Come and join us for wine and cheese followed by a public lecture by Prof. John Walton on “The Lost World of Genesis”
Prof. John H. Walton is an Old Testament scholar and Professor at Wheaton College. He was a professor at Moody Bible Institute for 20 years. He specializes in the Ancient Near Eastern backgrounds of the Old Testament, especially Genesis and its creation account, as well as interpretation of Job. John’s publications include:
The Lost World of Adam and Eve
The Lost World of the Israelite Conquest
The Lost World of the Flood
The Lost World of the Torah
This event is sponsored by The Mathew Hale Library.
Please join us for wine and cheese before a public lecture by Dr Bill Salier speaking on “Growing in the Spirit - a New Testament Perspective”.
Dr Bill Salier is currently the Principal of Youthworks College , a college that specialises in ministry training for those involved with ministry to children and youth. Bill became a Christian in his late teens, started working life as a primary school teacher before completing theology studies. Bill has a Ph D from Cambridge University (UK), with a thesis titled: The Rhetorical Impact of the Semeia in the Gospel of John.
This event is sponsored by the Mathew Hale Library.
On Tuesday, 11 June at 5:30pm, join us for a book chat exploring Term 2's book, The Freedom Artist by Ben Okri.
"In a world uncomfortably like our own, a young woman called Amalantis is arrested for asking a question. Her question is this: Who is the Prisoner?
When Amalantis disappears, her lover Karnak goes looking for her. He searches desperately at first, then with a growing realization. To find Amalantis, he must first understand the meaning of her question.
Karnak's search leads him into a terrifying world of lies, oppression and fear at the heart of which lies the Prison . Then Karnak discovers that he is not the only one looking for the truth.
The Freedom Artist is an impassioned plea for justice and a penetrating examination of how freedom is threatened in a post-truth society. In Ben Okri's most significant novel since the Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road , he delivers a powerful and haunting call to arms."
For more details, and to register, click here.
Come and join us for wine and cheese (7-7:30pm) followed by a public lecture by David Clough on The Challenges of Christian Animal Ethics (7:30-8:30pm). Question time will follow the lecture (8:30-9pm).
David is Professor of Theological Ethics in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester and a preacher. He is also the founder and a co-director of the ‘CreatureKind’ project which focuses on the welfare of farmed animals as a faith issue.
He is the author of a number of books on animal rights and in particular the use of animals for food including his two-volume monograph entitled On Animals Volume 1, Systematic Theology (2011) and On Animals Volume 2, Systematic Theology (2018). He was also co-editor of the collection of essays Creaturely Theology: on God, Humans and other animals (2009). He has written articles on the ethics of the use of animals for food, including Consuming Animal Creatures: The Christian Ethics of Eating Animals (2016) published in Studies in Christian Ethics.
Clough has given a number of keynote speeches, including at the Sarx Creature Conference in March 2017 and has been a participant in many public debates including a debate with Peter Singer on the theology and ethics of the treatment of non-human animals.
Join us on the Wontulp-Bi-Buya Pilgimage
Who: Are you a young(ish) Anglican Church leader? Interested in finding out more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives on theology, ministry and society?
Where: Travel on pilgrimage to Wontulp-Bi-Buya College, Cairns, to participate in the Theology teaching block. This pilgrimage offers theological students and ordinands the opportunity to listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theological and social perspectives, and to learn from these to gain a more holistic Australian theological perspective on theology and ministry.
When: 7 – 14 June 2019
Cost: $1,200 per person – includes 7 nights accommodation (single room in a share house), all meals and transport. Please make contact if you are travelling with your spouse. Flights are to be organised by individual.
Very limited spaces so get in quick. Download a pdf pilgrimage application form from https://www.abmission.org/data/Get_Involved/2019/WBB_Pilgrimage_Application.pdf.
Email ABM Missioner, the Revd Jazz Dow for more information, email@example.com
Join us on Thursday 23 May from 2-4pm in Lecture Rm 1 for this month's research seminar, featuring the following two presentations:
Dr Janice McRandal (Charles Sturt University):
Dissident Prayer: On 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf'
Ntozake Shange’s choeropoem, 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,' is a series poetic monologues accompanied by dance movements. It has appeared off Broadway, on Broadway, as a television film, and as a theatrical film. For Shange, this work is a way into the enmeshment of bodies in words and words embodied. Her dance makes words untameable, untenable, and unimaginable without her body—her hips swaying to the music that transform her epistemology. It is an embodied experience not unlike (but also not like) the ecstatic prayers of the mystics.
