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Interdisciplinary Research Symposium on Religion and Migration in Australia and The Pacific.

Don’t miss this special event!

Hosted by Whitley College and The Action Research Centre.

With special guest speakers and expert panelists.

In-person at St Paschal, 90 Albion Road Box Hill.

Thursday, March 7
9.30 am – 3.30 pm

$30 for in-person attendance and $15 for online.
A live stream link will also be made available closer to the event.


Download the event flyer here

For all enquiries please contact event coordinator Rev Dr Titus S Olorunnisola.

About the event:

The Interdisciplinary Research Symposium on Religion and Migration in Australia and the Pacific is a collaborative event hosted by Whitley College, University of Divinity in collaboration with Action Research Centre Ltd.

This symposium will be held in person and for those who cannot attend, we welcome attendance online. A link to access the symposium will be sent before the event.

This symposium aims to:


Event speakers:

More speakers will be announced!

Topics include:



The Symposium will also feature a report on the Better Neighbours Project, which investigates the narratives of integration of African migrants in Australia. This research is being conducted by Rev. Dr Titus Olorunnisola, Dr Alessia Passarelli (Italy) & Rev. Assoc Prof. Darrell Jackson who will present the findings of this project. This will be followed by the Better Neighbours – Community Response Panel (facilitated by Rev. Dr Titus Olorunnisola).



Escalating violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories is again in the world’s spotlight. Whitley’s Associate Professor of Theology, Rev Dr Jason Goroncy, has compiled a list of statements from Christian communities and ecumenical bodies. The list reflects a diversity of approaches and viewpoints, though most are a visible expression of the desire to end discord, division, fear, and violence, particularly on the part of those whose lives are marked by the struggle.

You can see the extensive list of statements that Jason has curated by clicking here.

Rev Dr Jason Goroncy was a special guest on ABC Soul Search on Thursday 7 December in an episode titled ‘Making art in a time of crisis’.

The episode facilitated conversation about the role of Artists in social and cultural change and the possibility of creating art in a time of crisis? Is it possible? What kind of art do crises require and inspire?

The episode featured esteemed contributors as follows:

Rev Associate Professor Jason Goroncy – Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Whitley College. He has served as a pastor in the Baptist and Uniting Churches in Australia and is co-editor of Imagination in an Age of Crisis: Soundings from the Arts and Theology

Maissa Alameddine is a multidisciplinary artist and vocalist who grew up in Tripoli, Lebanon, and now lives in Sydney. She works across photography, video, sound design, and live performance, exploring themes of displacement and migration as a chronic injury. She is a founding member and one of the creative producers of Western Sydney-based Arab Theatre Studio.

Dr Rod Pattenden is an artist, art historian, and educational facilitator interested in the connection between spirituality and the arts. He is co-editor of Imagination in an Age of Crisis: Soundings from the Arts and Theology

We encourage you to read more and listen to the full interview here.

Whitley congratulates Interim Dean of Research, Rev Dr Titus Olorunnisola on his recent nomination for the ‘Community Champion Award’ by the Australian Professionals of Colour (APOC) organisation.

APOC hosted an awards ceremony on Dec 2, 2023, to celebrate individuals who have steered the conversation of diversity and inclusion in Australian workplaces.

Titus has been recognised for his work in promoting evidence-based dialogue and advocacy on issues affecting migrant communities. Of this nomination, Titus says; “the recognition of my work will help me to 

You can read more about the APOC and the Awards Ceremony by clicking here.

Read more about Titus and his work by clicking here.

On Thursday, Dec 7, we hosted our annual ‘Student Awards Event’ onsite at St Paschal. All students were invited to join us as we celebrated the end of another successful year. 

Congratulations to the following students who were recognised for their excellence this year:

It was a joyful evening with more than 55 people coming together to celebrate and share a delicious banquet meal. Many family members attended to support the award recipients, and it was heartwarming to see their excitement and pride for their loved ones.

You can read more about the awards here.