Vacancy: Full-Time Lecturer in Theology & Ethics

The Pacific Theological College (PTC) is looking for a full-time lecturer in the Theology and Ethics department. The position will be based on a potentially renewable 4 years contract starting 15th January 2020. PTC is an ecumenical institution made up 20 member churches of the Pacific. The campus is located on the Suva coast in Fiji and is minutes away from the Suva CBD, shopping centers, cinemas and churches. PTC facilities include an administration building, chapel, lecture rooms, library, Mission Centre, its own kindergarten and a sports complex. Our compound accommodates students, staff and faculty.

Tasks

Teaching and Supervision

  • Will exercise academic skills expected of a Lecturer in Theology and Ethics
  • Will design, teach, assess, and examine courses in the area of Theology and Ethics at all levels from Certificate to Masters.
  • Will provide responsible supervision to theses writing students from BD (Honours) to PhD.
  • Will act as academic advisor to all students in the Theology and Ethics department
  • Will engage in research in Theology and Ethics in areas relevant to the teaching needs and interests of the college

Other Faculty Duties

  • Will coordinate and facilitate Thesis Seminars for Masters and PhDs
  • Will participate in meetings of the Department and faculty
  • Will participate and facilitate meetings of several college committees
  • Will participate and organize Departmental and College seminars
  • Will lead and assist pastoral groups
  • Will contribute to and participate in PTC community life
  • Will contribute to worship life through chapel services
  • Will attend potential conferences and workshops held at PTC or the Suva area
  • Will write courses and assess PTC Extension Education

Qualifications and experience

Required

  • A suitable doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) in Theology or Christian Ethics.
  • Ability to teach and supervise in English.
  • At least two years of teaching experience in tertiary level
  • Endorsement from a church organisation or mission board where the applicant has previously served

Desirable

  • Understands and openly embraces the diverse worldviews of the college community both in and outside of the classroom and its connection with theology and theological hermeneutics
  • Experience in teaching and supervising adult students from diverse backgrounds where English is not the first language
  • Is familiar with international and Pacific literature and indigenous research methodologies and is flexible with its implementation by students
  • Willingness to dig deeper and learn from the cultures and contexts of the Pacific through the students and the community
  • Willingness to engage in the decolonising and rethinking agenda of both the department and the college
  • Willingness to work in an ecumenical team comprising persons of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds
  • Expected to be sympathetic to the aspirations of the island nations of the Pacific region and the vision of the College
  • Is passionate to learn, teach, and do ethics in the Pacific context
  • Has some background in the following: (i) The contemporary application of systematic theology and philosophical hermeneutics; (ii) Postcolonial theologies of the West and non-West; (iii) Interdisciplinary approaches to theology; (iv) Teaching skills and methods.

Opportunities

  • The Theology and Ethics department are looking for scholars who enjoy teaching and learning simultaneously. If you are passionate about research and wish to establish or maintain a publishing career, this vacancy might be for you.
  • In consultation with the PTC constitution and policies, the teaching faculty members are encouraged to participate in sponsored academic events beneficial to your own professional development and that of the College.

Remuneration and Accommodation

  • A fully furnished accommodation will be provided onsite
  • A functional office furnished with the necessary supplies and stationery
  • Health insurance is provided for all faculty, spouse and family members
  • Salary will depend on expertise and experience aligned with the annual salary scale approved by the PTC Council & Executive

Deadline

Applications will close 30 June 2019

Enquiries

Please send enquiries and applications for this position (full academic CV with contact details of at least two referees, and a covering letter) to: The Academic Dean: Rev. Dr. Gwayaweng Kiki: gkiki@ptc.ac.fj and Copy Principal: ulvaai@ptc.ac.fj

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Welcome to the Oceania Laca!

Ni Sa Bula Vinaka!

Greetings in the name of our Triune God! Welcome to the Oceania Lacanewsletter of the Pacific Theological College (PTC).I am delighted and honoured as leader of the college to introduce this first issue of the Oceania Laca newsletter. This first issue revives the college newsletter which has lapsed since 2012.

