Continuing Education

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

A large group of people in a lecture room at the Continuing Education Program by  Trinity College Theological School

The Continuing Education Program is an 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!

Taking Care of Business: Reclaiming Community Among Local Businesses

Saturday 22 May 2021 
10.00am – 3.30pm | Old Warden's Lodge, Trinity College

Many parishes and church organisations wish to build links to local businesses, but few do. This seminar will describe how successful business engagements have been achieved, provide an opportunity to hear from current practitioners and discuss the current research in the area.

The seminar will also provide an opportunity for parish and non-parish groups to do some guided planning for their own initiative.

A panel discussion will be held with three members of church organisations already engaged with the business community.

Led by the Revd Dr Richard Wilson, an Anglican priest currently working on an initiative to create a public conversation between business and the church on common community concerns.

$50 | $35 concession 
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Tracing The Canterbury Trail in the Diocese of Melbourne

Sundays 6, 13, 20 June & 4, 11 July 2021 
Saturday 17 July

The many parishes of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne reflect the rich diversity of the Anglican Communion – culturally, theologically and liturgically. Please be part of a cohort that will ‘trace’ the Canterbury Trail in the Diocese of Melbourne by visiting five very different parishes that together reflect this diversity. These visits will be hosted by a Trinity College Theological School faculty member, taking place at the main Sunday service of each parish, and will be followed by Q and A with the parish vicar.

Our tentative schedule is as follows:

  • 6 June: St James Old Cathedral, 2/10 Batman St, West Melbourne (10:00 AM)
  • 13 June: Holy Trinity Coburg (Arabic language), 520 Sydney Rd ,Coburg (11:00 AM, followed by an Arabic lunch)
  • 20 June: Merri Creek Anglican, 3a/104 Johnston St, Fitzroy (10:00AM)
  • 4 July: St Paul’s Cathedral, Flinders St, Melbourne (10:00AM)
  • 11 July: Christ Church Brunswick, 8 Glenlyon Rd, Brunswick (10:00AM)
  • 17 July: Debrief and wrap up by Zoom (10:00–11:30AM).

If you are in need of transportation to any of these parishes, or are able to offer transportation, please email

This is a chance to expand your appreciation of the diversity and richness of our Diocese. These visits will build on our 2020 seminar on Growing the Church in Melbourne.

$50 | $35 concession 
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Proclaiming the Year of The Lord's Favour: Studies on Readings from Year C

Saturday 6 November 2021 
10.00am – 3.30pm | Old Warden's Lodge, Trinity College

A day for clergy and lay people to be enriched by the readings from Luke and elsewhere in the Bible for the forthcoming Church Year C.

For clergy, this is a study day, providing you with resources for preaching, worship and ministry, commencing on Advent Sunday. For lay people, this is a wonderful opportunity to explore the Bible, discover its riches and deepen your spirituality. There will be plenty of opportunity for reflection, input and discussion.

Led by the Revd Canon Dr Bob Derrenbacker, Dean, Trinity College Theological School and Dr Rachelle Gilmour, Bromby Senior Lecturer in Old Testament, Trinity College Theological School.

$50 | $35 concession 
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Australian-Canadian Holy Land Pilgrimage and Study Tour - Postponed

Postponed until 2022

Revd Dr Robert Derrenbacker, and Revd Dr Stephen Andrews, on a Holy Land Pilgrimage and Study Tour, with a group of other people.

Join Trinity College Theological School Dean, the Revd Dr Robert Derrenbacker, and Principal of Wycliffe College (Toronto), the Rt Revd Dr Stephen Andrews, for a Holy Land Pilgrimage and Study Tour. They are looking forward to acting as hosts on the third trip they've taken together with local expert guide, Raouf. 

The Presbyterian author, Frederick Buechner, has written that ‘religion as a word points to that area of human experience where in one way or another we come upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage’. This pilgrimage will allow us to experience a land that stands at the heart of the mystery of the world’s great Western religions. We will find ourselves summoned to a pilgrimage of the mind, as we live imaginatively in the world of the patriarchs, prophets and proselytes. But even more, we will be summoned to a pilgrimage of the heart, as we remember how the purposes of God were manifested in a Galilean lay preacher who is the mystery of the Word Incarnate. We are certain that the trip will leave a lasting impression on any whose journey through life is a seeking after truth.

Participants will investigate the cultural, political, religious and geographical environment of intertestamental Judaism and early Christianity, in order to better understand the Old and New Testaments in their contexts. In addition, the modern political and religious tensions in Israel and the Palestinian Territories will be explored from a biblical and theological point of view, places that will be visited during the study tour. University of Divinity students may also enrol in a unit for credit (undergraduate or post-graduate).

For more information please contact TCTS Administrator, Karen Graham.
Ph: 03 9348 7127


Breaking New Ground: Growing the Church in Melbourne

The Revd Dr Peter Carolane, Minister of Merri Creek Anglican Church 
The Rt Revd Lindsay Urwin, OGS, Vicar of Christ Church Brunswick

Moderator: The Rt Revd Kate Prowd

Over the past 15 years or so, fresh expressions of church and pioneer ministry have been commended to the church as crucial for handing on Christian faith in contemporary culture,
and for securing an intergenerational future for Anglicanism. A local example of such pioneering is Merri Creek Anglican, and this continuing education session welcomed its pastor, Peter Carolane, to share the story of its growth, introduce the convictions that have formed it, and identify the challenges of pioneer ministry in Melbourne. Joining him in discussion is Bishop Lindsay Urwin, the Vicar of Christ Church, Brunswick.

Watch the replay below.

Being and doing church in a pandemic: Lessons we are learning during COVID-19

Moderator: Dr Chris Porter
Panelists: The Revd Melissa Clark, the Rt Revd Lindsay Urwin OGS, and the Revd Canon Matt Williams

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we are the Church – the Body of Christ – and how we ‘do’ church on a weekly basis, including our worship, the sacraments, Bible study and how we provide and experience pastoral care.

This seminar explored the lessons learned about doing and being church during the pandemic. It also pondered how things will be different when we return to face-to-face gatherings in church and as the Church.

Watch the replay below.

Christianity, care and COVID-19

An online seminar - 'Christianity, care and COVID-19' - took place on Friday 8 May 2020 via Zoom. The seminar reflected on the notion of theological ethics during a pandemic. Dr Dan Fleming and Dr David Carter – two leading public health and theological ethics researchers - provided expert insight into the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on the link above to watch the seminar.

Screenshot of an online seminar - 'Christianity, care and COVID-19' - took place on Friday 8 May 2020.

Events contact

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