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Friday, 10 Nov 2017
Pilgrim Theological College celebrated the completion of study for a number of their 2017 valedictorians in November with a service of celebration and thanks. Some valedictorians have completed their study and others are “on the verge” of completion. Rev Associate Professor Sean Winter, the Acting Head of Pilgrim, told the theology students that “whatever the future holds, keep the questions you have asked here, the challenges you have faced here, the insights you have won here, the knowledge you have gained here, the changes you have made here, keep them at the forefront of your mind and go on living…
In 2018 we are excited to introduce a number of new units exploring the humanities, biblical studies and Christian thought and history. We explore art, the medium of film, the interpretation of Isaiah, the meanings attributed to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in early Christian texts, the history of Protestantism through the lens of religious literature and music,  and questions of sex, sexuality and gender from a doctrinal perspective. Read more about these theological units below and also explore our 2018 handbook. And if you need assistance about which unit or theological course to study, or how to…
Thursday, 15 Jun 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. Watch the videos and be inspired to embark with us… Our Students Our Teachers Our Subjects   For advice regarding courses please contact the Registrar or Coursework and Research Co-ordinator.
Friday, 26 May 2017
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Tuesday, 23 May 2017
International guest lecturers will be offering two new subjects at Pilgrim in semester two. Each of these is available for credit or audit, and when completed for credit, counts towards any of the relevant awards of the University of Divinity. AR 1/8000P Conversations: With All Due Respect: Theology, Feminism, and Conflict (begins with the symposium on the same theme with M.Shawn Copeland, Ruth Duck and Cynthia Wilson) Passionately Christian, Compassionately Interfaith (Sathianathan Clarke) Further information
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
To celebrate the 40th birthday of the Uniting Church of Australia and Pilgrim Theological College, an Anniversary Scholarship has been established to cover 75% of the University of Divinity fees in 2017. Further information is available here. If you are interested, download an application form.   Hurry…Apply Now! Applications close Friday 14 July 2017    
Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017
This course seeks to cultivate missional presence in the world that is passionately Christian as well as compassionately interfaith and is taught by Pilgrim Theological College Guest Lecturer Dr Sathianathan Clarke. Students can complete this intensive for academic credit or audit. More information  Study options Register online Register by 17 September 2017
Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017
Congratulations to Pilgrim students for attending the institution ranked 2nd amongst Australian universities for overall student experience! It was revealed in the papers today that the University of Divinity is the second most satisfying university for tertiary students in Australia. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) survey, enabling Divinity to achieve this stunning result. QILT results are available here The Sydney Morning Herald April 12, 2017
Thursday, 30 Mar 2017
Graduation day is an important one for any student, ‘A moment of grace’ is how guest speaker, Alan Niven, described it. It is the day when all those hours of study in class and at home, and all the hard work of thinking, reading and writing, finally come to fruition. Graduation is always a significant personal achievement. But it is also an achievement best shared. The University of Divinity’s Graduation Ceremony in Melbourne, held on the 24th of March, on the grand stage of St Patrick’s Cathedral, was an important milestone for a number of Pilgrim students. One by one, they crossed the stage…
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…
Tuesday, 9 Aug 2016
A Background of the Recapturing our Soul Conference In association with UnitingCare and the University of Heidelberg’s Institute for the Study of Christian Social Service, Pilgrim Theological College is hosting a conference on the relationship between agencies and congregations. Though ecumenical in nature, the idea for this tripartite discourse came from the structural changes currently underway within the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania of the Uniting Church in Australia. Cultural shifts, such as secularisation, have meant that church and religious bodies now occupy a different space in relation to service provision. Funding models often place ambiguous pressures on service providers,…
Tuesday, 2 Aug 2016
Rose Kizinska
