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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06 May

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Greg Elsdon

HOW JESUS OF NAZARETH ENGAGES THE 21ST CENTURY

ABOUT GREG

Greg is currently a Minister of the Word at Pilgrim Uniting Church in Adelaide. He has spent the last forty years in a variety of roles in theological education, pastoral ministry and denominational leadership. He has post-graduate degrees in theology majoring in New Testament Studies – with particular interest in the Synoptic Gospels.

He has been married to Elaine for 44 years and they have three adult daughters [and their partners] and six delightful grandchildren [two of whom are now taller than him!].

In his copious spare time he enjoys family events/gatherings, fishing, reading, and growing vegetables.

TEASER

Who are we talking about when we refer to the ‘Jesus of history’, and what role does the historical figure Jesus of Nazareth play in the shaping of contemporary Christian identity and experience?  Well that’s always going to depend on who’s asking the question, and why they are asking it. Can Christian faith have integrity if it disregards the formative significance of Jesus for Christian theology, ethics, politics and spirituality? And what about the relevance of Jesus of Nazareth in the 21st century outside the confines of Christian confession?

13 May

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Fergus McGinley

HOW THE KINGDOM OF GOD RELATES TO THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD

ABOUT FERGUS

Fergus is an Adelaide writer and teacher, and a member at Christ Church Uniting Church in Wayville.

TEASER

How does the Kingdom of God relate to the Kingdoms of this world? Or to put it another way, what is the authentic mode of Christian witness to and participation in the contemporary world, in this interesting age between the Ascension and return of Christ? In a word (as Kath would say to Kim): democratic politics. This is as true of our attitude to the tyranny of the generals in Myanmar or the princes in Saudi Arabia, as it is to continuing resistance to the establishment of an Indigenous Voice to parliament here at home in Oz. Yet democracy, truly understood, starts not as a system of government, but in the hearts and minds of individuals transformed by the Gospel. It is the negotiating and building of a flourishing common life with others – with friend, stranger, enemy ……

20 May

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Mario Trinidad

HOW LIBERATION THEOLOGY GROUNDS THE CHRIST EVENT

ABOUT MARIO

In my mid-20s I left my native Philippines to work as a Catholic missionary priest in the southern coast of Guatemala among landless farmers and small landowners. After less than two years, I was forced to leave due to death threats from the military and the government. I then worked in a colonia popular in Mexico City, pursued masters studies in theology (Catholic University of America) writing a thesis on the Christology of Leonardo Boff and Jon Sobrino, resigned from the ministerial priesthood and married an Australian. Here in Australia I did postgraduate studies in social work, assumed leadership roles in government and non-government social services, lectured in social work at Flinders University, and wrote a doctoral dissertation (La Trobe University) on the radicalisation of missionaries in Guatemala. My experience in Guatemala constitutes a defining thread in my personal, spiritual, academic and professional life. Before my retirement at the beginning of this year, I worked in Elizabeth South, South Australia’s most disadvantaged metropolitan suburb, through St Vincent de Paul Society. Again, I have experienced how the poor reveal the Face of Christ.

TEASER

As Christians (re-)discovered that justice and solidarity with the poor is central to the life and message of Jesus of Nazareth and therefore to his followers, they became “theological orphans” (Gustavo Gutiérrez). A theology conceptualised and systematised in another social context proved remote to the hopes, joys, pain, suffering and anguish of many. An aseptic, ahistorical and hastily divinised Christ did not encourage a faithful dis-locationto the underside of history. Thus “theology as a critical reflection on Christian praxis in the light of the Word” was born. Liberation theologians insist that theology is a second act, the first act being the creation in faith of “a new heaven and a new earth”. The conversation – I hope this is how it will be rather than simply a presentation – will explore the distinctiveness of theologies of liberation and their possible implications for following Jesus Christ in Australia today.

27 May

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Vicky Balabanski

HOW THE COSMIC CHRIST SPEAKS TO OUR TIMES

ABOUT VICKY

Rev. Dr. Vicky Balabanski is a New Testament scholar at Flinders University and the Adelaide College of Divinity. She is an editor and writer in the internationally acclaimed Earth Bible series, which develops a nuanced approach to interpreting Scripture in solidarity with Earth (the interconnected web of life). Her Earth Bible commentary – Colossians: An Eco-Stoic reading (Bloomsbury T & T Clark 2020) draws on Stoic philosophy as a framework for deepening ecological ways of reading.

TEASER

Some intriguing passages in the New Testament such as Colossians 1:15-20 depict Jesus Christ not only as a teacher, prophet or messianic figure, but as the incarnate revelation of the Wisdom or Logos of God. This picture of Christ is cosmic, spanning time and space. This evening’s talk with explore how a strictly monotheistic religion such as Judaism could envisage connecting an individual human being with the infinite cosmic presence of God. What might this theology have to say to us today?

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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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