TANYA RICHES

Undergraduate & Postgraduate

Which department do you teach in?

Undergraduate & Postgraduate

Which courses are you currently teaching?

I teach in a range of classes which include Theology of Social Justice (Bachelor/Masters), Spirituality (Bachelor/Masters), Postgraduate Research Methods (Masters), Research Methods (MTh)

What are your research interests?

I am currently researching into the ways that the lyrics of Hillsong are used to form non-propositional or narrative forms of theology. But I also have a chapter on “prosperity theology” currently in review.

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A., B.A., Cert IV (TAE)

What is your job role?

I am our Master’s Program Director and oversee all Masters students at Hillsong College, which includes all research projects on our campus. These pioneering students are often thinkers and dreamers, dedicated to building the church of the future. We have students working on many of the frontiers of the church, investigating questions of interest to them.

Background

I completed my PhD at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2017, with my monograph forthcoming through Brill’s Pentecostal Studies series. I investigated the ritual connections between worship and social engagement in Aboriginal-led urban Australian Pentecostal churches. But I am also a researcher at the Centre for Disability Studies, an affiliate of The University of Sydney, working on a variety of research projects. Since 2010 I have published a variety of peer-reviewed and media pieces on Australian Pentecostalism including the co-edited volume The Hillsong Movement Examined: You Call Me Out Upon the Waters through Palgrave McMillan. This interdisciplinary collaboration of insider and outsider scholars includes an official response from the church.

Relevance

Hillsong offers the possibility of theological study in the context of a contemporary church with a global footprint. Its various departments and ministries provide us with the possibilities of producing excellent quality research with application to Christianity worldwide.

Testimony

I have been a part of Hillsong Church for many decades. It excites me that we are on a higher education journey that allows us to engage with the world around us in new ways.

Publications

BOOKS/DISSERTATIONS:

Riches, Tanya. 2018 (Forthcoming). “(Re)Imagining Identity in the Spirit: Worship and Social Engagement in Urban Aboriginal-led Pentecostal Congregations.” Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies Series. Leiden: Brill
Riches, Tanya and Tom Wagner. 2017. The Hillsong Movement Examined: You Call Me Out Upon The Waters. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave McMillan.
Riches, Tanya. 2017. “(Re)imagining Identity in the Spirit: Worship and Social Engagement in Urban Aboriginal-led Pentecostal Congregations.” PhD dissertation. Intercultural Studies, Pasadena: Fuller Theological Seminary.
Riches, Tanya. 2010. Shout to the Lord! Music and Change at Hillsong: 1996 – 2007. MPhil dissertation. Melbourne: Australian Catholic University.

GUEST EDITOR, JOURNALS:

Riches, Tanya, Shane Clifton and Brooke Prentis (eds.) 2019 (Forthcoming). “Dreaming and Spirit-filled Christianity: Intersections of Spirit and Spirituality,” Special edition. Australian Pentecostal Studies.
Riches, Tanya, and Ed Phillips (eds.) 2018. “Special Edition on Pentecostalism”. Liturgy.

BOOK CHAPTERS/SECTIONS:

Riches, Tanya . 2018 (Forthcoming). “‘The Work of the Spirit’: Prosperity and Spiritual Formation for the Marketplace at Hillsong Church” in Cristina Rocha, Mark Hutchinson and Kathleen Openshaw (eds). Title Unknown. Brill Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies series. Leiden: Brill.
Riches, Tanya. 2018. “Mission in Oceania” in Encyclopedia of the Global South Mark A. Lamport, with Philip Jenkins, Justin Welby, Katalina Tahaafe-Wililams, Dana L. Robert, David Maxwell, David Freston, Paul Yang, Fenggang Yang, Graham Kings (eds). Lanham, MY: Rowman & Littlefield.
Riches, Tanya. 2018 “Women in Oceania” in Encyclopedia of the Global South Mark A. Lamport, with Philip Jenkins, Justin Welby, Katalina Tahaafe-Wililams, Dana L. Robert, David Maxwell, David Freston, Paul Yang, Fenggang Yang, Graham Kings (eds). Lanham, MY: Rowman & Littlefield.
Riches, Tanya. 2017. “’Hillsong in a Feminine Key’: The Sisterhood” in Tanya Riches and Tom Wagner (eds.) The Hillsong Movement Examined: You Call Me Out Upon the Water. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave McMillan. pp85-105
Riches, Tanya and Tom Wagner. 2017. “Introduction: Hillsong and Movement, Examined” in Tanya Riches and Tom Wagner (eds.) The Hillsong Movement Examined: You Call Me Out Upon the Water. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave McMillan. pp1-17
Riches, Tanya. 2015. Panoptic or Pastoral Gaze? The Worship Leader in the New Media Environment. Tom Wagner and Anna Nekola (eds). Congregational Music-Making in a Mediated Age. UK: Ashgate. pp61-81
Riches, Tanya. 2015. “Dreaming Urban Indigenous Australian Christian Worship in the Great Southland of the Holy Spirit.” Amos Yong and Monique Ingalls (eds). Songs of Praise: Music and Worship in Global Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity. USA: Penn State University Press. pp60-77
Riches, Tanya. 2013. An Australian Worship Leader’s Journey: From Hillsong to “Singing Up Country”. Handbook for Ethnodoxologists, International Council of Ethnodoxologists. pp331-333