Intensive Units for Semester 2 2016 5-7 August, 3-4 September BA2040P/BA3040P/ BA9040P Gender, Justice, Empire: Contextual Readings of the Old Testament (Melanchthon) 21-28 September CH3030P/DS3030P/ CH9030P/DS9030P The Wisdom of St Benedict:  The Rule and its Sources (Posa) – Sydney NSW 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17 September DP3805P/DP9805P Effective Christian Leadership and Ministry (Confoy) 7, 8, 9 October CT3020P/CT9020P Doctrine, Truth and Pluralism (Thompson) 23-25, 28-30 November DA/DS2/3/9029S The Nurture and Spiritual Guidance of Children (College of Theology and Ministry) To enrol, please contact our registrar, Erlinda Loverseed: 03 8340 8892 or registrar@pilgrim.edu.au
The 2016 Karl Barth Conference It was with some trepidation that I headed to Princeton Theological Seminary’s annual Barth conference, having been very generously given the opportunity by Pilgrim Theological College and the UCA. I went with “open, but empty mind.” I met people from various stages along many theological journeys, allaying much of my apprehension. The collegial and properly friendly context held the complex ideas and long days together and cannot be uncoupled from the learning experience as a whole. Lively conversations over meals, coffee and beer made the experience rich. The theme Barth’s Pneumatology and the Global Pentecostal Movement redoubled…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Dalton McCaughey Library staff will be delivering two presentations in May to assist library users to use their time more effectively and to find appropriate resources easily. Presentation 1: Where Do I start? An Overview of the Search Tools available at DML Presentation 2. Tips for More Effective Searching Discussion will include reference to all of the electronic resources available at DML including the new UDHub.   TIMES 1. Where Do I Start? Tuesday, 17 May at 1.10 pm. Repeated Thursday, 19 May at 1.10 pm 2. Tips for More Effective Searching. Tuesday, 24 May at 1.10 pm. Repeated Thursday, 26 May…
Tuesday, 12 Apr 2016
Semester Two’s Doctrine, Truth and Pluralism unit is now being offered as an intensive unit, running in July and October, 2016. This makes it an ideal study opportunity for prospective students who may struggle to commit to a weekly lecture-style unit. Taken by Geoff Thompson, Doctrine, Truth and Pluralism explores the highly-charged interface between these three phenomena. The unit will examine issues such as: “Doctrine divides experience unites.” | “All claims to truth are arrogant.” | “Pluralism is essential for a multi-faith society”. What kinds of truth claims can, or must, the church make to be the church? Is doctrine…
Friday, 4 Mar 2016
Pilgrim Theological College is calling for Expressions of Interest from currently enrolled Pilgrim students to join Co-ordinator of Studies – Missiology, Rev Dr John Flett, at the 2016 Karl Barth Conference to be held at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, USA, from 19-22 June, 2016. As part of Pilgrim Theological College’s wider commitment to post-graduate theological education, an opportunity has arisen for one student to accompany John as he delivers a keynote address at the conference.     Inclusions Return economy flights from Melbourne to New York Accommodation at Princeton from 19-22 June, 2016 Conference fees (NB all of these inclusions are…
Wednesday, 2 Mar 2016
Pilgrim Lunchtime Seminar Series Pilgrim Theological College’s Lunchtime Seminar Series returns on 7 April with Assoc Prof Robert Cousland (University of British Columbia) presenting: “The Infancy Gospel of Thomas.” Semester One’s seminars carry the overall theme Text from the Margins. PROGRAM Thursday 7 April: Assoc Prof Robert Cousland (University of British Columbia):  “The Infancy Gospel of Thomas” It is recommended that attendees complete some pre-lecture reading, which is available here. Thursday 14 April: Assoc Prof Sean Winter (Pilgrim Theological College): “The Schleitheim Confession” Recommended pre-lecture reading. Thursday 21 April: Rev Dr John Flett (Pilgrim Theological College): “Method in Mission Studies: Comparing World Christianity and…
Friday, 5 Feb 2016
Last month I was teaching at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary – the national seminary of the Chinese Protestant Church. This stint of teaching was part of the unfolding relationship between the Uniting Church and the China Christian Council (CCC). Below are a few observations, reflections, learnings etc., prompted by the experience. Facts and Figures: Nanjing Seminary The CCC oversees 17 seminaries throughout the nation: 16 of them regional, and the one national seminary in Nanjing. The Nanjing seminary is the only one which teaches for postgraduate degrees – although only to Masters level. There are 400 students at the Nanjing…
