eNews-November 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017


Geoff Thompson on Tony Abbott’s ‘biblical interpretation’ of climate change

In The Guardian, Geoff Thompson writes ‘Convinced that climate change is the new religion, Abbott argued in his London speech for “less theology”. Actually, Abbott himself needs more Christian theology if he’s going to quote the Bible.’ Full article

On Sunday 15 October, the CTM hosted a forum, “A People of God on the Way”. There were two presentations: one from Dr. Deidre Palmer, President-elect of the UCA Assembly, and Rev Dr Geoff Thompson, Co-ordinator of Studies: Systematic Theology at Pilgrim Theological College.

In her presentation, addressing the future of the UCA, Dr. Palmer called for the UCA to leave behind the ‘narrative of decline in a time of scarcity’ and replace it with a ‘counter-cultural narrative in a time of abundance’.

Dr Thompson explored how the Basis of Union should be read as a compass rather than as a map, since compasses still have their value when the terrain has changed from how it was once mapped.

There was lively discussion in the plenary about the leadership of Young Adults, the opportunities within the UCA for exploring the deep questions of faith and life, and the relationship between congregations and the UCA’s community services agencies. Videos of the presentations will shortly be available on the CTM website. Watch this space for further information.

November 2017

1-13 The Beauty of Holiness-Icon Exhibition of the U C Icon Schools
13 Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry
29 The Nurture & Spiritual Guidance of Children (1/3)

December 2017

1 The Nurture and Spiritual Guidance of Children (2/3)
4 The Nurture & Spiritual Guidance of Children (3/3)

Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry (FTM) is a three day program designed to give participants an introduction to the key concepts and practices of ministering with congregations and agencies in times of transition. (Isn’t that all of them these days?)

Date:  Mon 13 Nov – Wed 15 Nov 2017
Time:  9.15 am—5.00 pm  (each day)
Venue:  Centre for Theology and Ministry, 29 College Crescent, Parkville
Cost:  Early bird rates by 25 Sep:
$320 metro Melbourne, $300 non-metro
Full rate:  metro $350, non-metro $330
More Information: info@ctm.uca.edu.au or 9340 8815