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Political Populism and a Theological Response, with John Flett

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Chester Street Uniting Church Epping

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The Uniting Church Chaplaincy at Macquarie University and Epping Uniting Church are hosting 2 evening lectures and an in-depth workshop on the first weekend of November.

The concpet of Political Populism has gained new importance since the Brexit and US presidential elections. It is often used as a catch-all term to describe a general tone in government policies, campaign strategies, and the rise of fringe political groups in the "post-truth age". If we are to do theology, and be the church, in this time and place, we need to properly understand this phenomenon and have thought about constructive responses. This weekend will achieve both.

There are three ways to engage with the content over the weekend. You can attend either one or both of the evening lectures, or, you can attend the whole weekend (inc. daily workshops and evening lectures).

Friday Night, 7pm: Populism and the Accompanying Theological Themes (Lecture, Q&A, Live Music, wine/beer and cheese) The Friday night lecture considers the challenges and opportunities political populism presents to the Christian faith. It will define populism as it has developed within the neoliberal and neoconservative US context, and will highlight a number of related theological themes

Saturday workshop, 10am - 4:30pm: Identifies the crossover between theological and political concerns as they appear within the law, religious freedom, racism, secularisation and pluralism.

Saturday Night, 6:30pm: Theo-Politics for a Community that Moves Beyond Itself (Lecture, Q&A, Live Music, wine/beer and cheese) The Saturday night lecture picks up this theological challenge and proposes an alternative focused on the political stance of a community which finds its identity as it moves beyond itself. (This lecture can still be enjoyed independently of the first.

Sunday workshop, 12pm - 4:30pm: Focuses on a constructive theological response beginning with Christology and drawing the implications of this for an intercultural hermeneutics and forms of political participation.

This weekend is based on the course "Political Populism and Theological Discourse" run through Pilgrim Theological College in Melbourne, click here if you're interested in a thorough and well resourced summary of that course. You can also watch this interview with John.


John Flett is associate professor of missiology and intercultural theology at Pilgrim Theological College, Melbourne, Privatdozent at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethal, and Stellvertretender Institutsleiter am Institut für Interkulturelle Theologie und Interreligiöse Studien, Wuppertal. He specialises in intercultural theology, ecumenical relationships, and mission studies. He has lived and taught in the USA, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Korea, Germany, the DRC, and Australia. His PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary examined the history and theology of missio Dei and was published as The Witness of God (Eerdmans, 2010). His Habilitationschrift, undertaken at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel, developed a critical account the church’s apostolicity and its continuity across cultures. This was published as Apostolicity: The Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective (IVP Academic, 2016). He is currently developing a text on how the German church understood the relationship between the Christian gospel and culture during the twentieth century. He is a minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia, is married to Priscilla and has two daughters, Trinity and Mila.

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