What is ‘missiology’ and what are some of the current issues being debated in the discipline? I suspect that there will be as many answers to this question as people answering it. For me, missiology is foremost the study of who God is and so the nature of the Christian community called by this God. As God’s movement to us in Jesus Christ is not secondary to who God is in Godself, expressing instead God’s own perfection, so the Christian community finds its identity in moving beyond itself, not as something secondary to it, but in its calling in the…
Research and writing is often solitary work, so occasions when academics share perspectives and unfold new connections are especially valuable. In November 2014 a group of researchers who have been exploring the records of the Benedictine mission to the Yued people at New Norcia in Western Australia met to explore the various Ways of Telling the mission story. The symposium marked 200 years since the birth of New Norcia’s founder, Rosendo Salvado, and was designed to encourage conversation not only between researchers from different disciplines, but also to hear from the members of the wider community, including contemporary key stakeholders…
By Sean Winter Los Angeles Airport (LAX) would make a good contender for a modern version of one of Dante’s circles of hell. I travel there in November of each year, usually with a view to making a connection through to another city in the USA. The question I always ask myself as we land in Los Angeles is whether the trans-Pacific flight, negotiating US Customs, and a few hours lay-over in the most soulless of airport terminals will be outweighed by the benefits of attending the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL), my ultimate destination. On…
Tuesday, 15 Dec 2015
The University of Divinity has released details of the 2016 academic year. Semester One will run from 22 February to 27 May, with a non-teaching period for Easter being 21 March to 1 April. Study week is 30 May to 3 June, with a highlight of study week being the university’s annual Research Day on 1 June. Research Day will once again be held at the College. Exam week is 6 June to 10 June, with semester one results due for release on Friday, 8 July. Second semester runs from 25 July to 28 October. Mid-semester break is scheduled for 19 to 30 September, while study…
Children and Families ministry is an exciting and highly rewarding area of ministry practice. Pilgrim Theological College – in association with Stirling Theological College – is pleased to be able to offer the Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry. The Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry is awarded by the University of Divinity and presents an opportunity to enhance your ministry skills, to increase your capacity for engaging ministry and to learn in a caring, interactive and stimulating environment with others committed to intentional ministry with children and their families. Offering a unique breadth of engagement unavailable elsewhere,…
Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015
By Associate Professor Katharine Massam Co-ordinator of Studies – Church History As part of the intensive subject Prayer and Hospitality: Benedictine Traditions in Australia participants recently spent eight days at New Norcia in Western Australia. The group lived in the monastery guesthouse, and joined the monks for the daily round of prayer and work, with input on Benedictine and wider monastic traditions of Christian community. The former mission town of New Norcia was founded in 1846 by the Spanish Benedictine monks Rosendo Salvado and Joseph Serra on the lands of the Yued-Noongar Aboriginal Australians of the Victoria Plains District in Western…
Sunday, 4 Oct 2015
Second Semester enrolments at Pilgrim Theological College close 24 July, 2015. Contact our administration staff, Erlinda or Fotini today to enrol in undergraduate, post-graduate or audit courses, so you can take the next step in your studies at Pilgrim. There are certain questions one does not ask a lady, so let’s just say that nonagenarian Audrey Larsen brings a wealth of life experience to her studies at Pilgrim Theological College, and leave it at that. Audrey, a retired court reporter started tertiary studies late in life.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University in 1994, and completed…
Wednesday, 12 Aug 2015
Bret Salinger
We’re throwing open the doors of Pilgrim Theological College for our inaugural Open Day on Tuesday, 20 October and you’re invited to come and visit our College and experience the Pilgrim difference. Featuring public lectures and the opportunity to meet our faculty and staff as well as plenty of refreshments, prospective and current University of Divinity students can also find out about the huge range of new units unique to Pilgrim available to you in 2016. Available at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, and as on- or off-campus units, these new units will offer plenty of choice for students planning to enter or continue…
Tuesday, 11 Aug 2015
