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Dr Lynne Taylor

Lynne Taylor 2020 imageBSc(Canterbury), BA(Hons)(Canterbury), PhD(Flinders)

Room 4S1, Arts Building
Tel +64 3 479 5358
Email lynne.taylor@otago.ac.nz

Lynne Taylor is Jack Somerville Lecturer in Pastoral Theology. She holds a PhD in Theology from Flinders University of South Australia, and undergraduate degrees in Human Geography from the University of Canterbury, NZ. Prior to and in conjunction with her academic role, Lynne has worked and volunteered in pastoral ministry, and engaged in congregational and denominational research.

Lynne’s PhD explored the conversion experiences of previously unchurched Australians. Her ongoing research interests include contemporary conversion and faith formation; spirituality and well-being; loneliness; congregational studies; and research methodologies in practical theology and missiology.

She has published on spiritual practices; research methodologies for practical theology and missiology; faith formation; the role local churches can play in the well-being of older adults; and denominational trends. Lynne teaches papers in the areas of chaplaincy, pastoral care and contemporary Christian witness.

Teaching

  • PAST318 / MINS410 Pastoral Care in Dying, Grief and Loss (PDF)
  • PAST215 Christianity, Society and Ministry
  • PAST315 Christianity, Society and Ministry (Advanced)
  • PAST216 Current Perspectives on Pastoral Care
  • PAST316 Current Perspectives on Pastoral Care (Advanced)
  • PAST219 Christian Witness in a Secular World
  • PAST319 Christian Witness in a Secular World (Advanced)
  • PAST317 Chaplaincy Studies
  • MINS409 Chaplaincy Studies (Advanced)
  • MINS411 Chaplaincy in diverse contexts

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Preferred areas of supervision

I am keen to supervise in any of the areas listed under Current Research Interests below, as well as in other areas related to pastoral (or practical) theology and missiology. I also have particular skills and interest in qualitative and interdisciplinary research.

Current research

Current areas of research include:

  • Religious conversion and faith formation
  • Spirituality and well-being
  • Loneliness
  • Congregational studies (including church responses to local, national and international crises)
  • Pastoral transitions
  • Chaplaincy studies

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Current postgraduate students

  • Jessica Bent (PhD) Church Family? How Familial Language is Understood and Used within Auckland Baptist Tabernacle Church: A Case Study
  • Deborah Broome (PhD) Sociality in Augustine's City of God
  • Hyeong Kim (PhD) The Adaptation of Three Religious Dimensions in Korean Church Context in New Zealand; Believing, Behaving and Belonging

Completed postgraduate students

  • David Bosma (PhD) Finding Without Searching: A Theological Engagement with the Conversion Narratives of Young People in Canterbury, New Zealand

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Publications

Taylor, L. (2020). Making room for the missio Dei in missiological research. Mission Studies, 37(1), 52-77. doi: 10.1163/15733831-12341696

Taylor, L. (2019). Our doing becomes us: Performativity, spiritual practices and becoming Christian. Practical Theology, 12(3), 332-342. doi: 10.1080/1756073X.2019.1595317

Taylor, L. (2019). [Review of the book Redeeming transcendence in the arts: Bearing witness to the triune God]. Practical Theology, 12(3), 361-362. doi: 10.1080/1756073X.2019.1610853

Taylor, L. (2019). I am...sensing Jesus: Embodied spiritual practices drawing on Jesus' "I am" statements in John. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS) Conference: Missional Theology. (pp. 74). Retrieved from https://anzats.edu.au/

Taylor, L. (2019). Four walls, four domains and five ways: Exploring transcendence and wairua in mental health and wellbeing. Proceedings of the Spirituality and Mental Health Symposium. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/2OptcDh

Other Research Output

Taylor, T. (2017, August). Why, are unchurched people becoming Christian today? Understanding contemporary conversion and exploring some implications for congregational and chaplaincy ministries. Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Seminar].

Taylor, L. (2015, August). The role of other Christians in the conversion process: A qualitative study of conversion narratives. Uniting College & Adelaide College of Divinity, Adelaide, Australia. [Research Presentation].

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Journal - Research Article

Taylor, L. (2020). Making room for the missio Dei in missiological research. Mission Studies, 37(1), 52-77. doi: 10.1163/15733831-12341696

Taylor, L. (2019). Our doing becomes us: Performativity, spiritual practices and becoming Christian. Practical Theology, 12(3), 332-342. doi: 10.1080/1756073X.2019.1595317

Taylor, L. (2017). Toward relational authenticity: The experience of atonement in Christian conversion today. Colloquium, 49(1), 31-47.

