United Theological College will again be part of the Biennial gathering of Deacons from across Australia, 4 – 15 February 2019.
From Monday 4 – Friday 15 February 2019 Deacons from around Australia will gather in Sydney for their annual gathering – an opportunity for professional development, community, learning and development for deacons in formation.
Bringing together current Deacons and those in the journey of learning and development provides a unique and pastoral opportunity to grow and learn.
Individuals can choose to attend all days, or selected days as relevant to their own professional needs and education.
This is the first time that the program specifically brings together professional development opportunities for ordained Deacons with Deacon candidates for shared learning and growth.
THE SCHEDULE | UCA DEACONS GATHERING | MONDAY 4 – FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2019
The Pastoral Strengths Conference – Spirituality in Untrusting Waters
The Pastoral Strength Conference is a collaborative initiative of Uniting, Wesley Mission, United Theological College and The Uniting Church in Australia Synod of NSW and ACT. It is designed to nurture, connect, strengthen and provide professional development for pastoral practitioners working within multi-faith organisations. We invite you to join with us for this special event.
Monday 4th February 2019, 8:30am to 6pm
Tuesday 5th February 2019, 8:30am to 5pm. With conference dinner from 7pm to 10pm.
Wednesday 6th February 2019 , 8:30am to 12pm
The Conference will be anchored by Padraig O’ Tuama, an Irish author, poet and peace builder. Padraig is the director of the Corrameela Peace Community that brings communities in conflict together to build understanding, peace and relationships.
The keynote speaker is Rev Dr Storm Swain, Associate Professor, Pastoral Care and Theology. Storm is New Zealand born and now lives in New York. Her PhD and her CPE supervisory practice expand on her experiences of working with the chaplains at the 9/11 ground zero mortuary. As we are living in a world surrounded by acts of violence and trauma, her wisdom will help us develop our capabilities.
The Pastoral Strength Conference is an interfaith event; so pastoral practitioners working within multi-faith organisations are very welcome to attend.
Cost $850 – $950, see Conference website (link provided below)
Please Note: Deacon Candidates are eligible for a 50% discount, but must register by Monday 21 January 2019.
Registrations for the Pastoral Conference – via https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pastoral-strength-conference-2019-registration-45883781626
Saturday February 9 | DUCA Business Meeting
The Centre for Ministry – 16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta 2151
Please contact Rev Sandy Boyce via [email protected] for more information should you wish to attend the Business Meeting
Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 February | Diaconate Professional Development Days delivered by UTC
Run in association with the Deacon Intensive, these two days of the bring together current and future Deacons in learning and education. These two days have been specifically tailored to provide professional development opportunities for Deacons and forms part of the Course Intensive for students.
Cost: ONLY $25 for 2 days (includes lunch and tea breaks on
Please note that participants will cover their own public transport fares and meals on Tuesday.
Monday 11 February 9am – 4.30pm
Community Engagement, Contemporary issues for the Diaconate, Advocacy Training
Venue: Centre for Ministry, 16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta
Tuesday 12 February 9am – 6pm
Exposure event: Bondi UCA, Wayside Chapel, Safe Injecting Room Kings Cross
Meeting points to be advised after registration received.
Tuesday 12 @ 7pm
Deacon Gathering Dinner. Italian Restaurant in The Rocks, Sydney.
Details to be confirmed (dinner at own expense)
Please register your attendance with Jenny or Renee at United Theological College via [email protected] (or call 8828 8900) by Friday 8 February 2019.
Please advise student admin of any dietary requirements.
Payment can be made on the first day of course (Monday 11 February) at Reception
Monday 11 – Friday 15 February | Deacon Intensive
A five day intensive course delivered by United Theological College.
Compulsory for Deacon Candidates – registration is essential.
The course is:
For assistance with enrolment, to register to audit and for payments please contact Jenny or Renee at UTC Student Admin via (02) 8838 8900 or [email protected]
Catering: Lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea will be provided during the intensive (except for Tuesday where costs will be at your own expense during the offsite event)
Intensive Course (5 days): Course cost (please speak with UTC) plus $80 in catering costs. Please note that participants will cover their own public transport fares and meals on Tuesday.
Please advise Student Admin of any dietary requirements when you register.
There is some limited accommodation available on site at the Centre for Ministry. Accommodation should be booked through Uniting Venues – CFM Reception [email protected] or telephone (02) 8838 8908 .
The course costs do not include accommodation.
A draft program for the five day intensive course is available on request from [email protected]