Position

Academic Status
Humanities and Creative Arts

Biography

I completed postgraduate work in religion and cultural change, both in terms of how Christianity expresses it's faith in content (theology) and in practice (ecclesiology). My interest is in new and emerging forms of Christian practice, both within the church and within contemporary culture.

Qualifications

PhD, University of Otago (2004). A New Way of Being Church? used a practical theology model to exploring church, mission and worship in the contemporary environment.

Masters in Theology, University of Auckland (1996). Angst and Atonement, gained first class honours for a critical investigation of contextual atonement images in a postmodern New Zealand urban context.

Bachelor in Theology, University of Auckland (1995).

Bachelor of Horticulture, Lincoln University (1992).

Honours, awards and grants

2015 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching. For leading sustained innovation in theological pedagogy over six years, implementing quality improvements that ensure the embedded diversity of the student body is a resource in contextualising, personalising and deepening the overall teaching and learning experience.

2014 EHL Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

2014 EHL Community of Practice research

Teaching interests

theology of popular culture, ecclesiology, new forms of church.

Research expertise

  • Communication and media studies
  • Religious and religious studies

Research interests

Reading popular culture, how indigenous cultures read the Bible, missional leadership, cultural change, gospel in post-Christian context and emerging church, ecclesiology and ethnography, U2 studies

Supervisory interests

  • Church and society
  • Ethnographic method
  • Ethnography
  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Popular culture, film and television
  • Religion
  • Theology

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Lived Experience, Meaning Making and the Place of Contemporary Christianity through accounts and studies with young adults (1) ; A missional pneumatology of the Basis of Union of the Uniting Church in Australia (1) ; ecclesiology and ethnographic study of experiences of forgiveness (1) ; action research study of Trinity on ministry life (1) ;

Associate supervisor : how do pastoral leaders working in multi-ethic communities enhance their cultural competency (1) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : spiritual formation (Adelaide College of Divinity) (1) ; Preaching (Australian College Theology) (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Chaplaincy (Adelaide College of Divinity) (1) ;

