ADM Senior Fellow
Brooke Prentis is an Aboriginal Christian leader from the Waka Waka peoples. She is a Chartered Accountant by profession with over 15 years senior management experience in the corporate world including top 100 ASX listed companies. Brooke has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Japanese and Political Science, from the University of Queensland. She has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and serves on a number of corporate and Christian boards. Brooke has a keen interest in theology, having co-written, written, and presented several theological papers over the last two years. A founding board member of NAIITS Australia, Brooke is currently studying for a Masters of Theology through NAIITS, in partnership with Whitley College and the University of Divinity, as well as being a research scholar for the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre (PaCT).
Brooke the Aboriginal spokesperson for Common Grace, a growing movement of over 40,000 Australian Christians passionate about Jesus and Justice and the Coordinator of the Grasstree Gathering, a growing network of over 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders from across Australia and across denominations. Addressing issues of national justice, Brooke works ecumenically advocating for friendship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. She is a much sought after speaker and writer who is also a community pastor with a vision "to build an Australia built on truth, justice, love and hope".
Project: Resourcing the Australian Church to engage, build and deepen relationships with Aboriginal peoples, Aboriginal Christian Leaders and Aboriginal justice
Over the last seven years, I believe God has taken me, an Aboriginal Christian leader, across Australia to interact with Christians from many denominations. My primary ministry has been to bring Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Christians together through our common love for Jesus, working toward healing and hope in these lands now called Australia. However, I have found some road blocks. Such road blocks include: the local church’s inability to engage with the Aboriginal community; the non-Aboriginal Australian church not knowing Aboriginal Christian leaders, organisations and ministries, and individuals being overwhelmed by the injustices facing Aboriginal peoples today. The question I often hear is: “Where do I start?”
This project will help address these road blocks by providing resources led and written by an Aboriginal Christian leader, developed through meetings, seminars, and yarning across the breadth and depth of the Australian church (Aboriginal, non-Aboriginal, organisations, ministries, denominations, congregations, individual Christians). The aim is to assist people to engage, build, and deepen relationships with Aboriginal peoples and Aboriginal Christian leaders while pursuing Aboriginal justice. This will be a resource aimed at non-Aboriginal peoples, providing ways for getting to know Aboriginal peoples, ways to learn more about Aboriginal history, culture, and our discipleship, as well as appropriate ways to interact and respond. It will also be a useful tool for Aboriginal Christian leaders to use in their ministries. My hope is that through listening and walking together in following Jesus we might ultimately open a way for reconciliation and conciliation in these lands now called Australia.
Rev. Dani Treweek
ADM Senior Research Fellow
Dani is a native Sydney-sider who has completed a B.A. at Sydney University, a B.Div (Hons) at Moore Theological College and is currently undertaking PhD research through St Mark's Theological Centre, Canberra and Charles Sturt University. Her postgraduate research focuses on developing a theologically and pastorally integrated ethic of singleness, with particular reference to eschatology. She hopes to equip the evangelical Christian community in Sydney and beyond in rediscovering a biblically faithful understanding of a single Christian’s identity, purpose and place of belonging.
Prior to beginning her PhD research, Dani served for almost seven years as the women’s ministry trainer/co-ordinator and assistant minister at St Matthias Anglican Church, Centennial Park. She also worked as a member of the faculty of Youthworks College in 2016. She is the chair of the Single Minded Conference (launched in 2018), member of the General Synod of Australia, deputy chair of Liberty Christian Ministries, council member for St Catherine’s Anglican Girls School in Waverley, and a member of the Youthworks Academic Subcommittee. A frequent speaker at Christian events and conferences, she has presented at academic conferences (both here in Australia and overseas) and is ordained as a deacon in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.
Project: The End of Singleness: Towards a theological ethic of authentic identity, purpose and belonging for the unmarried Christian
My fellowship project is motivated by my longstanding passion for the encouragement, pastoral care, equipping and inclusion of unmarried Christians (whether never married, divorced or widowed). Many single Christians in Sydney and beyond report feeling isolated, marginalised, unwelcome and even invisible within their church communities, while many ministry staff and married Christians report feeling unsure about how to go about loving, encouraging and supporting their unmarried brothers and sisters in Christ. An inadequate theological and pastoral approach to singleness has also impacted upon our evangelism of those in our broader society who are unmarried. For example, in comparing Australian Census data with the findings of the National Church Life Survey, there are approximately half the number of never married individuals and divorcees in our churches than there are, proportionally speaking, in the broader Australian population.
My research aims to construct a theologically robust and pastorally integrated Christian ethic of the unmarried Christian life. By focusing particularly on the contribution of eschatological thought to such an ethic, I seek to equip evangelical Christians in rediscovering a truly biblical understanding of the identity, purpose and place of belonging of single Christians which goes beyond a mere utilitarian approach to the topic. As part of my ADM fellowship, I will be working on completing and submitting her academic PhD thesis, authoring a derivative popular-level manuscript for publication, continuing to speak at various conferences and events and overseeing the ongoing ministry of the popular Single Minded Conference.
