Candidate's Resume

 

Overview

An independent thinker who, with a strong grounding in the social nature of knowledge and in being human,  works hard to articulate a view and to genuinely engage with the views of others in a spirit of true hospitality.  Honored to share in the life stories of many, and in the re-imagining, re-shaping and re-telling of these stories through formal and informal counselling relationships, I too have been shaped by the joys and the sufferings uncovered.  I think that my true gifts lie in an ability to facilitate open discussion of, within and through: difficult, unclear, contested or fraught situations.

I have over ten years of tertiary study in social work and highly regarded advanced theology in the Catholic tradition, with a focus on philosophy.  I have studied managment and social justice theology.   I have worked as a social and community worker and as a pastoral (church) leader and university/TAFE and workplace chaplain.  I have been a home educator for many years theorising and practicing education as a praxis of freedom.

 

 

Achievements

STRATEGIC, CONCEPTUAL AND ANALYTICAL SKILLS:  THE CONSCIENCE INFORMING PROCESS, CATHSOC, 1998 THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY:

The "conscientisation process" during my time as Chaplain to The University of Sydney was carried out in response to a request for support to the registered Catholic Student group on campus (Cathsoc), by another unregistered Christian group calling itself University Bible Study (UBS).  UBS was removed from campus by the University Union during orientation week in 1998 because it was an unregistered group.  UBS came to the attention of the University Union (UU) because it was displaying material inconsistent with UU anti-vilification policy.   The specific material was a publication called “The True the False and the Homosexual” by Samuel L Waldron, and UBS desired Cathsoc’s support for its anti-homosexual stance.

In response, I and a colleague organised a series of seminars examining the biblical, theological, sociological, psychological, and personal perspectives.  The seminars were followed by a period of extensive consultation within the Cathsoc community in order to draft a public response to UBS.  As an exercise in bringing faith and the academic milieu into a dialogue, which respected both, the project was successful.  It also assisted Cathsoc to make an informed, credible and reasoned response to UBS’s request.  It was also successful in holding together, and indeed strengthening, Cathsoc’s sense of community and mutual respect despite working through to a decisive conclusion on a potentially divisive issue in a community with diverse views.  It was a real exercise in building genuine acceptance of diversity.

The process we organised was strategic, conceptual and analytical because we sought to move beyond the usual polarisation of positions endemic to the standard response of most mainstream Churches’ to homosexuality, bringing the latest theological and biblical thought into a genuine dialogue with mainstream contemporary sociological and psychological thought, and taking account of diverse personal experiences, in order to craft new perspectives on a crucial issue.

It was strategic, analytical and conceptual in that we realised that the chaplaincy within the university milieu was an appropriate place in which to hold such a dialogue.  It was strategic in that we considered the potential impact in regard to the Catholic community on campus and worked to maintain genuine mutual respect between those with differing opinions.  It was strategic in that we considered the possible ramifications for the chaplaincy and our role as chaplains and so worked to keep our immediate supervisor, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, fully informed.  Bishop Robinson , along expressed his high regard for our work as chaplains, including in regard to this process, in a personal reference.  All  professional and  indenpendent appraisals were characterised by high praise for our work as chaplains.

 

 

INTERPERSONAL, LIAISON, NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS:  CHAPLAIN'S CENTRE COORDINATOR: FORMULATION OF INAUGURAL GUIDELINES FOR CHAPLAINCY 2000-2001

As Coordinator of the Chaplains’ Centre at The University of Sydney, for over two years, among other tasks, I liaised with senior university administrators, church leaders and the chaplains appointed to the university to negotiate and finalise the inaugural Guidelines for University Chaplaincy at The University of Sydney.  The negotiations had been ongoing but had stalled and I was asked by the Univeristy administration to take on the Coordinator's role specifically so I could  facilitate the negotiations.  I was personally thanked by letter from the University Registrar, Dr William Adams, for my “considerable contribution” in the twice peer elected role as Coordinator of the Chaplains’ Centre for two consecutive terms.

 The negotiations around the Chaplaincy Guidelines involved a number of difficult issues.  The most complex and delicate of these were issues around the practice of proselytisation, particularly aggressive proselytisation practices, such as the denigration of a religious group and a range of subtle variations on this, on the part of some religious traditions.  On the one hand the university had a duty of care in regards to the psychological wellbeing of students, staff and any other persons who might happen to be on campus, some of whom could be children.  The university, rightly so, held that some proselytisation practices could not be considered compatible with this duty of care and sought to limit such practices through the Guidelines.  On the other hand, some religious traditions or practitioners consider an active practice of proselytisation to be central to their religious identity. 

