Past ANZATS Conferences

Past ANZATS Conferences

ANZATS hosts a conference for its members each year. Outlined below are the details of past conferences.


2021 ANZATS Conference – Theological Ethics

Monday July 5 – Wednesday July 7
Online/Blended Conference

The theme for the ANZATS 2021 Conference was Theological Ethics and we were pleased to welcome Professor Brian Brock (University of Aberdeen) and Dr Megan Best (Institute for Ethics and Society, University of Notre Dame, Australia) as our plenary speakers this year.

What an opportune—and sobering—time it was to address this theme: a global pandemic with distressing impact, growing tensions between countries and in the international order, polarisation in national communities, ecological degradation and concern, a decline in political discourse and democratic civility, a rise in totalitarian tendencies, continuing discrimination in many forms; the list goes on.

If you wish to access any of the Conference presentations or have any other questions, please contact the ANZATS Executive Officer.

Conference Schedule

During the Conference, all Conference sessions were devoted to interactive discussion around the ideas of each paper. No actual presentations were given during the Conference sessions.

Session Western Australia Central
Eastern Australia New Zealand
1 9-10am 10:30-11:30am 11am-12pm 1-2pm
2 10-11am 11:30am -12:30pm 12-1pm 2-3pm
3 2-3pm 3:30-4:30pm 4-5pm 6-7pm

Stream Abstracts

2020 ANZATS Conference

In view of the escalating global COVID-19 crisis, ANZATS took the regrettable but necessary step to cancel its 2020 Conference. The ANZATS conference was scheduled to be held in Adelaide in early July in conjunction with the ISBL Conference. The ISBL conference had already been cancelled.


The ANZATS Council unanimously agreed to still award the scholarships to the three best applicants in the New and Emerging Scholars category. Those awardees were:


  • Nicholas List, University of Otago

An Earlier terminus ante quem for the Epistle of James?: The Influence of James on the Stromata’s Transmission of 1 Clement 17


  • Ryan Lang, University of Otago

Athanasius, Ambrose, and the Choice to Sing: A Theological Exploration of Singing in the Early Church


  • Di Rayson, University of Newcastle

Bonhoeffer in the Anthropocene: Ecoethics and Earthly Christianity


All three awardees received $800 each, despite the conference being cancelled.

This decision was made both to honour the awardees’ scholarly excellence and as a tangible way of providing these emerging scholars with some modest financial assistance, at a time of great uncertainty. ANZATS desires to express both the value of supporting theological research and scholarship in our region, and also the love of neighbour commanded by Christ at such a difficult time.


The Council also agreed unanimously that Nicholas List be declared the winner of the Best Overall Paper prize, based upon the written papers received, for which he will receive a certificate in due course.


Congratulations to all three of our worthy awardees, and our prayers for you as you continue in your calling as scholars.

2019 ANZATS Conference

The ANZATS 2019 Conference was held from Monday 1 July until Wednesday 3 July 2019, hosted by Carey Baptist College, Auckland.

Theme: Missional Theology


 2018 ANZATS Conference

The ANZATS 2018 Conference was held from Sunday 1 July – Wednesday 4 July 2018, held at Emmanuel College, St Lucia, QLD, and hosted by the theological schools and colleges in Brisbane, the Queensland branch of Australian New Zealand Association, and the national Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools

Theme: Sacrifice

Keynote speakers: Professor Andrew McGowan, Yale Divinity School, and Professor Frank Macchia, Bangor University, Wales.


2017 ANZATS Conference

The ANZATS 2017 Conference was held from Sunday 9 July – Wednesday 12 July 2017, hosted by Australian Lutheran College.

Theme: Kinship and Family

Keynote speakers: Dr Lynn Cohick, Wheaton College, and Dr Stephen Barton, University of Durham.


2016 ANZATS Conference

The ANZATS 2016 Conference was held from Sunday 3 July – Wednesday 6 July 2016, hosted by the University of Divinity.

Theme: The Atonement

Keynote speaker: Rev Dr Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in New York


2015 ANZATS Conference:

The ANZATS 2015 Conference was held from Monday 29 June – Wednesday 1 July, hosted by the Sydney College of Divinity.

Theme: A Life Worth Living.

Keynote Speaker: Scott Stephens, Online Editor of Religion and Ethics for the ABC


2014 ANZATS Conference:

The ANZATS 2014 Conference was held from Sunday 29 June – Wednesday 2 July at University of Notre Dame.

Theme: The Eclipse of God – Theology after Christendom.

Speaker: Professor Graham Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity, Oxford University


2013 ANZATS Conference:

The ANZATS 2013 Conference was held from Saturday 29 June – Tuesday 2 July at Laidlaw College.

Theme: Christians in Communities –Christians as Communities

Plenary Speakers:
Professor Nancy T. Ammerman, Professor of Sociology at Boston University.
Fr Justin Taylor SM, Professor of New Testament at the Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française,  Jerusalem.


2012 ANZATS Conference:

The ANZATS 2012 Conference was held from 1-4 July at Emmanuel College in the University of Queensland.

Theme: The Theological Interpretation of Bible, Church and World.

Plenary speakers:
Professor John Goldingay, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA
Associate Professor Orm Rush, Australian Catholic University
The Revd Dr Peta Sherlock, Anglican Diocese of Bendigo


2011 ANZATS Conference:

The ANZATS 2011 Conference was held from 3-6 July at Wesley College in the University of Sydney.

Theme: Found in Translation: Bible, Worship, Mission

Plenary speakers:
Professor Mark Strauss, Bethel Seminary, USA
Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne


2010 ANZATS Conference:

The 2010 conference was held from July 7-9 at Trinity College in the University of Melbourne, in conjunction with the MCD Centenary Conference .

Theme: ‘The Future of God’: Eschatology and the global challenges of the future.

Plenary speakers:
Professor Paul Fiddes, Regent College Oxford
Professor John McDowell, Newcastle University NSW


2009 ANZATS Conference:

The 2009 conference was held from on July 5-9 at Australian Lutheran College.

Theme: ‘Come, Holy Spirit, renew the face of the earth’: Pneumatology in biblical, theological, historical and church-life perspectives.

Plenary speakers:
Professor Max Turner, London School of Theology – was unable to be present due to illness: Dr Stephen Haar, ALC, edited and presented his papers
The Revd Dr Denis Edwards, Flinders University Adelaide