School of Theology celebrates 10 years
Theology celebrates ten years
Past and present students were among those celebrating the School of Theology’s tenth birthday at a two-day symposium on 2-3 September exploring “Theology in the city: a focus on Auckland.”
“The symposium was an ideal opportunity for participants to celebrate how the school has progressed over the past decade but it was also a wonderful chance for us to consider what lies ahead, bearing in mind the vast diversity that exists in a dynamic city like Auckland,” says the founding and present head of the school Professor Elaine Wainwright.
Speakers and sessions over the two-day symposium held at the Fale Pasifika included business journalist Rod Oram, who discussed “City of God: dangerous delusion or urban imperative?” and art historian Mary Kisler who looked at the history of religious art in Florence during her talk on “Engaging sacred art in cities”. Mayor Len Brown took part in a roundtable discussion titled “Doing theology in Auckland: Challenges and Possibilities”, with panelists, Associate Professor Manuka Henare, Dr Nicholas Thompson, Reverend Feiloiga Taule ‘ale’ ausumai and Ms Jo Ayers.
Other symposium topics included “The changing face of religion and theology in Auckland”, “Celebrating Maori and Pacific theology”, and “Cityscape as/and Theology: a conversation”.
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