Laurel is passionate about enthusing young people and teachers (…well, everybody really!) to enjoy learning, growing and passing on their faith. She joined NCRS in Jan 2019, after twelve years of teaching Religious Education in Dunedin, holding the role of DRS for the last two and a half years. Laurel came to secondary teaching following her return from the University of Botswana where she lectured in Hebrew, Old Testament and Judaism. She has wide academic and non-academic interests ranging across topics like literary theory, ancient history and human pre-history and embroidery.
She has three adult children and, in the days before they arrived, trained in nursing, worked as a houseparent for IHC, and as a cleaner, carer and candle-maker.
Academic papers and presentations:
2007 Lanner, L.; Nkomazana, F. (eds.) (2007) Some Aspects of the History of the Church in Botswana. Pietermaritzburg, Cluster Publications.
Lanner, L. (2007) Contexts and Ideologies. Pp. 1-14. In Lanner, L.; Nkomazana, F. (eds.) Some Aspects of the History of the Church in Botswana. Pietermaritzburg, Cluster Publications.
2006 Lanner, L. (2006) Who will Lament Her? The Feminine and the Fantastic in the Book of Nahum. Playing the Texts 11: Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 434, New York, Continuum [T&T Clark Imprint].
2005 Lanner, L. (2005) Murder, Medicine and Moral Crises, presented at the Boleswa Conference for Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophy, Swaziland.
2003 Lanner, L. (2003) Pain and the Hebrew Bible, presented at Women Writing in Theology, Dunedin.
2002 Lanner, L. (2002) The Lepers, the King and the Cannibal. SeaChanges. Brisbane. http://www.wsrt.com.au/seachanges. (Peer reviewed).
Lanner, L. (2002) The Lepers, the King and the Cannibal, presented at Women Writing in Theology, Dunedin.
2000 Lanner, L. (2000) Cannibal Mothers and Me: A Mother’s Reading of 2 Kings 6.24-7.20. Pp. 129-137. In Brenner, A. (ed.) Samuel and Kings: A Feminist Companion to the Bible (Second Series) Sheffield, Sheffield Academic Press.
1999 Lanner, L. (1999) Cannibal Mothers and Me: A Mother’s Reading of 2 Kings 6.24-7.20. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament,85: 107-116.