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Tuesday, 14 Mar 2017
Pilgrim is a great place to ask and seek answers to the ‘big’ questions, where you can wrestle with the large issues in a very open and supportive environment.   Join us in the process of discovery. The 2017 courses are listed here.
Wednesday, 8 Mar 2017
New Study Opportunity Do you have an interest, prior experience in or aspire to work within the field of ministry with children and families? Through the University of Divinity, we now offer a Graduate Certifcate in Children and Families Ministry. This course allows students to delve deeper into the issues, theology, thinking and practice around church-based ministry with children and families. Chris Barnett, the Uniting Church Children and Families Ministry Co-ordinator elaborates further in this video.
Thursday, 2 Mar 2017
What do Ministers gain by studying at Pilgrim? Pilgrim Theological College continues its commitment to ecumenism, as is represented by staff and students alike. It is an inclusive community, with an incredible breadth of theology and thinking, all important traits, especially in contemporary society. Integration Co-ordinator, Sue Withers, further elucidates the benefits to Ministers of studying at Pilgrim:
Thursday, 16 Feb 2017
Our students come from all walks of life. Whether returning to study, needing a refresher, a contemporary theological update or embarking on a spiritual journey, Pilgrim College has several options. Just a few more reasons our students chose to study with us: ‘…as a qualification to teach religious education and equip me to offer a higher ministerial leadership in Chaplaincy…’ ‘… a deeper understanding of the New Testament and its relevance to worship and preaching will enhance my leadership roles in my local congregation and presbytery.’ ‘…the degree will aid my discernment of a “Call to Ministry” … in the company of other students, under the guidance of…
Friday, 3 Feb 2017
In last month’s Crosslight, John Flett, reflecting on contemporary political populism and a theological response wrote, ‘The movement of political forces might feel beyond our control, but it is not so. The first step is to meet, discuss and understand some of the forces in play. The second step is to find theological resources which might direct our response within our congregations and inform our discussions with our friends and neighbours’. Join John in taking these steps as he guides ‘Conversations: Interdisciplinary Theological Perspectives on Contemporary Issues’, an intensive course held over three Fridays and Saturdays in March and April. Which…
Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017
The Pilgrim community is deeply saddened by the death of Sr Dr Janette Gray RSM on 24 December 2016. Jan was an inspiring colleague whose work as a theologian and educator flowed wholeheartedly from the integrity of her life. Over 15 years, first at the United Faculty of Theology and then in the context of Pilgrim Theological College, Jan taught popular and life-changing subjects in systematic theology and Christian anthropology. We were all enriched by her creativity as a teacher and administrator, her instinctive kindness and generosity in leadership, her pastoral insight, and the humility and brilliance that marked her…
Thursday, 24 Nov 2016
‘Anyone! I would recommend it to anyone’. by Bethany Broadstock   My last essay is in! That puts me two-thirds of the way through this theology degree and I have some reflections on why I would recommend it to anyone. First: it won’t just affirm you and everything you believe, know or think you believe and know. If it does, you should change institutions. You will have to argue and articulate those things and consider why they are, and they will change and you will change. Some of them you will lose forever – it will deconstruct belief and reassemble…
Thursday, 15 Sep 2016
Hi, I’m Fiona. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and I’ve spent most of my professional life working in sustainable building design. My Pilgrim story really began when my son Jack was diagnosed with Autism and mental disabilities and my whole world then changed. My career took a back seat while I balanced parenting, therapies and trying to live as “normal” a life as possible. This is also where my spiritual journey began, as I longed for some kind of meaning to all that had, and was happening, in my family’s lives. Eventually I found myself at Brunswick…
Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016
A Reflection on the ROS Conference by John Flett From 2-4 of September 2016, Pilgrim Theological College, in association with UnitingCare VicTas and the University of Heidelberg’s Institute for the Study of Christian Social Service, hosted a conference reflecting on the relationship between agencies and congregations. Over 80 participants gathered to hear 16 experts in the field discuss different aspects of the problem, from extended theological reflections, to forms of funding and modes of advocacy. It is clear that both the church understood primarily in congregational terms and the church understood primarily in social service terms are under various pressures.…
Thursday, 25 Aug 2016
The International Association of Mission Studies (IAMS) holds a major international gathering every four years. This year we were hosted at a place where I had previously taught: “Presbyterian University and Theological College” in South Korea. 300+ people listened to 150 papers over five days, dealing with the theme of “conversation and transformation.” Plenary sessions featured strong paper presenters diverse in both academic discipline and global location. Other papers were divided into a number of sub-groups, covering areas such as: “biblical studies and mission,” “children, youth and mission,” “gender in mission,” “healing/pneumatology,” “interreligious studies and mission,” and the “theology of…