Workshop and paper presentations
We are excited to introduce the following workshops and paper presentations at the conference. The times and spaces allocated for the workshops and papers are included in the conference schedule.
(The abstracts and author biographies appear, below. Presentations are listed alphabetically by first author's family name.)
- Atheism + Christianity + Humanism = one chaplain's spiritual journey to wholeness through ongoing education, evidence and reason. (Geoffry Ballard, Aus)
- Secularism, diversity and chaplaincy in 21st Century Australia. (Geoffry Ballard, Aus)
- Our multifaith chaplaincy - serving our community. Dialogue in the diverse local diggings. (Patricia Blanks, Aus; Steve Blythe, Aus; Brian Stanmore, Aus; & Sandra Tunley Cooper, Aus)
- What Jesus did and said: the practice of pastoral encounter in the gospel. (Erica Butler, Aus)
- Institutionalisation of spiritual values. (Mabvuto Fitta Chipeta, Malawi)
- Challenges and opportunities in multi-religious social architecture. Do multi-religious places open or close the door for religion and belief? (Jeremy MS Clines, UK)
- Deep Search workshop. (Jeremy MS Clines, UK)
- A bespoke chaplaincy: Strategizing your chaplaincy. (Andrea Colledge, Aus)
- Digging deeper in the Science/Religion debate: The importance of worldview. (Alastair Donald, Scotland)
- Variety of Chaplains’ Experience: Teaching the Next Generation of Chaplains. (Lucy Forster-Smith, USA)
- Navigating identity and privilege in multi-faith engagement on a U.S. College campus. (Jan Fuller, US & Joel Harter, USA)
- Reflective practice; Using metaphor and visual imaging to re-think university chaplaincy practice. (Christine Gapes, Aus)
- Ecclesiastical experimenting with the institution. (Jools Hamilton, Ireland)
- Mindfulness for college students: Cultivating spiritual wellness and compassion across traditions. (Joel Harter, USA)
- Helping teenage university learners in a market culture to see the 'inner I'. (Orlando Ho, Hong Kong)
- Auckland University of Technology Multifaith Chaplaincy. What does it have to teach us? (Linda T. Hope, NZ; Cate Thorn, NZ & Jean McElhaney, NZ)
- Mindful walking - digging deep: Using the labyrinth in Higher Education (Cass Howes, UK & Katrina Jenkins, US)
- A practical theology of suicide (Whakamomori) prevention. (Greg Hughson, NZ)
- Nurturing faith and interfaith development on campus. (Greg Hughson, NZ)
- Changing of the Guard? Christian chaplaincy negotiates new territory. (Carolyn Kelly, NZ)
- Dialogue of the deaf? What I really do as chaplain, and can I tell my university? (Robert G Lingard, Aus)
- When a student dies - and how the university remembers. (Donald MacEwan, Scotland)
- Talking your walk: Nonviolent communication as an Interspiritual Path (Jean McElhaney, NZ)
- Women in religious leadership. (Barbara Morgan Gardner, USA)
- Honouring indigenous spirituality in our work and workplace. (Richard Murray, Aus)
- Exploring Muslim chaplaincy in higher education in the United Kingdom: who, what and why? (Asgar Halim Rajput, UK)
- Finding and creating sacred spaces. (Jay Robinson, Aus)
- Pluralism and global citizenship: Peacemaking in higher education and the public sphere. (Ron Robinson, USA)
- Deaf ministry on campus: Understanding the difference between communication vs connection. (Pauline Rose Moore, USA)
- Islam and the religious 'other': Towards a more inclusivist view. (Discussion following Keynote address) (Abdullah Saeed, Aus)
- Communicating religious pluralism as a spiritual value: A Buddhist university's experience. (Monica Sanford, USA)
- Sustained compassion demands self-care; But how do we do that? (Monica Sanford, USA)
- Students of refugee backgrounds can become participants and contributors in society, or alienated and radicalised. What can we do on campus? (Jill Shaw, NZ)
- Digging documentary theatre: a mine for dialogue and diversity. (Tom Sherwood, Can)
- Building a multifaith chaplaincy from scratch. (Thay Thong Phap, Aus)
- JCU Interfaith Project: building relationships between faiths on campus. (Marney Walker, Claire Holland, Aus)
- First-year students' conceptions and practices of spirituality: Initial findings at a New Zealand university and their implications for the task of chaplaincy. (Mike Wright, NZ)
Our Multifaith Chaplaincy- Serving our Community. Dialogue in the Diverse local Diggings.
In 1850 a local shepherd discovered gold and the city of Bendigo became the destination of people from all points of the globe. Overnight Bendigo became a multicultural, multifaith community. It seems only natural, that one hundred and sixty six years later a Multifaith Chaplaincy should be central at our University.
In this presentation our Chaplaincy Team will discuss our mode of operation, the challenges and realities we encounter, together with the benefits we perceive in the model of our Chaplaincy. Our Chaplaincy team members will reveal their individuality to enable you to see how very different people, from very different cultural backgrounds can work well together.
Variety of Chaplains’ Experience: Teaching the Next Generation of Chaplains.
For the past two years Dr. Forster-Smith and The Rev. Dr. Kerry Maloney of Harvard Divinity School have taught a course entitled, Introduction to Higher Education Chaplaincy to Divinity School students from institutions around the Boston, Massachusetts area. The course tackles the essential components of university chaplaincy in the 21st Century. Using the volume of essays edited by The Rev. Dr. Forster-Smith published in 2013, College and University Chaplaincy in the 21st Century: A Multifaith Look at the Practice of Ministry on Campuses Across America, (Woodstock: SkyLight Paths, 2013), students engage a variety of models of ministry on campuses across America.
This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to learn about how this course is structured, a view of the topics students found important, an overview of components of the class and several case studies that provide a depth look at the challenges of chaplaincy in the 21st Century. Highly participatory, those engaged in the workshop will explore a variety of models of ministry from professor/chaplain to hyphenated identity (Methodist/Buddhist) chaplain to chaplains that work from very specific religious/spiritual/ethical identity, institutional or personal and engage wide range of publics within higher education. At core of this workshop the question arises: what is chaplaincy in the 21Century and how do and how will chaplains inhabit this work as it unfolds before us today and in the future.