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Thought Matters Conference 2017

29th Sept -1 Oct 2017
Booth College of Mission, Upper Hutt, New Zealand


An annual conference organised by The Salvation Army's Tri-Territorial Theological Forum (TTTF). This Forum exists to facilitate theological discussion that informs ministry practice, and includes representatives from the Australia Eastern, Australia Southern and New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga territories.

2017 Conference Theme: Hospitality – Engaging the Other

In this year's conference, we want to explore the relationship between host and guest, and what our willingness (or unwillingness) to make space and offer kindness says about our identity and practice as people of God in an increasingly extreme and self-interested world. 

Conference Programme

> Download the 2017 Conference Programme (PDF, 489KB)

Keynote Speaker: Dr Andrew Shepherd

Dr Andrew Shepherd has 10 years' facilitating learning in theology, ethics and environmental studies. He has teaching and research roles with a range of NZ and US tertiary education institutions, including being a current Research Affiliate with the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago. His present day-to-day role is as the co-director of the Christian conservation organisation A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand

His recent publications include: The Gift of the Other: Levinas, Derrida, and a Theology of Hospitality (2014); Taking Rational Trouble over the Mystery: Reactions to Atheism (edited with Nicola Hoggard Creegan, 2013); and Creation and Hope: Anticipation and Promise in Aotearoa (edited with Nicola Hoggard Creegan, forthcoming).

He lives with his family in the Makarora valley, on the doorstep of Mt Aspiring National Park. 


Download the Thought Matters 2017 Registration Form (PDF, 615KB)


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Two conferences on one plane ticket!

The Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research (ACWR) is holding their annual conference immediately following Thought Matters. Why not stay on and get two great conference experiences for the price of one plane ticket? 

Registration information for ACWR is available below or visit

Download the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research Conference 2017 Registration Form (PDF, 2.04MB)

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Event details

Date(s): 29th Sept -1 Oct 2017
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Location: Booth College of Mission, Upper Hutt, New Zealand