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James Haire

James Haire
Born Ian James Mitchell Haire
(1946-07-02) 2 July 1946
Northern Ireland
Occupation UCA and Presbyterian Church in Ireland minister and theologian
Parent(s) James Loughridge Mitchell 'Jimmie' and Margaret Haire nee Mitchell

Ian James Mitchell Haire AC (born 2 July 1946, Northern Ireland) is a Christian minister of religion and theologian. He is currently Research Professor of Theology at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Charles Sturt University. He was formerly President of the National Council of Churches in Australia and President of the Uniting Church in Australia.

Contents

  • Education 1
    • Honorary degrees 1.1
  • Work 2
  • Family 3
  • Honours 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Education

Haire was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and at Worcester College, University of Oxford, where he studied classics and theology on a scholarship, and was a rower. He graduated with a B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in theology.

He undertook management training in Britain and Europe, and then postgraduate theological studies in Leiden, Birmingham and Belfast. His Ph.D. in theology is from the University of Birmingham (PhD Theology, 1981).[1]

Honorary degrees

He has received the following Honorary Degrees

Work

Haire was ordained as a Christian minister in 1972. From 1972 to 1985 he was a missionary of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, serving in Halmahera in the Molucca Islands and Sulawesi, Indonesia, where he worked as a Lecturer and Principal at Halmahera Theological College,[4] and as Professor of Theology at the Christian University of Indonesia at Tomohon, Sulawesi. He served as a Minister of the Evangelical Christian Church in Halmahera, Indonesia from 1972 to 1985, and continues to be a Minister of that Church.

Haire served as Uniting Church Minister of Darwin City Parish (Darwin Memorial Church) (Northern Territory, Australia) from 1985 to 1986.

From 1987 to 2003, he was Professor of New Testament Studies at Trinity Theological College, Brisbane, and was Principal of Trinity College from 1992 to 2000. He was also the Dean of the Brisbane College of Theology from 1991 to 1997, and President of the Brisbane College of Theology from 1997 to 1999. In addition, he was Professor of Theology at Griffith University in Brisbane, and was Head of the School of Theology at Griffith University from 1993 to 2000.

He has examined for higher degrees at various universities in Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands and South-East Asia. He has been Visiting Professor at two Indonesian Universities, and has been on the Editorial Boards or Advisory Boards of seven international theological journals (based in Australia, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom and Indonesia) and two international theological book series (based in Germany and The Netherlands). From 1990 to 1993 he was Editor of Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review, and from 1992 to 1996 he was President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Theological Studies (ANZSTS).

In 2009 he became a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) at Princeton, USA. In 2011 he became an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Queensland. In 2012 he became Extraordinary Professor of Theology at the University of Halmahera,[5] 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 is an elected Member of the International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT), an elected Member of the International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS), and a Member of the International Reformed Theological Institute (IRTI).

He was co-chair of the National Dialogue between the Uniting Church in Australia and the Catholic Church in Australia from 1992 to 2004. He represented the Uniting Church at the Fifth World Conference on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches at Santiago de Compostela, Spain in 1993, and was an Official Guest at the Ninth Assembly of the World Council of Churches meeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2006.

From 2002 to 2014 he was a member of the International Joint Commission for Dialogue between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church (MRCIC). From 2004 to 2010 he was a member of the Network of Theologians of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), and since 2009 has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Reformed World of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC).

He was a Main Speaker at the Maramon Convention in India in 2006. He was Niles Memorial Lecturer and Keynote Speaker at the Twelfth General Assembly of the Christian Conference of Asia in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2005,[6] and was a member of the Executive and General Committees of the Christian Conference of Asia from 2005 to 2010. He was Thomas Mar Athanasius Memorial Lecturer in India in 2004, and Ferguson Lecturer at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2007.

Haire was also a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Law, Ethics and Public Affairs (later the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance), and was a member and chairperson of the Griffith Asia Pacific Council.

He was President-Elect of the Uniting Church in Australia from 1997 to 2000, President of the Uniting Church in Australia from 2000 to 2003,[7] and Ex-President from 2003 to 2006. He was Chairperson of the National Heads of Churches from 2000 to 2003. From 2005 to 2014 he served as Minister-in-Association of Canberra Central Parish of the Uniting Church (Wesley and St. Aidan's Churches), and since 2015 he has been Minister-in-Association of St Paul's and Armitage Uniting Church Parish, Mackay, Queensland.

From 2003 to 2013 he was Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture within Charles Sturt University,[8] of which he is also Research Professor of Theology. From 2005 to 2015 he was Director of the Research Centre for Public and Contextual Theology (PACT) within Charles Sturt University.[9] From 2008 to 2011 he was Chair of the Global Network for Public Theology (GNPT).

Haire served as President of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) from 2003[10] to 2006.[11]

He is a published book author (his work also translated into Dutch and Indonesian), and has had many academic articles and book chapters published internationally in English and Indonesian, with translations also into German, Indonesian and Korean.

A Festschrift in his honour, entitled in English: "Gospel and Cultures: Friends or Foes?", was presented to him by an international group of theologians in 2012.

He became a Presidential Friend of Indonesia in 2010. In 2012 the "James Haire Research Centre" was opened in Halmahera, Indonesia, and named after him.

In 2014 he was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Council of The Global Foundation, based in Melbourne.[12] In 2014 he served as President of Christians for an Ethical Society [13] in Canberra.

Family

He is one of five children of the Reverend Professor James 'Jimmie' Haire (1970 Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland) and Dr. Margaret Haire née Mitchell FRCPath, and grandson of the Reverend Professor James Haire (1939 Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland) and Dr. Charlotte Eleanor 'Lottie' Haire née Mitchell.

Honours

He became a Knight of the Order of St John (KSJ) in 2000, and a Knight Grand Cross of Honour of the Order of St John (GCHSJ) in 2014. He became a Rotary Honorary Peace Ambassador in 2001. He was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal in 2003, and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), Australia's highest civilian honour, in 2013,[14] "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."

References

  1. ^ http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/alumni/old-joe/Old-Joe-autumn-2013.pdf
  2. ^ "Honorary Graduates conferred since 1985". Office of the University Secretary. University of Ulster. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  3. ^ "Honorary Doctorates Conferred in 2011".  
  4. ^ "Evangelical Christian Church in Halmahera (GMIH)". Mission Overseas - Partners. Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  5. ^ University of Halmahera
  6. ^ "CCA Executive Committee meeting in Chiang Mai".  
  7. ^ "Minutes of the Ninth Assembly" (PDF). Uniting Church in Australia. 2000. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  8. ^ "James Haire".  
  9. ^ Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre (PACT), www.csu.edu.au
  10. ^ "James Haire the new President of the National Council of Churches in Australia". NCCA Press release.  
  11. ^ "Anglican Bishop Elected President of National Church Body". NCCA Press release.  
  12. ^ About us, Advisory Council of The Global Foundation, www.globalfoundation.org.au
  13. ^ Christians for an Ethical Society, www.ces.org.au
  14. ^ "Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)". It's an Honour - Australian Honours. Australian Government. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 

External links

  • Charles Sturt University webpage
Religious titles
Preceded by
John Mavor
President of the Assembly, Uniting Church in Australia
July 2000-July 2003
Succeeded by
Dean Drayton
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