eNews – April 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Art at the Centre for Theology & Ministry and beyond

The next three months are a busy time for the arts in the life of the Centre for Theology & Ministry.

Three-time Blake Prize finalist Darron Davies’ work will be shown at the Centre for Theology & Ministry from 8 April to 10 May. Davies’ The Travellers: A Photographic Exhibition examines the play of light and spiritual meanings. Davies’ camera and its resulting photographs capture an extraordinary world at play within light and colour fields.

The Art for Wellbeing Exhibition – part of the SacredEdge Festival – will be running from 29 April to 2 May, and will then continue at Queenscliff Uniting Church through until 26 May, 2016. For more information, visit the Festival website.

From 13 May to 11 July the CTM’s exhibition space will host Belonging – work from visual artist Flossie Peitsch.

Story telling plays a primary role in the arts at the CTM. In April Larissa McLean Davies presents Enrich Your Telling: Martha and Mary Mashup, and in June and July Christina Rowntree and Julie Perrin return with the acclaimed Art of Story program.

Throughout this period our monthly Artist Network Gatherings will continue to bring artists together to inspire and explore the arts.

Hero image: Advent, Darron Davies, digital photograph on Rag Photographique paper, 38cm x 28cm

Lunchtime seminars set to explore text from the margins

The final line-up for the Semester One Lunchtime Seminar Series has been announced. Exploring the theme Text from the Margins,  these free seminars are open to the public and will allow attendees to expand their knowledge of theological topics of interest.  making them ideal for those looking to expand their knowledge of theological topics of interest..


Bring your lunch or buy it at our re-furbished Sage + Grace cafe. Seminars start promptly at 1pm and finish at 1.50pm.

Stories of Childhood set for Saturday 30 April

The 2016 Stories of Childhood conference offers a range of inspiring, thought-provoking electives and speakers so attendees can tailor a program that suits their individual needs and particular interests.

Electives will be offered by Beth and Chris Barnett, Carolyne Chandler, Rhonda Parkinson, Brett Ryan, David Wraight and Glenda Wright and will explore topics such as music, chants and movement, sensory play, missional playgroup, story telling, skill and leadership development and much more.

The annual Stories of Childhood conference offers a packed program to those looking to make a real difference in the lives of the children faith communities. Visit the event page and register today.

Upcoming Events

April 2016

7 Pilgrim Lunchtime Seminar Series #1: Robert Cousland
8 April-10 May The Travellers: A Photographic Exhibition
14-16 Transforming Service
14 Enrich Your Telling: Martha and Mary Mashup
14 Pilgrim Lunchtime Seminar Series #2: Sean Winter
15-16 Synod Lay Preachers’ Association AGM
16 April Artist Network Gathering
19-20 LL Core – Living Leadership Intensive (1/2)
21 Pilgrim Lunchtime Seminar Series #3: John Flett
28 Pilgrim Lunchtime Seminar Series #4: John Martis
28-1 May Uniting Women
29 Art for Wellbeing Launch
30 Stories of Childhood Conference

May 2016

5 Pilgrim Lunchtime Seminar Series #5: Jane Kelly and Katharine Massam
20 LL Plus – Strategic Leadership
22 Radiate
24-25 LL Core – Living Leadership Intensive (2/2)
25 One World WonTok Conference

June 2016

1 University of Divinity Research Day
3 LL Focus: What Makes Us Distinct?
10 Tongan National Conference
16, 23 & 14, 28 July Art of Story 2016
20-24 Uniting Church Studies
21-23 LL Focus: Uniting Church Leadership
27 Somers Camp

Stations of the Cross with real street appeal


The Centre for Theology & Ministry building in Parkville was recently adorned with lino-cut/graffiti inspired Stations of the Cross images designed by US-based artist Scott Erickson as a series of images entitled ‘Stations of the Street’.

Our Young Adult Discipleship educator Adrian Greenwood hung the prints at the CTM and arranged for display at other locations such as Mt Eliza UCA, Glen Waverley UCA, Ringwood UCA, Wagga and Baptist Lane.

2016 Living Leadership program

The 2016 Living Leadership program commences in April and runs through until September, with three types of Living Leadership events – Core, Plus and Focus – on offer.

A Core intensive unit running in partnership with the Presbytery of Western Victoria is the ideal way to commence your exploration of leadership in the UCA context. This Core intensive event will be delivered over two two-day sessions at Ballarat, for four days in total. The dates are 19-20 April and 24-25 May, and members of other Presbyteries are welcome to attend the intensive. Visit the event page for details and to register.

The 20 May Living Leadership Plus event is focused on strategic leadership, while in June there are two opportunities to take part in Living Leadership Focus events. The first of these – What makes us Distinct? – is a Synod-eve exploration of Uniting Church leadership distinctives and will provide participants with a foretaste of the three-day Focus course being delivered from 21-23 June. The 14 September Living Leadership Plus event will explore inter-cultural leadership. Please note that Plus events are only open to those who have previously completed a Core unit, so please do consider attending the Ballarat intensive in April and May.