Chantal Stewart is a professional children’s book illustrator. Among artists and writers Chantal has worked with Joan van Loon, Bruce Dawe, Libby Gleeson, Sue Walker and Nette Hilton. Born in Paris Chantal now lives in Melbourne.
Constant J Mews
Constant J. Mews is Professor within the School of Historical Studies, Monash University where he is also Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology. He specializes in the history of medieval thought, education, and religious culture, with particular reference to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. He has published The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard: Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France (Palgrave, 1999; 2nd edn, 2008) and Abelard and Heloise (Oxford University Press, 2005) as well as editing or co-editing a number of other volumes, such as Listen Daughter: The ‘Speculum virginum’ and the Formation of Religious Women in the Middle Ages (Palgrave, 2001) as well as editing, with Karen Green, Healing the Body Politic: The Political Thought of Christine de Pizan (Brepols, 2005) and translating with Karen Green and Janice Pinder, Christine de Pizan: The Book of Peace (Penn State University Press, 2008).
Dr Claire Renkin has a PhD in Art History from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and degrees in English and art history from LaTrobe University, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. During the 1990’s she lectured in art history at the University of Massachusetts. From 1998-1999 she was Graduate Curatorial Intern at the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts. Since 2001 Claire has lectured in art history and spirituality at Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne College of Divinity, where she teaches courses on the art and spirituality of Western Europe from Late Antiquity through the Early Modern period. Her research and publications focus on visual imagery, gender and female sanctity, c.1300-1600. Her forthcoming publications include a chapter in Eucharist: Embodied and Embedded in the Land – Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Equinox, 2011), a volume which is co-edited with Anne Elvey, Kim Power and Carol Hogan.
Judith F. Hall
Judith F. Hall trained as a kindergarten teacher and has worked in Kindergartens, Child Care Centres, After School Care, Family Day Care, and Foster Care. She has taught Child Care Studies and Human Development at TAFE. While working for the Anglican Mother’s Union as an inner city children’s and family worker Judith developed an interest in social inclusion and advocacy which she has maintained through her membership of Rural Australians for Refugees and other community groups.
As a committed Anglican with a deep love of the liturgy, Judith has always sought to include all the children in parish worship so that the experience is enriching for the entire community. Using the activities and materials she has developed, Judith has presented workshops for conferences, parishes and theological colleges throughout Victoria and in Africa.
Studying has always been integral to Judith’s life. While working as a teacher she undertook Biblical and Pastoral Studies at the United Faculty of Theology in Melbourne and while rearing her family she attained a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and completed an Education for Ministry certificate. She has an abiding interest in Spirituality and Interfaith issues, and is continuing her Graduate Studies at the Melbourne College of Divinity.
Judith lives in Bendigo with her husband and teenage children and enjoys participating in community choirs and multicultural groups. She particularly enjoys her role as coordinator of No Fear Circus at her children’s secondary college.
Mr Hugh Elphinstone
Reader of Sunday Bible Readings 2010
Hugh Elphinstone is a broadcaster from Bendigo. His first experience of voice production was in the Choir of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney. After his voice deepened considerably, he worked in commercial radio as an announcer, including two years in the newsroom of Radio 2SM in Sydney. You will enjoy the clarity and warmth of his voice, honed through a career of voiceovers and media work.
The Rev’d Dr Bruce Kaye
Author of Web of Meaning: The Role of Origins in Christian Faith
Bruce Kaye is one of the leading Anglican Theologians in Australia. Formerly General Secretary of The Anglican Church of Australia General Synod he is a graduate of the Universities of Sydney and London, and of Moore Theological College and was ordained in 1964. He is a Doctor of Theology from the University of Basel in Switzerland. Previous positions have included: Master of New College, in the University of New South Wales, Vice Principal of St John’s College, Durham, Visiting Fellow at the University of Freiburg in Germany, Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University and Fellow Commonee, Churchill College Cambridge.
