Wilma Gallet

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Wilma Gallet worked in the public service for many years
before being asked by The Salvation Army to establish E-Plus,
the Army’s employment services. Since that time, she has
worked extensively with other welfare agencies in the various
churches. She has just completed a doctorate at Melbourne
University on church-administered welfare and government.
Her management and research skills, knowledge of the
churches, ability to make the findings of research available
through written materials and oral presentations, and
experience in commissioned research in church-related
organisations make her eminently suitable for the position.


Philip Hughes

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Rev Dr Philip Hughes reitred from the Christian Reseach Association in June 2016.

Brief Biography – Rev Dr Philip Hughes

Rev Dr Philip Hughes has been a senior research officer with the Christian Research Association since its foundation in 1985. He has postgraduate degrees in philosophy, theology and education, has undertaken many empirical studies in the areas of religion, values, and personal and communal wellbeing. For many years Philip Hughes was a research fellow at the Centre for Social Justice Research, Edith Cowan University. He is now an honorary research fellow at that university. He is also an honorary research fellow at the MCD University of Divinity.

One of the foci of his research has been the spirituality of young Australians. He was a member of the team which conducted the seminal ‘Spirit of Generation Y’ study between 2002 and 2008. He has been involved in various studies of young people in schools. In 2007, he wrote Putting Life Together: Findings from Australian Youth Spirituality Research. He conducted a large national study of chaplaincy in Australian government schools in 2009 and in 2010, a study of ‘Engaging the Bible’ with youth and youth leaders through Australia. He is currently conducting another round of surveys of students on youth spirituality.

Another focus has been the organisation and leadership in rural churches. Philip Hughes has led several projects on the rural churches in the Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran, and Uniting congregations. Several of these studies have been published as ‘occasional papers’. A brief summary of some of the research, designed to assist leaders within the rural churches has been published as Sowing and Nurturing: Challenges and Possibilities for Rural Churches.

Philip Hughes has been involved in research internationally. Since completing his doctorate with the South East Asia School of Theology, he has continued to conduct research in Thailand. Recent studies have involved surveys of Buddhist, Muslim and Christian young people. One account of those studies was published in Social Compass, Vol.55, no.3, in 2008.

For approximately 20 years, Philip Hughes has been associated with the Lausanne Researchers International Network – a network of people around the world interested in church and mission related research. For several years, he chaired the committee which runs the Network. The Network holds conferences every three years. Philip Hughes organised the conference held in Geelong in 2008 and was highly involved in the organisation of the conference in Sao Paulo in 2011. Philip Hughes also regularly presents at other international conferences such as the International Society for the Sociology of Religion.

Amongst his other responsibilities, Philip Hughes is the chair of the Council of Kingswood College, a Uniting Church school. He is secretary of the Maroondah Interfaith Network, and he is a member of the Research Committee of the MCD University of Divinity.

Philip Hughes is ordained as a minister of religion within the Uniting Church in Australia. He has had 16 years pastoral experience in three churches: inner city, rural town, and suburban.

Philip Hughes

Cra Presentations

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Through 2011, CRA staff made a number of presentations. Some were at national and international conferences. Others were at staff professional development days. Some were to small groups of leaders or students. The presentations in 2011 included the following:

The Effectiveness of Chaplaincy. This presentation drew on the national study of chaplaincy in government schools was given to students preparing themselves to be chaplains at Whitley College, Melbourne.

Understanding Youth Spirituality – presentation to staff at Catholic Regional College, Melton.

Pastoral Planning in Rural Settings – presentation to a Conference on Pastoral Planning regarding possibilities of leadership in rural churches.

Spirituality and Work – a workshop held at Glen Waverley Uniting Church exploring work as a calling and as a source of meaning.

Young People’s Worlds of Meaning and Implications for Catholic Educators – a presentation at the National Catholic Education Convention in Adelaide, September 2011.

The National Spirit – presentation to directors of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on general religious and spiritual trends in Australia.

Commodification of Religion: World Trends – presentation at the 6th Lausanne Researchers’ International Conference in Brazil, April 2011. A study of how religion is increasingly viewed around the world from the perspective of a consumer.

Trends in Family Life – presentation at the 6th Lausanne Researchers’ International Conference in Brazil, April 2011. The presentation explored the changes occurring in the composition of family households, and the contributions that churches make in influencing the shape of family life.

Commodification of Religion and Religious Tolerance – presentation at the conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion, Aix-en-Provence, France, June 2011. The paper argued that the commodification of religion, in some circumstances, is leading to more tolerant views of religion.

The staff of the Christian Research Association are available to speak at conferences, staff development days, and for other other occasions.  Topics in which they bring specialised knowledge include:

  • World Trends in Spirituality and Religion
  • Australian Religion and Spirituality
  • Australian Cultural Trends
  • Youth Spirituality and Religious Faith
  • Rural Church Life – Forms of Organisation and Leadership
  • Church Vitality and Mission
  • Religious Education in Schools
  • Chaplaincy
  • Changing Patterns of Family Life
  • Values and Religion
  • Welfare and Religious Faith
  • Wellbeing, Religion and Spirituality
  • Educating for Wellbeing
  • Holistic Education

If you are interested in a presentation from a staff member of the Christian Research Association, contact Dr Philip Hughes ( or phone (03) 8819 0123.