 We had to analyse the differing conceptions of proselytisation (and the related term evangelization) as used in the discrete discourses of various religious-theological traditions, in contemporary everyday usage, and in possible legal uses.  We had to develop common threads of understanding, a shared conception of what we were talking about, firstly so that a conversation could happen amongst the chaplains, and secondly so a shared understanding and agreement could then be communicated to, and negotiated with, university administrators.  These were complex and delicate discussions, both within the Chaplaincy Centre, and then between the Centre and the university, in which I played the central communication, negotiation, liaison and facilitation role.

 

 

COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP:  PARISH PASTORAL COORDINATOR, ST MARY'S PARISH ERSKINEVILLE, CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY 1995-1996.

In 1995 I took on a ground breaking leadership role within the Australian Catholic Church in being the first lay (non-ordanined) person to exercise pastoral leadership of a parish in over 150 years.   The orignal proposal by a Catholic Order called the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) who had provided personnel for the parish for some time previously and of which I am a lay member, provided for no parish priest.to be formally appointed, but a team of myself and an MSC priest.  Archdiocesan authorities, however, while agreeing with the proposal, insisted on the formal appointment of a parish priest, who in an act of compromise, it was agreed would move towards being a 'non-resident' parish priest after one year.

I was appointed as Parish Pastoral Coordinator, responsible for all aspects of parish life, including its liturgical life - this naturally in collaboration with the new MSC provided parish priest.  In the face of concerted opposition from the outgoing parish priest, and some initial opposition from within the parish itself, I believe I was able to successfully establish a new model of pastoral leadership within an Australian Catholic parish, despite some initial confusion and in the context of a real lack of any active support from the Archdiocese itself.

Taking a fundamentally collaborative approach I built up many teams of volunteers within a small inner city parish and worked hard to engage the parish community in managing and leading itself as far as possible, while remaining a part of the universal church.  It was a role I found both extremely rewarding a very personally challenging.  After two years in the role I decided that I needed a sabbatical.  However, the model of collaborative pastoral leadership that I had had a decisive role in establishing, compromised as it was by the Archdiocese, endured for quite some years after.

 

Career History

Oct 2007 - Present

Company name:Tasmanian Fire Service
Location:Evandale Brigade, Australia
Industry:Defence & Emergency
Company size:1001-5000 employees
Company web site:http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/
    
Job Title:Volunteer Firefighter
Job Type:Unspecified
Closest Job Role:Emergency Services
Summary:Volunteer Firefighter
Detailed Description:Qualified: Structural Firefighter

Mar 2010 - Dec 2010

Company name:Bradley Alan Taylor
Location:Launceston, Australia
Industry:Education & Childcare
Company size:1-10 employees
    
Job Title:Theology Tutor
Job Type:Self-Employed
Position Department:Education
Closest Job Role:Other Education
Summary:Tertiary Scripture/Theology Tutor Broken Bay Institute
Detailed Description:Marking Essays for the Broken Bay Institute
http://www.bbi.catholic.edu.au/

Sep 2007 - Dec 2009

Company name:Mission Australia
Location:Launceston, Australia
Industry:Voluntary, Charity & Social
Company size:5001-10000 employees
Company web site:http://www.missionaustralia.com.au
    
Job Title:State Chaplain
Job Type:Part-time
Summary:Providing spiritual support, guidance and Christian leadership for the management and staff of Mission Australia

Mar 2009 - Dec 2009

Company name:Bradley Alan Taylor
Location:Launceston, Australia
Industry:Education & Childcare
Company size:1-10 employees
    
Job Title:Mathematics Tutor
Job Type:Self-Employed
Position Department:Education
Closest Job Role:Other Education
Summary:Secondary Mathematics Tutoring

Mar 2008 - Jan 2009

Company name:Tasmanian Council of Churches
Location:Launceston, Australia
Industry:Voluntary, Charity & Social
Company size:1-10 employees
Company web site:http://www.tcctas.org.au/
    
Job Title:Executive Officer / General Secretary
Job Type:Part-time
Summary:A multifaceted strategic leadership role promoting ecumenical consciousness and cooperation between the Churches in Tasmania

Jun 2006 - Aug 2007

Company name:New South Wales Rural Fire Service
Location:Woodstock Brigade, Canobolus Zone, NSW Central West, Australia
Industry:Defence & Emergency
Company size:1001-5000 employees
Company web site:http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/
    
Job Title:Volunteer Firefighter
Job Type:Unspecified
Closest Job Role:Emergency Services
Summary:Volunterr Bush Firefighter
Detailed Description:Qualified: Bush Firefighter (BF 2003)

Feb 1998 - Mar 2005

Company name:Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
Location:Sydney, Australia
Industry:Voluntary, Charity & Social
Company size:501-1000 employees
Company web site:http://www.sydney.catholic.org.au/
    
Job Title:Chaplain / Campus Minister
Job Type:Part-time
Summary:High level pastoral care role for university/TAFE studnets and staff