Dr Kay has lectured and spoken extensively in Australia and overseas and has published widely on theological, management and social ethics subjects. His most recent books are A Church Without Walls , Being Anglican in Australia, and Godly Citizens.
He maintains a strong involvement in his parish church. He is a member of Amnesty International and formerly President of Relationships Australia (New South Wales).
Photography by Scott Wajon, State Library of NSW
Emeritus Professor Brian Fletcher
Author of The Place of Anglicanism in Australia: Church, Society and Nation
Emeritus Professor Brian Fletcher writer, historian and active member of St Alban’s Church, Epping in Sydney was appointed to the newly created Bicentennial Chair of Australian History at the University of Sydney in 1987. He retired in 1999 and is still an Honorary Professor in History at the University of Sydney. He taught history there in the 1950’s before joining the staff of the University of New South Wales and returned to Sydney University in 1973. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, of the Royal Australian Historical Society and of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies.
Brian Fletcher is the author of ten books, three dealing with aspects of early New South Wales and two with history as a social and cultural force in Australia. He has also published histories of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales and the Rotary Club of Sydney (of which he is a member and Paul Harris Fellow). In December 2007 he released Magnificent Obsession, The Story of the Mitchell Library, Sydney with Allen Unwin.
In recent years Brian Fletcher has spent considerable time researching on and writing about the history of Anglicanism in Australia. His particular interest is in bringing out the contribution which Anglicanism has made to the shaping of Australia. He has delivered two named lectures on aspects of Anglicanism, both of which have been published, has produced several articles and contributed chapter to three books.
In addition to writing and teaching, Professor Fletcher has delivered numerous talks on different aspects of Australian history to a wide variety of community groups. He has served on a number of committees dealing with secondary school modern history and has chaired some of these bodies. He was foundation chair of the Board of Trustees for the Journal of Anglican Studies and still occupies that position.
Fletcher was awarded the annual History Citation for 2007 by the History Council of NSW.
The Reverend Dr Elizabeth Smith
Author of Prayers and Plays for Christmas and Holy Week
The Reverend Dr Elizabeth Smith, currently the Mission Plan Co-ordinator in the Anglican Diocese of Perth, was Vicar of Bentleigh in suburban Melbourne from 1995-2007 and is well known around Australia for her new hymn texts set to familiar tunes. She was ordained Deacon in 1987 and served as curate in Altona (1987-88) and Mt Waverley (1989-90) before completing a PhD in Berkeley, California (1991-94) exploring the impact of feminist biblical hermeneutics on the use of the bible in Anglican liturgy. She was ordained priest in 1993 and has been a member of the General Synod Liturgy Commission since 1996. Her previous publications include Songs for a Hopeful Church: Words for Inclusive Worship (Melbourne: Acorn Press, 1997) and Bearing Fruit in Due Season: Feminist Hermeneutics and the Bible in Worship (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1999), and God Loves a Cheerful Giver: Sixty One-Minute Stewardship Sermons (Melbourne: BEAUT Resources, 2005). Elizabeth brings biblical and theological insights to life in fresh, direct Australian language, communicating the Christian Good News to a wide range of contemporary worshippers.
The Reverend Dr Christopher Newell
Author of Euthanasia, Death and Dying: An Anglican Resource
In 1999 the late Dr Newell was Highly Commended in the Australian Human Rights Awards, with the citation reading “…for significantly contributing to the promotion and protection of human rights and equal opportunity in Australia.” In 2001 he was awarded the "Australian Achiever" award in the Australia Day Awards, with the award presented by the Prime Minister. In 2001 he was also appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) with the citation reading “For service to people with disabilities, particularly through advocacy and research, to the development and practice of ethics and to health consumers.” In 2002 he was awarded the Tasmania Day Award for community service. In 2004 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Tasmania for his contribution to the community, and in 2005 was elected as a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators for his contribution to education on Australia and internationally. He was awarded the “Non-Fiction Human Rights Award” in the 2005 Australian Human Rights Awards.