On November 3-5 the Uniting Church Chaplaincy at Macquarie University and Epping Uniting Church are hosting a weekend workshop on Political Popularism and a Theological Response, led by John Flett.

Now, if that wasn't exciting enough.. we have a deal for you...

If you buy a ticket to the whole weekend (only $50) before the end of July, you go into the draw to win:

1) John Flett's highly praised book Apostolicity: The Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective 

2) The video/audio files from our Jesus 12 24 online conference (which is almost 24 hours of incredible content from 12 different speakers).

Can't come to the whole weekend?

That's ok, because there are 2 public lectures on the Friday and Saturday night - and if you buy a ticket to both nights (again by the end of July) you'll go in the draw to win the Jesus 12 24 video/audio pack.

It's a great deal, so don't miss out :)

Find out more about the event, John, and John's book below.




The Uniting Church Chaplaincy at Macquarie University and Epping Uniting Church are hosting 2 evening lectures and an in-depth workshop on the first weekend of November. The event will take place at Epping Uniting Church.

The concept of Political Popularism has gained new importance since the Brexit and US presidential elections. It is often used as a catch-all term to describe a general tone in government policies, campaign strategies, and the rise of fringe political groups in the "post-truth age". If we are to do theology, and be the church, in this time and place, we need to properly understand this phenomenon and have thought about constructive responses. This weekend will achieve both.

There are three ways to engage with the content over the weekend. You can attend either one or both of the evening lectures, or, you can attend the whole weekend (inc. daily workshops and evening lectures).

Friday Night, 7pm: Populism and the Accompanying Theological Themes (Lecture, Q&A, Live Music, wine/beer and cheese) The Friday night lecture considers the challenges and opportunities political populism presents to the Christian faith. It will define populism as it has developed within the neoliberal and neoconservative US context, and will highlight a number of related theological themes

Saturday workshop, 10am - 4:30pm: Identifies the crossover between theological and political concerns as they appear within the law, religious freedom, racism, secularisation and pluralism.

Saturday Night, 6:30pm: Theo-Politics for a Community that Moves Beyond Itself (Lecture, Q&A, Live Music, wine/beer and cheese) The Saturday night lecture picks up this theological challenge and proposes an alternative focused on the political stance of a community which finds its identity as it moves beyond itself. (This lecture can still be enjoyed independently of the first.

Sunday workshop, 12pm - 4:30pm: Focuses on a constructive theological response beginning with Christology and drawing the implications of this for an intercultural hermeneutics and forms of political participation.



John Flett is associate professor of missiology and intercultural theology at Pilgrim Theological College, Melbourne, Privatdozent at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethal, and Stellvertretender Institutsleiter am Institut für Interkulturelle Theologie und Interreligiöse Studien, Wuppertal. He specialises in intercultural theology, ecumenical relationships, and mission studies. He has lived and taught in the USA, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Korea, Germany, the DRC, and Australia. His PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary examined the history and theology of missio Dei and was published as The Witness of God (Eerdmans, 2010). His Habilitationschrift, undertaken at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel, developed a critical account the church’s apostolicity and its continuity across cultures. This was published as Apostolicity: The Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective (IVP Academic, 2016). He is currently developing a text on how the German church understood the relationship between the Christian gospel and culture during the twentieth century. He is a minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia, is married to Priscilla and has two daughters, Trinity and Mila.

You can also watch this interview with John to get a feel for the content and the awesomeness John will be bringing across the weekend.




What constitutes the unity of the church over time and across cultures? Can our account of the church's apostolic faith embrace the cultural diversity of world Christianity? The ecumenical movement that began in the twentieth century posed the problem of the church's apostolicity in profound new ways. In the attempt to find unity in the midst of the Protestant-Catholic schism, participants in this movement defined the church as a distinct culture--complete with its own structures, rituals, architecture and music. Apostolicity became a matter of cultivating the church's own (Western) culture. At the same time it became disconnected from mission, and more importantly, from the diverse reality of world Christianity. In this pioneering study, John Flett assesses the state of the conversation about the apostolic nature of the church. He contends that the pursuit of ecumenical unity has come at the expense of dealing responsibly with crosscultural difference. By looking out to the church beyond the West and back to the New Testament, Flett presents a bold account of an apostolicity that embraces plurality.

Listen to John talk about the book in this interview.

At the Christian Century, Ben Myers listed Apostolicity as one of the best new titles in Theology.