occasional seminars

St Martin’s College Occasional Seminars are organised by the college, bringing speakers of theological and academic excellence to the Wagga Wagga campus of Charles Sturt University.

St Martin of Tours: “…allow me now to become a soldier of God…” Rev’d Glenn Maytum September 16, 2014

Glenn Maytum’s interest in St Martin of Tours began when he was appointed the first Resident Chaplain to St Martin’s College in 1992. Several decades of research led him to a “pilgrimage” to France, not only to learn more about saints involved in education (such as St John-Baptiste de la Salle), English history (such as St Thomas Becket) and religious life (such as St Benedict) but, most importantly, also St Martin of Tours, Patron Saint of Europe and of St Martin’s College!

“Global Civil Society: Myth or Reality”
  Dr William Storrar July 7, 2014

Dr William Storrar graduated with an MA, BD, and PhD from the University of Edinburgh and is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland. He has been fostering the dialogue between theology and other disciplines for over three decades, chairing working groups on medical ethics with scientists and medical practitioners, and launching the Global Network for Public Theology with social scientists and policymakers. He is currently Director of the Center of Theological Inquiry. Previously Dr Storrar held the Chair of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Edinburgh and directed the university’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues. He is an Extraordinary Professor of the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, a Magnusson Fellow and Visiting Professor of Glasgow Caledonian University in the UK. His publications include the co-edited volumes, Public Theology for the 21st Century (2004), and A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (2011).

“No Creche for Christmas, Mom” Exploring the Tension between Secularism & Christianity
 Dr Ann Evans September 22, 2013.

Dr Ann Evans is a Marital and Family therapist working in Vancouver, Canada, and also doing intensive couple work in other parts of the world. Previously for 20 years she taught pastoral counselling and dream interpretation at The Toronto School of Theology, Victoria University, Toronto. She also ran a training program for therapists in training and is a supervisor with AAMFT. The past president of The British Columbia branch of AAMFT, Ann began her professional life as a clergy person with The United Church of Canada.

“Hating God” How emotion is overtaking reason
  Dr Graeme McLean September 14, 2012 

Dr Graeme McLean is Senior Lecturer and Philosophy Coordinator at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga. Originally from Melbourne, he studied at Monash University (BA(Hons) and MA) and the University of Oxford (BPhil and DPhil). He was visiting professor at Regent College in Vancouver in 1988, and from 1990 to 2004 was a member of the Philosophy Department of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His main philosophical interests are in the theory of knowledge, applied ethics and philosophy of religion. He is especially interested in how philosophy can assist theology, and Christian apologetics in particular.

“Nonviolent Atonement” Michael Hardin April 2,2012

Michael is a grateful graduate (1988) of North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago where he studied Dietrich Bonhoeffer with F. Burton Nelson and Rene Girard with Edwin A. Hallsten. He lives in Lancaster, PA (in the heart of Amish country). Michael and Lorri are members of Akron Mennonite Church. Since 2002 they have taken classes at Tom Brown Jr’s School of Nature Awareness, Tracking and Wilderness survival (uummm, dandelions for lunch again). Michael loves the group Yes (when Jon Anderson is singing), the New York Giants (go Big Blue!), wandering the creation, really good Italian and Mexican cuisine, and of course good books. He is also a singer and songwriter. Michael is the author of The Jesus Driven Life (JDL Press, 2009) and the co-editor of Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ (Eerdmans, 2007), Peace Be With You (Cascadia, 2010), and Compassionate Eschatology (Wipf & Stock 2011). He has published over a dozen articles utilizing Rene Girard’s mimetic theory and is pleased to be affiliated with the marvelous group of people who make up the Colloquium on Violence and Religion. With Lorri, Michael co-founded Preaching Peace. Together with Tom Nicol and Tony Bartlett, Michael co-founded Theology and Peace.