Publications

  • Taylor, S. (2015). Transmitting Memories: U2's Rituals for Creating Communal History. In Scott Calhoun, ed. U2 Above, Across and Beyond:Interdisciplinary Assessments. Lanham, Maryland, USA: Lexington Books, pp. 105-121.
  • Taylor, S. and Dewerse, R. (2014). Colouring Outside the Lines ... In Rosemary Dewerse, ed. Colouring Outside the Lines. Unley, South Australia: Mediacom Education Inc, pp. 5-12.
  • Taylor, S. and Matton-Johnson, T. (2014). This is my body? A post-colonial investigation of indigenous Australian communion practices. In Mark Brett, Jione Havea, ed. Colonial Contexts and Postcolonial Theology: Storyweaving in the Asia-Pacific. New York, United States of America: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 201-217.
  • Taylor, S. (2014). Embodiment and transformation in the context of e-learning. In Les Ball, James R. Harrison, ed. Learning and Teaching Theology: Some Ways Ahead. Northcote, Victoria, Australia: Morning Star Publications, pp. 171-183.
  • Taylor, S. (2013). Baptist Worship and Contemporary Culture: A New Zealand Case Study. In David Bebbington and Martin Sutherland, ed. Interfaces. Baptists and Others. Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, pp. 292-307.
  • Boase, E.C. and Taylor, S. (2013). Public Lament. In MJ Bier & T Bulkeley, ed. Spiritual Complaint: The Theology and Practice of Lament. Eugene, USA: Pickwick Publishers, pp. 205-227.
  • Taylor, S. (2012). Emerging Churches in Aotearoa New Zealand. In RK Bolger, ed. The Gospel after Christendom. Grand Rapids, USA: Baker Academic, pp. 17-31.
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  • Taylor, S. (2012). U2. In RK Johnston, C Detweiler & B Taylor, ed. Don't Stop Believin'. Pop Culture and Religion from Ben-Hur to Zombies. Louisville, USA: Westminster John Knox Press, pp. 125-126.
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  • Taylor, S. (2012). "Bullet the Blue Sky" as an Evolving Performance. In Scott Calhoun, ed. Exploring U2: Is This Rock 'n' Roll? Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow Press, pp. 84-97.
  • Taylor, S. (2011). When land is layered: Jacob in conversation with coloniser (James Cook) and colonised (Te Horeta Te Taniwha) In Philip Church, Peter Walker, Tim Bulkeley and Tim Meadowcroft, ed. The Gospel and the Land of Promise: Christian Approaches to the Land of the Bible. Eugene, USA: Wipf and Stock, pp. 133-146.
  • Taylor, S. (2010). A Pneumatology for an Everyday Theology: Whither the Anonymous Spirit in Luke 10:1-12. In Myk Habets, ed. The Spirit of Truth. Reading Scripture and Constructing Theology with the Holy Spirit. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, pp. 41-56.
  • Taylor, S. (2010). Creating Space for Innovation. In Jonny Baker, ed. Curating Worship. London: SPCK Publishing, pp. 129-138.
  • Taylor, S. (2010). Reading "Pop-wise": the Very Fine Art of "making do" When Reading the Bible in bro'Town. In Philip Culbertson and Elaine Wainwright, ed. The Bible in/and Popular Culture. A Creative Encounter. Atlanta: Brill / Society of Biblical Literature, pp. 157-172.
  • Taylor, S. (2016). Built for Change: Innovation and collaboration in leadership. Adelaide: Mediacom.
  • Taylor, S. (2015). Inhabiting Our Neighbourhoods: Plot by plot, plant by plant. In Andreana Reale, ed. Inhabiting Our Neighbourhoods. Melbourne: Urban Seed Press. Urban Life Together: Inhabiting Our Neighbourhoods. Melbourne. Oct 2014, pp. 72-81.
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  • Taylor, S. (2017). Religion and politics: Learning with Wiremu Tamihana. SPANZ, 68 pp. 16-16.
  • Taylor, S. (2017). U2 Praying the Pattern of the Psalms in Paris. Equip, 30 pp. 20-21.
  • Taylor, S. (2016). A theology of strategic planning? Yeah right! SPANZ, 67(Sprint) pp. 18-18.
  • Taylor, S. (2016). Mission possible: Becoming intercultural by becoming children. Refresh Journal of Contemplative Spirituality, 17(2 (Summer)) pp. 42-44.
  • Taylor, S. (2016). Rejuvenation in the Church: some theological notes. Candour, March
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  • Taylor, S. (2014). Review Yarta Wandatha. Uniting Church Studies, 20(2) pp. 69-71.
  • Taylor, S. (2014). Book Review Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography. Uniting Church Studies, 20(2) pp. 67-69.
  • Taylor, S. (2013). Starting Old - A re-resurrection. Australian Leadership, pp. 15-17.
  • Taylor, S. (2013). Book Review: Christian Scharen, ed., Explorations in Ecclesiology and Ethnography, 17(2)
  • Taylor, S. (2012). Fresh Expressions of the Uniting Church. Australian Leadership, 5(1) pp. 7-9.
