Associate Professor<br />Neil Pembroke
Associate Professor
Neil Pembroke


Associate Professor in Practical Theology

Contact Details:

Office: E316, Forgan Smith Building (1)
Phone: +61 7 3365 2598


BA(Hons), (Qld)
PhD, University of Edinburgh


Philosophy and religious belief, psychology of religion, spirituality and personal development.

Research Interests:

Pastoral preaching, pastoral care in worship, philosophy and the pastoral arts, spirituality and healthcare, theological reflection on business and organisational life.

Selected Recent Publications:

  • Divine Therapeia and the Sermon: Theocentric Therapeutic Preaching (Pickwick Publications, 2013).
  • Pastoral Care in Worship: Liturgy and Psychology in Dialogue (London: T&T Clark International, 2010).
  • “Theocentric Therapeutic Preaching: An Analogical Approach.” International Journal of Practical Theology. Forthcoming.
  • “Young Australian Christians Reading Dawkins and Hitchens: A Qualitative Study.” Theology 116, no. 3 (2013), pp. 177-186.
  • “Theocentric Therapeutic Preaching: A Sample Sermon with Commentary.” Practical Theology 5, no. 3 (2012).
  • “Pastoral Care for Shame-Based Perfectionism.” Pastoral Psychology 61 (2012), pp. 245-258.
  • “Sacred Love Negotiations: A Qualitative Approach to Equality and Mutuality, and Negotiating Around Needs in Marriage and Family Life in the Experience of Australian Mainline Christians,” International Journal of Practical Theology 15, no. 2 (2011), pp. 149-172.
  • “Equal Regard, Just Love, and Family Fairness: The Theories in Practice,” Practical Theology 4, no. 2 (2011), pp. 151-164.
  • “Space in the Trinity and in Pastoral Care,” The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling 65, no. 2 (2011), 3.1-10. Retrieved from
  • “Beyond Blue: The Role of Ironic Imagination in Overcoming Depression,” Journal of Pastoral Theology 21, no. 1 (2011), 4.1-4.9. Retrieved from
  • “Human Dimension in Medical Care: Insights from Buber and Marcel,” Southern Medical Journal 103, no. 12 (2010), pp. 1210-1213.
  • “From Tourist to Pilgrim: Individualization, Christianization, and the Sacraments,” Worship 84, no. 5 (2010), pp. 403-419.
  • “Two Christian Spiritualities in Suffering: Biblical Lament and Weil’s Consent,” Studies in Spirituality 20 (2010), pp. 1-16.
  • “Life-Threatening Illness, Hope, and Spiritual Meaning-Making: Buddhist and Christian Perspectives,” Eubios: Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 19, no. 1 (2009), pp. 27-31.
  • “Witnessing to Hope in the Christian Community through Irony,” Pastoral Psychology 58 (2009), pp. 433-443.
  • “Narratives of Silence: Availability in a Spirituality of Fathering,” Journal of Men, Masculinities, and Spirituality 2, no. 2 (2008), pp. 82-94.
  • “Appropriate Spiritual Care by Physicians: A Theological Perspective,” Journal of Religion and Health 47 (2008), pp. 549-559.
  • “Partnership in the Workplace: Covenant and Management-Labour Relations,” International Journal of Practical Theology 12, no. 2 (2008), pp. 242-255.
  • “The Spirituality of Presence in Midwifery Care.” Midwifery 24 (Sept. 2008), pp. 321-327. (with J.J. Pembroke).
  • “Conjugal Loss and Ambivalent Feelings: A Theological Reflection and a Pastoral Sermon,” Practical Theology 1, no. 2 (2008), pp. 181-193.
  • “The Covenant and Management-Employee Relations: The Issue of Identification-Based Trust.” Pacifica 21 (Feb 2008), pp. 39-56.
  • “The Theologian Psychotherapist Requires Diversity Competence not Non-specific Orientation: A Response to Stephen Bright,” Psychotherapy in Australia 14, no. 2 (Feb 2008), pp. 66-70.
For a full list of publications, please refer to Associate Professor Pembroke's UQ Researchers profile.

Other Activities and Service:

  • Member of the Ministerial Education Board of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod.
  • Member of the Counselling Committee of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod.
  • For details of RHD supervision, please refer to Associate Professor Pembroke's UQ Researchers profile

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