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Supervision Intensives

  With the relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions, SBC is set for return-to-campus teaching next semester. However, whilst most students will have embarked on their mid-semester break, a few find themselves at the college for a series of intensives. Undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Ministry (Supervision stream) are the committed students of MIN525 – Professional Supervision … Continue reading "Supervision Intensives"...

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St Barnabas Day Morning Prayer – A Wrap Up

  To repeat what has now become a cliché, we certainly live in unprecedented times. The challenge of COVID-19 has forced all of us to adapt to new ways of work and communication. The requirement of physical distancing and the restrictions on gathering has forced us all to become disconnected and, in some cases, discombobulated. … Continue reading "St Barnabas Day Morning Prayer – A Wrap Up"...

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St Barnabas Day Morning Prayer

Did you know that this year marks the 140th anniversary of St Barnabas College? To celebrate in this time of COIVD-19 restrictions we will be hosting a special Morning Prayer service on St Barnabas’ Day, Thursday June 11th, at 9:00am on Zoom. This will include a short address by the Principal, titled “In the Footsteps … Continue reading "St Barnabas Day Morning Prayer"...

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Flourishing in Faith – Autumn 2020

A new edition of SBC’s newsletter has been released! Contained within: An Easter reflection in light of COVID-19 A round-up of the SuperVision conference An interview with our Academic Manager Check it out here.  ...

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COVID-19 Update

College Re-opening The College now has in place a plan for the safe re-opening of the College and Library from Monday, 29 June 2020 and for face-to-face lectures recommencing in Semester 2 on 13 July 2020. Should you have any health vulnerabilities or concerns regarding: On-site working please contact Cathy Thomson at cthomson@sbc.edu.au Accessing the … Continue reading "COVID-19 Update"...

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Commencement 2020

Beginning 2020 Our annual commencement service was held on Wednesday 19th February. Hosted in St Peter’s Cathedral, it was a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the previous year’s graduates and the recipients of academic awards; to hear an address from The Right Rev’d John Stead, Bishop of the Diocese of Willochra; and to participate in the … Continue reading "Commencement 2020"...

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SBC COVID-19 Announcement

  In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, St Barnabas College (SBC) has escalated its risk management strategy to Plan B: Restriction of class “gatherings”. This entails the following: Lectures will be transitioning, for students, to a solely online environment from Thursday 19th March, the library will be closed to all students and community borrowers from … Continue reading "SBC COVID-19 Announcement"...

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Flourishing in Faith – Summer 2020

A new edition of SBC’s Newsletter has been released! Contained within: A reflection from the new Principal A story about bringing Christmas cheer with The Rev’d Dr Gillies Ambler An interview with Operations Manager, Maria Harrison Check it out here!...

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Mutual Accountability and the Unity of the Church

Book Review  by John Littleton Olav Fykse Tveit, 2016. The Truth We Owe Each Other: Mutual Accountability in the Ecumenical Movement. Geneva: World Council of Churches (WCC). 353 pages. The Rev’d. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, Lutheran pastor from the Church of Norway, is General Secretary of the World Council of Churches. The Truth We Owe … Continue reading "Mutual Accountability and the Unity of the Church"...

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Don’s Farewell

  On Wednesday 11th December, the college community gathered together to farewell The Rev’d Dr Don Owers who ceases his tenure as Principal of the college at close of business on Friday 13th of December. Don was initially asked in late 2017 to function as Acting Principal for a few months whilst a replacement Principal … Continue reading "Don’s Farewell"...

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The Renewal of our Nature

I recently completed an Honour’s thesis on the Atonement, seeing salvation as reconciliation and the renewal of human nature, including the overcoming of death through the Resurrection, achieved by union with the incarnate Christ.  I studied this concept in the works of Paul, Irenaeus of Lyons and Athanasius of Alexandria. The Incarnation of the Second … Continue reading "The Renewal of our Nature"...

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Bushfires

Bushfires Loving God, our prayers today are where our hearts and minds have been during last week: with the victims of the bushfires. We pray for those who mourn their dead: families, neighbours, school friends, workmates. O God, divine friend, be with them in their desperate sorrow. Comfort their torn hearts and heal them from … Continue reading "Bushfires"...

