#AbundantJustice18
Speakers, Facilitators, Moderators & Artists

 

 
  GLENN LOUGHREY   " Yuwin ngadhi Glenn Loughrey Dyiramadilinya badhu Wiradjuri. (My name is  Glenn Loughrey  and I am proud to be a Wiradjuri man.)     Glenn is a priest at St. Oswald's Anglican Church, Glen Iris and a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council.   He is an artist who fuses Indigenous art styles with Western forms of storytelling. He was a finalist in the 2017 Doug Moran Portrait Prize and has had solo exhibitions in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.    His art expresses his journey into the story of his family and his mob and reflects the interaction between the dominant culture and the oldest living culture on the planet.  It explores the impact of that interaction from the Indigenous point of view and its purpose is to engage, challenge and initiate action leading to unification and reconciliation.   

GLENN LOUGHREY

"Yuwin ngadhi Glenn Loughrey Dyiramadilinya badhu Wiradjuri. (My name is Glenn Loughrey and I am proud to be a Wiradjuri man.) 
 
Glenn is a priest at St. Oswald's Anglican Church, Glen Iris and a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council.
 
He is an artist who fuses Indigenous art styles with Western forms of storytelling. He was a finalist in the 2017 Doug Moran Portrait Prize and has had solo exhibitions in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. 
 
His art expresses his journey into the story of his family and his mob and reflects the interaction between the dominant culture and the oldest living culture on the planet.  It explores the impact of that interaction from the Indigenous point of view and its purpose is to engage, challenge and initiate action leading to unification and reconciliation.

 

  MICHAEL LEUNIG     Michael Leunig  is an Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet. His commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans more than forty years and has often explored the idea of an innocent ad sacred personal world. The fragile ecosystem of human nature and its relationship to the wider natural world is a related and recurrent theme.  His newspaper work appears regularly in the Melbourne Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. He describes his approach as regressive, humorous, messy, mystical, primal and vaudevillian - producing work which is open to many interpretations and has been widely adapted in education, music, theatre, psychotherapy and spiritual life.

MICHAEL LEUNIG

Michael Leunig is an Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet. His commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans more than forty years and has often explored the idea of an innocent ad sacred personal world. The fragile ecosystem of human nature and its relationship to the wider natural world is a related and recurrent theme.

His newspaper work appears regularly in the Melbourne Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. He describes his approach as regressive, humorous, messy, mystical, primal and vaudevillian - producing work which is open to many interpretations and has been widely adapted in education, music, theatre, psychotherapy and spiritual life.

  SARAH BACHELARD   The Rev’d Dr Sarah Bachelard, is the founding director of  Benedictus Contemplative Church , an ecumenical community based in Canberra, Australia.  A theologian, retreat leader and priest in Anglican Orders, Sarah is a member of the World Community for Christian Meditation and an honorary research fellow at the Australian Catholic University.  She has led retreats and taught contemplative prayer in Australia and internationally, and is the author of  Experiencing God in a Time of Crisis and Resurrection and Moral Imagination .

SARAH BACHELARD

The Rev’d Dr Sarah Bachelard, is the founding director of Benedictus Contemplative Church, an ecumenical community based in Canberra, Australia.

A theologian, retreat leader and priest in Anglican Orders, Sarah is a member of the World Community for Christian Meditation and an honorary research fellow at the Australian Catholic University.

She has led retreats and taught contemplative prayer in Australia and internationally, and is the author of Experiencing God in a Time of Crisis and Resurrection and Moral Imagination.

  PIRATE CHURCH!    Pirate Church  is what happens when a seminary drop-out and a cynical priest decide to create an evening of comedy about religion. And pirates. A loving satire about the wacky world of religion, and Christianity in particular, the catch is that it's being done by two people who are themselves believers. Pirate Church has appeared at FringeWorld Festival, Beyond Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The Pirates:   Werzel Montague  ‘The King of Perth Comedy’. Like Tony Abbott, Werzel dropped out of training for the priesthood to pursue another calling. Unlike Mr Abbott, he avoids wearing speedos in public.   Chris Bedding  Improvisor, stand-up comedian, activist, musician and expert at sleeping-in. In his spare time, he is Rector of a parish in the Perth Hills.

