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.


Full Registration: $180
Full Registration for those attending face to face covers printed conference materials, live attendance and live participation in Q&A sessions, and live attendance at a play produced especially for the conference, and food and beverages.

Virtual Registration: $120
Virtual Registration for online participants covers conference materials in electronic form, links to all sessions of the conference and participation in Q&A sessions via chat functions.

ACHEA Conference Schedule

8.30am - 9am Registration & Coffee
9am - 9.15am Welcome & Opening Remarks Peter McKeon
9.15am - 10.30am Keynote Speaker with Q&A Dr Stan Rosenberg
10.30am - 11am Morning Tea
11am - 1pm Paper Session 1
1. Structures for Christian Higher Education
Phil Fitzsimmmons, Peter Carblis, Simon P. Kennedy, Paul Oslington
2. Formation and Pluralism in Schools
Darren Iselin, Emily Lockhart, Jacqueline Greentree, Kate Osborne
3. Formation in a Context of Pluralism
David Turnbull, Andrew Butcher, Phil Daughty, Kirsten Macaitis, Denise Austin and Robert Pope
1pm - 2pm Lunch
2pm - 3.30pm Panel Session
Indigenous Entrepreneurship:

Education and Research for Future Innovation
Trevor Maher, Ian Eddie and John Ayoub
3.30pm - 4pm Afternoon Tea
4pm - 5pm Paper Session 2
1. Pluralism and Paradigm Shift in Organisations
Ian Eddie & Sunaina Gowan
2. Theology and Student Formation
Aaron Chalmers, Chris Gilbert
3. Psychology, Spirituality and Formation
Maureen Miner, Helen Miller
4. Challenged in the Student Experience
Debra Ayling, Johannes M. Luetz, Peter Stiles and Kirsty Beilharz
5.30pm Dinner (Optional and own expense)
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 - 12.45pm Paper Session 3
1. Models of Formation in Christian Higher Education

Kirsty Beilharz and Glenda Happlewhite
2. Formation, Identity and Music
Christine Carroll, Lotte Latukefu, Janelle Colville Fletcher
3. Formation of Counsellors
Ebi Cocodia, Dion Khlentzos
4. Formation, Pedagogies and Paradigms in Schools
Tracey Price, Francis Ben, Victoria Warren, Brent Willsmore, Thomas Smith
12.45pm - 1.45pm Lunch
1.45pm - 2.45pm Paper Session 4
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. Further Musings
Peter Stiles, John Ayoub
2.45pm - 3pm Afternoon Tea
3pm - 4.30pm Performance with Exegesis Roz Riley and Maureen Miner
4.30pm - 4.45pm Presentation of Prizes and Close