Flourish: The Good News of Science-Engaged Theology: View website HERE

How can science-engaged theology contribute to greater human flourishing? Join us for a two-day conference as we explore possible answers to this question from our plenary speakers and from one another. Our plenary speakers (some presenting collaboratively) will be: Joanna Leidenhag, Pamela Ebstyne King, Andrew Torrance, Nicola Hoggard-Creegan, Andrew Picard, Sandy Kerr, Christa McKirland and Joe Bulbulia. Assuming travel is permitted, we will hear from our international guests in person. The conference is part of a Sir John Templeton research grant and hosted through Carey Baptist College.

Where: Parnell Conference Centre, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. The conference will be held in-person only, though the plenary sessions will be recorded for later viewing. We will be adhering to the Covid-19 protection framework (traffic-lights) at that time as well as the conference centre space constraints (150 attendees). The conference centre does have overnight accommodation and if you are keen to stay the night on the 17th or 18th of July (Sunday and/or Monday) you may book directly with reservations@theparnell.co.nz to get a lower rate by quoting Ref: 60728 – please note that all bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Cost: $120 (includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea on both days)

Conference Call for Papers:

We invite local and international participants to submit abstracts for short papers that explore biblical, theological, ethical, and ecclesial perspectives on the conference theme. Papers will be presented during break-out sessions that enable 20 minutes presentations with 10 minutes for Q&A. There are sixteen available spots for these paper presentations.

Please submit your 150-word abstract and title by 22nd April, 2022 to careygraduateschool@carey.ac.nz (with notifications of acceptance sent out by mid-May). We welcome collaborative papers, so do feel free to propose something jointly or with a small group. Proposals should include:

• Name(s)

• Current position/relevant experience

• Contact information

• Title of proposed paper and 150-word abstract

Finally, we would love to have a diversity of scholars chairing sessions, so please email us if you would like to chair a break-out session.

Public Lecture and Dinner:
Dr Joanna Leidenhag, lecturer at the University of Leeds, on the topic of “Autism and the Flourishing Church“.
Monday evening, 18 July
Register HERE

Dr. Christa McKirland