Always on the Way

IT is the week after the 2017 Synod. Once again we were reminded in a number of reports and speeches from the floor that the Church is on a journey. We are a pilgrim people, ‘always on the way’.

Gospel truth

Review by SEAN WINTER Book | Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy | John Shelby Spong In this typically lively and provocative book, John Selby (Jack) Spong has come out of writing retirement to consider the origins of

Learning patience

A good friend of mine died recently. We hadn’t seen each other for more than five years.

Candidates spread their wings

A desire to give candidates for ordained ministry the opportunity to experience life outside of the bubble of metropolitan Melbourne has led to rural ministry placements becoming part of students’ formation experience.

Candidates’ Tasmanian retreat

Candidates at Pilgrim Theological College and faculty staff spent five days in Tasmania last month experiencing ministry and the life of the Church in the island state.

Context and Contingency

Is there any theology that does not have a context? Is there any theology which can avoid a hermeneutic of suspicion? Clearly, the answer to both these questions is ‘no’.

Please disturb

Review by Bob Faser BOOK | DISTURBING MUCH, DISTURBING MANY: THEOLOGY PROVOKED BY THE BASIS OF UNION | GEOFF THOMPSON Since 1977, there have been numerous studies of the Basis of Union of the Uniting Church in Australia.

What prayer brings to the table

By Katharine Massam Prayer is… The 1656 painting Praying Always by the Dutch painter Nicholas Maes is an icon of the Reformation.