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Reverend Professor Dr James Haire AM (Member of the Order of Australia),KSJ (Knight of St John), MA (Oxon), Grad DipMiss (Leiden), PhD (Birmingham), Hon DD (Belfast), Hon DUniv (Griffith), Hon DLitt (Ulster) (b. 1946, Northern Ireland) is a Christian minister of religion, is the Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, former President of the National Council of Churches in Australia, and former President of the Uniting Church in Australia.

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Education

Haire was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, at Worcester College, and the University of Oxford, where he studied on a scholarship classics and theology and was a rower, graduating with a B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in Theology.

He undertook management training in Britain and Europe, then postgraduate theological studies in Leiden, Birmingham and Belfast. His Ph.D. in Theology is from the University of Birmingham.

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Honorary degrees

He received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity (D.D., honoris causa) from the Presbyterian Theological Faculty Ireland (PFTI), University of Belfast in 1999, the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University (D.Univ., honoris causa) from Griffith University, Brisbane in 2000, and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt., honoris causa) from the University of Ulster.

Work

Haire was ordained as a Christian minister in 1972. From 1972 to 1985 he was a missionary of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, serving in Halmahera and Sulawesi, Indonesia, where he worked as a Lecturer and Principal of a Theological College, and as a Professor of Theology. He was a Minister of the Halmahera Synod, Indonesia from 1972 to 1985.

Haire served as Uniting Church Minister of Darwin City Parish (Northern Territory, Australia) from 1985 to 1986.

From 1987 to 2003, he was Professor of New Testament Studies at Trinity Theological College, Brisbane, and was Principal of Trinity College from 1992 to 2000. He was also the Dean of the Brisbane College of Theology from 1991 to 1997, and President of the Brisbane College of Theology from 1997 to 1999. In addition, he is Professor of Theology at Griffith University in Brisbane, and was Head of the School of Theology at Griffith University from 1993 to 2000. He has examined for higher degrees at various universities in Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands and South-East Asia. He is Visiting Professor at an Indonesian University and at an Indonesian Theological College and is on the Board of five international theological journals (in Australia, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland and The Netherlands).

He has been co-chair of the National Dialogue between the Uniting Church in Australia and Catholic Church in Australia. He represented the Uniting Church at the Fifth World Conference on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches in Spain in 1993, and was an Official Guest at the Ninth Assembly of the World Council of Churches meeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2006. Since 2002 he has been a member of the International Joint Commission of the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church (MRCIC). Since 2004 he has been a member of the Network of Theologians of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), and since 2009 has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of "Reformed World". He was a main speaker at the Maramon Convention in India in 2006.

Haire has also been a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Law, Ethics and Public Affairs (now the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance), and was a member and chairperson of the Griffith Asia Pacific Council.

He was President-Elect of the Uniting Church in Australia in 1997, President of the Uniting Church in Australia from 2000 to 2003 and Ex-President from 2003 to 2006.

Since 2003 he has been Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture within Charles Sturt University, of which he is also Professor of Theology and Director of the Public and Contextual Theology Strategic Research Centre(PACT).

Haire served as President of the National Council of Churches in Australia from 2003 to 2006.

He is a published book author (his work also translated into Dutch and Indonesian), and has had many academic articles and book chapters published internationally.

He retains a deep interest in Indonesian social and church matters.

Family

He has been married to the Revd Mary Haire since 1968, and they have two children, Dr Julia Haire and Miss Miriam Haire.

Honours

He became a KSJ (Knight of St John) in 2000, and a Rotary Honorary Peace Ambassador in 2001. He received an Australian Centenary Medal in 2003, and was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006.

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Preceded by
John E Mavor
President of the Assembly, Uniting Church in Australia
July 2000-July 2003
Succeeded by
Dean Drayton

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