Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


James HaireLetter from the Chair,
Global Network for Public Theology, 2008-2011

Rev Professor James Haire
Charles Sturt University, Australia

A warm welcome to the Global Network for Public Theology (GNPT) website!

The headquarters of the GNPT is located in Charles Sturt University from 2008 to 2011. Theology in Charles Sturt University includes the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (a centre for ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue and research), the St Mark's National Theological Centre (Anglican) in Canberra, Australia,and the United Theological College (Uniting Church in Australia), in Sydney, Australia. From our location here in Australia, we are particularly concerned with the expression of public theology in the Asia-Pacific Region as well as internationally.

The GNPT, formed in 2007, includes twenty four research centres and programs in universities, colleges and seminaries from all continents around the world. The GNPT seeks, through interaction and collaboration, to be a genuinely global network, where the global and the local come together. Despite our differences, the Christian faith challenges us to engage theologically with public life in all its aspects, political, economic, legal and social. We are concerned with the expression of public theology, how it is conceived in particular contexts, and how it is applied. We are looking forward to welcoming members of the GNPT to Canberra and Sydney for the triennial meeting in May 2010.

We express our thanks to William Storrar, Director of the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI), who initiated the GNPT, and to Nico Koopman, who was its first Chairperson from 2007-2008. Without Dr. Storrar's vision and drive, together with the support of the CTI, the formation of the GNPT would not have been possible. The CTI was the host of the GNPT from 2005 to 2008, which included a preparatory meeting in Edinburgh in 2005 and the launch of the GNPT in 2007 in Princeton. From 2011 to 2014, the University of Manchester will host the GNPT, and from 2014 ??? 2017, the Beyers Naud?? Centre for Public Theology, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa will be the host.

We hope that together, through the GNPT, we will point to God???s graceful condescension towards us, and to our common calling to engage in public life theologically, spreading the good news of God's salvation to the world.

James Haire


GNPT LogoThe GNPT's logo is taken from an Indonesian batik cloth that was used at the first tri-annual meeting of the Network, given as gift by Robert Borrong, Jakarta Theological Seminary. It covered the table on which the member institutions signed the founding protocol. It symbolizes the Network's local-global identity and research focus on glocal public issues.


The Global Network for Public Theology seeks to:


The GNPT is not an organization in its own right but a mechanism for facilitating bi-lateral and multi-lateral collaboration and joint global research projects among its partner academic institutions. The GNPT is administered by one of the research centers in the Network, acting as its 'Global Host' for a three year period.

Global Host:

2007 - 2008 Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, USA, on behalf of the GNPT
2008 - 2011 Public and Contextual Theology Strategic Research Centre, Charles Sturt University, Canberra and Sydney, Australia
2011 - 2014 Manchester Centre for Public Theology, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
2014 - 2017 Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Tri-annual Meeting:
The partner institutions in the GNPT meet every three years to share their work, consider future collaboration and conduct the Network's business meeting. The tri-annual meeting is hosted by the current global host at the following venues:

2007 Princeton, USA
2010 Sydney and Canberra, Australia
2013 Manchester, UK
2016 Stellenbosch, South Africa

Executive Committee (2007-2011):
The GNPT Chair and Executive Committee conduct the business of the Network between the tri-annual meetings, in collaboration with the Global Host institution.

Nico Koopman, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

James Haire, Charles Sturt University, Australia

William Storrar, Center of Theological Inquiry, USA
James Haire, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Clive Pearson, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Elaine Graham, Manchester University, UK

Regional Representatives

Africa Anlen?? Taljaard
Asia Kang Phee Seng
Oceania Mary Caygill
North America Max Stackhouse
Latin America Rudolf von Sinner
Europe Eddy Van der Borght

Ex Officio Members
Editor, International Journal of Public Theology, Sebastian Kim
Previous Chair, Nico Koopman (2008-2009)

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