2021 ISCAST / NZCIS Conversation Series

22 April: Dr Christa McKirlandNeeding God and Christian Flourishing

Description: Dr. Christa McKirkland is interested in exploring Basic Psychological Need Theory, which is a part of Self-Determination Theory, a metatheory about human motivation. BPNT proposes three universal psychological needs: relatedness, autonomy, and competence. Given Christa’s work in analytic philosophy, theology, and biblical studies regarding fundamental need, she’s interested in the potential overlap between BPNT and the need for the grace of God’s personal presence, as well as points of dissonance. (More info here)

Winter Lectures 2020

Finding Meaning in Scripture and Science

Third installment of the 2020 Winter Lecture series hosted by NZCIS in conjunction with the Maclaurin Chapel. Finding Meaning in Scripture and Science with Sarah Beattie.

Finding Meaning in Disease

Second installment of the 2020 Winter Lecture series hosted by NZCIS in conjunction with the Maclaurin Chapel. Finding Meaning in Disease with Dr. Brian Broom.

Finding Meaning in History: The 1918 Pandemic

First installment of the 2020 Winter Lecture series hosted by NZCIS in conjunction with the Maclaurin Chapel. Finding Meaning in History: The 1918 Pandemic with Prof. Peter Lineham.

June 2020 Webinars

Are Animals Persons: Implications for Domestication and Farming


We are really excited to have Celia join us. As some of you know she was going to be here in person, but that was undermined by this huge interrupter of life as we know it, a tiny and liminal form of life, the coronavirus. Welcome Celia. It is very early morning in Oxford. But we are so glad you are able to join us.

Before I introduce Celia I should also introduce our co-host Dr. Andrew Shepherd.

Andrew is now a lecturer in Public Theology at the Center for Theology and Public Issues, in the Department of Theology at Otago. But Andrew is based at the Anglican Centre in Wellington. He has a long history in engaging ecological issues as a theologian and activist. And he was co director of A Rocha before joining the department at Otago.

Dr.  Celia Deane-Drummond is now a senior research fellow and the inaugural director of Laudato Si’ ​Research Institute at ​Campion Hall, University ​of Oxford. She was formerly a professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame where she served as the inaugural director of the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing. Her research, writing, and teaching focus on constructive systematic theology informed by Roman Catholic contemporary and historical sources in its relationship with creation and the natural world as understood by the biological and human sciences.

She has made distinguished contributions to the new discipline of ecotheology, reflecting her early interest in botany as well as her later concentration on Christian theological studies, and she also has written searchingly about the theological and ethical implications of new developments in genetics.

Dr. Deane-Drummond did her first degree at Cambridge, and took honors in natural sciences. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in plant physiology at Reading University in 1980 and after postdoc work in botany she changed fields, and ended up doing a a Ph.D. in theological studies from the University of Manchester in 1992. in 1994, she joined the theology and religious studies faculty at the University of Chester where she was promoted to full professor in 2000. She accepted a professorship at Notre Dame in 2011

Celia is on the   boards of major journals in Science and theology, and is editor of Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences and a consulting editor of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture. As a consultant to the Roman Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, she helped to shape Church policy on environmental issues. The author of more than two hundred papers published in scientific and scholarly journals and in volumes of collected works, she is the editor or co-editor of fifteen books, and is also the author or co-author of eight other monographs, including  Her latest book, Theological Ethics through a Multi-Species Lens​, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2019. This is  a densely argued magnificent volume breaking new ground in theological ethics and in how we imagine ourselves and other creatures together. It gives voice to hidden and silent agents who are important not only in their own lives but In ours as well.

Welcome Celia

Webinar/Conversation co-hosted by NZCIS and The Center for Theology and Public Issues. Are animals persons? with Prof. Celia Deane-Drummond, Oxford.

Where’s God in a Pandemic?

Webinar/Conversation hosted by St Barnabas, Fendalton. Where’s God in a Pandemic? with Dr. Nicola Hoggard Creegan.

Scientific Engagement with a Theology of Human Flourishing

Webinar/Conversation hosted by NZCIS. Scientific Engagement with A Theology of Human Flourishing with Dr. Christa McKirland, Carey College.