This paper will explore 'For Colored Girls…' as a discourse of prayer. This prayer is both a kinetic and a kenotic act, a dissident way out of this binary between norming concepts (i.e words) and appropriated bodies. Perhaps through this kind of discourse / dancing we might learn how to form a dissident prayer: a prayer of insurrection.
Dr Peter Kline (St Francis College):
God is Blackness: Mysticism of the Unowned Earth
This essay seeks to experiment with thinking theologically from blackness, which is to say, thinking theologically from the thought of abolition. Any theology forged from the thought of blackness will be post-metaphysical insofar as slavery is not simply a political or economic institution but an entire onto-theo-metaphysic, one that divinizes sovereignty and ownership. The slave-owning free man could be said to bear all those ontological distinctives whose perfect instantiation is God, above all, freedom and self-possession, freedom as self-possession. The abolition of slavery and its afterlives (the multiple ways in which black bodies continue to be spatialized and temporalized for premature death) therefore calls for the abolition of the ontotheological God and the subject whose perfection he is. This need not simply amount to a denial or repression of God, but may lead, more profoundly, to an unowning of God, inseparable form an unowning of the earth. What would it mean for theology to acknowledge the precedence and priority of blackness as prior to the logos of any possible theos? Perhaps it means that theology, against its historical performance of policing the earth, might be given to think, even celebrate, the abolition of whiteness as the unowning of the earth. That is the possibility this essay seeks to open.
All are welcome.
Celebrations, Walk at 1pm and Fun Activities for All Ages.
St Francis College @ Old Bishopsbourne (233 Milton Rd, Milton) 1am - 2pm.
Free Event + On site parking available. Bring a plate and soft drinks to share lunch together at noon. For registration or queries call/email Randal Dennings on 0408 878 711 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and join Bishop John Roundhill as he begins a series of walks through the southern region of the Diocese.
Join +John at 8:30am on Palm Sunday 14 April for a Holy Communion Service with Palms at Chapel of the Holy Spirit, St Francis College (233 Milton, Rd, Milton) before embarking on the 22km first leg of the walk.
At 10.00am the walk will begin to St John's Cathedral to catch the start of the Way of the Cross Service at 11.30am. The walk will then continue to St Peter's, Wynnum (77 Charlotte Street, Wynnum) to arrive in time for 6pm Taize Service.
For further information on any of the walk please follow https://johnroundhill.blogspot.com/?fbclid=IwAR3vJnKDy2YU2-qA6i4SANJc9aTHZjR_2yPgOV4Umn-lmZCL5mgCFpxYnAg.
+John would love some company for any part the journey.
We are approaching Holy Week and if you were interested in worshipping on site, here is the list of services in the Chapel.
Palm (Passion) Sunday 8:30am with blessing of Palms
Maundy Thursday 12:30pm with Silent meditation followed by a brief reflection and
stripping of the altar and foot-washing
Good Friday 8:30am Hour at the Cross
Easter Day 8.30am Sung Eucharist
All are welcome. It is a good idea to try and keep the Three Great Days (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day) as a unity. Together they unlock what lies at the heart of the Christian faith – the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Come hear meteorologist, theologian and writer Dr Mick Pope talk on Love your neighbour: Faith & Climate Change on Friday 5th April 6:30pm at St Francis College, Milton and again on Saturday 6th April 10:00am for Climate Justice & Christian Nonviolent Direct Action.
More information at www.doingjustice.org.au or phone 3838 7550
On Tuesday, 19 March at 5:30pm, join us for a book chat exploring Term 1's book, Shell by Kristina Olsson.
"A big, bold and hauntingly beautiful story that captures a defining moment in Australia's history.
In 1965 as Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s striking vision for the Sydney Opera House transforms the skyline and unleashes a storm of controversy, the shadow of the Vietnam War and a deadly lottery threaten to tear the country apart.