Dr Roberta Kwan
ADM Senior Research Fellow
Roberta received her PhD from Macquarie University in 2016. Her research centres on the intersections between literary works, theology and religion, and the history of ideas. She has published several academic articles in literary journals, and her first scholarly book is currently being reviewed by a university press. In 2018, she was awarded a Humanities Travelling Fellowship by the Australian Academy of the Humanities to conduct research overseas for a new postdoctoral project. Since 2010, Roberta has taught English literature and academic writing at Macquarie University and The University of Sydney.
Project: ‘Love The Neighbour?’: Shakespeare and Neighbourly Love
Roberta will work on two projects during her ADM Fellowship. First, she plans to complete her scholarly book on Shakespeare and interpretation. The problem of interpretation and representations of humans as interpreters of themselves, others and the world feature in many of Shakespeare’s plays. Her book explores the influences upon this theme of interpretation of key theological issues that contributed significantly to an understanding of human knowing and its limitations in the playwright’s time. The book traces these influences to our day as we continue to turn to Shakespeare’s works to discuss and debate questions of how we know and who we are.
Roberta’s ADM Fellowship project title is taken from her second project, which she has begun researching and plans to develop into a full-length study. ‘“Love thy neighbour”? Shakespeare and Neighbourly Love’ considers how Shakespeare’s works absorb, refigure and interrogate what was seemingly early modern England’s predominant mode of ethics—theological ethics. One biblical imperative encapsulates this ethic: ‘Love thy neighbour as thyself.’ This project asks how conversations about literary engagements with the idea of neighbourliness in the past may help us reimagine how we can live together in the present.
Dr Rachelle Gilmour*
ADM Senior Research Fellow
Rachelle was born and grew up in Sydney and attended Sydney University where she completed both her undergraduate and doctoral studies in the department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies. After completing her doctoral studies, Rachelle undertook postdoctoral research at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (2010-2013), and at the University of Edinburgh (2014). She was Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at BBI: The Australian Institute of Theological Education from 2015-2017 and research fellow at the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology at Charles Sturt University in 2018.
Project: Divine violence: Exploring theodicy and retribution in the Book of Samuel
My Fellowship project is research towards the publication of an academic monograph tentatively titled ‘Divine Violence: Exploring theodicy and retribution in the Book of Samuel’, which is contracted with Oxford University Press. The book project examines a number of difficult stories in the book of Samuel where God punishes or is violent against his king or his people but this violence does not strictly follow according to a theology of retribution: for example, the rejection of Eli and Saul in 1 Samuel, the violence of the ark of the covenant in 1 Sam 4-6 and 2 Sam 6, and the violence in David’s house in 2 Sam 12-19. The study looks at the characterisation of God in these stories and considers how these stories may have helped an audience understand their own suffering in the Babylonian exile.
* Dr. Gilmour did not take up her 2019 ADM Fellowship as she was subsequently offered, and accepted, an academic position at Trinity College Melbourne.
ADM Creative Fellow
Emma is a writer from Sydney. She received her Bachelor of Communications (Writing and Cultural Studies) with Honours from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2015. Since then, she has written about gender, power and culture for a variety of publications including The Lifted Brow and Meanjin. Her essay Misogyny is a Human Pyramid which was published at Meanjin online was one of the most widely read pieces published on the site, being shared close to 9,000 times. In January 2018, Emma was interviewed about this piece on Parallel Lines, a program for Melbourne radio station Triple R. Her most recent essay, Unravelling the Tapestry, was published in the summer 2018 edition of Meanjin.
Project: Tension: Collected Essays on Gender, Power and Hope
Over the course of the fellowship, I aim to produce 8-10 lyric essays that discuss gender and power. Central to my writing is the desire to make sustained critique of asymmetrical power structures accessible, useful and ultimately empowering while giving readers the tools to understand their place within these structures and their unique ability to disrupt them. As a form, the lyric essay can be both critical and creative, researched and reflective, and lends itself to gentle but powerful revelations of uncomfortable truths. This form also allows for measured vulnerability, which I believe is an important gesture to make when asking others to confront uncomfortable realities about how power operates around and through them. The overarching theme of the collection is gender and power, but each essay will explore this through something more particular. I will seek publication for each essay throughout the year, and will ultimately end the year with a cohesive collection of essays that she can pitch as a book. I will seek publication in literary journals like The Lifted Brow, Meanjin and Overland, as well as more mainstream publications. Writers like Rebecca Solnit, Helen Garner, Leslie Jamison and Durga Chew Bose have inspired my work.
ADM Summer Research Fellow
Melinda is an early-career researcher whose work focuses on twentieth century Australian women writers. She is currently in the final stages of completing a PhD in English at the University of Sydney, exploring the nature of Australian literary modernism through an investigation of the interwar novels of Eleanor Dark. Melinda has taught Australian Literature at the University of Sydney, and previously worked as a secondary school English teacher. Her work has been published in a number of leading Australian journals, including Australian Literary Studies, JASAL, Queensland Review, Southerly and Hecate, and she has presented her research at a variety of national and international conferences.
