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Big Little Issues:
A Theology Podcast

The cooperative is a project in public collaboration in the spirit of public theology. Drawn from the life of the Uniting Church in Australia, together we are asking, what does it mean to think the common good in our time and in our place? And who are the voices Christian theology has yet to listen to? To explore these questions, were establishing a number of focus areas, including academic research, public events and conferences, a church and lay focus series, a publishing arm, and digital dialogue across our website and podcast. We want to make room for otherwise impossible conversations and hope you can join us.

Our theology podcast, Big Little Issues is available on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, SpotifyAmazon Music.

Or, simply click below to listen:


Show notes

  1. Boston Globe / Spotlight / Abuse in the Catholic Church:
  2. Video: PM launches Royal Commission into sexual abuse claims 
  3. Transcript: Establishment of Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse

Click here to access Amy-Jill Levine’s article “Supersessionism: Admit and Address Rather than Debate or Deny”

Click here to access Jason Daly’s article “Most Antiquities Sold Online Are Fake or Illegal”

Click here to read Lyndelle’s recommendation: “Open Knowledge Institutions: Reinventing Universities”

Click here to listen to Anna’s podcast recommendation: “Wind of Change”

Dr Luke A. Barnes

Luke A. Barnes is a Lecturer in astronomy and cosmology. With PhD at the University of Cambridge, he has published papers in the field of galaxy formation and on the fine-tuning of the Universe for life. He is the author, with Geraint Lewis, of  A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos and  The Cosmic Revolutionary’s Handbook: (Or: How to Beat the Big Bang), published by Cambridge University Press.

Prof David Clough

David Clough is Chair in Theology and Applied Sciences at the University of Aberdeen.  He is the author of a number of books on animals in Christian theology and ethics including his two-volume monograph entitled  On Animals Volume 1, Systematic Theology (2012) and  On Animals Volume 2, Systematic Theology (2019). He is also co-founder and co-president of CreatureKind which focuses on the welfare of farmed animals as a faith issue.

Prof Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Mary-Jane Rubenstein is Professor of Religion and Science in Society at Wesleyan University, and is affiliated with the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She holds a B.A. from Williams College, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in from Columbia University. Her research unearths the philosophies and histories of religion and science, especially in relation to cosmology, ecology, and space travel. She is the author of  Pantheologies: Gods, Worlds, Monsters (2018),  Worlds without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse (2014), and  Strange Wonder: The Closure of Metaphysics and the Opening of Awe (2009). She is also co-editor with Catherine Keller of  Entangled Worlds: Religion, Science, and New Materialisms (2017) and co-author with Thomas A. Carlson and Mark C. Taylor of  Image: Three Inquiries in Technology and Imagination(2021). Her book in progress is called Astrotopia: The Dangerous Religion of the Corporate Space Race.