Ecclesia and Ethics IV: Theological Interpretation for Moral Formation
Hosted by Trinity College Queensland
1-2 August 2019
This conference will be based at Trinity College Queensland in Brisbane, Australia on the evening of Thursday 1 August from 7-9pm and on Friday 2 August from 9-4pm and online (this is Wednesday July 31st and Thursday August 1st in the States, as Australia is a day ahead of the US). Ecclesia and Ethics is an international biblical studies and theology conference bringing scholars and practitioners into a global conversation.
The conference is a hybrid conference, though many papers will be given from the Brisbane location at Trinity College Queensland. Presenters and attendees will be able to participate by delivering papers and conducting Q+A through webinar software from anywhere in the world, live, in real-time.
You’ll be able to sign up as an individual, a small group, or a church. You can attend from a distance or on-site here in Brisbane, Australia. Whether you’re here on the ground, or tuning in from abroad, you’ll be able to ask questions live, in real-time, and to access all of the talks through archived links, in case you miss a presentation due to time-zones, or other commitments.
Ben Witherington III (Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary) will be presenting a paper titled, “Biblical Theology: What is it and how should it be done?”
Mark W. Elliott (Professor of Historical and Biblical Theology at the University of St Andrews, St Mary’s College, School of Divinity). Mark will be presenting from our main ground hub in Brisbane. From February 1, 2019 Mark will be working at Glasgow University. Glaswegian by birth, he was further educated at Oxford, Aberdeen and Cambridge, where he wrote a PhD on The Song of Songs and Christology in the Early Church. Before St Andrews he taught at Nottingham University and Liverpool Hope. His main focus is the relationship between biblical exegesis and Christian doctrine and ethics, both ancient and modern, but has a particular interest in Scottish theology in its international context.
Glenn Packiam (Lead Pastor of New Life Downtown) Skyping in to Ecclesia and Ethics IV from Colorado to deliver a featured paper dealing with the Christ-hymn and ethics in Colossians. In addition to being a pastor, Glenn is also a scholar and an author. His recent publications include: Discover the Mystery of Faith (David C. Cook, 2013), LUCKY: How the Kingdom Comes to Unlikely People (Cook, 2011), Secondhand Jesus: Trading Rumors of God for a Firsthand Faith (Cook, 2009), and Butterfly in Brazil: How Your Life Can Make a World of Difference (Tyndale, 2007). Glenn earned a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry from Durham University in the United Kingdon, and he was also one of the founding leaders and songwriters for the Desperation Band and has been featured on several Desperation Band and New Life Worship recordings. He has also released three solo projects with Integrity Music, “The Mystery of Faith”, “The Kingdom Comes”, and “Rumors and Revelations”. As a signed songwriter with Integrity Music, he has had the honor of writing and co-writing over 65 worship songs, including several well-loved songs, like “Your Name” and “My Savior Lives.” Glenn has spoken at many conferences for pastors and worship leaders, and has taught sessions and chapel services at Biola University, Asbury Seminary, Calvin College, and Trinity School for Ministry.
Dr Rachel Davies (Australian Catholic University) presenting “Thirst and Desire from Augustine to Mother Teresa: Interpreting Key Johannine Texts” at Ecclesia and Ethics IV from our Brisbane hub at Trinity College Queensland in August 2019. Rachel holds a PhD from the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University. A tentative abstract for her paper sounds very exciting: “The central inspiration for Mother Teresa’s work among the poor was her reading of Jesus’ thirst on the cross, recorded in John 19:28. In her view, when Jesus said, “I thirst”, he was not just expressing a need for water, but for human love in the midst of his abandonment. Mother Teresa’s contemplation of this Scripture passage compelled her to serve others with increasing urgency and generosity: wherever she encountered human need, she experienced the sacramental presence of the thirsting Jesus and sought to quench his thirst with love. This paper will trace allegorical interpretations of John 19:28 and its companion verses in John 4 (the story of the woman at the well) from the Patristic period to Mother Teresa, to show the historical roots of her sacramental intuition and its relationship to moral formation.”
Arthur Sutherland (Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University) will be one of our featured speakers this year. Dr. Sutherland will be presenting a paper on the significance of Victorian virtues in shaping African American moral formation and the consequences of its decline.
Carlos Sosa Siliezar (Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College) will be delivering a paper (tentatively) titled, “Moral Formation in Multicultural Settings: A Theological Reading of Acts.”