PIRATE CHURCH!

Pirate Church is what happens when a seminary drop-out and a cynical priest decide to create an evening of comedy about religion. And pirates. A loving satire about the wacky world of religion, and Christianity in particular, the catch is that it's being done by two people who are themselves believers. Pirate Church has appeared at FringeWorld Festival, Beyond Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The Pirates:

Werzel Montague ‘The King of Perth Comedy’. Like Tony Abbott, Werzel dropped out of training for the priesthood to pursue another calling. Unlike Mr Abbott, he avoids wearing speedos in public.

Chris Bedding Improvisor, stand-up comedian, activist, musician and expert at sleeping-in. In his spare time, he is Rector of a parish in the Perth Hills.

  MATTHEW ANSTEY   The Rev'd Assoc Prof Matthew Anstey is Director of Higher Degree Research, Alphacrucis College, Research Fellow, Public and Contextual Theology Strategic Research Centre, Charles Sturt University & Visiting Research Fellow (Linguistics), The University of Adelaide.  Matthew is a leading international scholar in the area of Biblical Hebrew language and literature, though his interests also extend to Christian life and doctrine. He co-edited the recently published book, Flourishing in Faith: Theology encountering Positive Psychology (Wipf and Stock 2017), which includes a chapter of an interview Matthew did with Professor Shane Clifton on disability, theology and human flourishing, in addition to his own chapter on Genesis 1, entitled ‘The Creation of Wellbeing and the Wellbeing of Creation’.

MATTHEW ANSTEY

The Rev'd Assoc Prof Matthew Anstey is Director of Higher Degree Research, Alphacrucis College, Research Fellow, Public and Contextual Theology Strategic Research Centre, Charles Sturt University & Visiting Research Fellow (Linguistics), The University of Adelaide.

Matthew is a leading international scholar in the area of Biblical Hebrew language and literature, though his interests also extend to Christian life and doctrine. He co-edited the recently published book, Flourishing in Faith: Theology encountering Positive Psychology (Wipf and Stock 2017), which includes a chapter of an interview Matthew did with Professor Shane Clifton on disability, theology and human flourishing, in addition to his own chapter on Genesis 1, entitled ‘The Creation of Wellbeing and the Wellbeing of Creation’.

  DI LANGHAM   Di Langham’s tradition is Boandik (South Australian Mount Gambier). She has lived most of her life in Darkinjung and Wanaruah lands in the Hunter and Central Coast.  She comes from a teaching background and is an Anglican priest and chaplain at Cessnock Correctional Centre. Di is a Seasons for Growth facilitator and also for reflection times on loss and grief for inmates and community.  Wherever possible her programmes are indigenous friendly.

DI LANGHAM

Di Langham’s tradition is Boandik (South Australian Mount Gambier). She has lived most of her life in Darkinjung and Wanaruah lands in the Hunter and Central Coast.

She comes from a teaching background and is an Anglican priest and chaplain at Cessnock Correctional Centre. Di is a Seasons for Growth facilitator and also for reflection times on loss and grief for inmates and community.

Wherever possible her programmes are indigenous friendly.

  PETER KLINE   Dr Peter Kline is the academic dean and lecturer in systematic theology at St Francis Theological College in Brisbane.  His research focuses on negative/apophatic theology and he recently released the book Passion for Nothing: Kierkegaard’s Apophatic Theology.   Peter is also an artist, and his work can be found at:  www.peterklineart.virb.com    

PETER KLINE

Dr Peter Kline is the academic dean and lecturer in systematic theology at St Francis Theological College in Brisbane.

His research focuses on negative/apophatic theology and he recently released the book Passion for Nothing: Kierkegaard’s Apophatic Theology. 