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Taking a Trip Down Memory Lane

A Volunteer’s Experience in the SBC Library Just the other day I was struck by the wealth of knowledge we have here at St Barnabas College, both with respect to the educational capacity of our resources, staff and volunteers, but also in terms of the lived experience of those who are involved in the life … Continue reading "Taking a Trip Down Memory Lane"...

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Downdetector

  I was reflecting recently on the new covenant expressed in Jeremiah 31:31–34: “I will put my law in their inward parts and write it in their hearts; and will be their God and they will be my people”. Rather than focusing on a relationship with God only through the law or teachers or a … Continue reading "Downdetector"...

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SuperVision Conference

SuperVision Equipping the Saints for Transformative Ministry Supported by Charles Sturt University (CSU) and AnglicareSA, St Barnabas College (SBC) is hosting a four day conference with Dr Michael Paterson of The Institute of Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice. Michael is an Anglican priest, psychotherapist, spiritual director, pastoral supervisor and trainer based in Fife, Scotland. He … Continue reading "SuperVision Conference"...

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Book Review: Steven Ogden on Church, Authority, and Foucault (Part 2)

Ogden, Steven, G. 2017. The Church, Authority, and Foucault: Imagining the Church as an Open Space of Freedom. London and New York: Routledge. 180 Pages. These reflections flow on from Part 1. The Church, Authority and Foucault: Imagining the Church as an Open Space of Freedom is a work of academic theology, which draws on … Continue reading "Book Review: Steven Ogden on Church, Authority, and Foucault (Part 2)"...

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Book Review: Steven Ogden on Church, Authority, and Foucault (Part 1)

  Ogden, Steven, G. 2017. The Church, Authority, and Foucault: Imagining the Church as an Open Space of Freedom. London and New York: Routledge. Steven Ogden is the Parish Priest at St Oswald’s Anglican Church, Parkside, Adelaide, SA. The Church, Authority, and Foucault is an impressive book, an original work on the Anglican Church of … Continue reading "Book Review: Steven Ogden on Church, Authority, and Foucault (Part 1)"...

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Finding God Through Google

This blog post will involve a change of tack from my previous, much more analytically driven posts (here, here, here, and here), and will be somewhat more reliant on the anecdotal – though I do think it has an internal logic and should be investigated in an empirical fashion. I’ve made comments before about the … Continue reading "Finding God Through Google"...

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Announcement from the Archbishop of Adelaide

  Please see below, an important email from Archbishop Geoffrey Smith of the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide. Dear Colleagues I am very pleased to let you know that the Reverend Dr Cathy Thomson has been appointed to be the next Principal of St Barnabas College.  Cathy has been serving as Academic Dean of the College … Continue reading "Announcement from the Archbishop of Adelaide"...

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Book Review: John Shea on the Fully Human

John J, Shea, 2018. Adulthood, Morality, and the Fully Human: A Mosaic of Peace. Lanham, USA and London, UK: Lexington Books. 295 Pages. This ambitious work does not disappoint. We are all human beings. But what might it mean to be fully human? Impressively, John Shea, using a developmental perspective, describes and discusses the attributes … Continue reading "Book Review: John Shea on the Fully Human"...

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Flourishing in Faith – August Edition 2019

A new edition of SBC’s Newsletter has been released! In it we have articles about: Anglican Foundations with SBC Some of our research output An interview with Learning Pathways Coordinator, Ann Nadge An update on the upcoming learning opportunities with the college in 2020 Check it out here!...

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The Light Through Which to See the World (Part 2)

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” CS Lewis Last week I began reflecting on the significance of this statement in Lewis address Is Theology Poetry? I hadn’t quite gotten to the point of showing the … Continue reading "The Light Through Which to See the World (Part 2)"...

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Call No One on Earth Your Father: A Book Review

The old proverbial wisdom, which relegates religion and politics to the realm of “undiscussable” in polite company, maintains a utilitarian sort of wisdom to it: a tenuous and precious status-quo of peace between peoples and groups often so desperately needed. In churches (particularly in a “big-tent” church such as the Church of England and in … Continue reading "Call No One on Earth Your Father: A Book Review"...

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