WHAT IS SEMINARY


Seminary of the 3rd Age is a program conducted by respected theological scholars and leaders, it offers persons young and old, of any faith or no faith, the opportunity to explore and reflect on questions of faith and spirituality relevant in the 21st century.

Each seminar topic in the “seminary of the 3rd age” runs for four weeks taking place on Thursday evenings during the months of March, May, August and October 2021

WHERE


Effective Living Centre (26 King William Road, Wayville, SA).

 

WHEN


Thursday evenings
March, May, August, October
Normally run from 7pm– 8:30pm

THEME: In Search of Authenticity

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5 Aug

TBA

WHY WE MUST APPRECIATE FIRST PEOPLES CREATION SPIRITUALITY

ABOUT SPEAKER

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TEASER

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12 Aug

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Jason John

WHY ORIGINAL BLESSING IS KEY TO CREATION SPIRITUALITY

ABOUT JASON

Jason is a Uniting Earth Advocate, and the Common Grace Climate spokesperson.  His studies are in zoology and theology, leading to a PhD and some books on the implications of evolution, ecology and environmentalism for the Christian story, especially in rescuing us from our human-centred theology.

Throughout his twenty years of ministry he has helped the church explore the implications of our faith in a Creator for our relationship with the rest of Creation, and in encouraging all people to live as better members of the Earth family.

Recently Jason found a cathartic outlet for the often-arduous path of environmental engagement in slam poetry, winning the 2019 Bellingen poetry slam and placing 3rd at the Australian Poetry Slam national final at the Opera House in 2019.

He lives in the forest with his family, and many other members of the Earth family, trying to be a good neighbour to most of them.

TEASER

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19 Aug

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Brian Phillips

WHY CLIMATE CHANGES EVERYTHING- INCLUDING OUR THEOLOGY

ABOUT BRIAN

A first degree in science formed the foundation for my long term interest in the underlying causes of environmental changes, in particular, climate change.  Following retirement from pastoral ministry, I completed an MSc in “Climate Change and Sustainability”.  Since 2014, I have been a member of the Uniting Church Synod’s Environmental Action Group.

TEASER

Beyond ‘dominion’, beyond ‘stewardship’, to…?  That’s what this presentation will explore.

 

We are entering a new epoch in geological time.  This transition is defined by our capacity to alter the conditions of natural systems such as sea water acidity, global ice cover, the effectiveness of the protective ozone layer, the quality of habitat for other living species and so on.  The idea “that we have the future in our hands” has been invested with a radically new significance.  A global evolution of this scale requires an equal scale of evolution in our theological thinking.   The way forward…?  Connecting to timeless wisdom: listening, learning and co-operating with the natural world.

26 Aug

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Norm Habel

WHY NOT RETRIEVE THE WISDOM CREATION SPIRITUALITY

ABOUT NORM

Norman Habel is a Biblical buff who has specialised in reading the Bible from many different points of view, including literary, ecological and pre-colonial. He has also had a special personal interest in the Wisdom School of thought reflected in books like Job.

TEASER

Wisdom thinking is radically different from the orthodox Covenant Theology of Israel.  Wisdom truths are learned by observation, not revelation.   There are 3 realms to observe: the cosmos, nature and living beings. By observing these realms, the Wisdom student can retrieve a creation spirituality that is exciting—-and even relevant today.

7 Oct

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Lynn Arnold

HOW BONHOEFFER'S INSIGHTS ON LEADERSHIP ADDRESS US TODAY

ABOUT LYNN

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TEASER

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14 Oct

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Gehard Rüdiger

HOW KAURNA PEOPLE HAVE REVIVED: THE ROLE OF THE CHURCHES

ABOUT GEHARD

Gerhard Rüdiger, born 1952 in Frankfurt, Germany where he grew up.  He studied Christian Community Education and Protestant Theology and was as a Church lay worker in Ecumenical and intercultural exchange with churches in Germany and overseas partner churches.  In 2006, after marrying his long-term Australian partner, he came to Australia.  By some coincidence he had the rare opportunity to assist the local Aboriginal Kaurna Community in their Language revival programs, based at the University of Adelaide.  One of his roles was liaising with church-related partner agencies in Australia and Germany, and conduct research into the German historical side of this saga.  Since retirement he serves the small Evangelical German language congregation in South Australia as a lay preacher, but maintains contact with the Kaurna and other regional Aboriginal communities.

TEASER

On the background of Bonhoeffer’s metaphor for the role of the church in society and politics (throw the spoke into the wheel /  spanner in the works / not only care for the wounded under the wheel) I look at the Kaurna Language revival in South Australia and the positioning and the role of the Christian churches

21 Oct

Christy Capper

HOW AUTHENTIC SELFHOOD IS KEY TO CHRISTIAN MISSION

ABOUT CHRISTY

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TEASER

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28 Oct

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PANEL

HOW TO FACE THE BIG QUESTIONS OF 2021

ABOUT THE PANEL

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TEASER

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