Visiting Scholar

Professor David GusheeIn 2015 we welcomed Professor David Gushee to New Zealand. He gave a series of public lectures on Christian memory and witness in a time of violence.

David Gushee is the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. He is a prolific author, a well-known commentator and widely recognised as one of the leading Christian ethicists in North America today.




Pádraig Ó Tuama Workshop PosterPádraig Ó Tuama is an Irishman, a poet and a genuine human being

We are thrilled Pádraig is coming to Wellington as the St John’s Visiting Scholar.

Pádraig’s work addresses issues of language, power, reconciliation and religion. He is the former leader of Corrymeela, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation. His numerous books include In the Shelter, Sorry for Your Troubles, and Readings from the Book of Exile, and he presents the #1 Apple Arts Chart podcast Poetry Unbound, from the On Being project.

Here is where you can engage with him in the third week of March…

“I Thirst”     A sermon on John 4:5-42 on the Anniversary of the Mosque Shootings
St John’s in the City Presbyterian Church, Corner of Willis and Dixon Streets, Te Aro, Sunday 15 March, 10:00am

Telling the Truth about Power     A public lecture
Hunter Council Chamber, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn, Wednesday 18 March, 7:30-9:00pm

The Complicated Art of Reconciliation    A public lecture
Hunter Council Chamber, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn, Thursday 19 March, 7:30-9:00pm

Spirited Words: Grief, Protest, Hope    A poetry exchange
Readings and conversation about the pleasure and perils of crafting religious poetry today with acclaimed poets Pádraig Ó Tuama and John Dennison, together with Gregory O’Brien
Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn, Friday 20 March, 3:00-4:30pm

Poetry and Prayer: Surviving and Thriving in our Lives    A half-day workshop exploring contemporary poems as a way of deepening the inner life.
Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Saturday 21 March, 9:30-12:30pm
Tickets $25 from Eventfinda:

Some of the poems will be about prayer, others not. 
Some are written by religious people, others not.
Some of the people attending will be people of faith, others not.
Take precious time to join us on a quest to deepen life, deepen community, deepen discussion and deepen understanding of both the inner and outer lives.

Poetry and Prayer workshop: Facebook Event