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Dr Andrew Shepherd

Andrew Shepherd 2020 imageLecturer – Theology and Public Issues
BA(VUW), BD(Melbourne College of Divinity), PhD(Otago)

Wellington Anglican Centre / Te Whanganui-a-Tara
Mob +64 27 602 3500
Email andrew.shepherd@otago.ac.nz

Dr Andrew Shepherd is a Lecturer in Theology and Public Issues. His working life has alternated between academic teaching roles and leadership responsibilities in Christian and non-profit organisations. After his initial degree in English Literature and History he completed post-graduate studies in theology. His doctoral thesis offered a theological ethic of hospitality in conversation with French philosophers, Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida.

Teaching

  • CHTH224 Theology and the Environment
  • CHTH324 Theology and the Environment (Advanced)
  • CHTH231 Christianity, War and Violence
  • CHTH331 Christianity, War and Violence (Advanced)
  • CHTH320 Public Theology and Social Justice
  • CHTH420 Public Theology and Social Justice (Advanced)

Preferred areas of supervision

I am available to supervise in any of the areas listed under Main Research Interests below and open to considering supervising or co-supervising any research project around the broad areas of Christian social ethics, ecological theology, and/or political theology.

Main research interests

  • Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics
  • The Ethics and Practice of Hospitality
  • Theology and Phenomenology
  • Theology and Economics
  • Peace Theology
  • Contemporary theologies of social transformation – including social movements and neo-monasticism

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Publications

Shepherd, A. (2020). Facing, naming and engaging violence: Reading Mark 5:1-20 in a military-digital complex age. Zadok Papers, S249, 2-10. doi: 10.3316/informit.597522140934410

Shepherd, A. (2020). COVID-19: An invitation to ecological repentance? Stimulus, 27(2), 12-18. Retrieved from https://hail.to/laidlaw-college/publication/1tI5uq8/article/DbwFVdI

Shepherd, A. (2020). Creaturely theology. Word & World, 8, 17-22. Retrieved from https://ifesworld.org/journal

Shepherd, A. (2019). Being "rich towards God" in the Capitalocene: An ecological/economic reading of Luke 12.13-34. Bible Translator, 70(3), 240-260. doi: 10.1177/2051677019882979

Shepherd, A. (2014). The gift of the other: Levinas, Derrida, and a theology of hospitality. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 264p.

Other Research Output

Shepherd, A. (2020, May). After revelations of abuse, what becomes of Jean Vanier's legacy? [Opinion]. ABC Religion & Ethics. Retrieved from https://www.abc.net.au/religion/after-revelations-of-abuse-what-remains-of-legacy-of-jean-vanier/12236544

Shepherd, A. (2020, August). "You have searched me & know me": Surrendering our freedom through surveillance Movement Online Blog, Anglican Diocese of Wellington. Retrieved from https://movementonline.org.nz/blog/11e0mwocbwsm5ywd7lcny3z0rnysvm

Shepherd, A. (2020, July). The housing crisis & Christian responsibility Movement Online Blog, Anglican Diocese of Wellington. Retrieved from https://movementonline.org.nz/blog/the-housing-crisis-amp-christian-responsibility

Shepherd, A. (2019, 5 February). Creation and hope. Otago Access Radio, Community or Chaos with Marvin Hubbard. Retrieved from https://accessmedia.nz/Player.aspx?eid=f8b964f9-8b77-4999-a4fc-ea16a9364886

Shepherd, A. (2019, September). Commodification of the world and self: Freedom to flourish in the Anthropocene. Thought Matters, Booth College of Mission, Wellington, New Zealand. [Research Presentation].

Shepherd, A. (2018). Rich living: Food. A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand. Retrieved from https://www.arocha.org.nz/rich-living-booklets/

Shepherd, A. (2018, November). Shopping till collapse: Gifts and gratitude in a culture of over-consumption. A Rocha Blog. Retrieved from https://blog.arocha.org/en/shopping-till-collapse-gifts-and-gratitude-in-a-culture-of-over-consumption/

Shepherd, A. (2017). Rich living: Water. A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand. Retrieved from https://www.arocha.org.nz/rich-living-booklets/

Shepherd, A. (2017). Rich living: Climate change. A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand. Retrieved from https://www.arocha.org.nz/rich-living-booklets/

Shepherd, A. (2011). 2011 NZ general election: Issues & discussion papers. Centre for Theology & Public Issues, University of Otago. Retrieved from https://www.otago.ac.nz/ctpi/resources/otago023959.html. [Other Research Output].

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Authored Book - Research

Shepherd, A. (2014). The gift of the other: Levinas, Derrida, and a theology of hospitality. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 264p.

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Edited Book - Research

Hoggard Creegan, N., & Shepherd, A. (Eds.). (2018). Creation and hope: Reflections on ecological anticipation and action from Aotearoa New Zealand. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 230p.

Hoggard Creegan, N., & Shepherd, A. (Eds.). (2013). Taking rational trouble over the mysteries: Reactions to atheism. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 258p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Shepherd, A. (2018). Spirit, seabirds, & sacramentality: Ponderings on petrels and pneumatology. In N. Hoggard Creegan & A. Shepherd (Eds.), Creation and hope: Reflections on ecological anticipation and action from Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 44-61). Eugene, OR: Pickwick.

Shepherd, A. (2018). Restoring Karioi: Ecology, community and the practice of peace. In G. Troughton & P. Fountain (Eds.), Pursuing peace in Godzone: Christianity and the peace tradition in New Zealand. (pp. 178-193). Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press.