Peter is also an artist, and his work can be found at: www.peterklineart.virb.com   

  VICTOR JOSEPH   The Rev'd Victor Joseph is principal of Wontulp-Bi-Buya College in Cairns. The main purpose of Wontulp-Bi-Buya College is to support the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander church and community leaders through study programs leading to awards in theology, suicide prevention, addictions management & community development.  He moved from Moa Island in the Torres Straits to become the Principal of the College in March, 2008.

VICTOR JOSEPH

The Rev'd Victor Joseph is principal of Wontulp-Bi-Buya College in Cairns. The main purpose of Wontulp-Bi-Buya College is to support the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander church and community leaders through study programs leading to awards in theology, suicide prevention, addictions management & community development.

He moved from Moa Island in the Torres Straits to become the Principal of the College in March, 2008.

  JAZMINE DOW   Rev Jasmine Dow is the newly appointed Community Chaplain/Missioner at St Francis Theological College in Brisbane where she and her family are exploring intentional community living.  Jasmine is the key organiser of  Just Disciples:  A Day For Young Anglicans and continues to serve with the Anglican Board of Mission.   

JAZMINE DOW

Rev Jasmine Dow is the newly appointed Community Chaplain/Missioner at St Francis Theological College in Brisbane where she and her family are exploring intentional community living.

Jasmine is the key organiser of Just Disciples: A Day For Young Anglicans and continues to serve with the Anglican Board of Mission.

 

  JOHN CARROLL    John Carroll  is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He has degrees in mathematics, economics and sociology from the universities of Melbourne and Cambridge. His work focuses on culture, and its crucial role in the human search for meaning, with particular reference to the modern Western society.  His books include  The Wreck of Western Culture—Humanism Revisited, The Existential Jesus, and "Ego and Soul—the Modern West in Search of Meaning". 

JOHN CARROLL

John Carroll is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He has degrees in mathematics, economics and sociology from the universities of Melbourne and Cambridge. His work focuses on culture, and its crucial role in the human search for meaning, with particular reference to the modern Western society.

His books include The Wreck of Western Culture—Humanism Revisited, The Existential Jesus, and "Ego and Soul—the Modern West in Search of Meaning". 

  NEIL PRESTON   Dr Neil Preston is an  Organisational Psychologist  who hails from the Roman Catholic tradition. He provides specialised consulting services to both public and private sector organisations, exploring how people interact with each other in such a way that enables or disables peak performance. His areas of interest and practice include emergent design, complex systems and transpersonal psychology.  Over 20 years as a psychologist, Neil has been fascinated with the interface between psychology and spirituality. He embraces the contemplative and mystical traditions of the Christian faith. Neil is the Coordinator of the  Centering Prayer Network in WA  and has run numerous retreats on prayer, contemplation and psychology at both state and national level.   

NEIL PRESTON

Dr Neil Preston is an Organisational Psychologist who hails from the Roman Catholic tradition. He provides specialised consulting services to both public and private sector organisations, exploring how people interact with each other in such a way that enables or disables peak performance. His areas of interest and practice include emergent design, complex systems and transpersonal psychology.

Over 20 years as a psychologist, Neil has been fascinated with the interface between psychology and spirituality. He embraces the contemplative and mystical traditions of the Christian faith. Neil is the Coordinator of the Centering Prayer Network in WA and has run numerous retreats on prayer, contemplation and psychology at both state and national level.

 

  PETER CATT   The Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt is Dean of Brisbane and St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane. Peter holds a PhD in evolutionary microbiology from the University of NSW and a BD from the Melbourne College of Divinity. His interests include Christian Formation, liturgical innovation, the interaction between science and religion, and narrative theology. He is a member of a number of environmental and human rights organisations.  Peter is the Chair of the Social Responsibilities Committee of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland and the Chair of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce. In this latter role he led the Australian Churches Sanctuary movement, which in 2016 helped prevent the removal of families seeking asylum, from Australia back to detention camps on Nauru.   

