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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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Beyond Conflict: Evolution, Science & God

Beyond Conflict: Evolution, Science & God A National Conference sponsored by NZCIS and Otago University, examining how the dialogue between faith and science can move beyond polarities, conflict and scientism toward holism, integration and a common social imaginary. The conference will hope to speak especially to school teachers and other educators as well as lay people, … Continue reading "Beyond Conflict: Evolution, Science & God"...

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The Light Through Which to See the World (Part 1)

“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) The above sentence is one that has been repeated many times. However, in amongst my other reading projects, I’ve found myself progressively reading through Lewis’ The Weight … Continue reading "The Light Through Which to See the World (Part 1)"...

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The Bishops’ Certificate

The Bishops’ Certificate in Ministry Bishops of the Province of South Australia encourage Lay Leaders to be intentional about learning and developing ministry skills.  As part of the learning pathways available to Lay Leaders and Licence holders, St Barnabas College, in partnership with the Diocesan Education and Formation Ministry Unit (EFMU), invites individuals and parishes … Continue reading "The Bishops’ Certificate"...

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SBC Kerala Appeal: An Update

  In August 2018 the State of Kerala in south-west India was hit by a massive flood which left just under 500 dead, 14 missing, over 200,000 homeless and causing an estimated US$5.8 billion in damages. Government agencies and relief organisations were immediately overwhelmed by the huge needs created by this disaster. The Church of … Continue reading "SBC Kerala Appeal: An Update"...

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Call No One on Earth Your Father Book Launch

  On Thursday the 16th of June, SBC hosted the launch of Call No One on Earth Your Father, authored by Library Volunteer and Adjunct Lecturer in Ecclesiology, Dr Jo Armour. Held across the road at St Peter’s Cathedral in the Cynthia Poulton Hall, the event began at 4:30pm with some light refreshments and casual … Continue reading "Call No One on Earth Your Father Book Launch"...

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Rooted and Grounded in Love (Ephesians 3:14-21)

  An excerpt of a sermon preached by Rev’d Wendy Morecroft at St Peter’s Cathedral at Evensong on Sunday 16 June 2019. Wendy recently completed the requirements for her Bachelor of Theology through St Barnabas College.  In tonight’s reading from St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, I was instantly drawn to the word “grounded”, cognate … Continue reading "Rooted and Grounded in Love (Ephesians 3:14-21)"...

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Opening the Treasure Trove

Why is it that when we travel abroad, we are drawn to Art Galleries and Museums? Curated collections give us insights into different cultures as well as fresh understandings of our own. The same applies to the treasure troves within our own churches and yet they are often left “unopened”. Last year I went to … Continue reading "Opening the Treasure Trove"...

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Semester 2 PEP Applications have Begun!

  Interested in studying theology at SBC next semester? We are now taking PEP enrollments for a wide variety of subjects. Introduction to New Testament Studies: This subject introduces the various writings that comprise the New Testament. It does so with reference to their historical context and their literary and theological features. It also introduces … Continue reading "Semester 2 PEP Applications have Begun!"...

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Studying the Apostle Paul

  Although studying the apostle Paul can be daunting and, at times, quite perplexing, the more that I study him, the more I am amazed by him. For many people, Paul is a divisive figure; a moralistic, homophobic and misogynistic figure. It is easy to see how Paul can be seen in this light, if … Continue reading "Studying the Apostle Paul"...

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Discernment Meetings

  On Saturday 5th of May, the first in a series of five meetings were held between Director of Discernment and Formation, Nic Denny-Dimitriou, and the Discernment group, a collection of candidates within the Diocese of Adelaide undergoing the process of discovering whether God’s calling for their life involves ordained ministry. Curious about this,  I … Continue reading "Discernment Meetings"...

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Skills for Resilience – Testimonials

  Throughout the month of June SBC will be hosting a four session short course entitled Skills for Resilience in Christian Ministry We ran a similar short course last year, hosted by lead counsellor of Heartgardener, Vanessa Daughtry. Read some of the glowing feedback that attendees had for both Vanessa and the course last year: … Continue reading "Skills for Resilience – Testimonials"...

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Flourishing in Faith – May Edition 2019

Did you know that our most recent edition of the SBC newsletter has now been released? In it we: Discuss theological learning for busy people (and how PEPS can help) We have an interview with our newly appointed Director of Discernment and Formation, Nic Denny-Dimitriou And give an update on our upcoming learning opportunities with … Continue reading "Flourishing in Faith – May Edition 2019"...

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