Shepherd, A. (2016). Being grounded, taking flight: Reflections on petrels and pneumatology. In N. Darragh (Ed.), Living in the planet Earth: Faith communities and ecology. (pp. 103-110). Auckland, New Zealand: Accent.

Shepherd, A. (2016). Restoring a mountain, reconciling communities: A Rocha in Aotearoa New Zealand. In C. Bell & R. S. White (Eds.), Creation care and the gospel: Reconsidering the mission of the church. (pp. 234-237). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson.

Shepherd, A. (2013). Face to face with violence: Hitchens & religion, hospitality, and peace-building. In N. Hoggard Creegan & A. Shepherd (Eds.), Taking rational trouble over the mysteries: Reactions to atheism. (pp. 23-46). Eugene, OR: Pickwick.

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Journal - Research Article

Shepherd, A. (2020). Facing, naming and engaging violence: Reading Mark 5:1-20 in a military-digital complex age. Zadok Papers, S249, 2-10. doi: 10.3316/informit.597522140934410

Shepherd, A. (2020). COVID-19: An invitation to ecological repentance? Stimulus, 27(2), 12-18. Retrieved from https://hail.to/laidlaw-college/publication/1tI5uq8/article/DbwFVdI

Shepherd, A. (2020). Creaturely theology. Word & World, 8, 17-22. Retrieved from https://ifesworld.org/journal

Shepherd, A. (2019). Being "rich towards God" in the Capitalocene: An ecological/economic reading of Luke 12.13-34. Bible Translator, 70(3), 240-260. doi: 10.1177/2051677019882979

Shepherd, A. (2010). Creation and Christology: The ecological crisis and eschatological ethics. Stimulus, 18(4), 51-57.

Shepherd, A. (2007). Arks and spaceships: Children's stories, political visions, and the environmental crisis. Stimulus, 15(4), 52-58.

Shepherd, A. (2007). The 'other', the 'gift', and 'priesthood': Zizioulas' eucharistic and eschatological theology of creation. Stimulus, 15(4), 3-8.

Shepherd, A. (2006). An Algerian and Aotearoa: Global aliens and strangers and the ethic of hospitality. South Pacific Journal of Mission Studies, 35, 4-11.

Shepherd, A. (2003). Evangelicals and development: Reclaiming a comprehensive vision of mission; reinterpreting "development". Stimulus, 11(3), 2-7.

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Journal - Research Other

Shepherd, A. (2014). [Review of the book Animal suffering and the problem of evil]. Stimulus, 21(1), 60-62. [Book Review].

Shepherd, A. (2013). Forecasting the future: Credit, debt and perfect storms. Stimulus, 20(1), 2-3. [Editorial].

Shepherd, A. (2008). [Review of the book Beyond homelessness: Christian faith in a culture of displacement]. Stimulus, 16(4), 44-45. [Book Review].

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Shepherd, A. (2020). Neoliberal 'choice' not grounded in humanity. Otago Daily Times, (16 October). Retrieved from https://www.odt.co.nz/news/decision-2020/neoliberal-%E2%80%98choice%E2%80%99-not-grounded-humanity

Shepherd, A. (2017). Imagination & the Bible: Learning from neuroscience. SUNZ Adventure, (May), 12-13.

Shepherd, A. (2016). Integral mission. Intermission!, 27. Retrieved from http://www.nzcms.org.nz/integral-mission-safeguarding-the-integrity-of-creation-issue-27/

Shepherd, A. (2015). Light for the path. SUNZ Adventure, (December), 25.

Shepherd, A. (2015). Bringing the Bible to youth. SUNZ Adventure, (September), 19.

Shepherd, A. (2013). Crisis and the community of creation. Refresh, 12(1), 3-8.

Shepherd, A. (2012). The ecological crisis: A Christian response. Spanz, (52), 2.

Shepherd, A. (2012). A walk in the garden: Wooed by the Creator. Refresh, 11(1), 19-24.

Shepherd, A. (2008). A spirituality of home-making in a property-dealing world. Refresh, 8(2), 21-24.

Shepherd, A. (2008). God is communion: A spirituality of being. Refresh, 8(1), 21-25.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Shepherd, A. (2020, November-December). The doctrine of creation: Justice and joy. Verbal presentation at the Joint Conference of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Biblical Studies (ANZABS) & the Systematic Theology Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (STAANZ), Christchurch, New Zealand.

Shepherd, A. (2019, June). A theology and practices of creation care for the 21st century. Verbal presentation at the Christ, the Cross, and Creation Care Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Shepherd, A. (2017, October). Facing fear, harnessing hope. Plenary presentation at the Beyond Blame: Christianity and the Future of Creation Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Shepherd, A. (2017, September-October). Mirrors, screen and photographs: Facing the 'Other' in an 'Age of Terror'. Keynote presentation at the Thought Matters Conference: Hospitality: Engaging the Other, Upper Hutt, New Zealand.

Shepherd, A. (2016, January). Taking flight, being grounded: Theological reflections on petrels and pneumatology. Verbal presentation at the Ecology and Hope Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Shepherd, A. (2015, November). Facing the Other. Verbal presentation at the "Peace, not war, shall be out boast": Historical, Theological and Contemporary Perspectives on Peace and Christianity in New Zealand Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Shepherd, A. (2014, November). How do we understand the evil that led to the huge death toll? How can we be empowered to live peacefully together? Verbal presentation at the World War I Study Day: How Shall We Remember Them? Auckland, New Zealand.

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