“René Girard, the Meaning of Life, and the End of History” Reverend Canon Dr Scott Cowdell September 16, 2011

Scott Cowdell is a Canberra-based CSU Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Theology, also Canon Theologian of the Canberra-Goulburn Anglican Diocese. He is the author of seven books, most recently René Girard and Secular Modernity: Christ, Culture, and Crisis, forthcoming with The University of Notre Dame Press. Girard is a controversial French-American thinker, a member of the Academie Francaise, and the world’s premier theorist of human desire, violence, and religion, offering a decisive place for Christianity. In recent years Girard has developed a very dark apocalyptic vision of history. Scott Cowdell explored Girard’s unique, exciting and disturbing account of who we are and where we are going.
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“Social Issues and Faith in Wales in 2010”
  Archdeacon Bernard Thomas August 27, 2010

Archdeacon Bernard is a graduate in Chemistry from the University of Wales Swansea. He has a Post Graduate degree in Theology from the University of Wales, Cardiff and has served in a range of Parish ministries in Wales since his ordination in 1971. He has been Archdeacon St Asaph since 1999. In 1996 he represented Wales in the final of the Times Preacher of the Year competition and has also served as a judge for that competition. He is also President of the Denbigh Rugby Football Club!

“The Importance of Ecumenism in 2010”
  Bishop Doug Stevens May 28, 2010

Bishop Doug was consecrated Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Riverina, NSW.at Griffith on 29th November 2005. Bishop Doug was ordained in the Diocese of Newcastle and has ministered in the Diocese of Newcastle and the Diocese of Grafton. In the Diocese of Grafton Bp Doug was the Diocesan Education Officer. He has also served as the Chair of the NSW Provincial Commission on Christian Education and Anglican Co-Chair of AUSTARC (Anglican Roman Catholic Conversations). In 1984-1985 Bp Doug studied at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, at the University of Dublin. “In 1910 in Edinburgh hundreds of the worlds church leaders met for a conference to discuss more effective ways of bringing the good news of Jesus to the people of the world. At this conference it became apparent that a lack of unity among the world’s Christians was a huge impediment to evangelism. This was the start of the ‘ecumenical movement’ and the quest for greater unity amongst churches and Christians is now in it’s 100th year.” Bishop Doug reflected on 100 years of ecumenism since the Edinburgh Conference.

“Early Religious Experience and Life Choices: A Personal Reflection” Bishop Stuart Robinson September 10, 2009.

Bishop Stuart P. Robinson was consecrated and installed as the 10th Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn on 31st January, 2009. Bishop Stuart has served as an Anglican Priest and church planter in Australia and North-West Europe for more than 20 years. In 1989, Stuart led the team that founded Quakers Hill Anglican Church (in North-western Sydney), the student ministries on the Nirimba campus of the University of Western Sydney, and Parklea Anglican Community Church. After a decade or so, Stuart accepted a new assignment in Brussels, Belgium as the Senior Minister at St. Paul’s Tervuren and the English Church, Liege. In 2002 Stuart returned to Australia to work as a consultant with Evangelism Ministries and as the founding minister, Peninsula Anglican Church, Pyrmont. Stuart was the National Mission Facilitator for the Anglican Church in Australia and has Chaired a number of Christian organisations including, Church Army Australia, Gospel Outreach Ministries and St. Andrews Cathedral School, Sydney. Stuart served as the rector of St. Paul’s Chatswood from November 2005 until December 2008. Along with 60 published pieces on mission and evangelism, Stuart has written two books, “Mission Action Planning” (2004) and “Starting Mission-Shaped Churches: Australia” (2007).

“Evolution & an Ethic of Risk”
 Professor Cynthia Crysdale May 30, 2008

Dr. Cynthia S.W. Crysdale is professor of Christian Ethics and Theology for the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sawanee, Tennessee. Dr. Crysdale has also served Associate Professor in the department of Religion and Religious Education at The Catholic University of America. Dr. Crysdale is a theologian, ethicist and religious educator with a wide range of interests including feminist theology, moral and faith development, and science and religion. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the American Association for the Advancement of Science Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion. As a lecturer she has been awarded a Prize Winning Syllabus for her course entitled “Playing God: Genetics, Ecology and Religion by the Centre for Theology and Natural Science. She is the author numerous professional articles as well as the volume, Embracing Travail: The Meaning of the Cross Today (1999) and edited the volume, Lonergan and Feminism (1994). She is a member of the Science and Theology Group of the Washington Theological Consortium. Dr. Crysdale graduated from York University in Toronto, Canada, with a B.A. degree in psychology. She earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in theology from St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto.

“Health Care and Christian Ethics” Professor Robin Gill The Michael Ramsey Professor of Modern Theology at the University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K. September 17, 2007

Prof Gill explored how Christian ethics can contribute to Health Care ethics in a Western, pluralistic society. Download the text of Professor Gill’s presentation.