Friday, February 04, 2011

whinging with U2 and Paul Kelly in Auckland

I’m in Auckland later next week, at a research conference exploring the cultural and theological implications of lament. The two day conference (Thursday 10th and Friday 11th) involves discussion of a range of papers on themes including:

  • Spiritual Complaint and Lament
  • Lament in the Global Village
  • Job the Lamenter
  • Lament in Music
  • Lamentation and Liturgy
  • Lament and Penitential Prayer
  • Contemporary Conceptions of Lament

I’m co-presenting a paper with my Old Testament colleague here at Uniting College, Liz Boase. We are bringing contemporary lament into conversation with Biblical lament. Specifically looking at how U2 (responding to the Pike River tragedy) and Paul Kelly (responding to 2009 bushfires in Victoria) “whinge” publicly before God.

I’ll also be catching up with one of the D.Min candidates I supervise, taking another research step in the emerging church 10 years on project and sharing a K1 Shiraz 2008 with good friends.

It should be a busy, yet rich time. (Apart from the humidity – Auckland in early February can be pretty awful)

Posted by steve at 10:54 PM


  1. See you there. Looking forward to hearing conversation around the paper.

    Comment by Stephen — February 5, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

  2. It certainly looks a great mix – hat tip to organisors for gathering such a diverse group of papers


    Comment by steve — February 5, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

  3. would love to read it one day… esp the paul kelly bit 🙂

    Comment by darren — February 26, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

  4. Darren, there is certainly a plan for publication, probably into 2012 though.


    Comment by steve — February 28, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

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