Therese D'Orsa has been for many years Conjoint Professor of Mission and Culture at the University of Newcastle and the Broken Bay Institute, and has recently been granted the level of Professor within the Sydney College of Divinity. For eleven years she was Director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Sale and has been Executive Director of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. She has had extensive professional involvement in curriculum development and religious education in Catholic schools, including a special focus on justice education and mission.
Major Brad Halse has served as an officer within The Salvation Army for more than 30 years. He has worked in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, in areas of aged care, homeless youth, editorial and journalism work and church leadership. He is currently the Australia Southern Territory’s Director of Government Relations and is a representative on Commonwealth and State government advisory bodies and taskforces. He has been involved in reform proposals around responsible gambling and in advocacy for asylum seekers and refugees.
Rowan Ireland is an Honorary Associate in the School of Sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne. He has had extensive field work in Latin America, and is investigating urban social movements in three Brazilian cities. He is also involved in studying the processes of secularisation and new forms of religious life and civil society in Australia. See some of Dr Ireland's recent publications HERE.
Paul Rule taught Religious Studies and History at La Trobe University where he remains an associate, and is now engaged in major research projects on Christianity in China for the Ricci Institute, University of San Francisco and Macao Ricci Institute. He is a former member of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and the Melbourne Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission and has been involved for many years in justice and peace activities and publications. Click for a list of some of his writings.