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Red Ochre Theology: Northey Lecture 2022

Pilgrim is excited to announce that the first Northey Lecture for 2022 will be given by Dr Anne Pattel Gray, First Nations Theologian, speaking on ‘Red Ochre Theology’. This lecture has been rescheduled after a COVID-related delay in 2021.

The Northey Lecture is a public lecture for the enjoyment of theology. The lecture is free to attend, but registration is essential.

The first Northey Lecture for 2021 will offer the theological viewpoint of an Australian First Nations theologian who has spent the past two decades decolonising biblical narratives and constructing a theology that draws on Australia First Nations creation stories (Ancestral Narratives) and our understanding of the Creator’s actions and interactions through our Spirit Ancestors in the creation of our world, humanity, customs, laws, ceremonies, songs, rituals, connection to land, water and sea; language, cosmology, worldview and philosophy – this being the basis to the formation of First Nations identity, faith and Spirituality.

Developing and constructing theology from a First Nations perspective is extremely vital for ensuring our theology is shaped by our epistemology, ontology and axiology (ways of being, doing and knowing). Especially through our collective experience conveys a different interpretation and reading through our First Nations lens which brings a new insight to our theology and grounds it within an Australian context.

The lecture will begin at 7pm and be followed by a cheese and wine reception at 8:15pm for those attending in person.

Dr. Anne Pattel-Gray is an Aboriginal woman who is a descendant of the Bidjara/ Kari Kari people in Queensland and she is a recognised Aboriginal leader within Australia – nationally and internationally. She has dedicated her life to the struggle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and she is a strong campaigner and lobbyist and deeply committed to seeking justice, equity and equal representation for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people. She is very proud of her Aboriginal culture and heritage and is a strong advocate for Aboriginal women, children, families and community regarding our Cultural and basic Human Rights. She has developed a leadership quality that promotes and builds a deeper sense of community and participation that brings a greater Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and cultural identity and cohesion with the broader community that leads to beneficial partnerships, engagement and reconciliation.


**The lecture will be presented in person at the Centre for Theology and Ministry (29 College Cres, Parkville 3052) as well as online via Zoom. Attendees can choose their preferences when registering for the event. For those attendees who select the online option, the Zoom link will be emailed five hours prior to the event starting.

7:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday, 17 Feb 2022
Pilgrim Theological College
Centre for Theology & Ministry
29 College Crescent
Parkville, VIC 3052