Rural ministry: historical case studies from mid-nineteenth century Australian colonies

Robert Withycombe

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Abstract

Any study of colonial rural religion meets the continuing influence of immigrant religious traditions. Novel colonial environments reshaped not only patterns of ministry and pastoral care but social assumptions of class, of labour, and principles of farm management, along with the theological emphases that had sustained them back 'home'. Yet evidence of any such early theological reappraisal is rare. This article examines letters published in the 'Occasional Papers of St Augustine's college, Canterbury', United Kingdom, to show how wrestling with diverse physical and pastoral factors precluded overt and lenghty reflection on the need for any parallel theological adaptation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-41
Number of pages15
JournalRural Theology
Volume6
Issue number1 (issue 70)
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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