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as your Father is compassionate."

Jesus  (Luke 6: 36)

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Stephen Ames

Stephen Ames
(President) is an Anglican priest and Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral. He lectures in the School of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.

John Bottomley

John Bottomley
is a minister of the Uniting Church in Australia.  He has had parish ministries in Knox and East St. Kilda, and is a founding member of the Creative Ministries Network, where he is currently the Director.  The Network integrates faith with the arts to address issues of justice at work in a social, political and environmental context.

Anne Elvey’s
research interests focus around ecological hermeneutics and biblical studies. Anne is editor of Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review. She holds adjunct and honorary appointments at Monash University, Trinity College Theological School and University of Divinity, Melbourne. A list of her publications can be found at <anneelvey.wordpress.com/research/> .

Therese D'Orsa

Therese D'Orsa has been for many years Conjoint Professor of Mission and Culture at the University of Newcastle and the Broken Bay Institute, and has recently been granted the level of Professor within the Sydney College of Divinity. For eleven years she was Director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Sale and has been Executive Director of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. She has had extensive professional involvement in curriculum development and religious education in Catholic schools, including a special focus on justice education and mission. 


Jim D'Orsa

Jim D'Orsa
is deeply involved in pastoral planning in the Diocese of Sale and chairs its Diocesan Strategy Team. He is also involved with Broken Bay Institute in the areas of leadership and missiology. He has contributed strongly in the fields of educational leadership and curriculum development, as well as to institutional planning  and governance. His current research concentrates on the Theology of Mission as it applies to education; analyses of secularisation/secularity and their implications for education; and issues around 'Catholic identity' in Catholic institutions.

Rowan Ireland

Major Brad Halse 
  has served as an officer within The Salvation Army for more than 30 years.  He has worked in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, in areas of aged care, homeless youth, editorial and journalism work and church leadership. He is currently the Australia Southern Territory’s Director of Government Relations and is a representative on Commonwealth and State government advisory bodies and taskforces. He has been involved in reform proposals around responsible gambling and in advocacy for asylum seekers and refugees.    

Rowan Ireland

Rowan Ireland
is an Honorary Associate in the School of Sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne. He has had extensive field work in Latin America, and is investigating urban social movements in three Brazilian cities. He is also involved in studying the processes of secularisation and new forms of religious life and civil society in Australia. See some of Dr Ireland's recent publications HERE.

Rowan Ireland

John D'Arcy May has returned to Australia after leaving his position as Associate Professor of Interfaith Dialogue at the Irish School of Ecumenics. He has written extensively in may areas: Buddhist-Christian dialogue, religious pluralism, ethics in multicultural societies, Christian dialogue with Asian religions; religion in Australasia and the Pacfic Islands, tribal religions, and religion and ecology. The Yarra Institute is delighted that he has accepted the role of Associate Director of the Institute.

Paul Rule

Paul Rule taught Religious Studies and History at La Trobe University where he remains an associate, and is now engaged in major research projects on Christianity in China for the Ricci Institute, University of San Francisco and Macao Ricci Institute. He is a former member of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and the Melbourne Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission and has been involved for many years in justice and peace activities and publications. Click for a list of some of his writings.


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