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'Faith Thinking' Short Courses

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Faith Thinking is a joint venture between the Department of Theology and Religion and a number of Dunedin churches, and supported by Otago Continuing Education.

The vision? To offer a range of courses that give in-depth teaching on various subjects, in order to help Christians love God with all of their minds. These subjects include New Testament, Old Testament, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, and Church History.

Each course will be taught by someone with expertise in that subject area – either by a university lecturer (predominantly from the Department of Theology and Religion), or a church leader.

A number of courses will be offered throughout the year, and the venue for each course will either be a Dunedin church or the University of Otago.

Course Times: Each course consists of approximately 6 hours of teaching, either one weekday evening for three weeks, or a Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Course Cost: Each Course is $20 and must be paid in advance

2018 Faith Thinking events

Going Deeper in the Gospel of Mark
Presented by Professor Paul Trebilco (Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago)
16 March, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
17 March, 9:00am - 12:30pm
Burns 7, Arts Building, University of Otago

When Did We See You Naked?  The Bible and Sexual Violence
Presented by Professor David Tombs (Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago)
20 April, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
21 April, 9:00am - 12:30pm
All Saints Church Hall, 786 Cumberland Street, Dunedin

Exploring the Holy Spirit
Presented by Assoc. Professor Chris Holmes (Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago)
09 May, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
16 May, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
23 May, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Gathering Area, Knox Church, 449 George Street

Ignatian Spirituality: A Conversation between our faith and our lived experience.
Presented by Father Mark Chamberlain, University Chaplain and Priest, Holy Name Parish
06 June, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
13 June, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
20 June, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 4C11, Arts/Burns Building, Albany Street

Taster for Biblical Hebrew
Presented by Dr Katie Marcar, Teaching Fellow in Biblical Languages, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago
18 July, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
25 July, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
01 August, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Burns 5, Albany Street, University of Otago
This course is also being offered by distance. 

Women in the History of the Church
Presented by Linda Flett, Lecturer, Laidlaw College, Auckland and PhD student, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago
17 August, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
18 August, 9:00am - 12.30pm
Otago Business School Lecture Rm G.19, University of Otago

2018 Invercargill Faith Thinking Events

Christianity and Islam
Presented by Dr Adam Dodds (Senior Pastor, Elim Church, Dunedin)
11 May, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
12 May, 9:00am - 12:30pm
First Church (Central Hall), Tay Street, Invercargill

Who is Jesus Really?
Presented by Rev Associate Professor Chris Holmes (Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago)
10 August, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
11 August, 9:00am - 12:30pm
First Church (Central Hall), Tay Street, Invercargill

Understanding the Book of Revelation
Presented by Professor Paul Trebilco (Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago)
10 August, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
11 August, 9:00am - 12:30pm
First Church (Central Hall), Tay Street, Invercargill

Previous Courses

  • Islam and Christianity - Dr Adam Dodds
  • The Psalms and the Life of Faith - Revd Dr James Harding
  • Healing, Journey, Seeing: How Augustine Helps Us Understand Christian Formation - Revd Jono Ryan
  • Who is Jesus Really? - Revd Assoc Prof Chris Holmes
  • A "Taster" Course in New Testament Greek - Dr Katie Marcar
  • Understanding the Book of Revelation - Prof Paul Trebilco
  • The Protestant Reformation and the Breaking of the Western Church - Assoc Prof Tim Cooper
  • Forgiveness, Freedom and Faith: An Exploration of Christian Forgiveness - Prof David Tombs
  • Visual Faith: The Gospel Told Through Art - Prof Murray Rae
  • The Other Church History: How Christianity Went East and South - Assoc Prof Tim Cooper
  • Exploring the Trinity - Revd Dr Chris Holmes
  • Understanding the Book of Job - Revd Dr James Harding
  • Science, the Bible and Theology - Associate Professor John Stenhouse
  • Going Deeper into the Gospel of John - Prof Paul Trebilco
  • The Other Church History: How Christianity went East and South into Asia and Africa from the Beginning until the Present Day - Dr Tim Cooper
  • The Theology of Church's Mission - Dr Adam Dodds
  • Going Deeper into the Gospel of John - Prof Paul Trebilco
  • Conflict, Community & Church Growth - Reading Galations - Dr Chris Caradus
  • Going deeper into the Gospel of Mark - Prof Paul Trebilco
  • Spiritual Practices: Sabbath, Fasting and Prayer - Dr Lynne Baab
  • Visual Faith: The Gospel Told Through Art - Prof Murray Rae
  • Christianity among New Zealanders from Samuel Marsden to Destiny Church - Assoc Prof John Stenhouse
  • Bonhoeffer - A 20th Century Theological Giant - Dr Chris Holmes
  • Going Deeper into the Gospel of Luke - Dr Deborah Bower
  • Forgiveness, Freedom and Faith: An Exploration of Christian Forgiveness as an experience of Freedom - Prof David Tombs
  • Dealing with Conflict: Biblical insights and some skill training - Rev Helen Martin
  • The Protestant Reformation and the Breaking of the Western Church - Assoc Prof Tim Cooper
  • A Closer Look at Christian Leadership - Pastor Peter Tate
  • Wrestling with Romans: Part 1 - the Impact and Importance of Romans 1-8 for the church of the 21st Century - Dr Chris Caradus
  • Suffering and Evil as a Challenge to Faith: Philosophical, Theological and Pastoral Response - Prof Murray Rae