Deep within the Moana, where our ancestors used to navigate freely without the imposed colonial imaginary boundaries, they used to cross islands and peoples, bracing the winds and currents to share their stories, wisdom, cultures, languages, and values. Here Oceania Lacawas born. It was born to navigate, to move beyond, to communicate, to link, and to take us to new shores of possibilities, to create new friendships, relationships, and a new vision. Its very existence promotes continual discovery and newness of life. PTC hopes that the Oceania Laca newsletter will do the same. There are three overall aims:

  • To provide a platform for the PTC community to tell its story and to invite our ocean of readers to come on board the PTC vaka by going beyond the newsletter literary presentation and then to make sense of the academic, pastoral, spiritual, historical, ethnic, familial, and ecumenical diverse journeys that make up our story. In the newsletter, the PTC story will be told through a combination of words, issues, pictures, poetry, art, designs, symbolism, colours, and even through blank spaces! Readers will also be given a sneak peek into the vision of the college and how such vision will impact our journey to discover new possibilities.
  • To attract and invite to the PTC vaka new faces and friendships, new stories, and new experiences of interested parties from around the world including potential candidates who want to discover PTC programmes and life.The newsletter will be able to offer space for new relationships to develop, nurture and mutually connect with the PTC community.
  • To strengthen the PTC communication culture and thus constantly link and reconnect the college to its member churches, overseas partners, families, regional grassroots communities, and the international community. In the new PTC vision, communication is critical, not only for transparency and accountability, but also for possibilities of progress and renewal. We intend to make the Oceania Laca a regular publication for the regional and the international community. This will keep all in touch with news and developments of our journey, and for the college itself it will capture and benefit from the diverse richness of the many shores as we cross interdenominational, intercultural, and interfaith seas.

I now invite you into the PTC vaka, relax and unwind as you become part of our story, and learn more of our journey as theOceania Laca takes us beyond.

Enjoy!

Rev. Dr Upolu Lum? Vaai

PRINCIPAL

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User Access Accounts

Staff

Each Staff is given an account and will apply for network access, which will enable them access to the office computer, email, internet, library catalog, network shares, and printer.

Student

Each Student is given an account to access student systems, such as the computer lab facility, printing, internet, webmail, library catalog, and Wi-Fi.

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Conference: Churches Tackling Gender-Based Violence (April 2018)

In April 2018 the Pacific Theological College and the New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research hosted a conference at the PTC in Suva:

Churches Tackling Gender-Based Violence:

Preventing Violence, Reporting Perpetrators, Restoring Survivors

12-13 April 2018

Purpose

The primary purposes of the Conference will be:

  • To explore church responses to violence against women in a wider regional context. It hopes to draw upon experience and expertise from Fiji, and the wider Pacific region, which might contribute knowledge and insights towards the work of the project. This includes both theological/biblical/church expertise and more practical/policy contributions, with particular attention to women’s experiences and church engagement.
  • To share the vision and rationale, and progress to date, of the project’s investigations with interested stakeholders, and to discuss issues arising.

Venue

The Conference will be held at:
Jovili Mission Centre, Pacific Theological College
78 Vuya Road, Veiuto, Suva

Programme

The Conference will run from 8:30am to 5:15pm both days. There are also related evening programmes on Thursday and Friday nights. Teas, lunches, and dinners are provided both days.

Speakers are confirmed from these organizations:

Here is the Conference Draft Programme (.pdf)

Public Lecture: “Responding to Domestic Violence: An Ecumenical Voice to Broken Families”

  • Guest Lecturer: Rev Dr Cliff Bird, Council for World Mission
  • Venue: Pacific Theological College Fale, Nasese, Suva
  • Date: 12 April 2018, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
  • More details on the IMR website

Registration

To register your interest or make inquires about the conference, please contact Dr Richard Davis Richard.Davis@ptc.ac.fj

Project Background

This conference is part of a larger project: Fola le ta’ui a le Atua: Rolling Out the Mat of Scripture: Church Responses to Gender-Based Violence Against Women in Samoa: Supporting Church Capacity for Transformative Social Leadership.

More details about this project can be found on these websites:

Conference Presentations and Materials

Day One: Thursday 12 April 2018

Session One: Myths and Realities About Gender Based Violence

  • The Regional and Global Context, Shabina Khan, UN Women Regional Office [presentation (.pdf)]
  • The Difference Church Policy Makes, Rev Sereima Lomaloma, House of Sarah
  • “Re-thinking the Fijian Man”, Ted Talk, Feedback, and Reflections, Jope Tarai, University of the South Pacific [video on Youtube and presentation (.pdf)]

Session Two: Preventing Violence

IMR Public Lecture

  • “Responding to Domestic Violence: An Ecumenical Voice to Broken Families” by Rev Dr Cliff Bird

