Continuing Education

The Theological School runs many educational events and hosts short courses for lay and ordained members of the community.


The Continuing Education Program is a opportunity for you to engage critically with issues from a contemporary Anglican perspective. One of the Program’s aims is to enhance and invigorate the ministry of clergy and lay people in their various roles in the Church. We hope to see you at some or all of our events during the year!

Please download the full year's program brochure for a list of current events.

Commencement lecture
One principal bond of union: the prayer book and anglican identity

Friday 23 February 2018
Old Warden's School, Trinity College

The Theological School launches its 2018 academic year with a Commencement Lecture by the Archbishop of Melbourne, the Most Revd Dr Philip Freier. The lecture will be preceded by Eucharist in the Chapel at 4.00 pm. Refreshments will follow the lecture. This is a free event, but booking is essential -

All may, None must, Some should: An afternoon exploring the blessings of the ministry of reconciliation

Friday 9 March 2018
Old Warden's School, Trinity College
$30/$20 (concession)

The Rt Revd Lindsay Urwin, OGS, and the Revd Canon Dr Colleen O'Reilly. This seminar is prompted by the recent consideration by the Royal Commission of the nature and purpose of confession, and the role and responsibilities of the confessor and the Canon of General Synod (adopted by Melbourne Synod) permitting clergy to report cases of child abuse revealed during The Rite of Reconciliation. Booking is essential -

Mothering as a metaphor for ministry

Wednesday 4 April 2018
Old Warden's School, Trinity College
$30/$20 (concession)

The Revd Canon Dr Emma Percy, Welfare Dean and Chaplain, Trinity College, Oxford. Presented with the Diocese of Melbourne in conjuction with St James' Institute, Sydney. Parish ministry cannot be understood in terms of tangible productivity; different ways of understanding success and evaluating priorities need to be developed. The seminar will consider ways of being 'good enough' clergy who can find the right balance between caring for people and communities whilst encouraging and acknowledging the maturity of others. Booking is essential -

Biblical values: What are they? Who decides? Are they still relevant in the modern world?

Tuesday 15 May 2018
Craig Auditorium, Gateway Building, Trinity College

We often hear terms like "the Bible says" or "the Bible teaches". Professor John J Collins, Professor of Old Testament Criticism & Interpretation, Yale Divinity School, explores these basic questions in regard to, what we call, biblical values. This is a free event, but booking is essential -

48th Barry Marshall Memorial Lecture
Women's Leadership in the Anglican Church of Australia

Wednesday 22 August 2018
Craig Auditorium, Gateway Building, Trinity College

Delivered by the Most Revd Kay Goldsworthy, AO, Archbishop of Perth. 
This is a free event, but booking is essential -

Exploring pioneer ministry

Please note this event has been cancelled.
Friday 14 September 2018
Old Warden's School, Trinity College
$30/$20 (concession)

Fresh expressions of church and pioneer ministry have been commended to the church as crucial for handing on Christian faith and for securing a future for Anglicanism. A local example is Merri Creek Anglican, and its pastor, the Revd Dr Peter Carolane. He shares the story of the growth, convictions and challenges of pioneer ministry in Melbourne. Joining him in discussion is the Right Revd Lindsay Urwin. Booking is essential -

Today's music for today's church

Please note this event has been postponed until 2019.

Saturday 2 March 2019
Old Warden's School, Trinity College
$40/$30 (concession)

What's been happening since the hymn explosion of the 1960s and has it been difficult to keep up? A day for those who sing, play, plan and lead music in worshipping communities, we'll look at new repertoire, where to find it and how to introduce it. Led by Philip Nicholls and Fay Magee. Booking is essential -

Year of Luke study day

Saturday 10 November 2018
Old Warden's School, Trinity College

A day for clergy and lay people to learn about the Gospel set as the lectionary for 2019, with opportunities for reflection, input and discussion. Led by the Revd Canon Professor Dorothy Lee. Booking is essential -

Events contact

For further information on Theology Events, please contact the Administrator by email at or phone (03) 9348 7127.