Christian theology and spirituality has implications for every aspect of human existence, including sexuality. Even though sexuality is given inordinate attention in popular culture it is seldom discussed, in a deliberately theological way, within the church and in The Salvation Army. This conference aims to help people to reflect theologically on their responses to issues of sexuality in their own lives, in the church and in society in general.
Presenters will address a range of topics relating to sexuality including sexuality and identity, sexualisation of church and culture, same-sex attraction, biblical and theological perspectives, pastoral responses within the church and engagement between church and society.
'Thought Matters' Conference
Thought Matters is the annual conference organised and facilitated by The Salvation Army Tri-Territorial Theological Forum (TTTF). The TTTF exists to facilitate theological discussion which informs ministry practice. It is composed of representatives from each of the contributing territories – Australia Eastern, Australia Southern and New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.
The Thought Matters conference is a safe and respectful space for theological conversation. It is expected that there will be a wide range of views expressed through papers and in responses from delegates. The aim of the conference is to explore ideas rather than convince others of the rightness or otherwise of any particular position. Presenters will represent a range of views and will be articulating their ideas while allowing space for disagreement and discussion with others. Delegates are expected to demonstrate respect and care in all conference participation.
Thought Matters is a forum for exploration and discussion. While this conference is supported by territorial leaders in each of the three contributing territories, it is not a forum for debating or deciding official policy or positions.
The conference will commence on Friday evening with a plenary session followed by supper. On Saturday there will be a mix of plenary sessions and options, along with time for discussion and conversation. We will share a buffet dinner on Saturday evening. On Sunday our conference will conclude with a final plenary session, morning tea and worship together.
International delegates should aim to arrive at Auckland Airport by 5pm on Friday 29th August. We will finish by 12.30pm on Sunday 31st August, in time for delegates to catch afternoon flights. Shuttles will be available between the airport and venue.
The conference will be held at the Auckland Airport Holiday Inn, located a short distance from Auckland Airport in a quiet resort setting. Accommodation is available on-site at a special conference rate (see below for costs). See the Auckland Airport Holiday Inn website for more information about the venue.
Conference fee: NZ $155.00 (GST incl, Includes lunch and buffet dinner on Saturday and tea breaks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Accommodation is a separate personal responsibility but may be booked at Auckland Airport Holiday Inn at a specially negotiated conference rate (including breakfast):
Single occupancy: NZ $135 per night (GST incl)
Twin share: NZ $77.50 per person, per night (GST incl)
Conference rates are available for two nights before and after the conference. Bookings may be made on-line here.
Territorial Headquarters is making a number of scholarships available for New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga delegates.
To register your interest or for further information please contact:
Booth College of Mission
20 William Booth Grove
PO Box 40-542, Upper Hutt 5140
Phone: +64 4 528 8628
Fax: +64 4 527 6900