St John’s Visiting Scholar in Religion

The St John’s Visiting Scholar programme is a partnership between Victoria University of Wellington and St John’s in the City Presbyterian Church in Wellington.

The aim of the programme is to bring distinguished scholars of religion to New Zealand, to share their scholarship with the local academy in conversation with the broader public.

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2020 St John's Scholar - Pádraig Ó Tuama

The St John’s Visiting Scholar for 2020 was the acclaimed poet, theologian and conflict mediator Pádraig Ó Tuama. Pádraig delivered two public lectures on the theme Stories of Trouble and Peace:

Pádraig was also interviewed by Kim Hill on RNZ's Saturday Morning programme.

Previous lectures


Professor David Maxwell, Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Cambridge

World Christianity: Conceptualising Local and Universal Expressions of the Christian Faith


Professor Emerita Gillian Clark, University of Bristol

Encountering Augustine:

Peace and Empire: Augustine’s two cities

Where does evil come from?

What happens in a life? Grace, chance and narrative


Professor David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University

Christian Memory and Witness in a Time of Violence:

The Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust

Christian Witness in Public Life: What Value Does it Add?

Remembering Jesus and the Task of Christian Ethics

Changing My Mind: Theology, Ethics and Same-sex Relationships


Professor Richard Bauckham, Emeritus Professor of the Universities of St Andrew's and Cambridge

The Evidence for Jesus: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony


Professor William Cavanaugh, Professor of Theology, DePaul University Chicago

Migration of the Holy: Questioning the Myths of the Secular Age:

Myth of Religious Violence

Myth of Consumerism

Myth of the Free Market

Listen to the RNZ interview