ACHEA Conference

Changing Worlds: Purposive formation, pluralism and paradigm clash - past and present

9-10 September 2021
Held at Excelsia College (69-71 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park NSW)

Keynote Speakers

Dr Stan Rosenberg - CCCU & Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford
Dr Beth Green - Tyndale University College, Toronto
Dr Perry Glanzer - Baylor University Texas

In this conference we will discuss the nature, goals and processes of formation, challenges to formation in pluralistic contexts, and problems of formation at times of paradigm clashes. The legitimacy of individually focused formation through higher education is not immune to question, given the social inequalities evident in access to enrolment and between graduates and non-graduates. The ethical implications of intentional formation of people in a social context that privileges autonomy are also worthy of close scrutiny. Some ethical questions include: Who has the right to attempt the formation of others? What legitimates formation activities? What are the benefits and harms of purposive individual formation in situations of pluralism? In considering these and related questions about purposive formation we reflect on the present and consider lessons that can be learned from the past.

ACHEA Conference Schedule




8.30am - 8.45am Registration
8.45am - 9am Digital Foyer
9am - 9.15am Welcome
Opening Remarks
Peter McKeon, CEO – Excelsia College
Emeritus Professor Peter Coaldrake AO, Chief Commissioner - TEQSA
9.15am - 9.30am Digital Foyer
9.30am - 10.30am Paper Session 1 (Parallel streams: choose one to attend)
1. Worldviews and social imaginaries in CHE
Peter Carblis, Simon P. Kennedy
2. Structures for Christian Higher Education
Phil Fitzsimmmons, Paul Oslington
3. Formation and Pluralism in Schools
Emily Lockhart, Jacqueline Greentree
4. Formation in a Context of Pluralism
David Turnbull, Andrew Butcher
10.30am - 11am Morning Tea
11am - 12pm Paper Session 2
1. Formation and pluralism in teaching
Kate Osborne, Phil Daughty, Kirsten Macaitis
2. Theology and Student Formation
Aaron Chalmers, Chris Gilbert
3. Psychology, Spirituality and Formation
Maureen Miner, Helen Miller
4. Challenges in the Student Experience
Debra Ayling, Johannes M. Luetz, Kirsty Beilharz, Carissa Henriksson
12pm - 12.30pm Plenary discussion (on Sessions 1 & 2)
12.30pm - 2pm Lunch
2pm - 3pm Paper Session 3 (Parallel streams: choose one to attend)
1. Models of Formation in Christian Higher Education
Kirsty Beiharz, Glenda Hepplewhite
2. Formative Practices
Peter Stiles, Darren Iselin
3. Formation, Identity and Music
Christine Carroll, Lotte Latukefu, Janelle Colville Fletcher
4. Formation, Pedagogies and Paradigms in Schools
Tracey Price, Francis Ben, Victoria Warren, Brent Willsmore, Thomas Smith
3pm - 3.30pm Plenary discussion (on Session 3)
3.30pm - 4.45pm Keynote Speaker 1 (With Q&A) Dr Stan Rosenberg
4.45pm Close




8.30am - 8.45am Digital Foyer for Keynotes
8.45am - 10am Keynote Speaker 2 (With Q&A) Dr Perry Glanzer
10am - 10.30am Morning Tea
10.30am - 11.45am Keynote Speaker 3 (With Q&A) Dr Beth Green
11.45am - 12pm Short Break
12pm - 1pm Paper Session 4 (Parallel streams: choose one to attend)
1. Formation and International Students

Leonardo Veliz, Scott Smith, Kirsty Beilharz
2. Formation Identity and Paradigm Clash
Mark Seton, Samantha Smith
3. Purposeful Planning in Christian Higher Education
Jennie Bickmore-Brand, Narelle Coetzee, Jacqueline Greentree, Craig Murison, Stuart Devenish
4. Business and Formation
Sunaina Gowan, John Ayoub
5. Formation of Counsellors
Ebi Cocodia, Dion Khlentzos
1pm - 2.30pm Lunch
2.30pm - 4pm Performance with Exegesis Roz Riley and Maureen Miner
4pm - 4.30pm Plenary Q&A on session 4 and performance
4.30 - 4.45pm Presentation of Prizes and Close