Day Two: Friday 13 April 2018

Session Three: Reporting Perpetrators

  • Balancing the Scales: Improving Fijian Women’s Access to Justice, Nalini Singh, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement [presentation (.pdf)]
  • Prevention of Violence against Women in Fiji’s Faith Settings: A Community Mobilization Approach, Alisi Qaiqaica, House of Sarah
  • A Human Rights Response to Violence Against Women, Albert Seluka, Pacific Community, Regional Rights Resource Team [presentation (.pdf)]
  • What Are We Afraid Of?: Theology, Culture, and Human Rights Discourse in the Pacific, Dr Richard Davis, Pacific Theological College

Session Four: Restoring Survivors

  • Silenced, Shamed, and Stigmatised: The Complicity of the Church, Dr Beverly Haddad, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa [presentation (.pdf)]
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation and Cheap Grace, Prof David Tombs, University of Otago [presentation (.pdf)]
  • Violation of the ‘VA’ by Pacific Island Men, Prof Fele Nokise, Pacific Theological College

Further Resources

Related News

Social Media Sharing

If you wish to share thought and pictures about the Conference, our hashtag is #CTGBV2018

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New pages for PTCEE and IMR

Both the PTC Education by Extension programme (PTCEE) and the Institute for Mission and Research (IMR) have their own, freshly designed pages on a subdomain of PTC’s website. There are links to these pages in the ‘Quick Links’ section at the bottom of the PTC front page, as well under the respective pages accessible via the ‘Departments’ tab in the top menu of the PTC site. Have fun exploring!

PTCEE: http://ptcee.ptc.ac.fj

IMR: http://www.imr.ptc.ac.fj

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Public Seminar: Latin American Liberation Theology and its Legacies (12 October 2017)

The Theology and Ethics Department of the PTC is pleased to host a Public Seminar on

“Latin American Liberation Theology and its Legacies”

with Prof. David Tombs, Director of Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago

3pm Thursday 12 October 2017, PTC Chapel, Pacific Theological College, Vuya Road, Suva

David Tombs has been the Howard Paterson Chair of Theology and Public Issues since January 2015. He has a longstanding interest in contextual and liberation theologies and is author of Latin American Liberation Theologies (Brill, 2002).

His current research focuses on religion, violence, and public theology, and especially on Christian responses to gender-based violence, sexual abuse and torture. Previously David was a Lecturer in Theology at the University of Roehampton London (1992-2001). From 2001-2014 he lived and worked in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation for the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin.

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PTC now an FNPF Approved Education Institute

The Pacific Theological College is one of the higher education provider in Fiji to achieve this prestigious accreditation from the Fiji National Provident Fund. Local students can now take this advantage to pay there fees through the FNPF Education Assistance Scheme.

See:

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Papers and Sermons from PTC’s 500 Years of Reformation Celebration

The Pacific Theological College celebrated 500 years of the Reformation with a programme of lectures and workshops on 17–18 March 2017. The programme is here: Programme

Here are some of the sermons and presentations from that event (all PDF files):

Sermon at Opening Worship: Sermon on Romans 5:1-11, by Rev. Dr Ralph Weinbrenner, PTC

Keynote Address: “Here I stand: The truth vis a vis unity in Christ. Reformation perspectives as seen from the Land of Reformation in Relation to Ecumenism in Oceania”, by The Rev. Dr. Dr. h.c. Traugott Farnbacher, Secretary for PNG, Pacific and East Asia, Centre Mission OneWorld, ELCBavaria

Summary of Keynote Address: Nokise Keynote, by The Rev. Professor Dr Feleterika Uili Nokise, summarised by Rev. Dr Val Ogden

Departmental Workshop: Demonizing Dissenters, by Rev. Dr Ralph Weinbrenner, Church History Department, PTC

Voices of Participants: Interviews with Participants

Concluding Sermon: Concluding Sermon on Romans 1:16, by Bishop Jack Urame, ELC-PNG

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Dr Davis reflects on teaching “Political Theology” at PTC

Dr Richard A. Davis, a lecturer in PTC’s Theology and Ethics Department, has published some thoughts on teaching an MTh course in “Political Theology” at PTC in 2016.

You can read his reflection on the Political Theology blog.

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Public Lecture 23 March 2017

You are invited to a public lecture hosted by the Institute for Mission and Research (IMR).

The public lecture has been organized by the IMR and will happen on Thursday the 23rd of March, at 6.30pm at the PTC Fale.

The guest lecturer will be the PTC Principal and he will deliver the inaugural lecture of the lecture series with a lecture on the topic: Wellbeing: our capacity to imagine, express new possibilities, and find new solutions to complex issues‘. The lecture will be followed by a moderated question and answer session and refreshments.

Full Details of the Lecture are on the IMR website.

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