Committee

2016

 

President: Professor Constant Mews, Director, Centre for Religious Studies

Constant J. Mews gained his BA and MA from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and his  DPhil from Oxford University. He is Professor within the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University where he is also Director of the Centre for Religious Studies. He has published widely on medieval thought, ethics, and religious culture, with particular reference to the writings of Abelard, Heloise, Hildegard of Bingen and their contemporaries, including Abelard and Heloise (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005) and The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard. Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France, 2nd edition (New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2008). His research interests range from the early middle ages to late medieval religious and intellectual culture, as well as the interface between various religious and ethical traditions.

 

Vice President: Reverend Associate Professor Glen O’Brien, Research Coordinator, Eva Burrows College, University of Divinity, Melbourne.

Glen O’Brien  a graduate of Kingsley College (Bachelor of Theology and Master of Arts in Biblical Studies), Asbury Theological Seminary (Master of Arts Theological Studies) and La Trobe University (PhD in history), Glen has engaged in postdoctoral research on John Wesley’s political writings at Duke Divinity School in 2011, Asbury Theological Seminary in 2013, and Oxford Brookes University in 2014.   Glen continued that research as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Manchester Wesley Research Centre in the summer of 2015.   In 2013 and 2018 he was elected a Member of the Oxford Institute for Methodist Theological Studies.

He is a Uniting Church minister in the Yarra Yarra Presbytery with a placement to full time theological education in The Salvation Army.  Research Coordinator at Eva Burrows College , he lectures in Christian History and Theology, specialising in Wesleyan studies. He is Chair of the Research Committee, Deputy Chair of Examiners, and a Member of the University of Divinity’s Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy, Vice-President of the Religious History Association, President of the Uniting Church National History Society, a Research Fellow of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research (ACWR), an Honorary Fellow of the Manchester (UK) Wesley Research Centre, Member of the Australian Historical Association, and Member of the American Academy of Religion. He is a member of The Salvation Army / Uniting Church Dialogue.

He has published widely on Wesleyan and Methodist themes, including two volumes in the Ashgate Methodist Studies Series, many articles and book reviews in scholarly journals including The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, The Journal of Religious History, Methodist Review, Wesley and Methodist Studies, and the Wesleyan Theological Journal, as well as contributing numerous chapters to edited collections. In addition to his many publications, he is the editor of The Journal of Wesleyan Thought (formerly Aldersgate Papers) the peer reviewed journal of the ACWR and has recently completed a full-length monograph on John Wesley’s political writings.

 

Treasurer: Kerrie Handasyde, Adjunct Lecturer in Church History at the University of Divinity

Kerrie teaches church history at the University of Divinity. Her current research focuses on literature, landscape and the Nonconformist tradition in Australia. Publications include scholarly articles on liturgy, spirituality and nineteenth-century church development, and a number of commissioned histories. Kerrie served as Honorary Historian for the Conference of Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania (2008-2013) and Editor of ‘Historical Digest’ for the Australian Churches of Christ Historical Society (2001-2014).

 

katharine-massamSecretary: Associate Professor Katharine Massam

Katharine is Professor of Church History at Pilgrim Theological College in Melbourne, and teaching within the University of Divinity. She writes and teaches on a range of themes in the history of Christian spirituality, with a particular interest in Australia. She holds a doctorate in history from the University of Western Australia, and has also studied in the School of Education at Flinders University (Adelaide) and at the School of Theology, St John’s University (Collegeville, MN).  Her publications include Sacred Threads: Catholic Spirituality in Australia (UNSW Press, 1996), On High Ground (UWA Press, 1996), as well as a number of scholarly articles and a forthcoming monograph on the Spanish Benedictine Missionary Sisters of New Norcia.

 

RHA Attached documents:
The Minutes – RHA Minutes July 2016-Final