Journalist Pearl Keogh, exiled to the women’s pages after being photographed at an anti-war protest, is desperate to find her two missing brothers and save them from the draft. Axel Lindquist, a visionary young glass artist from Sweden, is obsessed with creating a unique work that will do justice to Utzon’s towering masterpiece.
In this big, bold and hauntingly beautiful portrait of art and life, Shell captures a world on the brink of seismic change though the eyes of two unforgettable characters caught in the eye of the storm.
And reminds us why taking a side matters."
For more details, and to register, click here.
St Francis College holds six research seminars each year. The first of these in 2019 promises to be a fabulous afternoon where three members of our faculty will present research and insights from their recent work. There will be ample time for questions, with discussions likely to be energetic and enlightening. We will be breaking for afternoon tea.
Our presentations …
Embodied Metaphors: Ordinary Theology with Cinematic Depictions of God as Source
~ Jonathan Sargeant
When Sacrifice is like Breaking Your Dog’s Neck: The Poetics of Isaiah 66:1-4
~ Marie-Louise Craig
Sacred Shockers? The Foremothers and Female Friends of Jesus
(with particular reference to the genealogy in Matthew 1.1-17)
~ Josephine Inkpin
Interested? Please mark your calendars and join us!
These seminars are convened by Peter Kline. For more information please contact him:
email@example.com | 3514 7418
You are invited to the Archbishop’s Launch of the Community of the Way.
We will gather in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit for a short service of worship during which the Community members will be commissioned and the wider diocese invited to support them in their commitments. Refreshments will follow the service.
Come celebrate with us!
Free tickets available on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/archbishops-launch-of-community-of-the-way-tickets-56310608546
If you are interested in widening your theological knowledge or testing the waters towards further education, you can audit a subject at St. Francis College at a cost of $300 ($100 concession).
Semester 1 commences 4 March 2019. Subjects available this semester include:
Introduction to Old Testament Studies
Introduction to Christian Theology
Early Church History
Youth, Culture and Mission
Auditing is a great way to participate in a subject without the need to complete any assessment items.
For further information contact the Registrar on 3514 7403 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A book sale for lovers of beautiful books!
Earlier this year Peter Mann made a wonderful donation of books to the Roscoe Library. Over 600 titles have already been added to the Roscoe Library collection, but there are several hundred beautiful books for sale. Many of these books are hardbacks with dust covers and in ‘as new’ condition; they would make lovely Christmas presents or excellent holiday reading.
Topics include Art, Asian Studies, Biblical Studies, Classic Literature, History, Philosophy, Poetry, Science and Theology.
Payment can be via an EFTPOS terminal, or cash will also be acceptable (correct change would be appreciated). Please provide your own bags.
Friday 30 November: 10am - 7pm + Saturday 1 December: 2pm - 5pm
On Tuesday, 27 November at 5:30pm, join us for a book chat exploring Term 4's book, Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton.
“What an amazing debut novel! Boy Swallows Universe has jumped straight to the top of my outstanding novels for this year. Trent Dalton has somehow managed to spin a yarn about a Brisbane boy growing up amidst poverty, violence and crime while infusing it with love, joy and humour. His words and characters leap off the page with freshness and originality and yet you feel you know these people and the streets they live on. Although not autobiographical, the novel is reportedly based on Dalton’s own childhood in the tough suburbs of Brisbane, the people he knew and the journey he took to become an award winning journalist.'“ ~ Carolyn, on Good Reads
For more details, and to register, click here.
Applications are now open for the first intake for 2019 for Spiritual Direction courses being offered at St Francis College. Two courses are available (Certificate in Spiritual Direction – 4 years part time and The Art of Contemplative Listening – 1 year part time), offering an opportunity to foster and develop a personal stance of deep interior listening to the heartbeat of God within ourselves and others, and to evoke through conversation, a deepening personal and intimate relationship with the Divine.
For more information and to download a brochure and application form go to https://www.stfran.qld.edu.au/ . Applications close: 10 February 2019
Ever wondered how Christianity became truly global and how Christians have found creative ways to respond to the extraordinary political, social and intellectual changes of the last 300 years? Where do today’s challenges come from, how is this impacting us, and what is God saying afresh through the diverse Christian voices of our world?
