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!

Australian-Canadian Holy Land Pilgrimage and Study Tour

14-26 June 2020

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

The Year of Matthew Study Day

10.00am-3.30pm, Saturday 16 November 2019
Old Warden's Lodge, Trinity College
Cost: $40|$30 concession

A day for clergy and lay people to be enriched by the Gospel readings from Matthew for the forthcoming Church year, and to explore some of the Old Testament texts to be read at eucharists in the Year of Matthew. 

Please join us for study, reflection and discussion at the Year of Matthew Study Day, led by The Revd Dr Robert (Bob) Derrenbacker, Dean of the Trinity College Theological School and the Frank Woods Associate Professor in New Testament, and Dr Rachelle Gilmour, the Bromby Lecturer in Old Testament. 

For more information and to register:


Social and Cosmic Change for Contemporary Mosques

7.30pm, Monday 21 October 2019
Old Warden's Lodge, Trinity College
Free Public Lecture, co-sponsored by the Australian Intercultural Society

Join us for a Continuing Education lecture on 'Social and Cosmic Change for Contemporary Mosques' by Associate Professor Tammy Gaber of the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Canada.  

Professor Gaber’s background in architecture comes from her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada, her graduate work at Cairo University in Egypt, and her participation in the design of various projects in both Canada and Egypt. Her background in ‘Islamic Architecture’ is rooted in her B.Arch graduation project ‘Submission’ a proposal for a mosque design in Waterloo, her MSc. in Architectural Engineering ‘Conception and Perception of the Mosque in the West’ and her PhD dissertation ‘The Space and Place of Women in Mosque Architecture’. 

Her recent project, documenting the history, architecture and space for women in Canadian mosques is the first extensive study of its kind and is supported by a grant from the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada. Professor Gaber is beginning an analogous study of contemporary mosques in Australia and is interested in analysing the cosmic impact in the design of mosques in extreme latitudes.

There is no need to RSVP for this free event. 

49th Barry Marshall Memorial Lecture

'And he went out and wept bitterly': A socio-cultural reading of Peter's denial in Matthew 26:69-75

7.00pm for 7.30pm start - 9pm 
Thursday 22 August 2019
The Craig Auditorium, Gateway Building

Join us for the 49th Annual Barry Marshall Lecture, presented by the Revd Dr Robert Derrenbacker, Dean and Frank Woods Associate Professor in New Testament at Trinity College Theological School.  

This is a free event, but booking is essential -

Open House - Explore your study options

11.30am - 6.15pm, Thursday 15 August 2019
Old Warden's Lodge, Trinity College

Open House is designed to inform and inspire you, through one-on-one conversations with our faculty and current students, and help you to gain an insight into what life is really like for those who choose to study at Trinity. 

Whether you're interested in theology, philosophy, history, the Bible, pastoral care, chaplaincy or ministry, we would love to meet you and discuss your study plans. Experience our diverse and welcoming community of people from many backgrounds and with many different experiences of church, faith and spirituality. 

Meet our staff, tour our campus, join an information session, and find out about courses and scholarships. 

11.30am  Sample lecture with Dr Bob Derrenbacker or Professor Mark Lindsay
12.30pm Lunch and conversation with faculty
1.00pm Information session
2.00pm Sample lecture with Dr Rachelle Gilmour or Dr Colleen O'Reilly
3.30pm Information session
4.30pm Refreshments
5.45pm Choral Evensong in the Chapel, featuring the Choir of Trinity College

Please RSVP to by Tuesday 13 August 2019.

The Challenge of Christian Animal Ethics

7.30pm, Wednesday 19 June 2019
Old Warden's Lodge, Trinity College
Free Public Lecture

What does Christian faith mean for how we treat animals, especially in our use of them for food? Join David Clough, Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester, for a discussion of his new and groundbreaking two-volume work On Animals.

Praise for On Animals: "The most significant Christian theological and ethical treatment of animals in the history of Christian ethics" that will have "a revolutionary impact on lived Christian behaviour". David Gushee

There is no need to RSVP for this free event. 

Today's music for today's church

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

Hymns, songs, hymnbooks, screens, music online - much has happened in the world of church music in the past 20-30 years. How do we make our way through the possibilities and find the best for our worshipping communities. A day for those who sing, play, plan or lead music. We will look at new repertoire, where to find it, how to introduce it, and how to obtain it legally. We'll also take a look at how you evaluate new repertoire, share it with colleagues, and think about your worship music for Lent and Easter. The seminar will include the launch at 2.00pm of 'Songs of Grace', a supplement to 'Together in Song', by D'Arcy Wood as part of a short act of worship in the College Chapel. 

Led by Philip Nicholls and Fay Magee. 
Booking is essential -

Commencement Lecture 2019

Monday 25 February 2019
Craig Auditorium, Gateway Building, Trinity College

Christian Worship and Desire

The Theological School launches its 2019 academic year with a Commencement Lecture by Sarah Coakley (Cambridge University and ACU Melbourne). The 'Christian Worship and Desire' lecture opens up a discussion about how 'desire' operates in the workings of prayer and worship, and how we should think of its enduring significance in the context of contemporary church and culture. Beginning from the Scriptural witness and especially the Psalms, it reflects on how the pervasive 'sexualisation' of desire in contemporary Western culture has deflected interest from the ascetic and monastic wisdom about the training of desire as a life-long project directed at God. It ends with a reflection on how the minister/priest participates in, and potentially modulates, this play of desire in the eucharist and other acts of worship, and how this brings both moral danger and unique spiritual opportunity.

Sarah Coakley was Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University (2007-2018) and is now a Visiting Professorial Fellow at ACU Melbourne. She previously taught at the universities of Harvard (Mallinckrodt Professor, 1995-2007), Oxford, and Lancaster, and has been a visiting Professor at the University of Princeton. She is an Anglican priest of the Diocese of Ely, and an honorary canon of Ely Cathedral.

This is a free event, but booking is essential -

Events contact

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