Mar 1995 - Dec 1996

Company name:Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney/ Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
Location:Sydney, Australia
Industry:Voluntary, Charity & Social
Company size:1001-5000 employees
Company web site:http://www.sydney.catholic.org.au/
    
Job Title:Parish Pastoral Coordinator
Job Type:Full-Time
Summary:Pastoral and administartive leadership of a local parish church community

Aug 1991 - Dec 1996

Company name:Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC)
Location:Sydney, Australia
Industry:Voluntary, Charity & Social
Company size:501-1000 employees
Company web site:http://www.misacor.org.au/
Comments:Section: Justice and Welfare Office
    
Job Title:Manager
Job Type:Part-time
Closest Job Role:Manager & Operations
Summary:Management, leadership, research, education, advocacy, promotion and action on social justice issues for the Australian Province of the MSC

Feb 1991 - Dec 1991

Company name:St Mary's Community Centre / St Vincent de Paul Sydney Region
Location:Sydney, Australia
Industry:Voluntary, Charity & Social
Company size:1-10 employees
    
Job Title:Coordinator
Job Type:Part-time
Summary:Coordinator, local community Centre

May 1988 - Jan 1990

Company name:Department of Social Security (DSS, now Centrelink)
Location:Sydney, Australia
Industry:Government
Company size:More than 10000 employees
Company web site:http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/home/index.htm
    
Job Title:Social Worker Class I/II
Job Type:Full-Time
Closest Job Role:Social Worker
Summary:Social Work Services
Detailed Description:Provision of Social Casework services to Departmentl Clients including: assessment, counselling, crisis intervention, referral, writing complex reports, making recommendations, advocacy, community work, policy research and development. Class II position also involved regional office management.

Education & Training

Jul 2010 - Dec 2010

Institution:Tasmanian Polytechnic
Institution Type:TAFE
Location:Launceston, Australia
Course Name:Diploma of Management (BSB51107)
Grade:Competent
Study Units/Modules:
  • BSBLED401A Develop Teams and Individuals
  • BSBFIM501A Manage Budgets and Financial Plans
  • BSBHRM503A Manange Performance Management Systems
  • BSBHRM507A Manage Separation of Termination
  • BSBLED501A Develop a Workplace Learning Environment
  • BSBMGT502B Manage People Performance
  • BSBOHS509A Ensure a Safe Workplace
  • BSBWOR501A Manage Personal Work Priorities and Professional Development

Feb 2008 - Feb 2008

Institution:Critical Incident Stress Management Foundatiom Inc
Institution Type:Association/Club
Location:Melbourne, Australia
Course Name:Critical Incident Stress Management Group Crisis Intervention
Grade:Attended
Comments:Curriculum approved by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. Instructur Chris Ellingworth 14-15 February 2008

Jan 2001 - Dec 2006

Institution:Sydney College of Divinity
Institution Type:College
Location:Sydney, Australia
Course Name:Master of Theology
Grade:Distinction
Study Units/Modules:
  • WSM451 Ways of Knowing
  • WSM490 Readings in Philosophy: Political Philosophy
  • WSM423 Theories and Issues in Ethics
  • TSM463 The Historical Jesus
  • TSM405 Collegiality and Primacy
  • SRM594 Reserach Project in Spirituality: Mary MacKillop
  • TRM594 Issues in Theology: Ecotheology
  • SRM594 Issues in Spirituality: Heart Spirituality

Jan 1992 - Dec 1998

Institution:Sydney College of Divinity
Institution Type:College
Location:Sydney, Australia
Course Name:Bachelor of Theology
Grade:Distinction
Study Units/Modules:
  • Major in Philosophy
  • Major in Biblical Studies
  • Major in Systematic Theology
  • Major in Ministry and Practice

Jan 1990 - Dec 1990

Institution:Yarra Theological Union
Institution Type:College
Location:Melbourne, Australia
Course Name:Dipoma of Social Justice Studies
Grade:Distinction

Feb 1983 - Nov 1987

Institution:University of New South Wales
Institution Type:University
Location:Sydney, Australia
Course Name:Bachelor of Social Work
Grade:Credit

Skills

Business Skills

  • Counselling (Advanced - >5 years experience)

Licenses & Certifications

Drivers License Class LR

Issuer:Tasmanian State Government
Valid To:25th March 2011

Associations

Australian Association of Social Workers

Website:http://www.aasw.asn.au/
Date From:1st May 1988
Date To:1st June 1997

Visa Information

Australia

Visa Type:Citizen

New Zealand

Visa Type:Permanent Resident Visa
Visa Name:Australian Citizen

Interests

Philosophy and Theology, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Social Justice.

Personal Information

Job Seeking Status:Seriously Looking
I am on a notice period (days):  0
I am available from:9th February 2011
Would you relocate for a job?Open to Offers
Gender:Male
Marital Status:Married
Do I have a drivers license?Yes

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