In August 2019, the Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre (APSC), Alphacrucis College, and the Religion and Society Research cluster, Western Sydney University, hosted the Third Annual Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianities Symposium. The theme this year was Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities and Migration. Our keynote, Associate Professor Richard Vokes (Dept. Anthropology, University of Western Australia), spoke on the relationship between conversion to Pentecostal/Charismatic faith and Refugee movements, presenting a case study on refugee-background African-Australians based in Perth and Adelaide and their movement 'back' to Africa as an outcome of conversion to PCC faiths. Other papers considered the historical narrative of Pentecostal and Charismatic faith movements in Australia, relationships between popular Pentecostal music and global migration trends and faith-based diasporas in Australia. With speakers from both historical and anthropological disciplines, the annual conference fostered cross-disciplinary dialogue with regard to the growth, movement and influence of PCC's globally.
Alphacrucis College hosted the Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities in Oceania on August 17th 2018, a symposium convened by the Religion and Society Research Cluster, School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University and the Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre, Alphacrucis College. This year, we heard from ten speakers who variously explored the growth, movement and influence of Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities in Oceania. It considered PCCs as a powerful cultural force within Australasian and Oceanic communities and their role in reconfiguring spatial, social, political and cultural relationships. While the causative influences of PCCs in Oceania were contemplated, the symposium also looked at the overarching cultural, economic and political milieus in which PCCs are embedded. Additionally, a consideration of PCC’s broader transnational scope of influence enriched this cross-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogue.
In August 2017, Alphacruics College hosted ACHEA: Envisioning Christian Higher Education, bringing together academics from various Christian Higher Education Institutions including Vose Seminary (WA); NICE, Excelsia College, Morling College, Avondale College, Pacific Hills Christian School and the Excellence Centre (NSW); Melbourne School of Theology and Eastern College (VIC), Christian Heritage College and Maylon College (QLD); St Barnabas College (SA) and Bethlehem Tertiary Institute (NZ). Papers covered topics such as applied theology, frameworks for Christian Higher Education, the relationship between curriculum and Christian formation, Christian professional practice, teaching and researching in Christian Higher Education and the relationship between students and approaches in Christian Education.
The Leadership conference was held on July 7, 2015 at AC Parramatta campus. The Keynote address was provided by Dr Tony Golsby-Smith, CEO of 2nd Road. Selected papers from this conference are available here.