Camden Theological Library

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October What's New?

Posted on 5 November 2009 wgleeson

Each month Camden Theological Library adds around 100 new books to the collection.  These books are normally books suggested by Uniting Church staff, ministers, UTC faculty, students and others.  Every month these books are put up on the New Book Display, located just inside the entrance to the Library, with the Faculty & PaCT Publications.

The New Book Display for books received in October is now available for viewing and borrowing.  There is a huge range of books covering many areas of theology, Biblical studies, church history, pastoral theology, worship and more.

To view the What's New list, click here (200k PDF).

Here are some highlights from this months books.  Click on the book cover or title to view the catalogue record.




Green Bible: NRSV


The Green Bible will equip and encourage people to see God’s vision for creation and help them engage in the work of healing and sustaining the environment.  This first Bible of its kind will include the following distinctive features:

  • Green-Letter Edition: Verses and passages that speak to God’s care for creation highlighted in green.
  • Contributions by Brian McLaren, Matthew Sleeth, N. T. Wright, Desmond Tutu, and many others.
  • An introduction to reading the Bible and the Old and New Testaments through a “green” lens, including what Jesus had to say about the environment.
  • A green Bible index and personal study guide.
  • Recycled paper, using soy-based ink with a cotton/linen cover.



William Stringfellow

Adding to our collection of William Stringfellow titles this month:

William Stringfellow was a practicing attorney and a prominent Episcopalian layman, who frequently contributed to legal and theological journals. After his graduation from Harvard Law School, he practiced some years in the East Harlem neighborhood in New York City. He was a visiting lecturer at several law schools and lectured at theological seminaries across the country. From Wipf & Stock website.

For more information of Stringfellow, and a walk through some of his books, visit Ben Myers' site, Faith & Theology.


Inlander at heart: The Story of Arch Grant
Joy Grant Hicks

CoverWhen the young Arch Grant, newly ordained as a Presbyterian minister in Sydney, was challenged to become 'one of Flynn's mob' and go to Tennant Creek at the end of 1939, it was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with the inland and its people.

He and Erla, his new wife, soon became part of the lively gold-mining settlement as representatives of John Flynn's highly respected Australian Inland Mission. Soon, however, the war began to impinge on the bush. They watched as the road was built to accommodate the movement of troops and supplies to the Top End. Arch joined up, becoming first a part-time chaplain to the troops and roadworkers, and later a full time chaplain. He was in Adelaide River when Darwin was bombed in February 1942, and assisted with the evacuation of civilians.

Throughout his life Arch was committed to Christian unity. He was one of the first two ministers of the United Church in North Australia in Darwin immediately after the war and later, of the John Flynn Memorial Church in Alice Springs. He played a role in the negotiations leading to the formation of the Uniting Church in Australia in 1977.

Arch was always a great yarn-spinner and recorded many of his own experiences. His daughter, Joy Grant Hicks, has used much of his own written material, augmented by research in AIM, church and Territory archives. His loud laugh often comes through to make this book much more than a history.


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works


Three new volumes have been added to the Fortress Press, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works:



Sacred Australia: Post-Secular ConsiderationsCover
Edited by Makarand Paranjape

In this challenging and thought-provoking collection of essays the idea of sacred Australia is explored through literature, art, architecture, aboriginal studies, sacred geography and a range of cultural phenomena - from sport to performance art - by leading academic writers, artists and commentators.

Sacred Australia includes papers by Bill Ashcroft, Peter Boyle, John Bradley, Mark Brett, Geoff Cheong, Frances Devlin-Glass, John Docker, Dennis Haskell, Sudhir Kumar, Anne Marsh, Freya Mathews, Peter Murphy, Makarand Paranjape, Deborah Bird Rose, Graham Seal, David Tacey, and Claudia Terstappen.

"This collection presents a compelling case for reviewing Australian culture past and present, indigenous and settler, through the lens of the sacred. Reflecting the new and overdue interest in the sacred in postcolonial and transcultural studies, it focuses on reconciliation, showing the many ways in which indigenous and settler views influenced each other. It helps us see how both are evolving, as we contemplate the limitations of the dominant paradigm of secular modernity..." Gareth Griffiths (University of Western Australia)

From the Clouds of Magellan Press website


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