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Enrol now for the second semester

Enrolments are now open for second semester papers.

List of second semester papers.

Open lecture

The Challenge of Christian Animal Ethics: What does Christian faith mean for how we treat animals, especially in our use of them for food

Professor David Clough, Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Chester

Burns 1 Lecture Theatre
Wednesday 12 June
5:15-6:30pm

Faith Thinking short courses

* Faith Thinking is a joint venture between the Theology programme and a number of Dunedin churches. It is supported by Otago Continuing Education.

Finding Faith in”Secular” Times: What can we learn about Christian witness from the experiences of recent converts to Christianity?

Dr Lynne Taylor, Somerville Lecturer in Pastoral Theology, Theology Programme, University of Otago

Please note: This event has been postponed due to illness. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

Friday 26 July, 7-9pm and Saturday 27 July, 9.00am-12.30
Dunedin City Baptist Church, 19 Main S Rd, Concord, Dunedin

Is God Green - and what about us? An exploration of human responsibility in the care of the Earth

Rev Dr Selwyn Yeoman, Presbyterian Minister

Thursdays 8, 15, 22 Aug, 7.00-9.00pm
Burns 7 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, University of Otago, Albany Street

Going Deeper into the Acts of the Apostles

Dr Deborah Bower, Director, SoulScape

Friday 6 September, 7:00pm – 9:00pm and
Saturday 7 September, 9:00am-12.30pm
Elim Church, 67 Harrow Street, Dunedin

Course costs

Each course costs $20.

Please register online.

New Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Faith-Based Leadership and Management announced

In 2019, we launched a Postgraduate Diploma in Faith-Based Leadership and a Master of Faith-Based Leadership and Management.

More information.

News stories

Otago academics urge churches to help stop violence against women in Samoa

Tuesday, 4 June 2019 12:40pm

With elements in their nation’s social, cultural and religious systems stacked against them, Samoan women still experience high rates of violence.

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Two new reports from the Centre for Theology and Public Issues

Thursday, 4 April 2019 1:51pm

One report covers how faith-based organisations can contribute to social change, and the other covers an historical and theological framework for reconciliation between mana whenua and later settlers in the Tauranga district.

Book award

Congratulations to Professor Murray Rae for winning the 2018 Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Book Award for his book Architecture and Theology: The Art of Place, Baylor University Press (2017)

Press Release

Otago Bulletin article


Department of Theology and Religion wins the 2016 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.