It has been on my mind for some time that ALC should be more explicitly engaged in providing opportunities for our senior lay chaplains to explore theology together at a level that befits the theological qualifications they bring to the role. While I generally heard positive feedback from the ministry conference I think there would be benefit in following this up with an opportunity to go deeper with a smaller group. Here are some details of what I have in mind.
Dates: September 16 and 17
Venue: ALC North Adelaide
Who: Lay school chaplains with (normally) an existing degree in theology
Topic: Human Sexuality
My current plan is to have six sessions over the two days including presentations covering a range of perspectives and angles on the broad topic of human sexuality. Each session will also provide 60 minutes for chaplains to engage with the papers in a guided way that allows them to really explore the content and implications for their roles in schools. We’ll make some further use of the framework Wendy and Stephen introduced at the LEA Ministry Conference.
I have commenced putting in place the who/what for the presentations but am certainly open to suggestions as to what you felt would be useful further study after the ministry conference. It is not our plan at this point to include ordained pastors in this workshop (the exception being one who has been invited as conference chaplain). It is designed for theologically qualified lay people.
I encourage lay chaplains to mark these two days in their calendar and as soon as I have finalised the details of speakers and what they are introducing I will circulate some further information and an invitation to register.
Feel free to contact me with suggestions or questions in the meantime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Merryn Ruwoldt
Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching
Australian Lutheran College