  • Taylor, S. (2011). What reaches emerging young adults? Australian Leadership, 3(6) pp. 10-12.
  • Taylor, S. (2010). A Uniting Church an Emerging Church? Cross Purposes, pp. 3-8.
  • Taylor, S. (2016). It takes a church to raise a minister. SPANZ. 65 pp. 18-18.
  • Taylor, S. (2013). Theology needs Art. Seasons of the Spirit.
  • Taylor, S. (2012). Seeking holy ground. The Journey.
  • Taylor, S. (2012). Deacons, pioneering and the mission of God. SA Historical Newsletter May 2012, pp. 24-26.
  • Taylor, S. (2015). The complexity of authenticity in religious innovation: alternative worship and its appropriation as Fresh expressions. M/C Journal, 18(1)
  • Cronshaw, D. and Taylor, S. (2014). The Congregation in a Pluralist Society: Rereading Newbigin for Missional Churches Today. Pacifica: Australasian Theological Studies, 27(2) pp. 1-24.
  • Taylor, S. (2016). Built for Change: Innovation and collaboration in leadership. Adelaide: Mediacom.
  • Taylor, S. (2015). Transmitting Memories: U2's Rituals for Creating Communal History. In Scott Calhoun, ed. U2 Above, Across and Beyond:Interdisciplinary Assessments. Lanham, Maryland, USA: Lexington Books, pp. 105-121.
  • Taylor, S. (2014). Embodiment and transformation in the context of e-learning. In Les Ball, James R. Harrison, ed. Learning and Teaching Theology: Some Ways Ahead. Northcote, Victoria, Australia: Morning Star Publications, pp. 171-183.
  • Taylor, S. and Matton-Johnson, T. (2014). This is my body? A post-colonial investigation of indigenous Australian communion practices. In Mark Brett, Jione Havea, ed. Colonial Contexts and Postcolonial Theology: Storyweaving in the Asia-Pacific. New York, United States of America: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 201-217.
  • Boase, E.C. and Taylor, S. (2013). Public Lament. In MJ Bier & T Bulkeley, ed. Spiritual Complaint: The Theology and Practice of Lament. Eugene, USA: Pickwick Publishers, pp. 205-227.
  • Taylor, S. (2013). Baptist Worship and Contemporary Culture: A New Zealand Case Study. In David Bebbington and Martin Sutherland, ed. Interfaces. Baptists and Others. Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, pp. 292-307.
  • Taylor, S. (2012). "Bullet the Blue Sky" as an Evolving Performance. In Scott Calhoun, ed. Exploring U2: Is This Rock 'n' Roll? Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow Press, pp. 84-97.
  • Taylor, S. (2012). Emerging Churches in Aotearoa New Zealand. In RK Bolger, ed. The Gospel after Christendom. Grand Rapids, USA: Baker Academic, pp. 17-31.
    [Web Link]
  • Taylor, S. (2011). When land is layered: Jacob in conversation with coloniser (James Cook) and colonised (Te Horeta Te Taniwha) In Philip Church, Peter Walker, Tim Bulkeley and Tim Meadowcroft, ed. The Gospel and the Land of Promise: Christian Approaches to the Land of the Bible. Eugene, USA: Wipf and Stock, pp. 133-146.
  • Taylor, S. (2010). A Pneumatology for an Everyday Theology: Whither the Anonymous Spirit in Luke 10:1-12. In Myk Habets, ed. The Spirit of Truth. Reading Scripture and Constructing Theology with the Holy Spirit. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, pp. 41-56.

Professional and community engagement

I run my own website, on which I write regularly on culture, change, mission and leadership. This can be found at http://www.emergentkiwi.org.nz. Resources produced here have been used by people around the world.

I have, since 2005, written a monthly column for Touchstone magazine, exploring theological themes in film.

I work with a range of church groups in regard to leadership, community engagement and new forms of church. Recent examples include

  • Keynote addresses (4) General Assembly, Presbyterian Church of New Zealand, Wellington, October 2014
  • Keynote speaker, National Ministers Conference, Uniting Church in Australia, in Sydney, rural Queensland and Jerusalem.
  • Keynote address to Catholic Education, Adelaide, March 2012
  • Keynote conference speaker, Summer Spirit, Perth, Western Australia, February 2012

Expertise for media contact

Interests

  • contemporary spirituality
  • religious expressions of spirituality
  • theological perspectives on film

Contact

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Phone: +61 8 84168421
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Location: Adelaide College of Divinity , Brooklyn Park
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Further information

I am the author of The Out of Bounds Church? Learning to Create a Community of Faith in a Culture of Change, Zondervan, 2005. This was translated into Korean in 2008.

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