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Books, media and conference presentation from Dr Jione Havea

Congratulations to PaCT fellow and Methodist Pastor from Tonga, Dr Jione Havea, on three recent edited publications. He has edited, Theological and Hermeneutical Explorations from Australia, Doing Theology in the New Normal and Theologies from the Pacific.

Theological and Hermeneutical Explorations from Australia is published by Roman and Littlefield. Some essay contributions are from fellow PaCT scholars Cristina Lledo Gomez and Clive Pearson.

This book presents theological, cultural, ecclesial, and hermeneutical explorations from a specific context—Australia. It invites reimagining of theology and hermeneutics against the horizons of indigeneity and sovereignty, contingencies of context, feminist theologies, multiculturalism and intercultural theologies, sexual abuse and ecclesial cover-ups, suicide and worship, tradition(ing)s and betrayal, art and popular cultures, climate effects and climate (in) justice, disability theories, Islamic insights, migration and the images of home, and heaps of contextual matters in between. The chapters are organized into three sections: (1) Roots presents some of the starting points for contextual thinking in Australia and beyond; (2) Wounds attends to the demands of “bodies on the line” upon theological, biblical, and ecclesial engagements; and (3) Shifts pokes at thinkers and critics.

Doing Theology in the New Normal is published by SCM Press and according to the publisher the book reflects on the responses to COVID-19.

Responses to the recent pandemic have been driven by fear, with social distancing and locking down of communities and borders as the most effective tactics. Out of fear and strategies that separate and isolate, emerges what has been described as the "new normal" (which seems to mutate daily). Truly global in scope, with contributors from across the world, this collection revisits four old responses to crises - assure, protest, trick, amend - to explore if/how those might still be relevant and effective and/or how they might be mutated during and after a global pandemic. Together they paint a grounded, earthy, context-focused picture of what it means to do theology in the new normal.

Theologies from the Pacific is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

This book offers engagements with topics in mainline theology that concern the lifelines in and of the Pacific (Pasifika). The essays are grouped into three clusters. The first, Roots, explores the many roots from which theologies in and of Pasifika grow – sea and (is)land, Christian teachings and scriptures, native traditions and island ways. The second, Reads, presents theologies informed and inspired by readings of written and oral texts, missionary traps and propaganda, and teachings and practices of local churches. The final cluster, Routes, places Pasifika theologies upon the waters so that they may navigate and voyage.

The ‘amanaki (hope) of this work is in keeping talanoa (dialogue) going, in pushing back tendencies to wedge the theologies in and of Pasifika, and in putting native wisdom upon the waters. As these Christian and native theologies voyage, they chart Pasifika’s sea of theologies.

Dr Havea also recently spoke to ABC’s Soul Search program for its episode “Sacred landscapes: religion and ecology around the Pacific”. He is also a keynote speaker at a new conference in Brisbane in September called “uncommon goods: public theology and empire”. The conference is hosted by “the cooperative”.