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Dr Lynne Taylor

Photo of Lynne TaylorBSc (Canterbury) BA (Hons) (Canterbury) PhD (Flinders)

Room: 4S5, Arts Building
Tel +64 3 479 5358
Email lynne.taylor@otago.ac.nz

Lynne Taylor is Jack Somerville Lecturer in Pastoral Theology. She has published on faith formation; the role local churches can play in the wellbeing of older adults; and denominational trends. Her PhD explored the conversion experiences of previously unchurched Australians. As well as working part-time for Otago University, Lynne is co-leader of Student Soul (a student congregation) and continues to engage in congregational and denominational research.

Lynne teaches papers in the areas of chaplaincy, pastoral care and contemporary Christian witness.

Teaching

Current Perspectives on Pastoral Care

Christian Witness in a Secular World

Christianity, Society and Ministry

Chaplaincy Studies

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:

  • Faith formation
  • Spirituality and wellbeing
  • Congregational studies
  • Pastoral transitions

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Current Postgraduate Students

  1. Jessica Bent
  2. David Bosma
  3. Hyeong Kim

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Publications

Taylor, L. (2019). Our doing becomes us: Performativity, spiritual practices and becoming Christian. Practical Theology. Advance online publication. 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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1756073X.2019.1610853

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

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.

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. (2019). Our doing becomes us: Performativity, spiritual practices and becoming Christian. Practical Theology. Advance online publication. 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. Advance online publication. 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 - 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, 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. (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, 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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