Come explore ‘Global Christianity since 1700’ together this summer at SFC. Intensive course days 17 & 24 Nov and 2 Feb. Study & audit options available. Contact the College on 35147403 for more information.
Have you ever thought about studying Theology?
Need more information?
Come along to the St Francis College
Tuesday October 23rd, 6 - 8pm
Take a Single Subject, Diploma, Grad. Certificate or Degree
Flexible Study Modes available: online or onsite
Choose from a wide variety of subjects
We have the subject for you!
Come along to:
Meet current students
Chat to a lecturer
Tour the historic grounds
This weekend the Chapel of the Holy Spirit and Old Bishopsbourne will be open for viewing by the public from 11 - 4pm daily as part of the Brisbane City Council’s Brisbane Open House initiative. Tours will be held at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Come along and view the beautiful architecture, stunning grounds and gain behind-the-scenes access to these spectacular buildings.
What an inspirational and peaceful place to study!
St Francis College will also host a BBQ and Drinks stall on the Saturday between 11 and 2pm. All welcome.
Meet Areej Masoud, a Palestinian Christian born in Bethlehem.
Find out the reality of life for Palestinian Christians in the ongoing tension
and how you can extend Christ’s love and offer hope.
Hear Areej’s story at St Francis College, Milton
Friday 12 October, 10am – 11:30am
All welcome at this Free Event.
Download the Areej Speaking Tour flyer
Come along to the last Research Seminar for 2018
Thursday, 20 September at St Francis College, Milton in Lecture Rm 1, from 2-3pm.
Dr. Marie-Louise Craig will be presenting a paper titled "Hebrew-English Lexicography in America prior to 1900."
Here is the abstract of her paper: This paper is part of a chapter in a history of Hebrew-English lexicography. The American H-E lexicographers are an interesting study because of their personalities and the politics of publication and scholarship in this field. The paper presents a short biography on each lexicographer, including his interactions with others in the field and an outline of his contribution.
Accordance equips you with cutting-edge original language tools, interactive 3D maps, a dynamic interlinear, drag-and-drop graphical searching, and a host of other tools designed to take your Bible study to the next level. All of these tools come packaged in a clean and simple interface that can be customized to complement your Bible study objectives.
Morning: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Accordance Basics
Afternoon: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Advanced Original Languages
For more information, and to register, click here.
In conjunction with the forthcoming Abundant Justice & Prophetic Imagination Conference, ABM is joining St John's College, St Francis College, the Public Affairs Commission, and the Social Responsibilities Committee of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland, to run a day for Young Anglicans (aged 18-40)* from around the Australian church.
*If you are 17 and would like to attend the conference please email email@example.com to obtain an application form which includes parent consent form.
For further information, and to register, visit the Abundant Justice website.
St Francis College will host a three day symposium gathering artists, theologians, and philosophers to reflect on the relationship between theology and art. Art here is to be conceived in broad terms; from classical to contemporary, from high to low. There will be art installations, poetry reading, and musical performance.
For more information and to register, click here.
At 7pm on 14 June, St Francis will host a free public lecture given by the renowned Australian poet, philosopher, and theologian Kevin Hart. Described as the "most outstanding Australian poet of his generation" and "one of the major living poets in the English language," Hart has published several volumes of poetry that sit alongside his works of theology and philosophy. Most recently, he has published a book that unites all three areas of his work, titled: Poetry and Revelation: For a Phenomenology of Religious Poetry.
Kevin's lecture will be titled Contemplation and Fascination.
The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held in Lecture Rm 1 on St Francis' campus.
Space is limited for the lecture, so please register your attendance either here on the FB event page, or on the Eventbrite site for the event: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/contemplation-and-fascination-a-free-public-lecture-by-kevin-hart-tickets-46788402371
In 2016 the Diocese formally committed itself to a three year Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to move forward our commitment to Reconciliation. As this year’s Reconciliation Week approaches, all members of the Diocesan family are encouraged to renew our commitments to our shared Reconciliation Plan, through participation, prayer and action.
National Reconciliation Week is 27 May - 3 June. You are warmly invited to join the St Francis College community for their Reconciliation Week Eucharist at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, 29 May.