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Liturgy and Lectionary: New Perspectives

“Pilgrim is thrilled to announce the second and third Northey Lectures, given by Jione Havea and Tanya Riches, in a one-day event on liturgy and lectionary.”


The Northey Lectures are public lectures for the enjoyment of theology. The lectures are free to attend, but registration is essential via Eventbrite. You may choose to purchase a hot lunch at a $25 cost when booking your tickets.

The second and third Northey Lectures for 2021 will offer the theological viewpoint of two prominent theologians; Dr Tanya Riches and Dr Jione Havea.

Dr Tanya Riches will present the first lecture of the day: “Liturgy on the Move: Pentecostal, Aboriginal, and Secular Collisions”.


This talk explores interactions between Australian Pentecostalisms in their Indigenous, Classical, Fundamentalist, Neoliberal, and Ex-vangelical forms, with implications for Christian witness and how this informs public conversations about faith.


Dr Tanya Riches is Senior Lecturer and MTh program coordinator at Hillsong College in Sydney, Australia. She is also a research fellow of the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Birmingham. She has a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary and is author Worship and Social Engagement in Urban Aboriginal-led Australian Pentecostal Congregations: (Re)Imagining Worship in the Spirit (2019), co-produced with urban Aboriginal-led Pentecostal Christian congregations, and explores the worship and social justice initiatives. She has also authored several other articles and is currently working on a volume on urban Christian worship in Sydney.

Dr Jione Havea will be presenting the second lecture for the day: “Worship in Native Motions.”


This lecture will discuss the RCL, which is a useful tool and discipline, but it is limited and problematic. Dr Havea explores the way the RCL is a ‘doctrine of occupation’ in the way it perpetuates the Christian occupation of lands, of faiths, of minds, of spirits. How might a theology of worship from the perspectives of indigenous peoples reframe our approach?


Jione Havea is co-parent for a 7yo, migrant to the unceded Wurundjeri lands and waters, native pastor (Methodist Church in Tonga), and research fellow with Trinity Methodist Theological College (Aotearoa New Zealand) and with Centre for Public and Contextual Theology (Charles Sturt University, Australia). Jione authored Losing Ground: Reading Ruth in the Pacific (SCM, 2021) and edited Theologies from the Pacific (Palgrave, 2021) and MEDIAting Theology (EVA, 2021).

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10:30am – 3:00pm
Friday, 6 Aug 2021
Pilgrim Theological College
Centre for Theology & Ministry
29 College Crescent
Parkville, VIC 3052