Interculturality, Interfaith, and Mission

Interculturality, mission and interfaith engagement are vital research fields, especially in today’s increasingly interconnected world. This research cluster involves understanding and navigating the complexities of different cultural, ethnic, and worldview contexts. Such research aligns with the biblical call to love our neighbours. Developing intercultural competence enables effective and respectful relationships across cultural divides. It involves a commitment to understanding and respecting cultural, ethnic and religious differences while faithfully loving God and neighbours. Research in areas of interculturality, mission and interfaith engagement can contribute to fostering a more harmonious and just world, thus witnessing to the inclusive and redemptive love of Christ.

Crucially, engagement in these areas may redress distortions of religious mis- and dis-information, and construct inter-religious common ground. Many global challenges facing humanity today can only be mastered if humans from diverse cultures, ethnicities, religious backgrounds and faith traditions can meaningfully collaborate on issues of global importance, as we seek to create a world that may be equitably and enduringly shared.

Recent Publications

BOOKS

Arasaratnam-Smith, L.A., and Deardorff, D. K. (2023). Developing Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: International Students’ Stories and Self-Reflection. Routledge

Luetz, J.M., Austin D.A., A. Duderija (Eds). (2023). Interfaith Engagement Beyond the Divide: Approaches, Experiences, and Practices. Springer Nature

Luetz, J.M., Nunn, P.D. (Eds). (2023). Beyond Belief—Opportunities for Faith-Engaged Approaches to Climate-Change Adaptation in the Pacific Islands. Springer Nature

Hovey, K G (2019). Guiding Light: Contributions of Alan R. Tippett Toward the Development and Dissemination of Twentieth Century Missiology. Pickwick Publications

Hughes, P., Bilimoria, P., Bapat, J. (2019). The Indian Diaspora: Hindus and Sikhs in Australia (2nd edition). Manticore Publishing

ARTICLES

Winchester, R., Luetz, J.M., & Hovey, K. (2024). A Future Agenda for Research on In-Service Theological Training in Thailand and Beyond. International Review of Mission, 113(1), 92–114

Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A., Sousa, C., Rodriguez, N., & Carvalheiro, R., & Goncalves, G. (2023). The effect of multicultural attitude and perceived intergroup threat on attitudes towards immigrants in Portugal: A polynormal regression with response surface analysis. Psychological Reports, 0(0) 1-25. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/00332941221149182

Dodds, Adam. (2023). How can Human Beings Respond to Divine Warnings and Promises? Deciphering the Puzzle of Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom in Christianity and Islam In Eds. J. M. Luetz, D. A. Austin, & A. Duderija, Interfaith Engagement Beyond the Divide: Approaches, Experiences, and Practices (pp. 113–132). Springer. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-99-3862-9_6

Dodds, Adam. and Shumack, Richard (2023). Jesus of the Gaps: The evangelistic use of biblical reflexes in the Qur’an. Missiology: An International Review, Volume 51 Issue 3 223-237. https://doi.org/10.1177/00918296231169744

Dodds, Adam. (2023). Whom Does God Love? Comparing Divine Love in the Hadith and the Bible. Asia Journal of Theology, 37 (1) 23-53. https://ajt.atesea.net/index.php/ajt/article/view/63/37

Durga, P. (2023). Overcoming religious distance: Epiphanies in cross-cultural settings In Johannes M. Luetz, Denise A. Austin & Adis Duderija, Interfaith Engagement Beyond the Divide: Approaches, Experiences, and Practices (pp. 283-298). Springer Nature

Hughes, P (2023). Australians’ Attitudes to Various Religions and Interfaith Activities In Adis Duderija, Denise A. Austin, Johannes M. Luetz, Interfaith Engagement Beyond the Divide: Approaches, Experiences, and Practices (pp. 163-180). Springer

Luetz, J.M., Austin, D.A., Duderija, A. (2023). Interfaith Engagement: The State of the Art In J.M. Luetz, D.A. Austin, & A. Duderija (Eds.), Interfaith Engagement Beyond the Divide: Approaches, Experiences, and Practices (pp. 1–25, Ch. 1). Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-99-3862-9_1

Luetz, J.M., Pegram, N.D., Austin, D.A., & Muqowim, Duderija, A. (2023). Character Formation in Muslim and Christian Higher Education: A Comparative Case Study Between Australia and Indonesia (Part Two) In J.M. Luetz, D.A. Austin, & A. Duderija (Eds.), Interfaith Engagement Beyond the Divide: Approaches, Experiences, and Practices (pp. 225–246; Ch. 12). Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-99-3862-9_12

Luetz, J.M., Atabongwoung, G., & Austin, D.A.(2023). Invigorating Interfaith Consciousness for the Common Good: Reimagining the Role of African Religion and Pentecostalism in Contemporary South Africa. Religions, 14(4) 486. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel14040486

Luetz, J.M. (2023). “All Humans are Strangers—Almost Everywhere”: Reflections on Human Belonging. In J.M. Luetz, D.A. Austin, & A. Duderija (Eds.). Interfaith Engagement Beyond the Divide: Approaches, Experiences, and Practices. (Ch. 16; pp. 299–329). Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-99-3862-9_16

Dodds, Adam. (2022). Theological Anthropology in the Qur'anic Narratives of the Fall: A Contrastive Study. Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 33 Issue 3 235-254. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09596410.2022.2107263?scroll=top&needAccess=true

