Upcoming Events




Reformation 500 Conference: Commemorating  500 years of the Protestant Reformation

The Reformation 500 Conference will be held in Hamilton, New Zealand, at the Meteor Theatre and St Peter’s Cathedral from 29 – 31 October 2017. For more information, please visit the Conference’s website at <https://reformation500nz.wordpress.com>.

The 1517 Reformation was arguably one of the major game changers in Western and World History and has had huge implications for the South Pacific. The Reformation had an impact on much human activity and thought. We, a group of New Zealand-based scholars and artists with a keen interest in the intersection between religion and society, are planning to take a closer look at the Reformation and its legacies.

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the 1517 Reformation we are organising a series of workshops, presentations, exhibitions and other events with a view to exploring the nature and impact of the Reformation on our communities. Our intention is that this exploration will accommodate a broad and inclusive range of contributions.

Being ourselves of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, we are encouraging a wide spectrum of participations. Our hope is that we will engage in a dialogical processthat enriches our understanding of the ongoing significance of (re-)formative ideas and practices in religion and society.

Most planned events will take place in October 2017; with the Reformation 500 conference being scheduled for 29 – 31 October 2017 at the Meteor Theatre and St Peter’s Cathedral in Hamilton.

We are inviting a wide range of contributions engaging with the Reformation, its historical repercussions, and contemporary implications. These contributions may include (but are not limited to) performances, the exhibition of art work and scholarly presentations. Using the Hamilton Meteor Theatre and St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral as our main venues, we will organize the events under two headings.

Reformation and the Arts
We will create spaces for artistic presentation and discussion including concerts, exhibitions, performances and a poetry competition.

We encourage artists to engage with key ideas and social practices of the Reformation (e.g. ‘faith’, ‘grace’, ‘church’) but also with aspects of secularized forms of Reformation discourses such as ‘Protestant work ethic’, ‘welfare state’, ‘media society’, ‘freedom and conformity’.

For further information, please refer to the call for contributions: Reformation and the Arts.

Rethinking the Reformation
Here we call for more “traditional” academic presentations and colloquia which will take the form of round-table discussions, workshops and conference-style scholarly presentations on historical and contemporary aspects of the Reformation. These include theological, cultural and political aspects of the topic. We particularly encourage contributions with a contemporary and South Pacific focus.

For further information, please refer to the call for papers: Rethinking the Reformation.

Organising Team:
Rev Br Andrew McKean (Local Organiser)
Dr Norman Franke (Program Chair for Reformation and the Arts)
Dr Rowland Weston (Program Chair for Rethinking the Reformation)
Annika Hinze (Social Media & Communications)
Dr Rachael Griffiths-Hughes (Music, University of Waikato)
Dr Todd Nachowitz (Religious Studies, University of Waikato)
Dr Colm Mckeogh (Political Science, University of Waikato)

Important Dates:
18 Aug 2017: Submission deadline-Rethinking the Reformation
18 Aug 2017: Submission deadline-Reformation and the Arts
To be announced: Notification of acceptance
29-31 October 2017: Reformation 500 Conference in Hamilton


For more information contact:
Dr Norman Franke: <frankebowell @ gmail.com> ‘Reformation and the Arts’
Dr Rowland Weston: <rowland09 @ outlook.com> ‘Rethinking the Reformation’


For general information about the conference, please contact Andrew McKean at <mckeanan @ waikato.ac.nz>.


You can follow news of the conference at our Facebook page: <www.facebook.com/ref500conference/>.

2018 National Interfaith Forum to be held in Christchurch from 23 to 25 March

The Canterbury Interfaith Society is pleased to announced the date of the 2018 National Interfaith Forum for 23-25 March 2018. Please add these dates to your diaries.

“Finding a free weekend proves quite difficult, and trying to take into consideration the request to have it during a warmer time of the year and not to have it at the end of Feb., which is difficult for some, we have decided upon March 2018.  It is however, Palm Sunday on the 25th and we will make allowances for this and may even make it an optional part of the forum for attendees to take part in this Christian service.”

Fo moe information, contact the Canterbury  Interfaith Society at <www.canterburyinterfaith.org.nz/>.