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES:

Riches, Tanya. 2018. Acknowledgment of Country: Intersecting Australian Pentecostalisms Reembeding Spirit in Place. Religions, 9(10), 287; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9100287
Riches, Tanya. 2018. “Liturgical Inculturation in Urban Aboriginal Pentecostalism” Liturgy. 33:3, 54-62, DOI: 10.1080/0458063X.2018.1449522
Riches, Tanya and Philips, Ed. 2018. “Pentecostal Worship: Introduction,” Liturgy, 33:3, 1-3, DOI: 10.1080/0458063X.2018.1448660
Riches, Tanya, Patricia O’Brien, and the CDS Inclusive Research Network. 2017. “Togetherness, teamwork, and challenges”: Reflections on building an inclusive research network. British Journal of Learning Disabilities. pp1-8. DOI: 10.1111/bld.12199
Riches, Tanya. 2016. “Can we still sing the lyrics ‘Come Holy Spirit?’ : Spirit and Place in Australian Pentecostalism.” Pneuma, 38 (3). pp274-292
Riches, Tanya and Riches, Vivienne. 2015. “Making Room for Spiritual Abilities: Towards Worship Practices that include.” Australasian Pentecostal Studies. 17. pp1-35
Riches, Tanya. 2015. “My Identity is ‘Indigenous Australian’ and ‘Christian’ and it’s Not an Oxymoron: Urban Indigenous Australian Pentecostal Christianity.” Milestones: An AnthroCyBib Occasional Papers Series. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh. URL: https://www.blogs.hss.ed.ac.uk/anthrocybib/2015/08/31/occasional-paper-riches-urban-indigenous-australian-pentecostal-christianity/
Riches, Tanya. 2014. “A “Poetics” of Inter-faith Dialogue in Australia”. Evangelical Interfaith Dialogue. Fall: pp28-30
Riches, Tanya. June 2014. “God’s Brand is Love: Australian Immigrant Churches in the United States.” Australian Journal Mission Studies. 7 (2)
Riches, Tanya. 2014. “Aboriginal Australian Pentecostals taking the initiative in Mount Druitt’s Urban Songlines.” Global Forum on Arts and Christian Faith no. 2 (1) pp38-54.
Riches, Tanya. 2014. “Ethical and Theological Reflections: Liturgical and Ritual Studies method in Australian Pentecostal Contemporary Congregational Worship.” Australasian Pentecostal Studies (16).
Riches, Tanya, and Tom Wagner. 2012. “The Evolution of Hillsong Music: From Australian Pentecostal congregation into global brand.” Australian Journal of Communication 39 (1) pp17-35.
Riches, Tanya. 2010. The Evolving Theological Emphasis of Hillsong Songs (1996 – 2007) Australasian Pentecostal Studies (13) pp87-133

REPORTS TO INDUSTRY:

Riches, Vivienne; Durvusala, Seeta, and Tanya Riches (2017) “Review of FACS Assessment Procedures for Identifying Residents that Need Specialist Nursing Support in Group Homes” Report to NSW Department of Family & Community Services (FACs) and Department of Aging, Disability, Housing and Care (ADHC).
O’Brien, Patricia; Bagshaw, Mark; Riches, Tanya, and Lani Campbell. (2016) “Getting NDIS Ready: Needs, Impact + Planning Study” Report to Central-East Sydney Public Health Network.

