Catholic Theological College presents a series of online lectures:
Jesus Christ for me today: How can a man born 2,000 years ago have implications for me today? What possible relevance can he have for my life?
Tuesday, 3 May, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm AEST – Bookings close: Friday 29 April at 5pm
The Lord is for the Body: The Theology of the Body Catecheses of John Paul II
Thursday, 5 May, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm AEST – Bookings close: Tuesday 3rd May at 5pm
Prayer in the Gospel of Luke: What does the Gospel of Luke reveal about prayer? This session will investigate the ways that prayer is demonstrated, taught, and encouraged in the narrative and how that might be a model for us today.
Monday 9 May 7pm – 8.30pm– Bookings close: Thursday 5 May at 5pm
Vatican II: Distant Memory or Unfolding Reality? 2022 is the 60th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II. John XXIII called the Council in order for the Church to renew its pastoral mission and engage with the dramatic global events of the time. Is Vatican II a distant memory or is Pope Francis unfolding its reality in his promotion of a humble, missionary and synodal Church? (Repeated on May 19.)
Tuesday 10 May 7.30pm – 8.30pm – Bookings close: Friday 6 May at 5pm
Why are Creation Stories in Genesis as Relevant as ever?: Genesis, the first biblical book, begins with two creation stories. Although at first glance they are of little importance to modern readers, they continue to be highly significant and answer the most profound existential questions.
Wednesday 11 May 7pm – 8.30pm -Bookings close: Monday 9 May at 5pm
Contemporary Ideas on Burnout in Ministry: This session surveys contemporary research and frameworks relating to burnout in ministry. It situates these in the context of various types of ministry today, and introduces the topics of “resilience” and “ministerial accompaniment” (pastoral supervision) and their relevance for the helping professions.
Monday 16 May 7.30pm – 8.45pm – Bookings close: Thursday 12 May at 5pm
Spirituality Wisdom and Compassion in Practice: This session will explore spirituality as centred in wisdom and compassion. Practices will be offered to cultivate these qualities supported by contemporary research.
Tuesday 17 May 7pm – 8pm – Bookings close: Friday 13 May at 5pm
“A More Passionate Concern for the Protection of Our World” — Pope Francis in Laudato Si’: In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls for a spirituality that “can motivate us to a more passionate concern for the protection of the world” (216). This session identifies some of the theological underpinnings the encyclical identifies, ponders how these might bear on our daily living, and concludes with a consideration of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform and its goals.
Wednesday 18 May 7pm – 8.30pm – Bookings close: Monday 16 May at 5pm
Vatican II: Distant Memory or Unfolding Reality? 2022 is the 60th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II. John XXIII called the Council in order for the Church to renew its pastoral mission and engage with the dramatic global events of the time. Is Vatican II a distant memory or is Pope Francis unfolding its reality in his promotion of a humble, missionary and synodal Church? (A repeat of the May 10 session.)
Thursday 19 May 7.30pm – 8.30pm – Bookings close: Tuesday 17 May at 5pm
Lectio Divina: A Contemplative Way of Reading the Bible: How do I access the riches of the word of God spoken to me? How can I dwell in silent and peaceful contemplation? This short course will provide pointers.Rev. Assoc. Prof. John Dupuche
Saturday 21 May 2pm – 3.30pm – Bookings close: Thursday 19 May at 5pm
Two in One: Creation and Salvation: Although salvation from sin is a central feature of the Jewish and Christian faith, at times we tend to overlook its relationship to creation. This session will appeal to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament to argue that God’s saving activity is ultimately about the fulfillment of God’s purpose for creation.
Tuesday 24 May 8pm – 9.30pm – Bookings close: Friday 20 May at 5pm
Introducing Christian Contemplative Practices: What is a Christian meditation practice? How is it like, or different from, practices such as mindfulness? Drawing on biblical and non-biblical sources, this session provides you with a short experience of some ways Christians meditate. You will understand some of the distinctiveness of Christian meditation and how it aligns with, or differs from, other traditions of contemplative practice.
Wednesday 25 May 4pm – 6pm – Bookings close: Monday 23 May at 5pm
The Arts and Spirituality: The Visual Arts: At the heart of our faith is “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life” (1 John 1:1). The arts (poetry, music, and the rest) afford us some glimpses of this reality. This session will consider the value of some great pieces of visual art, which can help toward appreciating and living the Christian life.
Thursday 26 May 10am – 11.30am – Bookings close: Tuesday 24 May at 5pm
“Deep Resurrection” and Hope for the Transformation of the World: In light of the recent “golden age” of cosmology, and of the ethical imperatives of the climate crisis, some theologians speak of a “deep resurrection” in which all created things are taken up into the glorified humanity of the risen Jesus. What sources of hope does Christian faith in the resurrection offer our struggling world?
Thursday 26 May 7pm – 8.30pm – Bookings close: Tuesday 24 May at 5pm
Can a Scientist Believe in God? Many people say (or fear?) that God and science don’t mix. “I believe in science …” is often a reason people give for not taking Christianity seriously. This session is an introduction to the “conflict myth” and will offer some clues about how to understand the science and faith relationship as a harmonious one.
Friday 27 May 7pm – 8.30pm – Bookings close: Wednesday 25 May at 5pm
Interfaith Relations: Enhancing Our Connection with Other Faiths: How do we discover what is true and holy in other religions? How can we all work together to bring peace and reconciliation to a troubled world? This session will show some possibilities.
Saturday 28 May 2pm – 3.30pm – Bookings close: Thursday 26 May at 5pm
All sessions $25 per session (use discount code EYFS122) Teachers seeking a certificate of attendance for accreditation purposes: $40 per session
Bookings close: Friday 29th April at 5pm. https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=888108&