Paul Pinci offers a biblical reflection for day 2 of Magarey Lectures
Please find attached the audio and video of session 2 presented by Dean Phelan. The Powerpoint slides for all of Dean's presentations are attached to session 1.
Please find attached the audio and video of session 1 presented by Dean Phelan. The Powerpoint slides for all of Dean's presentations are attached to this session.
On day 1 of Magarey Lectures, Wayne Shepherd starts off our time together with a brief reflection
For the past 15 years there have been spikes in conversations about the need for an accreditation and renewable accreditation program for people called into ministry with Churches of Christ in SA & NT. During this time there have been various attempts to launch an accreditation program but there has not yet been one locked into place.
Mission and Ministry Director, Mark Riessen, interviews Rev Dr Merryl Blair who is involved in accreditation for Churches of Christ ministers in Victoria and Tasmania and Rev Dr Melinda Cousins who is the Director of Ministry Accreditation for Baptist ministers in SA & NT. They discuss the value of ongoing ministry formation and professional development through engaging an accreditation program. They reflect on the experience of this, lessons learned and the importance of having one in place.
This was followed by a Q&A.
for around 80 years Churches of Christ in Australia has been recognising and ordaining women for ministry. Currently in South Australia there appears to be a signicficant under representation of women in senior leadership position in churches and other contexts. Why is this so?
In the attached audio, Mark Riessen (Mission & Ministry Director for Churches of Christ in SA & NT) interviews Rev Dr Melinda Cousins (Old Testament lecturer at Tabor College and Director of Ministry Accreditation for Baptist Churches SA & NT) and Rev Dr Merryl Blair (Old Testament lecturer at Stirling Theological College and member of the ministry endorsement committee for Churches of Christ in Victoria & Tasmania).
Hear their stories, some theological, biblical and ecclesiological reflections on women in ministry followed by a Q&A.
Attached is an article written by Dr Stephen Spence which serves as a helpful background to the conversation.
Dr Andrew Menzies, Principal at Stirling Theological College, shares insights from his latest research and up coming book. What does the Good News look like as the proclamation of God's Kingdom reign in Australia today?
Audio and Powerpoint (converted to PDF) are available in the links below.
Dr. Merryl Blair was the speaker at our first G.R. Stirling Lecture hosted by the Tabor Churches of Christ Study Centre at Tabor College in Adelaide. Her theme 'People formed and transformed around the Lord's Table' was incredibly insightful and very encouraging.
Take a look at the video below and join the conversation.
As a Churches of Christ minister, Merryl Blair has been the Australian representative in an International Dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church for around 30 years. For the past 4 years, this has focused on our joint, and different, understandings of coming around the table of the Lord. Ecumenical Dialogues are an important forum in which we not only learn more about other traditions, but also learn much more about ourselves, because we have to explain to someone outside our ‘family’ just who we are, and why we do the things we do. So much that we take for granted comes to life during this process.
Merryl has been part of this Dialogue for the past 9 years and has learnt the joy of sitting in the same room with people of different views; listening and being listened to respectfully; sharing experiences of God at work in the life of God’s church; and what it means to be formed by the Lord’s Table.