Luetz, J.M. & Nunn, P.D. (2021). Beyond Belief. In J.M. Luetz & P.D. Nunn (Eds.), Beyond Belief—Opportunities for Faith-Engaged Approaches to Climate-Change Adaptation in the Pacific Islands (pp. 1–14). Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-67602-5_1

Luetz, J.M. & Raman, T.A. (2021). How Does Faith Influence Pro-Environmental Practice in Schools? Examples from the Pacific Islands. In J.M. Luetz & P.D. Nunn (Eds.), Beyond Belief—Opportunities for Faith-Engaged Approaches to Climate-Change Adaptation in the Pacific Islands (pp. 313–326). Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-67602-5_16

Luetz, J.M., Unger, J.M., Bhattarai, A., Maisch, B., & Obuhuma, J. (2021). Fostering Innovation and Intercultural Exchange During a Global Pandemic—Lessons Learned from a Virtual Design Thinking Challenge in Nepal. In W. Leal Filho (Eds.), COVID-19—Paving the Way for a More Sustainable World (World Sustainability Series) (pp. 185–209). Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-69284-1_10

Luetz, J.M. & Nelson, W., (2021). Towards Intercultural Literacy—A Literature Review on Immersive Cross-Cultural Experiences and Intercultural Competency. In J.M. Luetz & B. Green (Eds.), Innovating Christian Education Research—Multidisciplinary Perspectives (pp. 395–422). Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-8856-3_22

Luetz, J.M., & Nelson, W. (2021). The Impact of Short-Term Cross-Cultural Experience on the Intercultural Competence of Participating Students—A Case Study of Australian High School Students. Social Sciences, 10(8), 313 1–28. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10080313

Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A. Pepper, N., Powell, R. A.(2020). A study of cultural empathy and attitude toward diversity: The case of Australian Christian church attenders. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 31 251-272

Arasaratnam-Smith, L.A., Goncalves, G., Sousa, C., Rodrigues, N., & Carvalheiro, R. (2020). Intercultural communication competence scale: Invariance and construct validation in Portugal. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17475759.2020.1746687

Dodds, Adam. (2019). How do conceptions of Allah’s Being in Islam compare with those of God’s Being in Christianity?. Evangelical Quarterly, Volume 90 Issue 1 38-60. https://d3nr8uzk0yq0qe.cloudfront.net/media/upload/research/Dodds_-_How_do_Conceptions_of_Allahs_Being_in_Islam_Compare_with_Gods_Being_in_C.pdf

HDR Theses

Adelana, Segun. African-initiated Pentecostal Churches: Towards an African Diaspora Missiology in Australia (DMin)

Coenradi, Robert. A Study of an Islamic Boarding School (Pesantren) Network in Indonesia : Patterns of Belief, Religious Practice and Identity (PhD)

Elsayed, Yasmin. Signs, wonders, and miracles in Pentecostalism and Sufism (PhD)

Fitz-Herbert, John. Becoming reconciled: A critical review of responses from the official Australian Catholic Church to Australian national indigenous Reconciliation, in light of the Catholic liturgical tradition (DMin)

Houston, Lesley. An Exploration of the Interpretations and Use of Psalms by Akha Christians (PhD)

Klar, Mariaana. A study of missiology and missionary work in Thailand (DMin)

Sue, Wolfgang. Ancestral practices and their implications for the Christian church (PhD)

Winchester, Ross. Developing Transformational Pentecostal Leaders in Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand: A Model for In-Service Leadership Training (PhD)

Norman, Murray. The value of religious education (SRE and GRE) to a multicultural Australia (PhD)

HDR Theses (Completed)

Davis, Allan. Religious acculturation of Syriac Orthodox churches in diaspora in Australia (PhD)

Henriksson, Carissa. Embracing Vulnerability: A Case Study on Educational Experiences and Social Integration of Migrants and Immigrants in a Swedish School (PhD)

Hovey, Kevin. Guiding Light: Contributions of Alan R. Tippett Toward the Development and Dissemination of Twentieth Century Missiology (PhD)

Jones, David. Foundations for justice in knowledge work: an autoethnographic account of discovering the universal pattern beneath outcome-focused conversations (PhD)

Keyhanee, Mousa. An Exercise in Comparative Theology: Light in the Bible and the Qu'ran (MPhil)

Naidoo, Jared. Decolonising Jesus: Tinyiko Maluleke’s African Jesus as Suffering Liberator (MPhil)

Smith, Susan. Sitting With Melons: A Critical Evaluation Of The Mechanisms By Which Women Exercise Public Sphere Influence In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (PhD)

Sue, Dianne. Women in Isan: How Modernisation is Changing Religious Roles (PhD)

LEAD RESEARCHERS

HDR CANDIDATES

  • Adelana Segun
  • Robert Coenradi
  • Yasmin Elsayed
  • John Fitz-Herbert
  • Lesley Houston
  • Mariaana Klar
  • Wolfgang Sue
  • Ross Winchester
  • Murray Norman

HDR GRADUATES

  • Dr Allan Davis
  • Dr Carissa Henriksson
  • Dr Kevin Hovey
  • Dr David Jones
  • Dr Susan Smith
  • Dr Dianne Sue
  • Mousa Keyhanee
  • Jared Naidoo

CURRENT PROJECT

Lily Arasaratnam-Smith is currently editing a major new reference work, the Handbook of Culture and Communication, slated for publication by Edward Elgar in 2026.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

This research cluster contributes to the advancement of the following goals:

E-WEB-Goal-04

E-WEB-Goal-05

E-WEB-Goal-10

E-WEB-Goal-11

E-WEB-Goal-16