New Faculty Appointments at Pilgrim Theological College

We are delighted to announce that Revd Professor Stephen Burns and Revd Dr Robyn Whitaker will be joining the Faculty of Pilgrim Theological College in mid-July 2018. Stephen and Robyn both bring significant gifts in teaching, research, and engagement to the community of theological scholarship at Pilgrim. In joining the existing faculty team, they also take up roles within the wider education and formation stream within the new eLM unit of the Uniting Church Synod in Victoria and Tasmania.

Stephen Burns studied theology at the Universities of Cambridge and Durham, receiving his PhD in Liturgical Theology in 2002. He is internationally regarded for his teaching and research in liturgical studies, pastoral and ministry studies, and intercultural theology. He is the author or editor of seventeen books, often in cooperation with other leading scholars. These include the recent Pastoral Theology for Public Ministry (New York: Seabury, 2015) and (co-edited with Kwok Pui-Lan) Postcolonial Practice of Ministry: Leadership, Liturgy, and Interfaith Engagement (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). He has taught at the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham, the Uniting Church Theological College in Sydney, and the Episcopal

Divinity School in the USA. He is currently the Stewart Professor of Liturgical and Practical Theology, and Research Coordinator, at Trinity College Theological School. Stephen will take up the position of Coordinator of Ministry Studies at Pilgrim, teaching in the academic and formation programmes and working closely with those students who are preparing for ordination in the Uniting Church in Australia.

Robyn Whitaker studied theology at the United Faculty of Theology in Melbourne, and received her doctorate in New Testament from the University of Chicago in 2014. An expert in the interpretation of early Christianity and its literature, she recently completed a major study of the book of Revelation: Ekphrasis, Vision, and Persuasion in the Book of Revelation (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015) and has published in Biblical Interpretation and the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. Robyn is a regular commentator on issues relating to the Bible and theology in the media and was named one of Australia’s “top 50 thinkers” in The Conversation’s 2017 Yearbook. Robyn has

taught at the University of Chicago, Princeton Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary. She is currently the Bromby Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, and Academic Dean, at Trinity College Theological School. Robyn will take up the position of Coordinator of New Testament Studies, teaching in the academic programmes at Pilgrim.


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