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 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!

Morning Prayer by Zoom

Please join us each weekday for Morning Prayer via Zoom. Members of the TCTS faculty will each take turns leading Morning Prayer from 9:00-9:15 AM.

Please connect via Zoom -

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 or image below to watch the seminar.

Please note: All the events listed below are either postponed or to be confirmed. This is due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Please stay tuned for updates to this page.

Australian-Canadian Holy Land Pilgrimage and Study Tour - Postponed

Postponed until 2021

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

50th Barry Marshall Memorial Lecture

The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
Topic: TBA 

7.00pm for 7.30pm start - 9pm 
Date: Thursday 6 August 2020 (TBC)
The Craig Auditorium, Gateway Building

Breaking New Ground: Growing the Church in Melbourne

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

Moderator: The Rt Revd Kate Prowd

Saturday 3 October 2020 (TBC)
Old Warden's Lodge, Trinity College

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 welcomes 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.

$40 | $25 concession

Booking is essential: (Note: bookings currently on hold)

The Kingdom of God is Near: Studies on the Readings from Year B

The Revd Canon Dr Bob Derrenbacker, Trinity College Theological School 
Dr Rachelle Gilmour, Bromby Senior Lecturer in Old Testament, Trinity College Theological School

Saturday 31 October 2020 (TBC)
Old Warden's Lodge, Trinity College

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

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 Mark’s Gospel and the Old Testament, discover its riches and deepen your spirituality.

There will be plenty of opportunity for reflection, input and discussion.

$50 | $35 concession

Booking is essential: (Note: bookings currently on hold)


Commencement Lecture 2020

Hope at the 'End of History'

Thursday 12 March 2020 
Old Warden's Lodge, Trinity College 

The Theological School launches its 2020 academic year with a Commencement Lecture by Trinity's Stockdale Lecturer in Ethics and Research Coordinator, Dr Scott Kirkland.

The world is facing a series of crises, from climate apocalypse, to radical economic inequality, to the rise of violent nationalisms. These crises are leading to the slow break up of the liberal consensus that dominated the 1990s after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the emergence of new political realities. In this lecture we will explore the way that the ends of various histories can serve as occasion for the performance of hope disarmed of illusion and beyond optimism, and the importance of the study of theology for this task.

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.