Dr Nicholas Coleman,

Dr Nicholas Coleman has studied the World’s religions and lived the spiritual life for over forty years. Nicholas gained his PhD in philosophy of religion from the University of Cambridge in 1990 for original research into the nature of spiritual reality and the mind of God. In 1991—92 he was Golda Meir Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Philosophy Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where he also studied Philosophical Counselling with Dr. Shlomit Schuster.

Dr Coleman lectured in World Religions at the University of Newcastle, NSW, in 1985; he taught short courses on philosophy of religion at the CAE, Melbourne, from 1993 to 2000, and wrote the study design for VCE Religion and Society in 1994. Since 2002 Nicholas has been Head of Religious Education at Wesley College, Melbourne.

His honorary positions include Vice-President of the Australian Association for Religious Education (Vic), Deputy Director of The Interfaith Centre of Mel¬bourne, International Interfaith Coordinator of Unity-in-Diversity Inc., Editorial Committee of the Religious Education Journal of Australia and Consultative Committee Member of the OASAS Centre for Post-graduate Study of Spirituality.

Over the last twenty years Nicholas has published five books on philosophy of religion and two textbooks on World Religion studies: Studies of Religion, (2006) Science Press, Sydney, and The Worlds of Religion (1999) McGraw-Hill: Sydney. Nicholas is a regular presenter of professional development for religious education teachers and has given numerous papers and semi¬nars on topics in philosophy, religion, spirituality and education. He has been leading Spiritual Experience workshops since 1996.