Charles Sturt University
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

Plenary Speakers

Professor Michael Welker

Professor Michael Welker

Professor Michael Welker (Heidelberg, Germany) is a Protestant theologian and professor for dogmatics (systematic theology). He has lectured widely in the US, throughout Europe, Korea, China and South Africa.

He has published widely about the Spirit of God, creation and the dialogue with science, the role of the church in pluralistic societies, the resurrection and Protestant views about the Lord's Supper.

Since 2006 he has been building a Global Network of Research Centres for Theology, Religious and Christian Studies.

Professor Paul Murray

Professor Paul Murray

Professor Paul Murray (Durham, UK) is a professor of Systematic Theology in the Department of Theology and Religion, and the Director of the Centre for Catholic Studies. He teaches and researches in ecclesiology, ecclesial practice, and the dynamics of ecclesial development. He has a particular interest in areas such as the interface between science and theology, political theology, the doctrine of God, and contemporary Catholic theology. He is the initiator of Receptive Ecumenism, which is closely related to his ecclesiological interests. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Anglican – Roman Catholic International Commission, and he is a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Most Revd Sir David Moxon

Most Revd Sir David Moxon

Most Revd Sir David Moxon (Anglican Centre, Rome) is currently the Archbishop of Canterbury's representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Before taking up the post, he was one of three primates in the Anglican church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

Dr Antonia Pizzey

Dr Antonia Pizzey

Dr Antonia Pizzey (ACU, Brisbane, Australia) teaches at the Australian Catholic University. Her research interests include Vatican II, ecclesiology, virtues such as hope and humility, and contemporary approaches to ecumenism, such as Receptive Ecumenism and Spiritual Ecumenism.

Revd Dr Vicky Balabanski

Revd Dr Vicky Balabanski 

Reverend Dr Vicky Balabanski (Adelaide, Australia) is senior lecturer in New Testament at Flinders University Department of Theology and Co-Director of Biblical Studies at the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology.  She is a team member and editor of the international Earth Bible Project, and she has written for various feminist collections. She is a member of the Board of the Centre for Ecumenical Studies in Australia.

Rev Dr Mary-Anne Plaatjies Van Huffel

Rev Dr Mary-Anne Plaatjies Van Huffel

Rev Dr Mary-Anne plaatjies Van Huffel (Stellenbosch, South Africa) is a minister at the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa congregation Robertson-East and actuarius of the Regional Synod Cape. She obtained her doctorate in theology from the University of South Africa on the topic Women in the Theological Anthropology in the Afrikaans Reformed Churches (2003).

She currently teaches Church History and Church Law and is a co-minister at the URC church in Scottsdene, Kraaifontein. In November 1992, she was the first woman to be ordained as a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church family. She acted as actuarius (church law expert) of the Cape Regional Synod and as vice-moderator of the General Synod of the URCSA.

Rt Rev Dr Helen-Ann Hartley

Rt Rev Dr Helen-Ann Hartley

The Right Reverend Dr Helen-Ann Hartley is the Bishop of Waikato.  She was ordained priest in 2005 in the Diocese of Oxford, UK, and served her curacy in a rural team of fifteen parishes.  In 2008, she was appointed Tutor in New Testament Studies at Ripon College Cuddesdon, and was involved in the training and formation of ordinands and teaching in the University of Oxford.

During this time, she was appointed to the steering group for theological education in the Anglican Communion. Bishop Helen-Ann has a commitment to education and discipleship training for all ages, with a special focus on schools and young adults.

In early 2012, Bishop Helen-Ann was appointed Dean of Tikanga Pakeha at the College of St John the Evangelist in Auckland.

Dr Paul Pulikkan

Dr Paul Pulikkan 

Dr Paul Pulikkan (Kerala, India) is the Chair for Christian Studies, at the University of Calicut and teachs at the Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye and Marymatha Major Seminary, Trichur. He is the Chief Editor, Eastern Journal of Dialogue and Culture and a research Guide at the Faculty of Social Sciences Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and member of the International Board of Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique Louvain Journal of Church History. He was Project fellow, The Lived History of Vatican II, research project of the Cushwa Center, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, US. He is Coordinator of the project "Archives of the Fathers of the Ecumenical Second Vatican Council" (Syro Malabar Bishops), organized by Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, Rome. He was also a member in the International research project under the patronage of the International Federation of Catholic Universities on Vatican II. "Vatican II: historical event and stakes involved for today".

The Rt Rev Dr Peter Carnley AC

The Rt Rev Dr Peter Carnley 

The Rt Rev Dr Peter Carnley AC was the Archbishop of Perth from 1981 to 2005 and Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia from 2000 until July 2005. Peter Carnley was the warden of St John's College at the University of Queensland, as well as lecturer in theology at the University of Queensland before becoming a bishop.  He served as the Anglican co-chair of ARCIC II seeking greater unity between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. Peter Carnley is notably the author of The Structure of Resurrection Belief (Clarendon Press, 1987). In it he outlines several different ways Christians frame their belief in the resurrection of Christ and the way the resurrection frames their faith. He ordained the first women priests in Australia.