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!

Events for the 2020 calendar are still being finalised.

Please check back here in late January for the full program.

Movies That Matter

Lenten Study Series

Tuesday 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 March 2020 
From 6.00pm

Trinity College Theological School invites you to attend 'Movies that Matter', a Lenten film screening and discussion series designed to stimulate deeper theological engagement with cinema. Each screening will be held at Bob and Cindy Derrenbacker's home. 


3 March: ‘Children of Men’ (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006 [MA15+])
10 March: ‘Silence’ (Martin Scorcese, 2016 [MA15+])
17 March: ‘No Country for Old Men’ (The Coen Brothers, 2007 [MA15+]) 
24 March: ‘Of Gods and Men’ (Xavier Beauvois, 2010 [MA15+])
31 March: ‘Tree of Life’ (Terrence Malick, 2011 [PG])

Each evening will begin with a pizza dinner (by donation), followed by a viewing of the film and discussion led by Dr Scott Kirkland and Dr Bob Derrenbacker.

SPACE IS STRICTLY LIMITED - Participants MUST register their attendance for each screening by emailing Dr Derrenbacker at  

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:

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

50th Barry Marshall Memorial Lecture


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

Open House - Explore your study options

11.30am - 6.15pm, 2020 dates to be advised
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: TBA

Events contact

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