology Resources webpage.

Department of Theology and Religion wins Postgraduate Research Culture Excellence Award

The Department of Theology and Religion won the inaugural Cup for Excellence in Postgraduate Culture in a Large Department. The Cup was presented to Associate Professor Will Sweetman (HoD) at the Vice-Chancellor's Garden Party.

The purpose of the annual University of Otago Postgraduate Research Culture Excellence Award is to recognise and celebrate positive, creative, supportive and vibrant research communities developed by departments.

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The Head of Theology and Religion Associate Professor Will Sweetman and the Director of the Centre for Sustainability (CSAFE) Dr Janet Stephenson accept University of Otago Postgraduate Research Culture Excellence awards on behalf of their Departments. They won Best Large Department and Best Small Department respectively.

2017 Faith Thinking events

The vision? To offer a range of courses that give in-depth teaching on various subjects, in order to help Christians love God with all of their minds. These subjects include New Testament, Old Testament, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, and Church History. Each course will be taught by someone with expertise in that subject area – either by a university lecturer (predominantly from the Department of Theology and Religion), or a church leader.

2017 Faith Thinking Registration Form

Semester One

Islam and Christianity
Dr Adam Dodds, Senior Pastor, Elim Church
7:00-9:00pm, Monday May 8, 15 & 22
Elim Church Conference Room

The Psalms and the Life of Faith
Revd Dr James Harding, Department of Theology and Religion
7:00-9:00pm, Friday June 2 and 9:00am-12:30pm, Saturday June 3
530 Castle Street Seminar Room, University of Otago

Healing, Journeying, Seeing: How Augustine Helps Us Understand Christian Formation
Revd Jono Ryan, Minister, Highgate Presbyterian Church and PhD candidate, Department of Theology and Religion
7:00-9:00pm Friday July 14 and 9:00-12:30pm, Saturday July 15
St David's Seminar Room 1, University of Otago

Semester Two

Who Is Jesus Really?
Revd Associate Professor Chris Holmes, Department of Theology and Religion
7:00-9:00pm, Monday July 24, 31 & August 7
Burns 7 (Albany Street), University of Otago

A "Taster" Course in New Testament Greek
Dr Katie Marcar, Department of Theology and Religion
7:00-9:00pm, Wednesday August 16, 23 & 30
Burns 5 (Albany Street), University of Otago

Understanding the Book of Revelation
Professor Paul Trebilco, Department of Theology and Religion
7:00-9:00pm, Wednesday September 6, 13 & 20
Elim Church Conference Room, 67 Harrow Street

The Protestant Reformation and the Breaking of the Western Church
Associate Professor Tim Cooper, Department of Theology and Religion
7:00-9:00pm Friday October 27 and 9:00-12:30pm, Saturday October 28
DCBC Church, 19 Main South Road, Concord

Faith Thinking events will also be held in Invercargill. Visit the Faith Thinking webpage for more details.

New Teaching Fellow

Katie MarcarWe are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Katie Marcar as Teaching Fellow in Biblical Languages in the Department of Theology and Religion, which is a new, permanent position within the Department. Katie will be teaching our Hebrew and New Testament Greek papers. She takes up her role on 1 February 2017.

Katie has a PhD in New Testament from Durham University where she was supervised by Professor Lutz Doering, Professor Francis Watson and Dr Jane Heath. Katie’s thesis was entitled Begotten Anew: Divine Regeneration and Christian Identity in 1 Peter. She has also studied at Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities in the UK and at Eastern University in the US.

While at Durham University Katie received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Theology and Religion. She also completed the Durham University Learning and Teaching Award and became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom.

Katie has been teaching papers in both Hebrew and New Testament Greek for the Department this year, and has also been a Distance Learning Tutor for Laidlaw College. Students have been very enthusiastic about Katie’s teaching and about her commitment and creativity as a teacher. We’re sure they will be equally enthusiastic in the future.

Burns Lectures 2016

The 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture Series was presented by Professor Choon-Leong Seow (Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible, Vanderbilt Divinity School) on "The Story of Job: A Contested Classic". Listen to the recording of the lectures.