Vacancy: Principal of The Pacific Theological College

The Council of the College is seeking a Principal to take office in January 2019, and invites applications from suitably qualified persons by 24 August 2018.

The Pacific Theological College is an ecumenical institution established in Fiji to serve the needs of the Churches of the Pacific by preparing students for its diploma and degrees:

  1. Diploma in Theological Studies
  2. Bachelor of Divinity
  3. Master of Theology
  4. Doctor of Philosophy

The Principal must have the ability to act as academic, administrative, spiritual leader and as pastoral guide to a varied community, where study, research, worship, and training are united in the life of an extended family.  The person chosen would have served in an ecumenical setting and is expected to be committed to the College’s ecumenical orientation.

The Council will expect all applicants from the region to be nominated by a member Church of the College in good standing and those outside the region to be endorsed by their Church.  Application forms will be sent to persons so named.

Letters of inquiry and application should be addressed to:

The Chairperson of the College Council/Executive Committee
Pacific Theological College
Private Mail Bag
Suva, Fiji

email: chairperson@ptc.ac.fj

and further information will be supplied, together with an Application Form.

Qualifications:

  1. Academic:  Ph.D. or equivalent in Theology or social science, preferably with some Pacific research.
  2. Experience:
    1. Practical experience in full-time Christian ministry for at least 5 years.
    2. Previous experience of teaching in a recognized field of theology at tertiary level.
    3. Evidence of competence in, and familiarity with administration and management.
  3. Inter-personal relations:  Ability to work with people of various cultures (particularly Pacific Island nation cultures) and denominations, and to promote fellowship and unity.
  4. Pacific Islanders and ordained ministers, both men and women, are especially encouraged to apply, and their applications will be given preferential consideration.
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Vacancy: PTCEE Course Materials Developer

The Pacific Theological College is growing its Extension Education services and seeks a highly skilled and motivated course materials developer. Working from material produced by PTC’s teachers and other Pacific writers, you will be responsible for the editing, design and production of courses in digital, print and multi-media forms. Currently at Certificate, Diploma and Bachelors level, the courses will thoroughly reflect the College’s vision and ethos through their attention to Pacific and Oceanic context for mission and ministry. Previous experience of or a vibrant, current interest in theology, mission and Pacific church and society issues is highly desirable. You will deliver this work as a key player within a small, dynamic and creative Extension Education team.

Job description

  • to coordinate and develop the PTC Extension Education (PTCEE) range of courses
  • to ensure that PTCEE courses cohere with and complement the rest of PTC’s provision
  • to maintain a rolling programme of updates and revision of present materials
  • to commission and bring to completion new course material from Pacific theologians
  • to ensure compliance and quality assurance according to required standards
  • to encourage innovative, digital and multi-media developments in course production
  • to build up digital and print based repositories of material; affordable and open access
  • to deal with matters relating to copyright and publishers

Role requirements

(E = Essential. D = Desirable)

  • excellent, hands-on skills in the editing and design of educational materials in English (E)
  • excellent, hands-on skills in the use of MS Office and other editing/design software (E)
  • ability to negotiate course development priorities, set targets and deliver (E)
  • ability to work reliably, respectfully and cheerfully as a team player (E)
  • working knowledge of MOODLE or a comparable VLE (D)
  • a visible, track record in multi-media course design (D)
  • familiarity with the world of Pacific theological education (D)

Applications by 14 May 2018 to the Director, PTC Extension Education.

Email: ptcee@ptc.ac.fj  Landline: +679 330 7989.  Mobile: +679 908 0754

mail: PTCEE, PO Box 388, 78 Vuya Rd, Suva, Fiji Is.
visit: office near main PTC gate, Vuya Rd/seaside
email: ptcee@ptc.ac.fj
facebook: Ptcee Suva
web: www.ptc.ac.fj/ptcee
twitter: @PTCEdbyEx

Please indicate clearly the skills and experience you would bring to meet the above requirements and include transcripts of relevant qualifications. We look forward to hearing from you.

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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 Bazaar Scheduled for 26 August 2017

The PTC will host a bazaar on Saturday 26 August 2017 from 9am to 3pm at its campus in Vuya Road, Nasese, Suva.

There will be entertainment, food, and stalls. Fun for all the family.

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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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