Wesley Church Melbourne has announced the appointment of Acting Head of Pilgrim Theological College Rev Associate Professor Robyn Whitaker to the role of Director of The Wesley Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Policy.
The centre, to be launched early next year, is a collaboration between Wesley Church, Uniting Vic.Tas, Uniting AgeWell, UEthical, and the eLM unit of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.
The UCA Congregation of Mark the Evangelist is also a significant donor.
The centre will be a key forum for public conversation about ethics and public policy through the lens of theology.
Through Wesley Mission (1893-2016), now Uniting Vic.Tas, Wesley Church has been a leader in the sector, consistently pairing social welfare services with policy critique and justice advocacy.
Robyn is a biblical scholar, an ordained UCA minister, and she has a commitment to speaking beyond the church in ways that contribute to public discourse in a nuanced, research-based, and respectful manner.
“I am convinced by the need for compassionate, loving, and intelligent Christian contributions in the public square,” she said.
Robyn is an outstanding contributor to public dialogue and was included in ‘The Conversation’s’ Yearbook of “50 Standout Articles from Australia’s Top Thinkers” in both 2017 and 2018, and has an article in the 2021 celebratory volume of 50 standout articles from the first 10 years of ‘The Conversation’.
She has also promoted debate through television, radio and newspaper comment.
Robyn will be seconded part time from her current role, but remains 0.5FTE as Associate Professor of New Testament at the Pilgrim Theological College in the University of Divinity.