Project: Australian literary modernism and Eleanor Dark’s mid-century fiction
Melinda’s ADM Summer Research Fellowship will be used to complete her current research project on the interwar novels of Eleanor Dark, and to begin work on a journal article about Australian literary modernism. In both, she aims to demonstrate how Australian women writers mediated the experiences of international modernity in the mid-century period. In particular, she is interested in how their writings reveal aspects of modernism that have often been obscured, including the relationship of modernism and modernity to settler colonialism, regionalism, liberal humanism, and the middlebrow. While Dark’s answers to ethical questions were often circumscribed by the discourses available to her in the mid-century context, and by her liberal humanist commitments, her novels nonetheless represent a woman writer striving to creatively explore issues that continue to demand our attention today.
ADM Summer Fellow
Grace grew up in Sydney in a large Chinese church. Since then she has loved and served various Chinese churches over the years, working in pastoral ministry with youth, students, young workers and women. Her passion is contextualising the gospel to Asian Australians and developing ethnically Asian churches in Australia. Grace studied and then worked in IT for several years before studying at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Studies. Her Master’s project explored the identity of second-generation Chinese Australians, integrating Asian Australian studies with Paul’s theology of identity in Ephesians. She is currently completing a Certificate in Asian American Contexts at Fuller Theological Seminary. Grace is also a Research Fellow and Board of Reference member for the Centre for Asian Christianity at the Brisbane School of Theology.
Grace has a keen interest in the intersection of ethnic identity and spiritual identity. Her journey into this area began when she discovered that a deeper understanding of hidden cultural assumptions alleviated conflicts within her ethnic church. She is looking to combine cross-cultural, racial, counselling and peacemaking disciplines to the ministry context for Asians in the West. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the Gospel Coalition Australia, Centered and Common Grace. A stay at home mum and ministry wife, Grace is married to Chris, pastor of a second generation Chinese Australian congregation, and they reside in Brisbane with their young daughter. She enjoys sharing Brisbane’s best Insta-worthy Asian food on Zomato, following Asian American/Australian news and catching up the latest East Asian pop culture.
Project: Gospel ministry for the Asian Australian context
Grace’s project is to develop accessible and contextualised gospel training materials for the Asian Australian church. This context includes not only Asian culture, but also Western culture, migration history and racialisation as expressed in the Asian American Quadrilateral, which Dr. Daniel Lee of Fuller Seminary developed. The project also explores the relationship between spiritual and ethnic identity. The aim for the training program is: (1) for Christians to articulate the gospel in a way which speaks to specific contextual situations for Asian Australians; (2) to support the identity and spiritual formation of Asian Australians; and (3) to reduce the severity of conflict within the Asian ethnic church. In addition, such training will contribute to the way Asians and Asians in the West interact with Western Christianity on the global stage.
ADM Summer Research Fellow
Pamela is completing her PhD in History at the University of Sydney. Her dissertation examines the U.S. Army’s management of venereal disease in different racial and cultural contexts between 1870 and 1920. She is interested in how state and non-state actors approach questions of soldiers’ personal conduct. Her research interests more broadly include late 19th Century purity and temperance movements, eugenics, history of medicine, and labor history.
With a variety of teaching and research experiences, Pamela has worked at the University of Sydney as a tutor in American History, Historiography, and History of Gender and Medicine, and African-American Urban History. Last year, she was a visiting scholar at Harvard University in the History of Science Department. This year she coordinates the American Cultures Workshop series at the U.S. Studies Centre, a fortnightly interdisciplinary meeting that discusses pre-circulated unpublished papers of scholars from the greater Asia-Pacific region. Prior to commencing the PhD project, she taught history at secondary schools. In suburban Boston, she taught at a co-ed public school, and in Australia, she taught at an all-boys academically selective high school in downtown Sydney. Her passions are both studying history and teaching history.
Project: Gender and Germs
Pamela’s larger project, “Gender and Germs: Managing the consumption of sex and alcohol in the US Army, 1870-1920”, is a book-length examination of how the U.S. Army controlled venereal disease among soldiers in places outside the U.S. It explores the attitudes of middle-class American civilian reformers and U.S. military personnel in controlling the personal conduct of men in racial, geographic, and military contexts outside of the United States. She examines the gendered assumptions informing their approaches in controlling the behavior of uniformed men elsewhere. With a concern for the historical actors and the soldiers’ consumption of sex and alcohol, she asks how such consumer patterns helped construct ideas of race and masculinity in the military, especially since acceptable standards of soldiers’ personal conduct were fiercely debated. Some understood a soldier to represent the nation while some civilian and military leaders saw the army as a laboratory in which to experiment with social reform. Her work joins the growing field of scholarship that views the army as enlisted laborers in the work of empire.
In addition to completing specific chapters, she hopes to write a piece (intended for The Conversation) about the historical connections between sport and moral behaviour in men. She’ll look at how connections between sport or exercise and moral or upright living, especially in the lives of men, have been perpetuated over the years.