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!

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.