Pilgrim Theological College was pleased to welcome Daniel Kirk today, who delivered the first of our semester two research seminars. Daniel is currently Associate Professor of New Testament in the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and a graduate of Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God (Eerdmans, 2008) and Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul? A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity (Baker, 2012). His current research project delves into the human Christology of the Synoptic Gospels (Eerdmans, forthcoming). Daniel blogs regularly at Storied Theology (http://www.jrdkirk.com/). The following…
Wednesday, 5 Aug 2015
The College’s lunchtime seminar series resumes next Tuesday with speaker Daniel Kirk. Daniel is currently Associate Professor of New Testament in the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and a graduate of Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God (Eerdmans, 2008) and Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul? A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity (Baker, 2012). His current research project delves into the human Christology of the Synoptic Gospels (Eerdmans, forthcoming). Daniel blogs regularly at Storied Theology. All of the lectures are free to attend and all are…
Sunday, 19 Jul 2015
We’ve put together some Unit introductory videos so you can meet members of our Faculty and hear them talk about some of the Semester Two units that are on offer at Pilgrim Theological College in Semester two 2015. Click here for the full list of courses and units available at Pilgrim.    
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
During June John Flett is headed to Germany to deliver his “Habilitationsvortrag.” An Habilitation is a doctoral degree undertaken after the completion of a doctoral degree. It is the path by which one becomes a professor within the German system because upon completing the degree one receives the venia legendi, a Latin phrase meaning “permission for lecturing.” But such permission is given only for a named field. “So I would be qualified to teach in the fields of intercultural theology, missiology, and ecumenical studies, but not ethics or systematic theology,” John said. “If I wanted to teach the latter, I would…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
What is ‘missiology’ and what are some of the current issues being debated in the discipline? I suspect that there will be as many answers to this question as people answering it. For me, missiology is foremost the study of who God is and so the nature of the Christian community called by this God. As God’s movement to us in Jesus Christ is not secondary to who God is in Godself, expressing instead God’s own perfection, so the Christian community finds its identity in moving beyond itself, not as something secondary to it, but in its calling in the…
Thursday, 23 Apr 2015
Did you miss Rev Associate Professor Sean Winter’s lunchtime seminar ‘Present-ing’ the Word: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Biblical Interpretation, presented on Tuesday, 14 April? Fear not, Sean was kind enough to let us record his presentation, which is available to listen to as an audio file. It’s 43 minutes long and is a great showcase of the lunchtime seminar series on offer at Pilgrim Theological College. What is a Habilitation? Overly simply stated, whereas universities in the English-language tradition have different academic grades and the institution evaluates an individual’s standing, in the German-language tradition a professorship is an earned qualification –…
Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015
Erlinda Loverseed
Pilgrim Theological College is now accepting enrolments for Semester Two, which commences 27 July, 2015. Offering a diverse mix of classroom-based and on-line units the College is home to a faculty of scholars who are leaders in their fields.  As part of the Uniting Church in Australia’s Centre for Theology & Ministry, the College offers access to the renowned Dalton McCaughey Library, one of the finest theological collections in Australia. At Pilgrim, students benefit from a rewarding and engaging flexible learning environment to foster academic and spiritual growth that suits those looking to take up theological studies for the first…
Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015
Bishop Joel E Tendero, Bishop of the United Church of Christ (South Luzon Jurisdictional Area) in Philippines paid a visit to the Centre for Theology & Ministry on 3 March, 2015. Seen here with Rev Dr Jennifer Byrnes, Executive Director of the Centre for Theology & Ministry and Head of College of Pilgrim Theological College, Bishop Joel is visiting Melbourne for a week-long visit as a guest of the UCA Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. Our Synod has had a partnership with the South Luzon Jurisdiction of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines since 2006. While a Pilgrim Theological…