In February, the Revd Jasmine Dow commenced as the Trinity College Associate Chaplain and the new Morna Sturrock Doctoral Fellow. She is also Chaplain to the Canterbury Fellowship, a community that has been in partnership with Trinity for 50 years.
What has brought you to where you are today?
I was born in Victoria but grew up on the north coast of New South Wales. The priest at the church I attended growing up was very socially aware and his teachings have shaped and influenced my study and approach to ministry. I am passionate about justice and peace and its connection with theology.
In 2008 I travelled to Israel and Palestine. This trip was deeply informative and shaped my postgraduate studies.
In 2009–12, I completed two training periods (curacies) in the Anglican Diocese of Grafton, at the Anglican Parish of Ballina, and at Grafton Cathedral.
I’ve always wanted to return to Melbourne to further my study. Trinity has been the catalyst for this to happen, being a place that values education and vocation.
Tell us about your time at Trinity so far
I’ve enjoyed getting to know the Residential College students and connecting with Theological School students Together with the Residential College Chaplain, the Revd Lynda McMinn, we’ve started a new social justice group looking at how we can reconcile global issues with our faith, and a meditation group.
It is amazing to be a part of such a wonderful community of people who are very socially aware and community oriented – through water tanks on the Bul, outreach groups and student interns in sustainability.
Why were you drawn to Trinity?
Education enriches us and it filters into our everyday living. It allows us to connect better with one another and broaden our perspectives. I’m excited to be able to enrich my own learning through reciprocal learning with others.
Tell us about your research as the Morna Sturrock Doctoral Fellow
I’m passionate about Christianity engaging with the present rather than just the future. I’m currently researching my PhD in eschatology – the realisation of the reign of God and what it means for us in the present, particularly in relation to peace and reconciliation. Jesus’s ministry was focused on connecting with people and liberating those on the margins, and I believe we are called to do the same.
Being the Morna Sturrock Doctoral Fellow is an amazing gift and I couldn’t have imagined how great an opportunity was ahead of me. I feel very privileged to be here!