Charles Sturt University
PACT - Public and Contextual Theology


The Reverend Professor James Haire

Reverend Professor James Haire AC KSJ MA PhD DD DLitt DUniv

Professor James Haire is Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C), Professor of Theology of Charles Sturt University (CSU), and Director of the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre (PACT), all based in Canberra. He took up his appointment in October 2003.

Before coming to Canberra, from 1987 to 2003 he was Professor and Head of the School of Theology at Griffith University in Brisbane, Professor of New Testament Studies and Principal at Trinity College, Brisbane, and Dean and President of the Brisbane College of Theology.

From 1985 to 1987 he was Uniting Church Parish Minister in Darwin.

Prior to that, he served, from 1972 to 1985, as a theologian in Indonesia (College Principal, Lecturer in New Testament, Church Administrator and Professor of Theology).

He served as President of the Uniting Church in Australia, and was Chairperson of the National Heads of Churches, from 2000 to 2003. He served as President of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) from 2003 to 2006.

Professor Haire has actively sought cooperation between the various denominations, and was from 1992 to 2004 Co-chair of the National Dialogue between the Uniting Church and Catholic Church in Australia. Since 2002 he has been a member of the Joint International Commission for Dialogue between the Vatican and the World Methodist Council. From 2005 to 2010 he was on the Executive of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA).

He was involved in peace and reconciliation negotiations involving Christians and Muslims in the Molucca Islands, Indonesia from 2001 until 2005. He was appointed a Presidential Friend of Indonesia in 2010.

Professor Haire graduated with Honours and Masters degrees from the University of Oxford (where he also rowed), and a PhD in Theology from the University of Birmingham. He received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity (DD) from the Presbyterian Theological Faculty, Ireland, Belfast in 1999, the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University (DUniv) from Griffith University in 2000, the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from The University of Ulster in 2006, and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University (DUniv) from the Australian Catholic University in 2011. He became a Knight of St John (KSJ) in 2000, and a Rotary Honorary Peace Ambassador in 2001. He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006, and was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), Australia's highest honour, in 2013, with the citation: For eminent service to the community through international leadership in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, the promotion of religious reconciliation, inclusion and peace, and as a theologian.

In 2009 he became a Member of the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) in Princeton, USA, and in 2011 he became an Honorary Fellow of Emmanual College, University of Queensland.  In 2012 he became Extraordinary Professor of Theology at the University of Halmahera, Indonesia, where he had previously been Visiting Professor. Since 2012 he has been one of the International Evaluators for the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, the successor to the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, in the Wissenschaftlich-theologisches Seminar at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

He has been on the Boards of six international theological journals (based in Australia, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom) and two book series (based in Germany and The Netherlands).  He has published widely internationally.  In 2004 he was Thomas Mar Athanasius Memorial Lecturer in India. In 2005 he was Niles Memorial Lecturer and Keynote Speaker at the Twelfth General Assembly of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2006 he was a Main Speaker at the Maramon Convention in India.  In 2007 he was University Theology and Ferguson Lecturer at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.