Thompson, P., & Taylor, L. (2015). Creating genuinely pro-poor businesses, social entrepreneurs making business work for development. New Urban World Journal, 4(1), 9-22.

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Journal - Research Other

Taylor, L. (2019). [Review of the book Redeeming transcendence in the arts: Bearing witness to the triune God]. Practical Theology, 12(3), 361-362. doi: 10.1080/1756073X.2019.1610853

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Taylor, L. (2015). Life to the full: How local congregations can help older adults thrive. Proceedings of the Urban Life Together Conference: Inhabiting Our Neighborhoods. (pp. 62-71). Retrieved from https://www.urbanseed.org/publications/articles/2015/11/12/lynne-taylor-life-to-the-full-how-local-congregations-can-help-older-adults-thrive

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Taylor, L. (2019). I am...sensing Jesus: Embodied spiritual practices drawing on Jesus' "I am" statements in John. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS) Conference: Missional Theology. (pp. 74). Retrieved from https://anzats.edu.au/

Taylor, L., & Taylor, S. (2019). Praying in crisis: An empirical study of how local churches respond in gathered worship to local and international tragedy and trauma. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS) Conference: Missional Theology. (pp. 74). Retrieved from https://anzats.edu.au/

Taylor, L. (2019). Four walls, four domains and five ways: Exploring transcendence and wairua in mental health and wellbeing. Proceedings of the Spirituality and Mental Health Symposium. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/2OptcDh

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Taylor, L. (2019, June). See-Judge-Act scripture reading: What does a model born in Europe and fruitful in Latin America and Africa have to offer Aotearoa? Verbal presentation at the Trajectories in the Interpretation of Scripture Models, Issues and Prospects Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Taylor, L. (2017, July). Becoming oneself: In relation with God and others. Verbal presentation at the Australian & New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS) Conference: Kinship and Family in Contemporary Australia & New Zealand, Adelaide, Australia.

Taylor, L. (2017, July). Facilitating a sense of home for spiritual seekers. Verbal presentation at the Australian Association for Mission Studies (AAMS) Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Taylor, L. (2017, October). Faith finding today. Verbal presentation at the Bishopdale School of Theology, Nelson, New Zealand.

Taylor, L. (2017, March). Our being becomes us: Practising Ignatian spirituality and becoming Christian. Verbal presentation at the Seeing Silence Symposium: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Taylor, L. (2017, November). Transformational evangelism. Invited presentation at the Council for World Mission: Giving an Account of the Hope Within Us: Evangelism and Discipleship When Hope is Challenged, Bangkok, Thailand.

Taylor, L. (2016, August). Authentic conversion: Becoming who we are. Verbal presentation at the 14th Assembly of the International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS):Conversions and Transformations: Missiological Approaches to Religious Change, Seoul, South Korea.

Taylor, L. (2016, July). The experience of atonement in Christian conversions today. Verbal presentation at the Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS) Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Taylor, S., & Taylor, L. (2016, December). Praying in crisis: The implications for chaplains from an empirical study of how local church responds to global events. Verbal presentation at the Chaplaincy in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Development, Dialogue & Diversity: Telling Our Stories, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Taylor, L. (2015, June-July). Finding and choosing a life worth living: A qualitative study of conversion narratives. Verbal presentation at the Australian & New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS): A Life Worth Living, Sydney, Australia.

Taylor, L. (2015, April). Finding and choosing Christian faith: A qualitative study of conversion narratives. Verbal presentation at the Work Honestly in Progress (WHIP) Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

Taylor, L. (2014, October). Life to the full: How local congregations can help marginalized older adults thrive. Verbal presentation at the Australian Association for Mission Studies (AAMS) Triennial Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

Taylor, L. (2014, October). God at work: Investigating why people become Christians today. Verbal presentation at the Urban Life Together Forum: Urban Seed, Melbourne, Australia.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Taylor, L. (2017). Redeeming authenticity: An empirical study on the conversion to Christianity of previously unchurched Australians (PhD). Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. Retrieved from https://theses.flinders.edu.au/view/ecabc6f7-2c66-4ff3-916e-891d3758e266/1

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