PETER CATT

The Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt is Dean of Brisbane and St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane. Peter holds a PhD in evolutionary microbiology from the University of NSW and a BD from the Melbourne College of Divinity. His interests include Christian Formation, liturgical innovation, the interaction between science and religion, and narrative theology. He is a member of a number of environmental and human rights organisations.

Peter is the Chair of the Social Responsibilities Committee of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland and the Chair of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce. In this latter role he led the Australian Churches Sanctuary movement, which in 2016 helped prevent the removal of families seeking asylum, from Australia back to detention camps on Nauru.

 

  GILLIAN MOSES   The Rev'd Gillian Moses sas been working as a school chaplain at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School for the past 4 years. Prior to that she has worked as a parish priest, research assistant, landscaper, lawyer, student and mother.  She is by nature a storyteller, as she believes we all are, and looks for the narratives that help her make sense of the world. That is why she returns to the story of God with God’s people over and over again.  Gillian is particularly interested in who gets to tell our communal stories, and whose stories are rarely heard.  

GILLIAN MOSES

The Rev'd Gillian Moses sas been working as a school chaplain at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School for the past 4 years. Prior to that she has worked as a parish priest, research assistant, landscaper, lawyer, student and mother.

She is by nature a storyteller, as she believes we all are, and looks for the narratives that help her make sense of the world. That is why she returns to the story of God with God’s people over and over again.

Gillian is particularly interested in who gets to tell our communal stories, and whose stories are rarely heard.  

  MICHAEL WOOD    Reverend Michael Wood  works in private practice as a leadership coach and facilitator of dialogic processes, helping groups to have respectful and productive conversations on complex questions.    Michael has used circle processes extensively in his own parish and chaplaincy work, as well as in many other churches, NGOs, government, education and community settings around Australia.  He is also Anglican Chaplain to the University of Western Australia.

MICHAEL WOOD

Reverend Michael Wood works in private practice as a leadership coach and facilitator of dialogic processes, helping groups to have respectful and productive conversations on complex questions.  

Michael has used circle processes extensively in his own parish and chaplaincy work, as well as in many other churches, NGOs, government, education and community settings around Australia.

He is also Anglican Chaplain to the University of Western Australia.

  KATHERINE RAINGER   Katherine Rainger has taught in schools in the ACT and Northern Territory and has also worked in youth and children's ministry. She is currently undertaking a PhD full-time in the area of Australian film and theology through Charles Sturt University.  Her other research interests include Indigenous theology, Palestinian liberation theology and the intersection of scripture and experience. Katherine is an Assistant Priest in the parish of Holy Covenant in Canberra.

KATHERINE RAINGER

Katherine Rainger has taught in schools in the ACT and Northern Territory and has also worked in youth and children's ministry. She is currently undertaking a PhD full-time in the area of Australian film and theology through Charles Sturt University.

Her other research interests include Indigenous theology, Palestinian liberation theology and the intersection of scripture and experience. Katherine is an Assistant Priest in the parish of Holy Covenant in Canberra.

  NEIL MILLAR    The Rev'd Neil Millar has worked as a youth minister, parish priest, theological educator and aged-care chaplain. These days he is supervising pastoral practitioners, facilitating practitioner-learning circles and Circle of Trust® retreats, and completing doctoral work on reflective practice at the University of Canberra.  A walker of ancient pilgrim paths, Neil relishes the feel of pack and staff, and the road stretching ahead. Neil is co-founder of Benedictus contemplative church.

NEIL MILLAR

The Rev'd Neil Millar has worked as a youth minister, parish priest, theological educator and aged-care chaplain. These days he is supervising pastoral practitioners, facilitating practitioner-learning circles and Circle of Trust® retreats, and completing doctoral work on reflective practice at the University of Canberra.

A walker of ancient pilgrim paths, Neil relishes the feel of pack and staff, and the road stretching ahead. Neil is co-founder of Benedictus contemplative church.

