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

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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500 Years of Reformation – A Celebration (Programme)

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

Reformation 500 Programme

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Vacancy: Computer Technician

Details on the vacancies page. Deadline: 18 November 2016.

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Vacancy: Academic Skills & Research Skills / English Language Support

Full job and application details are on the Vacancies page. Deadline: 15 November 2016.

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G20 Interfaith Pacific Summit News

Pacific Theological College (PTC) successfully hosted the inaugural G20 Interfaith Summit: Pacific Regional Preconference from 2-4 May, 2016. The summit started on Monday 2nd with a welcome ceremony and dinner hosted by PTC and progressed on to Tuesday 3rd at the Jovili Meo Mission Centre for the actual summit. Deliberations focused on the four selected United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 8 (Economic Growth), SDG 13 (Climate Action), and SDG 16 (Peace and Justice). The aim was to affirm the importance of religious and spiritual dimensions with a specific Pacific focus in addressing sustainable development in the region. The summit attracted many faith leaders, faith communities, government officials, NGOs and civil societies, and academics from Fiji, Samoa, Australia, Aotearoa NZ, Kiribati, Nauru, Rotuma, and Tonga. It successfully concluded with a bold statement with recommendations from the Pacific to the G20 Interfaith Summit in China in September and to the G20 Nations as well as all members of the United Nations.

On behalf of the organizers Dr. Brian Adams and Prof. Paul Morris, I would like to acknowledge the tremendous support of the Principal, Rev. Prof. Feleterika Nokise and the PTC community in hosting this summit. Vinaka Vakalevu!

Upolu Luma Vaai

Conference Statement: G20 Interfaith Summit Pacific Regional Preconference

 

 

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2016 Handbook now online

PTC’s handbook for 2016 is now online. See the PTC Handbook page to download it.

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Vacancy: tutorial post(s) in Academic and Research Skills, and English Language Support

PTC is searching for one or two tutors in the areas of (a) Academic Skills & Research Skills, and (b) English Language Support. Further details are listed on our ‘Vacancies’ page.

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News update from Dr Vaai

  1. In July 2015 at the Annual conference of the Methodist Church in Samoa, Dr. Vaai lauched his new book Matua Gagana: Le Tusi Paia ma lona Faitauga Loloto mai le Itulagi o Samoa. Prof. Fele Nokise, principal of the Pacific Theological College, was the guest speaker at the launching.
  2. The PTC is partnering with the Pacific Conference of Churches on delivering consultations throughout the Pacific member churches on ‘Ecumenical Renewal’. The PTC, through the work of Dr. Vaai, is promoting ‘Pacific Relational hermeneutics’ as a ground-up approach and way forward to renewing Ecumenism and Pacific development.
  3. As part of PTC’s ongoing influence on providing a moral compass to challenge Pacific social issues, Dr. Vaai presented a keynote address titled ‘Relational Hermeneutics: Rethinking Pacific Development from the Ground-Up’ to the ‘Rethinking Oceania Consultation’ held in Nadi in September. This consultation was sponsored by PIANGO and PCC.
  4. As part of the Theology and Ethics departmental development, Dr. Vaai will represent the Pacific to the G20 Interfaith Summit this November to be held at Istanbul Turkey where he will present a paper on ‘Religion, Harmony, and Sustainable Development in the Pacific’.
Dr Vaai at his book launch in Samoa.

Dr Vaai at his book launch in Samoa.

Prof Nokise launching Dr Vaai's book.

Prof Nokise launching Dr Vaai’s book.

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