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Riches, Tanya. 2018. “The Third Day: Syncretism, Heresy or Mediating Australian Realities?” Paper presented to Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianities in Oceania Symposium, AlphaCrucis College, August 17th.
Riches, Tanya. 2018. “Good News Embracing the Poor: Poverty and Disability in Oceania” Paper presented to Society for Pentecostal Studies. Cleveland, TN, March 8th
Elizabeth Young, Mark Walters, Tanya Riches, Patricia O’Brien, Bruce O’Brien, Megan Noyeaux, Lesley Lewis, Marie Knox, Jack Kelly, Suzy Jessep, Robert Griffiths, Alex Butters, Sarah Butler, Susan Adrian. 2017. “Pushing the Boundaries in Publication of Inclusive Research” Paper presented at Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability. Hobart, November 8th.
Riches, Tanya and Patricia O’Brien. 2017. “What makes for Inclusivity in Inclusive Research?” Paper presented at Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability. Hobart, November 8th.
Megan Noyeaux, Lesley Lewis, Alex Butters, Elizabeth Young, Mark Walters, Tanya Riches, Patricia O’Brien, Bruce O’Brien, Marie Knox, Jack Kelly, Jessup Suzie, Robert Griffiths, Sarah Butler, Susan Adrian. 2017. “How Inclusive is Inclusive Research?” Paper presented at Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability. Hobart, November 8th.
Riches, Tanya. 2015. “Can worship energize social justice? Interaction ritual chains in Australia’s urban Aboriginal-led Pentecostal congregations.” Paper presented at Congregational Music Conference, Ripon College Oxford, August 4th.
Riches, Tanya 2013. “Urban Indigenous Australian Pentecostals and their ‘others’: Imagine Church, Mount Druitt.” Paper presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology. Indianapolis, November 17th.

MEDIA ARTICLES:

Riches, Tanya, and Mark Jennings. 2016. “Why Some Churches Teach that Women are Separate but Equal” The Conversation. URL: http://theconversation.com/explainer-why-some-churches-teach-that-women-are-separate-but-equal-64305
Riches, Tanya. 2016. “Hiding the Truth: Honouring the Coloured Diggers – A Conversation with Ray Minniecon” ABC Religion & Ethics. Opinion Piece. URL: http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2016/04/25/4449614.htm
Riches, Tanya. 2015. “My Identity is ‘Indigenous Australian’ and ‘Christian’ and it’s not an Oxymoron”: Urban Indigenous Australian Pentecostal Christianity.” AnthroCyBib ‘Milestones’ Project. URL: http://www.blogs.hss.ed.ac.uk/anthrocybib/2015/08/31/occasional-paper-riches-urban-indigenous-australian-pentecostal-christianity/
Riches, Tanya. 2015. “What Makes Worship Pentecostal?” Crucis. June 1st URL: http://crucis.ac.edu.au/2015/06/what-makes-our-worship-pentecostal/
Riches, Tanya. 2015. “Why musicians can not only hear in tune, but see in tune also (What?)”. July 1st. URL: http://thebigsmoke.com.au/2015/07/01/musicians-see-in-tune-hear-what/
Riches, Tanya. 2015. “Motherhood is not the only stage where women face inequality”. The Big Smoke.
URL: http://thebigsmoke.com.au/2015/03/17/motherhood-not-stage-women-face-inequality/
Riches, Tanya. 2015. “Closing the Gap – Who is it really about? The Big Smoke. URL: http://thebigsmoke.com.au/2015/02/13/closing-the-gap-who-is-it-really-about/
Riches, Tanya. 2014. Why the media doesn’t get Hillsong: Reflections of an Australian Pentecostal. ABC Religion & Ethics. Opinion Piece. URL: http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2014/01/07/3921786.htm
Riches, Tanya. 2014. “The baby vs the PhD: What will you do with your uterus?” The Big Smoke. URL: http://thebigsmoke.com.au/2014/07/08/baby-vs-phd-will-uterus/
Riches, Tanya. 2014. “S&M: Can you be an intelligent feminist and attend…Hillsong Church?” The Big Smoke. URL: http://thebigsmoke.com.au/2014/03/14/intelligence-feminist-hillsong/

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