  BRENDON MCKEAGUE   Originally from Northern Ireland, Brendan is a long-term member of the international Pace e Bene Service in Nonviolence, the worldwide Open Space training and facilitation network and co-founded The Conflict Company. He has extensive experience in facilitation, education and consultation in group dynamics and systems theories.  Brendan has developed a way of working with people and organisations that combines his passion for nonviolent peace-building, self-organisation and emergent design. He has collaborated with leaders and teams across many sectors including schools, NGO’s, indigenous communities, churches, government and private organisations.    

BRENDON MCKEAGUE

Originally from Northern Ireland, Brendan is a long-term member of the international Pace e Bene Service in Nonviolence, the worldwide Open Space training and facilitation network and co-founded The Conflict Company. He has extensive experience in facilitation, education and consultation in group dynamics and systems theories.

Brendan has developed a way of working with people and organisations that combines his passion for nonviolent peace-building, self-organisation and emergent design. He has collaborated with leaders and teams across many sectors including schools, NGO’s, indigenous communities, churches, government and private organisations. 

 

  JANICE MCRANDAL   Currently Research Fellow of Charles Sturt University, Dr Janice McRandal has worked as a sessional lecturer with St Francis Theological College.  Previously a director of systematic theology at Trinity College Queensland, Janice has published a monograph entitled Christian Doctrine and the Grammar of Difference: a contribution to feminist systematic theology (Fortress Press, 2015) and co-edited two books, namely Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology (Fortress Press, 2016) and Whistling in the Dark: on the theology of Craig Keen (Wipf & Stock, forthcoming 2017).  Her most recent work is Contested Theology: bodies, sport, and motion (Fortress Press, 2018). Her research interests include Systematic Theology,  Feminist Theology, Gender Theory, Critical race theory, Postcolonial Criticism and Continental Theology.   

JANICE MCRANDAL

Currently Research Fellow of Charles Sturt University, Dr Janice McRandal has worked as a sessional lecturer with St Francis Theological College.

Previously a director of systematic theology at Trinity College Queensland, Janice has published a monograph entitled Christian Doctrine and the Grammar of Difference: a contribution to feminist systematic theology (Fortress Press, 2015) and co-edited two books, namely Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology (Fortress Press, 2016) and Whistling in the Dark: on the theology of Craig Keen (Wipf & Stock, forthcoming 2017).

Her most recent work is Contested Theology: bodies, sport, and motion (Fortress Press, 2018). Her research interests include Systematic Theology,  Feminist Theology, Gender Theory, Critical race theory, Postcolonial Criticism and Continental Theology.

 

  BRAD CHAPMAN   Brad Chapman is a Missioner with the Anglican Board of Mission focussing on Reconciliation, Advocacy and Education.  He has spent the last ten years working alongside and learning from Anglican church partners in the Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Brad lives in Adelaide and is a member of the Public Affairs Commission.

BRAD CHAPMAN

Brad Chapman is a Missioner with the Anglican Board of Mission focussing on Reconciliation, Advocacy and Education.

He has spent the last ten years working alongside and learning from Anglican church partners in the Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Brad lives in Adelaide and is a member of the Public Affairs Commission.

  CHARLES RINGMA   Charles Ringma has served in Indigenous Communities in WA, in urban mission in Brisbane and Vancouver, and in cross-cultural mission in Myanmar and the Philippines.  His teaching focus in Australia, Asia and Canada has been transformation theology. He is Emeritus Prof., Regent College, University of British Columbia; Hon. Assoc. Prof. in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, University of Queensland; and former theology and missions professor at Asian Theological Seminary in Manila where he continues to teach part-time.

CHARLES RINGMA

Charles Ringma has served in Indigenous Communities in WA, in urban mission in Brisbane and Vancouver, and in cross-cultural mission in Myanmar and the Philippines.

His teaching focus in Australia, Asia and Canada has been transformation theology. He is Emeritus Prof., Regent College, University of British Columbia; Hon. Assoc. Prof. in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, University of Queensland; and former theology and missions professor at Asian Theological Seminary in Manila where he continues to teach part-time.