Carey Research Conference

8.30am – 2.15pm and 7.00pm – 8.30pm

23 September 2021

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We are so excited to share with you about our up-and-coming Carey Research Conference on the 23rd of September. Due to the current situation with COVID, we will run this conference completely online.

A Celebration of Research that Matters

Are there pressing questions in your context that would benefit from theological engagement?

Join us as we explore research that matters in an interactive on- line conference featuring Carey thesis students, teaching staff, and a keynote address by Dr. Lynne Taylor.

We invite you to get a taste of our research culture as we join our conversations through TED style talks as well as wānanga style discussions.

For those who are interested in the feast that is postgraduate study or who want to see what cutting edge projects are developing at Carey Graduate School, join us on 23 September.


8:30am Mihi Whakatau
  Postgrad Thesis student presentations
10:00am Morning Tea Break
10:30am Postgrad Thesis student presentations
12:00pm Lunch Break
  • Info session on PG programmes
  • Student Testimonials on why study
  • Wānanga via break-out rooms
2:10 – 7:00pm Break
7:00 – 8:30pm Keynote Lecture: Lynne Taylor

Keynote Address: Dr. Lynne Taylor

Good News in the Midst of a Pandemic

 In this lecture, Lynne explores the “good news” that was preached by selected churches during the first week of NZ’s national Lockdown. Preachers pointed to God’s character, made space for lament and acknowledging pain, and offered words of comfort, with a goal towards human flourishing. Pastors and churches can learn from this balancing of what Neil Pembroke calls the theocentric and the therapeutic. First, they can be encouraged to include space for pain and lament alongside their talk about God, and vice versa. Secondly, the research demonstrates that the human need for personal agency might healthily be expressed in service towards others. Thirdly, the hopeful sense, experienced by many, that perhaps our church, community or world could be better post-COVID ought to be encouraged and explored.


About Lynne

Lynne is married to Steve and they have two young adult daughters, Shannon and Kayli. Lynne is passionate about helping churches to support the wellbeing of their congregations and wider communities, and she researches and teaches in these areas as part of her role as Jack Somerville Lecturer in Pastoral Theology at the University of Otago. Her desire to help the Church in its missional engagement is why she also continues to work as Researcher for the Baptist Churches of NZ, supplying community demographics and longitudinal church stats to churches. Lynne previously been involved in pastoral ministry, including as part of the team planting Graceway Baptist and then at Opawa Baptist (Christchurch). More recently, Lynne co-lead a student congregation (Student Soul, Dunedin). She and Steve now attend the South Dunedin Seedling (Presbyterian Congregation).