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Theology

Reflections The Ven. Dr Anne van Gend Reflections

Have we shrunk the mystery of atonement into words?

“Given the difficulties surrounding commonly-held atonement theories, then, perhaps we should quietly shove the whole thing under the carpet and focus on nicer aspects of our faith? I believe we need to lift up that carpet…Perhaps we may discover a few dusty lumps, long pushed out of sight by all but dusty theologians, which, when polished, show gleams of gold,” says The Ven. Dr Anne van Gend

Natallia Vasilevich, Orthodox theologian and human rights lawyer, moderator of the ecumenical group Christian Vision in Belarus (Photo: Ivars Kupcis/WCC)
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Natallia Vasilevich: Christians in Belarus do not fear to be messengers of justice and peace

Theres a reason why Orthodox theologian and human rights lawyer Natallia Vasilevich prefers to speak of the role of Christians rather than the role of churches in Belarusian society…She lifts up Greek-Catholic priest Vasil Yahorau who had a sticker on his car that read Forgive us, Ukraine”– and was imprisoned for it

Faith book reflections

The book I have given away the most and why: Peter Branjerdporn

“The book made me realise how disconnected I am to the land, sea and sky and how much I need to work on being grounded in Creation, which is really the same thing as Country. I now see God’s hand more in Creation and consequently my faith is more embodied rather than primarily abstract. As a city-dweller, this book’s explanation of the Dreaming and its liturgical resources enable me to embody my spirituality in Creation,” says the Justice Unit’s Peter Branjerdporn

Reflections

What is the human being?

“What this inability to answer definitively the question about what we are shows us is that the humanity of human beings is our exposure to ourselves and to the world as an unfinishable task. Human being is the search for the meaning of our being, a search that we will never exhaust,” says Dr Peter Kline from St Francis College

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European Reformations (THL 132/419)

“We will be discussing theology in the context of people, moments and movements in early modern Europe…It is only through understanding who we were that we can think critically about who we are and about who we want to be…Firstly we will be looking at the origins of religious fracturing…In the second half of the course…we will be focusing on the Reformation in England and the rest of the British Isles,” says St Francis College lecturer Dr Sheilagh Ilona O’Brien

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THL225 Aboriginal Cultures and Spirituality

“We are extremely excited to be offering the subject ‘Aboriginal Cultures and Spirituality’ for the first time, here at St Francis College. We have a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander presenters who will help us to understand the history and cultures of our First Nations Peoples, as well as the challenges and hopes for Reconciliation in the years ahead,” says Bishop Jonathan Holland