UTC Open Day | Mon 19 February

Free Event | UTC Open Day on Monday 19 February 2018.

You are invited to join us for our UTC Open Day on Monday 19 February.  Whether you are a member of a congregation, community friend, UTC alumni, a current student of UTC, interested in theology, considering exploring your passion for theology through education at some time in the future – you are welcome to the FREE event.

Monday, 19 February 2018
The Centre for Ministry @ 16 Masons Drive North Parramatta
Join us for some, or all of the activities.

9.30am |  Inaugural Worship Service, Chapel of St Andrew
Preacher |  Rev Simon Hansford, UCA NSW/ACT Synod Moderator

10.30 | Morning Tea

11.00 | Inaugural Lecture | Dr Jeff Aernie, New Testament Lecturer at UTC
“Theological Grit: The Convergence of Deliberate Practice and Christian Discipleship”
“Christian discipleship is arduous. In Romans 6 the apostle Paul describes Christian disciples as slaves of righteousness. This lecture explores how the cultivation of “theological grit” contributes to the formation of faithful allegiance in the life of Christian disciples”.

12.00 | Book Launch, Reformed Sacramentality by Graham Hughes
The late Graham Hughes was a lecturer in New Testament and Liturgy at United Theological College for twenty-five years. His Worship and Meaning established his reputation as a leading liturgical scholar.  Learn more about the Book Launch – HERE.

12.30 | Lunch in Dining Room

1.30-3.30 | Forum: “Vocation in the UCA”, Auditorium
We explore the question: “How are you discerning and nurturing your vocation, and the vocations of the whole church for the mission of God?” How do we shape opportunities for UCA members and staff to explore God’s call on their lives?

Introduction | Duncan Macleod
Tension on Vocation; ordained ministries, lay ministries in Basis of Union
God at the centre of vocation – video of Prince of Egypt
Moses & Burning Bush | Duncan Macleod & Gerard Moore

1.45  | Moderator Reflects | Rev Simon Hansford
“As Moderator how do I nurture my vocation, the vocations of the whole church for the mission of God?

2.00 | Table groups
“How are you discerning and nurturing your vocation in your role, and how are discerning and nurturing the vocations of the whole church? Especially role as a nurturer of a candidate or other ministry person for ministries in the whole church?
‘Like’ groups with shared roles – College staff, Candidates, Presbytery & Congregational, Agency.
‘Like’ groups of role: sharing what heard, what strategies to build on nurturing vocation in the church today? What resources are needed?

2.50 | Plenary Strategies | Christine Sorensen
Plenary share strategies, affirm by group re priority or (or ‘like’ strategies) apply resources needed to action those strategies

3.15 | Christine Sorensen and John Thornton | Reflecting together on what we have heard, where does this fit in Formation and vocation today?

3.30| Conclusion

Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
Venue: The Centre for Ministry
RSVP: [email protected]

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